It was probably the safest bet at the 35th Annual State Track and Field Tournament in early June. Elmore Woodmore senior Erin Pendleton earned her second straight gold
medal in the Division III discus event with a toss of 160-00. The finish capped an outstanding high school career, which followed on the heels of her sister Erin’s (a four-time state champ).
It was probably the safest bet at the 35th Annual State Track and Field Tournament in early June.
Elmore Woodmore senior Erin Pendleton earned her second straight gold medal in the Division III discus event with a toss of 160-00 capping off her high school career.
Despite being the heavy favorite going into the state meet, Pendleton didn’t think the title was automatic.
“You can never say that you are going to win something. Everyone has an opportunity but I just wanted to get out there and try to do my best,” she said.
Pendleton won the state gold last year with a 168-10 throw, which is a state meet and Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium record. Her farthest throw this spring was 167-6, which ranks as the second farthest throw nationally among high school girls.
“I threw farther last year but this year is better because now I am a two-time state champion and I am really happy about it,” she said. “I got the win, so that’s what really counts. I am just really happy.”
All told, between Pendleton and her older sister Emily, the Woodmore products have now notched six straight D-III discus titles. The elder sister set the state record (183-03) in 2007.
Emily was on hand at the state meet to support her younger sister.
“(Emily is) happy. She gave me a big hug. I’m happy I got to keep the tradition going,” said Erin. “Six years is awesome and I am really excited I won again. I am sad that high school is done but I am excited for college, too.”
Pendleton will join her older sister at the University of Michigan in the fall after competing in the Nike Outdoor Nationals and the Junior Nationals this summer.
“Emily and I get along really well, so I’m happy we will be together,” she said. “We’re good training partners. We know what we do and have been throwing with each other since we were little when we started.”
But don’t think this will be the last time the Pendleton name is announced at state.
Sophomore Carly Pendleton is the next in line with her furthest throw this season at 143-3. She finished fifth in the regional meet (129-06).
“I think she has a good chance (to win a state title). She’s been working pretty hard and she has been doing really well,” Pendleton said.
With the second state title in hand, winning has become routine for Pendleton but she has not grown tired of it.
“Winning is the nice part that comes with it. This is fun for me,” she said. — MN