WICHITA — When Ellis High School senior Alexcia Deutscher picked up a javelin for the first time her logic was simple.
Because she used to be able to throw a softball, she figured she could “throw a stick or something,” as Deutscher said earlier this season at the Ellis Invitational.
On Saturday’s final day of the Kansas State Track and Field Championships, one throw of that “stick” sent Deutscher home from Wichita’s Cessna Stadium with a gold medal in Class 2A.
When asked if she thought she could win gold when she first started, she couldn’t help but joke.
“No,” Deutscher said, unable to contain her laugh and hysteria. “I did not think that at all. Your first meet, you’re like, ‘Oh, OK, this is kinda good.’ Then you see your personals bests throughout the year and you’re like, ‘OK, maybe I do have a chance now.’ But no, I did not expect to get first.”
Deutscher threw a personal record of 144 feet, 1 inch at 2A regionals in Hill City last week. She did not need near that to hold off the field Saturday, taking the title with a final throw of 135-2. Her third throw of 130-4 still would have beat second-place Bailee Swift of Chase County.
At that Ellis meet is when Deutscher, who again threw around 114 feet for the second consecutive meet, is when she realized her potential.
“Just hearing it from my coaches and teammates who were like, ‘Yeah, you’re gonna do good. Just keep it up,’ ” Deutscher said. “I like competing and I like taking everything seriously. But just knowing you picked up an event and you don’t know how you’re gonna do, I took it more seriously this year.
“I’m happy I picked it up.”
Deutscher was also part of Ellis’ third-place 400-meter relay with Kelsey Brack, Abby Burton and Ashley Mattheyer, who placed third in the high jump at 5-2. Deutscher added a fourth-place medal in the 100 and finished eighth in the long jump.