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Gorge league track and field stars dominate area meets during the past week


Things are beginning to shake into place in the Greater Columbia Gorge League track and field with all schools back in action after spring break and several athletes picking up where they left off. Six in particular stand out because of their continued dominance of their events and the fact they are giving no sign of letting up. Lyle-Wishram’s Gabe Montoya, John Stephens and Jacqueline Diendorfer were strong at both of their meets, while Peter Clinton continued to improve in running events for Bickleton and Klickitat’s Lara Parsons and Tim Lambert had strong performances. Bickleton was in action at Stanfield on Saturday, Klickitat was at Arlington on April 9 and in Stevenson on Saturday, Lyle-Wishram was also at Arlington and competed in Stanfield, and TLG was back at it in Stevenson.

Montoya took first place in the shot put at both meets. His consistency in being around the 45-foot mark puts him well ahead of league competition and ahead of the State qualification standard. Stephens won four races, taking the 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles at both events, cementing his place as the man to beat in hurdles. Diendorfer had top five finishes at both meets and is the clear league leader when it comes to the sprints.

Clinton won the pole vault at Stanfield, tying his PR. He set new PRs in the 400 meters, where he placed third and the 200 meters, where he was fourth at Stanfield.

Parsons has been splitting time with softball, but continues to dominate the javelin. She won at Stevenson and took first at Arlington with a throw of 112-7, better than her third place throw at State last year, but well under her 121-1 PR. Lambert finally cleared a landmark at 6-feet to place second at Arlington. He also was second with a long jump of 16-5.

There were other performances of note. Chance Carpenter won the 400 at Arlington and Kenzie Schlangen, another Vandal who is splitting time with softball, showed she is getting back into gear with a 4-8 high jump, good enough for second place at Arlington. Mitch Powers set a new PR in the triple jump at Stanfield, going 37-9, six inches better than his mark at State in 2012. Then there were the running girls of TLG. They continued their strong performances with Val Vogt winning the 1600 at Stevenson. Caitlin Scott was second in the 800 and Kate Underwood was second in the 400 and third in the 100. They also placed third in both the 4x200 and 4x400 relays.

Lyle-Wishram, Klickitat and TLG will compete in the Bruin Invitational at White Salmon on Friday while Bickleton is off to Kittitas to take on some different faces.


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