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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Trout Lake sweeps GCGL track titles


The Trout Lake Mustangs Track and Field team was a little behind the rest of the Greater Columbia Gorge League teams when the season kicked off. But now, the Mustangs finished on top, and by a large margin as the boys and girls swept the district titles at last weekend’s GCGL 1B District meet.

The Mustangs were forced to practice inside at the beginning of the year with last winter’s large snowfall, and without a track in Trout Lake, were forced to train on asphalt surfaces which can be tough on the runners’ legs.

However, the Mustangs were able to overcome those challenges on Friday at the district meet where the boys combined for 190 team points, 45 more than the second place Bickleton Pirates, while the girls garnered 212 points.

The Mustangs youthquake erupted for 18 division titles (13 from the girls and five from the boys) and will be well represented at Thursday’s Class 1B District 5/6 Qualifier in Peshastin. The top four boys finishers and top three girls from last Friday’s GCGL District Meet each advanced to the qualifier.

It was a complete team effort for the Mustangs and head coach Steve Allaway. He credits his dedicated staff of Adam Peck, Timmy Waller and Joe Dean as well as the rest of the staff to the team’s success but also has a group of athletes that makes the coaches’ jobs much easier.

Although there’s just 11 girls on the squad, they’re able to cover nearly every event in a track meet while many of those girls are very successful in a variety of events.

Three girls won multiple events for Trout Lake and the Mustang girls also won the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays with strong performances.

Sidney Becker won the 100, 200 and 100 hurdles and also ran in the 4x200 relay, Hannah Funkhouser captured first in the 800 and 1,600 and Kya Fee added a pair of district titles in the 300 hurdles with a personal best time and also in the high jump.

Throwing specialist Liz Fink claimed top honors in the shot put and added runner-up marks in the discus and javelin, and the Mustangs’ depth was just overwhelming with many top five finishes.

The boys also overwhelmed the other four schools with plenty of top three finishes.

Junior Forrest Putnam ran his best race ever in the 800 (2 minutes, 8.32 seconds) and took first while cutting nearly three seconds off his previous fastest time and topped teammates Justin Peck and Cole McKinney who finished second and third respectively. Peck and Putnam later swapped spots in the 1,600 with Peck finishing on top and Putnam runner-up,

Davis Melkonian cruised to top honors in the 300 hurdles and helped Sean McMahon Reece Painter and McKinney finish first in the 4x400 relay. Painter also jumped to a PR of 38 feet, 4 inches to claim first in the triple jump


The Pirates finished runner-up on both the boys and girls side of the standings, with the boys compiling 145 team points and the girls 92. Oddly enough, the 145 boys points equals what the Pirates scored at last year’s 1B District 5 Championships.

A handful of different Pirates were able to rack up points that aided in the team’s second place finish, including a pair of top finishes from Michael Gannon in the 3,200 (PR of 11:05.22) and the pole vault.

Bickleton’s two seniors competing, Riley Brown and Kyle Underwood, also had big contributions with Brown finishing second in the 100, second in the 300 hurdles and third in the triple jump while Underwood won the high jump and took runner-up in the long jump.

The younger Pirates also played a big part in the second place showing. Freshman Scott McBride was a force in the field, setting first, second and third place marks in the discus, shot and javelin and eighth grader Christian Arriaga followed Gannon with a PR of his own and second place finish in the two-mile run. Sophomore Cesareo Arriaga set personal bests in both of his individual events in the 200 (second in 26.84) and 400 (fourth in 57.67).

No one contributed more for the Bickleton girls than junior Kira Harvey, who won the pole vault, took second in the 100 hurdles, third in the 100 while also helping the 4x200 relay team finish runner-up.


The Klickitat boys, led by a top finish in the 4x100 relay and two first place finishes from Easton Atchley in the 400 and the long jump, took third place on the boys side with a combined team effort of 110 points. The Vandal girls, with some strong performances from Bailee and Savannah Green in a handful of events, compiled 53 team points and finished fifth on Friday.

Two Klickitat boys finished last Friday’s meet with district titles, with the two coming from Atchley and the other from Jeremiah Larson, who used his long legs to clear the hurdles in the 110 meter event with ease. Teammate Chase Green followed in second to in the event, and Larson also added a runner-up finish in the triple jump.

Rylee Holycross, Larson, Green and Atchley also teamed up for the district title in the 4x100 relay and a second place finish as well in the 4x400 relay. Holycross, the lone Vandal senior on the boys side, also notched eight team points after his second-place finish in the high jump.

Hunter Dawson also added a great all-around performance in the field, finishing second, third and fourth in the javelin, discus and shot put respectively.

Savannah Green led the charge for the girls with an all-time best throw of 106-6 feet in the javelin, took sixth in the 100 hurdles and also ran on both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that finished second and third. Bailee Green also ran in both relays while adding a second place finish in the long jump and fourth place finish in the 100 hurdles.


The Glenwood boys only had two competitors, but freshmen Kevan Bren and Nolan Ryan made the most of their opportunities by racking up 24 team points between the two of them.

Bren sprinted to top finishes in the 100 (12.36) and 300 (25.69) while Ryan cleared 14 feet for the first time in the long jump and finished fifth at 14-4.25 feet.

With just four girls, the Eagles combined for 61 team points, outlasting Klickitat by eight for fourth place last weekend. It was a well-rounded effort from all four girls that led to the fourth place finish.

Brooklyn Emerson notched a first place finish in the long jump, second place finish in the 100 and set a PR at 8 feet for third in the pole vault.

Kinley Troh, the oldest competitor for the Eagles as a sophomore, had a top finish in the triple jump at 27 feet, a third place throw of 89 and a half feet in the discus and a third place showing in the shot put.

Carmen Guzmen finished closely behind Troh in the shot put and discus and Bella Couch added a runner-up finish in the triple jump.

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