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By Jaryd Cline
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Lyle-Wishram's Brandon Montoya leaps to long jump record during The Dalles meet

 

March 21, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Everyone looks to see where Lyle-Wishram sophomore Brandon Montoya lands during one of his attempts in the long jump on Friday in The Dalles.

There were only a few words that Lyle-Wishram assistant track coach Mike Vorce could say after Brandon Montoya finished up in the long jump on Friday afternoon at the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational in The Dalles.

The sophomore from Wishram jumped into the record books with his 24 foot, 1.25 inch, leap in his first attempts in the long jump this season, and was immediately the talk of the meet.

Parents and athletes were all asking each other if they had seen the jump, maybe or maybe not knowing that it was the farthest jump among a Washington state athlete at a high school event since 2013. Montoya's Friday jump was even farther than former Bellevue and University of Washington standout, and current Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker, who leapt 23-07 as a senior in 2014 for the top distance in the state.

"That was just amazing," Vorce said shortly after Montoya finished the event.

If Friday's meet was the state meet, Montoya would've crushed the previous Class 2B state meet record of 23-5, which was set by Seattle Lutheran's Kelly Coleman back in 1989.

He also is not too far away from breaking Washington state's all-time long jump record for a sophomore regardless of school size. Gig Harbor's Toney Henderson has the farthest leap in the long jump among all sophomores in Washington state track history at 24-3 according to new.washingtontrack.com, but Montoya is right on his heels, needing to add just 1.75 inches to his jump last Friday to tie the sophomore record.

According to athletic.net, Montoya currently sits fourth nationwide in the long jump after his distance last Friday, trailing a trio of seniors from California and Georgia by as little as 1.25 inches. Senior Jalyn Jackson, from California, leads all high schoolers in the event at 24-5.5.

Along with breaking the Class 2B record in the long jump, Montoya also finished on top in his three other events, including his second time in high school throwing the shot put. He heaved the shot put 42-09.5 for the top finish in the event, and that throw was over two feet further than his only throw last year at the Cadet JV Invite on May 1 of last year.

He also outsprinted the field of 36 in the 100, finishing in 11.15 seconds, while also winning the 200 with a 22.46 time.

The 100, 200, and long jump are the sophomores strongest events while last season taking the state championship in the 200 and long jump, and finishing runner-up by .01 seconds in the 100. However, his shot put distance last Friday would have placed him No. 13 at last year's state meet.

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Lyle-Wishram junior Gerry Kindrick throws the shot put during Friday's meet in The Dalles.

Along with Montoya, the Cougs also had two more athletes finish in the top 10 in the shot put in The Dalles. Senior Elijah McCullough, who threw at state last year in the shot and discus, finished fourth in the shot (40-03) and fourth in the discus (115-3) with both distances farther than his throws the week before at the Eisenhower Jamboree. After McCullough, junior Gerry Kindrick added a ninth place finish with his 33-09.75 throw. Kindrick also added a ninth place showing in the long jump at 16-7 and ran the 1,500 in 5:06.42, nine seconds faster than he ran it last season in some Oregon meets.

Junior Larissa McConville, who threw the javelin last season at state, continued her strong start with another first place mark after a 105-5 throw. She finished first as well last week at Eisenhower. She also threw the discus 72-04 for a personal record and fourth place finish, and ran the 4x100 relay with Jade Childers, Kristal Schultze, and Mariah Houston.

The Cougars are back in action at the Tiger Invite on Saturday at Battle Ground High School.

 

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