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By Andrew Christiansen

Only the weather could have been better at inaugural meet in Bickleton


Andrew Christiansen

THROUGH THE WIND: Bickleton's Desiree Schlegel finishes the third leg of the 4x100 into a stiff wind during the Pirate Invitational, last week. Schlegel passed the baton to Hali O'Banion who ran the anchor leg for the team. The meet included all of the Greater Columbia Gorge League teams in a pre-district introduction to the new track at Bickleton. The teams will return this Friday for the District meet.

Bickleton held its inaugural high school meet on their new track, Friday. It was a blustery day with high winds forcing track hands to hold the bar on the standards during the pole vault to keep it from blowing off. But, the cold, windy conditions didn't prevent some outstanding performances.

Josh Showalter won the pole vault by shattering his personal record (PR) of 10-feet. Showalter, of Lyle-Wishram, cleared 11-feet to leave the competition behind and win the event. Greg Dechand, of Glenwood passed until 11-feet, but was unable to clear the height. Second place went to Joey Cardenas, of Bickleton at 9-6. Trout Lake's James Baker also cleared 9-6 and placed third.

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