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By Andrew Christiansen

Timberwolves save their best performances for State


Andrew Christiansen

IN SYNC: Goldendale's Brian Golding and White Salmon's Nathan Bell were nearly in a dead head rounding the turn with five hurdles left in the 300 meter hurdle finals at the State track and field meet, Saturday. The two county runners had one head to head battle during the year with Bell coming out on top. Golding turned the tables on the Bruin and finished second in the 300 hurdles with Bell finishing fourth. Bell beat Golding in the 110 hurdles after trailing the Timberwolf in the preliminaries.

The past several weeks have been like training or auditions for track and field athletes, leading up to the big prize, last week's State track and field championships. Ideally, peak performances emerge at the grand finale and for Goldendale's four competitors in individual events, their best was on display with personal records set during the Friday and Saturday running of the State 1A meet.

Brian Golding was on top of his game in the hurdle events, setting at PR in the 300 meter hurdles during the preliminary race and coming within 0.01 seconds of his best in the 110 meter hurdles. In fact, Golding may have set a PR in the 110 hurdles in the first attempt at a preliminary race, but he was victim of one of a couple of miscues in hurdle events at the meet. The first mistake was during the 1A, 110 meter hurdles. Miscommunication between the finish line officials and starter allowed the race to be run before the timers could be reset. Golding had a great run and was upset about the wasted effort for just a while; enough to fire him up for the repeat race. The rerun came about 1-hour, 20-minutes later and Golding ran a 15.32, just off his PR.

He was even better in the 300 meter hurdles. Golding's 39.33 in the 300 was his first time under 40 seconds. He followed up the next day with another sub-forty run, 39.4 to take the second place medal. His final run in the 110 didn't go well as Golding was slow out of the blocks and was off on his steps through the first hurdle and could never regain the lost ground, leaving him in seventh.

Goldendale's sprinting duo of Briley Cameron and Rachel Disch weren't able to win their events, but both had some success at the meet. For Cameron, a senior, one of the things that dogged him all year was finishing runner-up to Zillah's Riley Olney in the 100 meters. Both runners were solid in the preliminary races, qualifying for the finals. The runners were split in lanes two and seven for the final race and Cameron ran an 11.27 to Olney's 11.37. It wasn't their best time in the event, but it made Cameron's sixth place finish a little sweeter. Cameron tied his PR in the 200 preliminaries and came home in fifth in the finals.

Disch, a freshman, wasn't able to make the finals in either sprint, but she ran well, setting a new PR of 13.08 in the 100 meters for an 11th place finish. She was 0.2 seconds off her best in the 200 meters and finished 14th.

Kenner Milliren may have been left wondering "what if?" after anther great performance in the triple jump. The senior waited until this year to try the event and has been spectacular from day one. He finished with a PR 41-6.5 for 10th place at State.

Milliren was also part of the 4x400 relay team for Goldendale. They were a few seconds off their best mark of the year and settled for 15th place. Other members were Jordan Brokaw, Dominick Rose and Demetrius McCoy.

Goldendale's boys finished 15th overall as a team, out of 44 teams in 1A.

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