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Saturday is opening day for softball and baseball in Goldendale. The Timberwolves host the River View Panthers with first pitch scheduled for 11 a.m.

Last year Ki-Be put a damper on opening day winning all four games. It might be mother nature doing the dampening this Saturday, but I hope it is nice and the Wolves get off to a great start this year.

Track also starts on Saturday at Eisenhower High School.

I was looking to see what records might fall this year, and it amazes me how many records have been around a long time. The oldest at Goldendale isn’t likely to be broken since they don’t run the event anymore. That’s the 4x200 for boys. Les DeChenne, Bob Ihrig, Tom Oxwang and Wes Pruitt can rest easy. I think their 1:35.0 set in 1953 is pretty secure. Weren’t they still running Olympics style (nude) back in those days?

The next oldest is Laura Jones’ 25.9 in the 200 meters, set in 1971. Three boys records were set in 1977, apparently a banner year. Joel Miller ran a 49.2, 400 meters, Mike Erland ran 14.3 in the 110 meter hurdles, and Scott Gray, Miller, David Sipe and Jim Tuttle set the school record of 3:29.4 in the 4x400 relay.

At Bickleton, Leonard Walling ran a 23.5, 200 meters in 1967. I am pretty sure it was 220 yards back then; not sure if the time has been adjusted. Familiar names fill the record books with Neal Brown setting the high jump record at 6-8 in 1977. Then there is Kim Clinton (nee Naught) who holds six running records and the long jump record of 17-1. She set those between 1984 and 1986.

There are three really old ones at Lyle. Bon Bullock still owns the records for 1600 meters adjusted to 4:16.4, set in 1966 and an adjusted 3200 meters time of 9:41.9, set in 1967. Les Monagon ran an adjusted time of 1:57.4 in the 800 meters.

Thanks to Mike Vorce who provided the Lyle records. Mike still has the 110 meter hurdle record of 14.74 adjusted time from 1969. The oldest girls record from Lyle is Alisha Cool’s 49.94 in the 300 meter hurdles.

The 70s and 80s is pretty old for girls’ track and field. I don’t recall girls on our team at Enumclaw before 1965. It was quite a distraction, so any boys setting records in the 60s and 70s deserve a lot of respect.

I don’t believe the saying that records were made to be broken. But, we are pushing 50 years on some of these records. Come on kids, time to put your names in the books.


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