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By Andrew Christiansen
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Goldendale boys win at Condon, Cloud sets school pole vault record

 

Andrew Christiansen

WINNERS: Logan Boardman passes to Isaiah Foster for the final leg of the winning 4x100 relay. Other relay members were Avery Walker and Conner Doubravsky.

It was a typical day in Condon for the annual Condon-Wheeler Invitational, Saturday. Cold, breezy, a little sun, a little rain, a little hail and quite a few stellar performances. At least one school record was set, Alex Cloud, clearing 8-feet in the pole vault and dozens of season's best performances.

Cloud's pole vault record was memorable, but it seemed to be just a matter of time before the sophomore cleared 8-feet; Cloud is likely to be well beyond that by the end of her career. What was more of noteworthy performance was her continued improvement in the javelin. Cloud threw the javelin 11 times last year and just broke the 100-foot barrier in her final meet. She has been beyond 100-feet five times this year and three times she has set new personal records by a substantial distance. She went from 100-3 to 103-7 on March 19; to 107-5 on April 4; to 110-1 last Saturday. To put that in perspective, Cloud would have won State last year with a throw of 110-1.

As good as Cloud's throw was, it only got her second place as Echo's Kelsey Ranger threw 113-4 to win the girls' event. Cloud's teammate and also State contender in the javelin, MaeLynn Luke was fourth at 103-4.

As good as that was, Lyle-Wishram had another booming PR in the javelin when Gabe Montoya threw the spear 175-11. It was about 12 feet longer than Montoya's previous best and stands as the top throw in Washington 1B by 16-feet, 6-inches over the second best toss.

Montoya was involved in another moment to remember, at least for Goldendale's Joseph Steele. Montoya was leading in the discus at Condon when Steele stepped up and made his final throw. It wasn't even close to Steele's PR, but as Montoya watched the measurement he saw and reacted immediately as Steele's throw was spotted at 121-6 to Montoya's 121-5.

Another Cougar who had a good day was Jacob Zeigler, who has been running the 100 meters just under 12 seconds. He had a good push by Arlington's Doug Deen at Condon and was hand timed at 11.18 seconds, an adjusted 11.44 PR for Zeigler, and third best in 1B this year.

Goldendale's Dillon Rising won the 1500 that was notable because of the strategy Rising used to beat Mitchell-Spray runner Willy Helms. Helms likes to take races out fast and hold on to the finish. Rising didn't let Helms get away at Condon. With Rising on his heels, Helms surely knew he was in trouble. With 300 meters left, Rising made his move and sprinted away for the win.

Glenwood's freshman distance runner, Forrest Putnam also won on Saturday. Putnam, who has been searching for the right pace to his races, said he would go out with Goldendale's Michael Jagelski. He did just that, as did Lyle-Wishram's Quincy McConville. The trio trailed Arlington's Thomas Evans by a good margin at the end of the first lap. Putnam and McConville made their moves as they headed down the backstretch. With 200 meters to go, Putnam caught Evans and continued to stretch his lead all the way to the finish line for a PR 2:17.9. McConville was third and Jagelski finished fourth.

Goldendale finished first at Condon in team score for the boys. Earlier in the week Goldendale took on La Salle and Zillah in a three-way SCAC meet with Lyle-Wishram and Granger also participating. Zillah defeated Goldendale 124 to 16 and La Salle was on top of the Timberwolves 89-42.

Brian Golding won both hurdle events, running 16.1 in the 110 meter hurdles and 41.45 in the 300 meter hurdles. Mykhail Lembke was second in the 110 hurdles in 18.14 and third in the 300 hurdles in 46.39. Ocean Bryan was the only Goldendale girl to win with her time of 48.65 in the 300 hurdles. The Timberwolf boys won the 4x400 meter relay with Golding, Steele, Logan Boardman and Demetrius McCoy over Zillah with a 3:40.27. They were second in the 4x100 with the same runners except Avery Walker ran for McCoy. Boardman had a good race in the 200, placing second in 24.04.

For the Cougars, Montoya was a double winner in shot put at 45-1.5 and javelin 157-10. Ellie Smith was tops in discus at 87-5. Finishing second was Lorenzo Guasconi in the 300 hurdles at 46.15 and Gavyn Nelson with 140-2 in the javelin. Guasconi was third in the 110 hurdles in 18.77. Cloud was also second in the javelin at 104, just ahead of Luke who threw 98-9.

Andrew Christiansen

NEW EVENT: Brian Golding (right) a junior at Goldendale ran his second 400 meter race of his high school career, although he is a staple on Goldendale's 4x400 relay team. Golding won the event with teammate Logan Boardman second and Lyle-Wishram's Jacob Zeigler (middle) finishing fourth.

It was a productive week for athletes competing in the Zillah and Condon meets. Twenty-seven of Goldendale's 35 track athletes set personal records, as did 13 of Lyle-Wishram's 20. At Condon, one in three of Glenwood and five of nine from Klickitat had PR days.

Glenwood hosts Bickleton Klickitat, Lyle-Wishram and Trout Lake in the Jeff Agar Memorial meet this Friday. White Swan, Horizon Christian, White Salmon and Mabton are also slated to compete. Goldendale will compete in an SCAC meet that day in Naches.

 

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