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Brown and Putnam will settle new hurdle rivalry at State


Bickleton’s Lindsay Brown qualified for the State 1B track meet in four individual events, at the regional meet in Ephrata, but one of the two events she did not win was a bit of a stunner, as Trout Lake’s Bethany Putnam ran the best 300 meter hurdle race of her life to upset the Pirate star.

With just the State meet left, one of the newest rivalries in 1B will be settled this weekend. To say it is a rivalry assumes both rivals see it that way. It is not clear that Brown ever saw it as a rivalry, as she has dominated the event for some time. Brown will be seeded below Putnam at State, but the senior is a big time performer. She won the high jump at State last year and ran a PR for second in the 2014, 300 meter hurdles. Brown has had a phenomenal career. In her four years of high school track she has won 21 of 39 races in the 100 meter hurdles, 12 of 31, 300 meter hurdles, seven of 21, 100 meter dashes and 22 of 39 high jump competitions.

Putnam, a junior, is a fierce competitor. The rivalry has been real to her and it started in 2014. Putnam ran six 300 hurdle races that year, prior to State and finished second to Brown in four of them. While Brown finished second at State, Putnam was fourth. This year Putnam ran seven races and defeated Brown twice, the last two races. She has been shaving time off the race each outing.

If there is a rivalry, it is about to be settled.


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