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By Andrew Christiansen

Javelin battle continues to heat up among Gorge League girls


Andrew Christiansen

FACES IN THE CROWD: The crowd was variously curious, happy, enthralled and watching out for errant discus throws as Lyle-Wishram's Lacy Carse threw the shot put at Bickleton. Carse muscled out her first 30-foot toss for third place.

Area athletes warmed up for District track meets at the Bickleton Pirate Invite, Friday. As if there hasn't been plenty written about the Gorge League girls' javelin this year, there was something in the air that drove the leader-board crazy with huge gains of personal records for some of the top girls. Alex Cloud won her fifth meet of the year with a terrific toss of 121-feet, 3-inches, a full 8-feet, 8-inches beyond her previous personal best.

But, that was nothing. Freshman Larissa McConville, also from Lyle-Wishram was second with a toss of 119-10. She hadn't thrown in competition since March 17, in fact, she threw at just two meets this year and her PR was 97-8, which is 22-feet, 2 inches under Friday's throw.

It all makes what MaeLynn Luke did seem ho-hum. Luke, the senior, old-hand at the event and three-time State medalist from Lyle-Wishram, was third with a throw of 115-2, a new PR over her previous of 113-4.

To give some perspective to what happened in Bickleton, all three Lyle-Wishram girls threw far enough to have run away with the State title in 2014 and 2013, years Luke was second and fourth, respectively. Last year, Nicole Nobbs threw 129-2 to win at State and Cloud was second at 108-7. Nobbs won't be back this year.

Others who will be contesting for a spot at Regionals during this Friday's District meet include freshman Liz Fink, of Trout Lake, who set a PR at 112-6, and Juli Quinton, of Klickitat who has a PR of 109-7. Another Lyle-Wishram thrower who can't be counted out is Lacy Carse, who was sixth on Friday, but as a newcomer to the event, she already has five events with 100-plus throws, and a PR of 106-3.

Fink's throw was a Trout Lake record. Cloud will have to go some to get the Lyle-Wishram record of 155-6, set by Lindsey Blaine in 2002.

The Goldendale boys won their second consecutive meet with 157 points and Trout Lake's girls won their side with 144 points. Ki-Be was second for boys team at 103.5 and Goldendale was second among girls at 116.

Allison Gilliam won the 100 meters in 13.32, just ahead of teammate Sierra Clear at 13.66. Clear got a win of her own by a narrow margin over Suzanna Bilderback in the 200, with times of 28.51 to 28.72. Gilliam had a second win in the 300 meter hurdles in 51.31. The relay team of Clear, Gilliam, Bilderback and Ocean Bryan were first in the 4x100 with Lyle-Wishram girls (Tiffani Back, Estella Montoya, Luke and Cloud) second in 55.86.

Other winners of girls' events were Luke in 1:11.55 in her first 400 meter race since 2014; Bethany Putnam, of Trout Lake in the 800 meters, the long jump and pole vault; Fink with a PR 32-6 in the shot put; Ellie Smith, of Lyle-Wishram by more than 10 feet in the discus; Kya Fee, of Trout Lake in the high jump. Mabton's Noemi Gutierrez won the triple jump at 31-8 and the 100 meter hurdles; Victoria Cole, of Riverside Christian won the 1600 meters and Cassandra Moreno, of Mabton won the 3200.

Dillon Rising, of Goldendale won his first 1600 meter race of the year in 4:58.50, as he continues to work back into race form. Michael Jagelski won the 800 meters and Logan Boardman won the 200 meters for Goldendale. Other Timberwolf wins came in the 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles by Brian Golding

Klickitat's Easton Atchley was a two-event winner. He won the 400 meters, beating a pair of Ki-Be runners, and his 19-9.5 long jump edged rival James Baker, of Trout Lake who jumped 19-3. Baker was the winner of the triple jump at 36-3.5. Josh Showalter won the pole vault at 11-6 for Lyle-Wishram.

The host team Bickleton won two events. Nathan Powers was first in the high jump at 5-6 and Andrew Gannon won the 3200 by just three seconds over Rising.

Other individual winners among the boys were Jose Amezcua, of Mabton in the 100 meters; Armando Reyes, of Ki-Be in the shot put; Daniel Rizin, of Ki-Be in the discus; Salvador Urbina, of Mabton in the javelin.

Andrew Christiansen

PUTTING SOME MUSTARD ON IT: Katrina Cardenas threw the shot put 25-1, Friday, her third time beyond 25-feet this year.

Other relay winners were Lyle-Wishram girls in the 4x200 with Back, Montoya, Luke and Cloud, and Trout Lake girls in the 4x400 with Fee, Putnam, Anne Underwood and Kate Underwood. Goldendale boys swept the relays with Golding, Boardman, Conner Doubravsky and Isaiah Foster winning the 4x100 and Golding, Boardman, Mykhail Lembke and Dominick Rose winning the 4x400.


Goldendale travels to Cle Elum on Thursday for the sub-district meet. The District meet will be May 20 at Royal City. The 1B District 5 meet and league meet will be held in Bickleton this Friday. The combined District 5 and District 6 Regional meet will be held on May 20 at Wapato. State for 1A and 1B will be May 26-28 at Eastern Washington University, Cheney.


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