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By Andrew Christiansen

Luke answers javelin challenge in PR filled Regional meet, next stop State


Twenty-two personal records were set and three more were tied by Klickitat County 1B athletes during last Friday’s State qualifier meet in Wapato. Tops among those who set records was Bethany Putnam, of Trout Lake who won two events with PR performances. Putnam won the 800 meters in 2-minutes, 12.78-seconds and was first in the pole vault in a PR 9-feet. She also qualified for State in the long jump with a second place finish in the long jump and she is on the 4x400 meter relay team for Trout Lake who won the event in a season best 4:29.48. Other team members were Kya Fee, Kate Underwood and Ann Underwood.

The others who qualified for two events with PR performances on Friday were Putnam’s brother, Forrest and Bickleton’s Troy Roberts. Roberts won the 800 meters in a PR 2:08.27, ahead of runner-up Putnam who had a PR 2:12.78. Roberts also had a PR 11-feet, 6-inches in the pole vault, good enough for second place. He is also part of Bickleton’s 4x400 relay team, which won the event in a season best 3:42.92. The team also included Nathan Powers, Kyle Underwood and Riley Brown. They will be joined by alternates Michael Bowers and Joseph Cummings at State.

Forrest Putnam’s other PR qualifying effort came in the 1600 meters, where he took third and final transfer spot in a PR 4:57.71. He is also part of a relay team, the Trout Lake 4x400 team which includes Davis Melkonian, James Baker and Jed Pearson. They also ran their best relay of the year in 3:52.99.

Crysta Warren dug deep for a PR 27-3 in the triple jump, earning her a trip to State in her freshman year. She will be the only representative from Glenwood.

Bickleton also had PR, State qualifying performances from Andrew Gannon in the 1600 meters (4:45.91 for first place), Katrina Cardenas in the 3200 meters (15:48.55 for fifth place), and Powers who was off the charts with a hand-held 14.59 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles. It goes down as an adjusted time of 14.84, which breaks the Bickleton school record, which was previously held by Powers. To give some perspective to his time, Powers was the winner at State in 2015 in a time of 15.97 seconds. The State record for 1B was set in 2011 at 15.39 seconds.

Powers has been fighting a nagging calf injury, which has impacted his high jumping. He was second at State in the event last year at 6-foot, 2-inches. He jumped 6-4 earlier this year, but hasn’t cleared higher than 6-feet in his last five meets. He qualified on Friday with a second place 6-foot jump. He also will compete in the 300 meter hurdles where he won for the second time this year with a season best 42.4 seconds.

Others from Bickleton who will compete in individual events at State are Kira Harvey (fifth in the 100 meters at 14.18 and third in pole vault at 7-6), Gannon (second in 300 meter hurdles in 44.29 seconds, first in 3200 meters in 10:50.34), Cummings (third in javelin at 136-8), Underwood (third in high jump at 5-8, second in long jump at 18-4.5), Riley Brown (third in triple jump at 37-3).

Lyle-Wishram’s girls continued their fierce competition in the javelin with MaeLynn Luke jumping back on top with a PR 122-6, adding 9-feet, 2-inches to her previous best. She needed every bit of that throw to beat teammate Alex Cloud, who had her second throw beyond 120-feet with a runner up 121-1, just 2-inches off her PR. Third place went to Lyle-Wishram’s Lacy Carse, who continues to threaten to upset the apple cart in her first year of throwing. Carse had a PR 108-7 on Friday. In fourth was freshman Liz Fink, of Trout Lake, who had her fourth consecutive meet beyond 100 feet at 101-2.

Rudy Flock, a Lyle-Wishram freshman, the only freshman in the event, shocked a few people with his qualifying PR throw of 106-1 in the discus, leaving a bunch of upper-classmen sitting on the outside looking in. It was the second consecutive throw beyond 100 feet for Flock out of 13 meets this year. The winner of the event was teammate Elijah McCullough, who threw 112-7. McCullough is another athlete who is competing through an injury, missing all but one meet in the month of April.

The Cougars pride themselves in their relay teams, which have been regulars at State. On Friday they qualified teams in the boys and girls 4x100, the girls 4x200 and the boys 4x400 meter relays. The 4x100 team of Alex Pabon, Sam McCullough, Quincy McConville and Randy Hubbard ran their best time of the year to win in 47.28 seconds. Likewise, the girls had their best time of the year in the 4x100, coming in second in 55.47, with Tiffani Back, Estella Montoya, Cloud and Luke. The same girls also had a season best 4x200 time of 1:57.47 for third place. Pabon, Hubbard, McConville and DaSean Leslie teamed up in the 4x400 meters for a qualifying second place run of 3:45.14.

Other Cougars qualifying performances were: Pabon (second in 100 meters in 12.38, second in 200 meters in 24.7), Ellie Smith (first in discus at 98-10, second in shot put at 31-0.75), Carse (fifth in shot put at 28-6.5), Gavyn Nelson (first in javelin at 144-4), Josh Showalter (first in pole vault at 11-6), Leslie (third in pole vault at 11-feet). Others who will go to State as alternates on the relay teams are Larissa McConville, Ricky Weddle and Gerald Hail.

Klickitat’s Easton Atchley is the only area athlete to qualify in four individual events. Atchley was third in the 100 meters (12.42), third in the 200 meters (24.97), second in the 400 meters (55.53) and winner of the long jump (18-6.5).

The Vandal girls will have a relay team at State this year with Mackinzie Tuthill, Bailee Green, Emma Atchley and Juli Quinton running the 4x400, where the girls were third in 5:32.86.

Tuthill also qualified in the high jump (second at 4-6), long jump (fourth at 13-10) and triple jump (second at 28-11). Green qualified in the 100 meter hurdles with a second place finish in 18.76 seconds. She was third in long jump at 14-1.5. Emma Atchley qualified in the 400 meters with a fourth place 1:14.48.

Rusty Woodall, of Klickitat came on strong at the end of the year, routinely throwing the shot put around 40-feet. He won the event on Friday at 40-4, just an inch short of his PR.

Trout Lake’s James Baker was the only athlete at the meet who qualified for State by exceeding State standards. The standard for 1B boys in the pole vault is 10-2. Baker was out of the top three places, but his jump of 10-2 earned him a trip to State in the event. He was heading their anyway, with qualifying jumps in the long jump (third at 18-feet) and triple jump (first at 38-1). Baker is also a member of the 4x400 relay team.

Fink will also go to State in the discus, where she tied her PR at 89-7, and the shot put with a third place 31-feet. Another Trout Lake freshman, Joanna Peck won the 100 meter hurdles in a PR time of 18.43 and she was third in the 300 meter hurdles in 58.31.

Others from Trout Lake who qualified are Shivani Bell (100 meter hurdles), Kya Fee (300 meter hurdles and high jump) Kate Underwood (pole vault) and Genesis Ballard (triple jump). Fee, Ballard, Underwood and Anne Underwood also qualified with their best 4x200 relay of the year in 1:57.15. Peck, Ballard, Bell and Anne Underwood qualified in the 4x100 relay in 56.53.

The State meet at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, starts on Thursday at 4 p.m. with a limited schedule. Friday and Saturday events start at 10 a.m. and run into the evening.


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