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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Competition heating up as postseason nears


Jaryd Cline

JARYD CLINE TRACK ACTION: Left: Glenwood's Brooklyn Emerson clears a hurdle during the 100 meter hurdles while Klickitat's Bailee Green is out in front during Friday's Jeff Agar Memorial Meet in Glenwood.

There were plenty of personal best and first place finishes as all five of the small local schools competed in the annual Jeff Agar Memorial Meet on a beautiful Friday afternoon in front of Mount Adams in Glenwood.

A pair of Lyle-Wishram athletes crushed the competition in the throwing events, the Trout Lake girls relay teams ran to strong finishes in three different relays and a Bickleton sophomore finished with three personal records in all three of his events during the nine-team meet.


Ten Bickleton boys finished Friday with personal bests in 16 events including three from Michael Gannon, who, for the first time in his career, topped 10 feet in the pole vault.

The sophomore standout drew a loud applause after clearing the bar at 10 feet, and was less than inches away from increasing his mark but fell just short. His distance on Friday placed him in Bickleton's all-time top-10 for the pole vault, tying with Cody Loomis, who also vaulted 10 feet back in 2006.

Along with his mark in the vault, Gannon also paced the field of six in the 3,200 with a record time of 11 minutes, 8.4 seconds, outlasting teammate Christian Arriaga who was second in 11:29.98. Gannon still sits in fourth in Bickleton's record book in the event, needing to shave about 50 seconds off Friday's time to catch his brother, Andrew, who's 10:19.79 mark in 2015 remains the school's best.

Gannon also PRed by nearly two seconds (52.84) in his third career running of the 300 hurdles. Along with Gannon, the Pirates also had four other athletes claim personal bests in multiple events.

Cesareo and Christian Arriaga both set their own records in two events with Cesareo, a sophomore, running for the first time in the 100 (13.16) while leaping over a foot further in the triple jump (33 feet, 9.5 inches) than his previous best. Christian, an eighth grader, set his PRs in the 1,600 with a 5:12.02 time and the pole vault, where he vaulted 7.5 feet.

Scott McBride and Ethan Andrews were the other two Pirates who finished Friday with multiple PRs, with McBride posting a pair of top-five finishes in the shot put (36-11) and discus (118-01) while Andrews increased his previous best in the javelin by nearly eight feet (67-7) and leaped almost a foot further in the long jump (11-6).

Riley Brown shaved a quarter of a second off his best 100 time this season (12.75), Hector Estrada ran for the first time in the 800 (2:36.52), Ethan Mains threw the shot put three feet further than his previous best (32-2.25), Dawson Naught launched the discus over eight feet past his previous best (68-6) and Kyle Underwood took second in the triple jump (38-9.75) and has now jumped further in the event in each meet this season.

On the girls side, Rosy Molina PRed in the javelin with her 69-09-foot throw and Emily Reese leapt to a personal best of 7-09 in the long jump.

Hail O' Banion cruised to a pair of second place finishes in the 400 (1:20.03) and the 300 hurdles (1:06.16) while Kira Harvey vaulted herself 8-06 feet for first place, her best distance in the event since a nine foot vault during the 2015 state meet.


Eagles' freshman Brooklyn Emerson ran to top five finishes in the 100 and 100 hurdles and Kinley Troh also posted some high finishes among her three events in Glenwood's home meet.

Emerson ran to third and fourth place finishes respectively in the 100 (14.07) and 100 hurdles (20.37) and also leapt 13-00.5 feet in the long jump for a third place showing. Troh, a sophomore, set a personal best with her throw of 93-02 feet in the discus and was the top Glenwood finisher in the shot put (27-06) and triple jump (25-07.5).

Carmen Guzmen followed Troh in the shot put (25-09) and discus (72-03) and Bella Couch leapt 22-07.5 feet in the triple jump and 10-10.75 in the long jump.

For the boys, freshmen Kevin Bren and Nolan Ryan were the lone competitors.

Bren PRed with a distance of 17-01.25 feet in the long jump and also had a pair of top five finishes in the 100 and 200. Ryan finished with a personal best time of 3:01.01 in the 800 and jumped 13-04 in the long jump.


Vandals' sophomore Hunter Dawson was pretty pumped about setting two personal best distances on Friday in the shot put (32 feet) and discus (107-3) that he went out and increased the distance in the shot put by seven inches on Saturday at the Nike Sherman Invite in Moro, Oregon. Dawson posted top 10 finishes in each of the three throwing events on Friday in Glenwood and also ran to a ninth place showing in the 1,600.

Junior Easton Atchley had the highest finish for the Klickitat boys, jumping to a third place showing in the long jump (18-06.75) and freshmen Joshua Bautista (76-11 in the javelin) and Chase Green (13.55 in the 100) each notched record times in their respective events.

On the girls side for the Vandals, Bailee and Savannah Green finished third and fifth place respectively in the 100 hurdles but switched positions later on when they competed in the javelin. Savannah got the edge with a 100-6 javelin throw for third place while Bailee finished fifth with a toss of 89-09 feet. Bailee also set finished with a season-best distance in the long jump, leaping 13-06 feet for second place.


Lyle-Wishram's boys and girls combined to set personal records in 15 events on Friday, led by two each from Elijah McCullough, Rudy Flock and Kristal Schultze.

Flock posted his top marks in three events actually on Friday in the shot put, discus and 100, but went on to best Friday's distance in the shot put at the Sherman Meet in Moro. He ran for the first time this season in the 100, finishing in 12.94 seconds, and later hurled the shot put 31-06 feet and launched the discus 120-04 feet.

McCullough was the only one to best Flock's throw in the discus, finishing first with a PR throw of 126-07 while also setting an all-time best mark in the shot put at 41-09.5 feet.

Alex Cloud set her first personal best this season in the javelin at 124-4 feet. The senior finished eighth at last year's state meet, but her best throw this year is over 20 feet further than she threw at the championship meet.

For the Cougar boys in the 400, Randy Hubbard (55.89), Phoenix Dorsey (57.06), Dylan Schwinof (57.98) and Reco Quintero (58.03) all finished with PRs Gerry Kindrick also set a best time in the 1,600 at 5:48.01.

Along with McCullough and Flock, freshman Gunner Miller also threw the discus farther than he ever had, giving all three Cougars PRs in the event.

Brandon Montoya did with he's done the entire season, win. The freshman hasn't lost a race in any of his 100 and 200 competitions this season, and won on Friday at 11.54 in the 100 and 23.55 in the 200. He also leapt 21-08 feet in the long jump, just shy of three feet further than the second place finisher, Bickleton's Underwood.

Schultze was one of two Lyle-Wishram girls who PRed in the 100 along with Hailee McKennon while Cloud finished fourth place with a season-best time of 14.10 in the event.

Both the boys and girls 4x100 relay teams sprinted its way to second place finishes. The boys, consisting of Sam McCullough, Quintero, Montoya and Hubbard stopped the timers at 47.06 while the girls team of Tiffani Back, Estella Montoya, Sydney Rains and Cloud finished in 57.11.

Senior Iris Gatti threw the shot put further than she ever has and posted two top-10 marks in the shot and discus at 23-00.5 and 74 feet respectively, and teammate Estella Montoya who took fourth in the shot at 27-04.5 feet.

Trout Lake

The Trout Lake Mustangs group of young athletes continued to show off their talent in an impressive showing on Friday with many first place and top-three finishes after their late start to the outdoor track season.

The Mustangs cruised to the tune of seven first place finishes and also added 10 other second and third place marks. It was a well-balanced effort from both the girls, who finished fourth at last year's state meet and the boys, who compiled 16 points for 14th place at the championship meet.

Sophomores Joanna Peck and Sean McMahon swept the titles in the 400 meter run in 1:11.79 and 54.94 respectively, and five other different athletes also finished Friday with the best mark in their respective events.

Eighth grader Hannah Funkhouser (PR of 2:31.7 in the 800) and freshman Lillie Goodson (14:02.16 in the 3,200) added top finishes in the running events for the girls while sophomore Liz Fink won for the sixth straight meet in the shot put with a hurl of 34-11 feet.

On the boys side, eighth grader Justin Peck and junior Forrest Putnam provided a nice one-two punch and finished in front of the field in the 1,600 in 4:51.95 and 4:56.19 respectively while Peck and sophomore Cole McKinney added second and third place marks in the 800. Junior Davis Melkonian also was a top finisher for the Mustangs in the 300 hurdles with his all-time best finish in 48.67 seconds.

McKinney and freshman Isabella Dean posted second place marks in the pole vault at nine and eight feet respectively with junior Hunter Wilkerson and freshman Eric Hoeffner setting personal records in the same event at 8-06 feet.

The only senior competing in individual events on the day for the Mustangs, Shivani Bell, added a seventh place finish in the 100 hurdles and a fifth place mark and season record of 12-10 feet in the long jump.

Two Trout Lake girls relay teams, the 4x200 and 4x400 each tallied second place finishes behind the larger Columbia High School, while its 4x100 team finished third.

Jaryd Cline

JARYD CLINE TRACK ACTION: Klickitat's Hunter Dawson winds up and prepares to throw the discus on Friday. He threw a personal-best 107 feet, 3 inches in the event.

The 4x200 team, consisting of Peck, Anne Underwood, Kya Fee and Sidney Becker, notched a time of 2:03.65 for the runner-up finish and the 4x400 team of Fee, Peck, Underwood and Naomi Elyard-Jaeger stopped the clocks at 4:43.29.

Upcoming meets

The Mustangs, Pirates, Eagles and Vandals all are beading east to Bickleton on Friday for a Greater Columbia Gorge League meet kicking off at 4 p.m. at Pirate Field.

Friday's meet is each team's last competition before the GCGL Class 1B District Meet, which is held at Tom Eldred Field in Glenwood.

The Cougars were at the Ike junior varsity meet in Tuesday in Yakima, but results weren't available at press time. They are back on Friday, traveling to Ridgefield to compete in the Ridgefield-Spudder Classic which kicks off at 2 p.m.


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