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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

Timberwolf track set for Friday's district meet


What started as a rainy, windy day during Thursday's South Central Athletic Conference West Sub-District track and field meet at Highland High School finished with the sun coming out and weather clearing up as a handful Goldendale individuals as well as four relay teams punched tickets to Friday's district meet.

Competing against the six other teams in the SCAC West, the Goldendale boys compiled 91 points for a third place finish, trailing La Salle (123) and Zillah (192) while the girls garnered 105 team points for fourth place behind Cle Elum (118), La Salle (119) and Zillah (171).

The Rising siblings, junior Dillon and freshman Ellie, swept the titles in the 1,600, a handful of both boys and girls dominated in both the hurdles events and all four of Goldendale's relay teams took runner-up and advanced to the SCAC District meet on Friday at Naches High School.

They weren't the only ones advancing to districts, which combines the 15 SCAC East and West teams to determine which individual athletes advance to the state meet. The top four finishers in the running events as well as the top eight competitors in the throwing and jumping events, along with the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs all earned a spot in the district meet.

In all, six Goldendale athletes emerged with sub-district titles in seven events while many more finished in the top four and eight of their respective events.

Dillon Rising, who recently recovered from an illness, ran for just the third time all season in the 3,200 and claimed first place honors in that event as well as the 1,600, but will be looking to knock some time off those events in the next few weeks. The junior will be looking to hasten his time of 10 minutes, 40.85 seconds in the two mile last Thursday to replicate his time in the same event back on April 15 in Pasco.

Dillon cruised to a 9:49.45 time in the race at the Pasco Invite, the third fastest time in Goldendale history. If Rising he runs the race he is possible of in the 3,200, should finish as district champ in the event for the second straight year. He also will face a stiff test at districts in a few days in the 1,600 against College Place's Kenneth Rooks.

Also emerging as the fastest in the SCAC West in their respective events for the Goldendale boys were senior Michael Jagelski in the 800 and senior Mykhail Lembke in the 300 hurdles.

Jagelski has been up and down all season, but notched an all-time best result in the two-lap race in 2:03.8, which sits at 10th place in Goldendale's record book in the event.

Lembke, who's been among the top finishers all year in both the 110 and 300 hurdles, took first by over 1.5 seconds (42.93) in the 300 and finished runner-up (17.31) in the 110 meter version of the hurdles.

Sub-district champions on the girls side for the Timberwolves was senior Ocean Bryan at 48.7 in the 300 hurdles, junior Allison Gilliam in the 100 hurdles (17.42) and Ellie Rising in the 1,600 with a time of 5:32.59.

Bryan captured district champ honors in 2015 in the 300 hurdles and was second last year before returning to the top of the podium at sub-districts this year. Right behind her in the 300 was Gilliam, who stopped the timers at 50.24 seconds shortly after she claimed first place in the 100 hurdles.

Gilliam topped the standings with a time of 17.42 after finishing second in the event at last year's sub-district meet, and held off teammate Suzanna Bilderback, who ran her best race ever in the event in 17.77.

Rising was the third girl who finished as sub-district champ for the Timberwolves, finishing ahead of the pack in the mile. She also qualified for districts in the 800, finishing third while also setting a personal best time along the way in 2:28.66.

Both the boys 4x100 and 4x400 relays finished quicker than they had at any race previously this season while finishing as runner-up behind teams from La Salle and Zillah respectively.

Corbin Bland, Grant Gunkel, Lembke and Conner Doubravsky teamed up in the 4x100 and finished the one-lap relay in 46.10 and the 4x400 team consisting of Caleb Pittman, Jagelski, Lembke and Gunkel stopped the timers at 3:38.56.

Both the girls relay teams of Sierra Clear, Bilderback, Abby Hedges and Gilliam in the 4x100 and Gilliam, Rising, Hedges and Lene Riggers in the 4x400 both finished second place to relay teams from Cle Elum.

Other district berths

● Lucas Anderson, third in 3,200 at 10:45.98

● Corbin Riley, eighth in 3,200 at 11:15.30

Jaryd Cline

HAND OFF: Goldendale freshman Ellie Rising, left, grabs the baton from freshman Abby Hedges during the 4x400 relay on Thursday.

● Corbin Bland, third in 110 hurdles at 17.76

● Bland, second in 300 hurdles at 44.49

● Doubravsky, sixth in discus at 109 feet, 5 inches

● Colton Ward, eighth in javelin at 113-06

● Abby Hedges, third in 3,200 at 12:49.55

● Jade Smith, fifth in 3,200 at 13:52.97

● Savannah Ross, sixth in 3,200 at 13:59.82

● City Mains, fourth in javelin at 91-04

● Kyla Kerns seventh in javelin at 83-10

● Bilderback, fifth in triple jump at 32-05


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