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On to state: 9 Gdale athletes, 2 relays advance


There were plenty of personal bests for the Timberwolves at last Thursday’s South Central Athletic Conference District track and field meet in Naches while nine individuals and a pair of girls relay teams qualified for the state meet, which runs Thursday through Saturday on the campus of Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

Six Goldendale boys qualified for the state meet after racking up 65 team points for fourth place among the 14 league teams in attendance. The Timberwolves boys also combined for seven individual personal best finishes and their 4x100 relay team sprinted to the fastest finish this season while just falling short of a state berth.

Three individuals on the girls side, as well as both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads, all finished in state-qualifying positions as the girls tallied 64 team points for fifth place among their district rivals. Five Goldendale girls also set PRs and both relay teams ran its fastest races this season. The top four boys and top three girls finishers in individual events all qualified for the state meet.


Dillon Rising returns to the state meet after earning district champion honors in the 3,200 while also finishing runner-up in the 1,600. The third-year state meet veteran was the top SCAC runner in the two mile (10 minutes, 11.49 seconds) for the second straight year and shaved an unreal four seconds off his all-time best finish in the 1,600 for the second place finish in 4:33.18. The junior has competed at state in each of his three years in high school, finishing ninth in the 1,600 and eighth in the 3,200 last year and 11th in the 3,200 in 2015 as a freshman.

Sophomore Lucas Anderson will be running with his teammate in the 3,200 at state after cutting over seven seconds off his former personal record in the event. He took fourth place on Friday in the two mile in 10:32.68 and

will get his first taste of state tomorrow. (See what time each event starts online, ran out of space in the paper.)

The Timberwolves also will have a pair of studs running in both the 110 and 300 hurdles races later this week.

Senior Mykhail Lembke and freshman Corbin Bland both set personal bests in the 300 hurdles and finished second and third in 42.11 and 42.47 respectively. With his new PR, Lembke cracked his way into Goldendale’s all time top 10 in the event, bumping Ed Gunnyon out of the 10th spot.

The two also qualified in the 110 hurdles too. Bland hurdled himself to a third place mark at 18.77 seconds and Lembke followed and

nabbed the final state spot at 18.93 in fourth place. Senior Michael Jagelski also will be making his second appearance at state, although this year is his first in an individual event. He, along with Lembke, ran in the 4x400 relay along with Brian Golding and Logan Boardman at last year’s state meet.

On Thursday though, Jagelski, for the second straight week, set a personal record in the 800, cutting his previous best time by more than two seconds. He finished second in the event in 2:01.1, behind College Place’s Kenneth Rooks, who also won the 1,600.

Sophomore Reece Michael also will make the trip to Cheney after qualifying earlier this season in the shot put. Needing a throw of 12 feet or more in the event to qualify for the ambulatory shot put event, he bested that mark in the first meet of the season and boasts a top throw of 15 feet, 4 inches this year.

A pair of juniors just missed the cut in two different throwing events. Conner Doubravsky’s throw of 118-10 feet in the discus placed him in seventh while Colton Ward had his best throw of the year in the javelin at 123-04 feet.

Freshman Corbin Riley also joined a large portion of the team in setting a PR, his in the 3,200 where his 10:03.37 time placed him ninth.

Bland, Grant Gunkel, Lembke and Doubravsky helped the 4x100 team to a fifth place finish in 45.71, just missing the fourth place mark by .21 seconds.


Freshman Ellie Rising notched two personal-best marks in the 800 and 1,600, claiming the first of many district champ distinctions in the mile run and also helped the 4x400 team to a third place showing.

Rising’s 5:24.85 time in the 1,600 was first by nearly 16 seconds and almost eight seconds faster than her mark as last week’s sub-district meet. She also secured a spot in the 800 later this week with a third place showing in 2:26.28, cutting close to two seconds from her PR last week.

Junior Allison Gilliam also qualified in a pair of hurdles events and both relay teams in her third trip to state. Last year she finished eighth in both hurdles events and in 2015 ran with the 4x200 relay squad at the state meet.

On Friday, Gilliam finished third in the 110 hurdles and cracked 17 seconds for the second time this season, narrowly finishing with PR in 16.84 seconds. Senior teammate Suzanna Bilderback just missed out on a state berth and finished fifth with a PR of 17.49 seconds.

Gilliam also will be running in the 300 hurdles at state after finishing second (48.25) to senior teammate Ocean Bryan (47.43). The two finished first and second in the event once again and both ran the race on Friday faster than any race this season in the event.

Bryan will be making her third consecutive to the state meet in the 300 hurdles, having finished sixth as both a sophomore and junior. However this is the first time Bryan will enter the state meet as district champion in the 300 hurdles.

Both girls relay teams that competed on Friday also earned spots at state. The 4x100 team consisting of Sierra Clear, Bilderback, Abby Hedges and Gilliam finished fourth place in 52.13 seconds, the fastest any Goldendale girls 4x100 has ran all year.

Their 4x400 team also set its season record at districts with a 4:19.31 time. Gilliam, Rising, Hedges and Lene Riggers combined to finish third among the eight teams.

There also were some freshmen that didn’t make the cut for state, but got valuable district experience early in their careers. Hedges ran to a personal-best time of 12:47.51 for fifth place in the 3,200, Felicity Mains threw the javelin 92-09 feet, her farthest throw ever and Kyle Kerns recorded a 75-02 foot throw in the javelin as well.


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