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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Strong returners should excite for Lyle-Wishram track and field


March 14, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram's Elijah McCullough throws the javelin during a meet last season. He finished in the top 10 in each the shot put and javelin on Saturday at the Eisenhower Jamboree, and has his eyes set on advancing to state for the third straight season.

yle-Wishram Cougar boys and girls were well represented at the WIAA State Track and Field Championship Meet in Cheney.

This season, with many returners with state experience, the Cougars again should have big numbers competing in the postseason.

Of those returners is sophomore standout Brandon Montoya, who alone compiled 28 team points to help the Cougar boys to an eighth-place team finish among the 37 Class 2B schools represented at state.

Montoya, last year at state, won the 200 (22 seconds) and the long jump (22 feet, 2.25 inches) and finished runner-up in the 100 (11.16) for the 28 team points while also competing on the 4x400 relay, along with seniors Reco Quintero, Randy Hubbard, and Phoenix Dorsey.

Along with those four, Elijah McCullough, now a senior, competed in the shot put and discus at the state meet, and is poised to return to the biggest stage for the third straight year.

On the girls side, Alex Cloud, who graduated last school year, will be missed for the Cougars. She competed in state in each of the last three years in the pole vault, javelin, and relay events, and picked up three team points last year at state with her sixth place throw of 120 feet, six inches, in the javelin.

Although Cloud won't be competing with the team this season, the Cougs have a pair of returns who both made a splash in Cheney last season.

Junior Sydney Rains was just one spot off in the preliminary race for the 100 meter hurdles, finishing ninth place whereas the top eight all advanced to the finals. One of the quickest Cougars this year, her time of 16.88 in the event was just .05 of a second off the eighth place runner.

Joining her at state last year was Larissa McConville, who, as a sophomore finished 14th in the javelin with a throw of 99-02, although her state throw was about 15 feet shorter than her personal best in the event.


The Cougs were off and running for the first time on Saturday in Yakima at the Eisenhower Jamboree, where two came away with first place finishes.

Just as he did last year at the same competition, Montoya ran away with the individual titles in the 100 and 300 meter runs, where his times were noticeably lower than his freshman year. He took the 100 in 11.23 seconds (down from 11.65 at last year's jamboree) and the 300 in 36.05 seconds (down from 37.29 last year).

The other top showing came from McConville in the javelin, where her toss of 106 feet, 11 inches was the best of the day.

The Cougars also had a handful of top 10 finishers as well with McCullough in the shot put and discus, with junior Gerry Kindrick also in the shot, Hubbard in the 300, and sophomore Dylan Schwinof in the 600.

The next event on the slate for the Cougs is the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational on Friday in The Dalles which starts at 2 p.m.


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