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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale track off to quick start in The Dalles


March 21, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Freshman Tiana Watson throws the Javelin during the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational on Friday in The Dalles. She finished in a tie for fourth place in the event.

Although the Goldendale track and field team's numbers are down a little bit this season, the team is still full of talented athletes who will make a splash at the end of this season at the state meet in Cheney.

After being idle on the opening week of this year's track and field season, the Timberwolves were one state south for Friday's Mullen-Leavitt Invitational in The Dalles where many turned in impressive performances.

A pair of seniors, Allison Gilliam and Dillon Rising, picked up where they left off last season with strong showings last Friday. Rising ran to a pair of top finishes in the 800 and 1,500 meter runs, while Gilliam sprinted to top finishes in the 100, 100 hurdles, and 300 hurdles.

Rising has ran in the 3,200 at state in each his previous three seasons, and last year also competed in the 1,600 where he finished fifth. But on Friday, the senior won the 800 with a personal-best time of 2 minutes, 7.62 seconds, and also took the 1,500 in 4:20. He's officially ran the 1,500 only a handful of times, whenever the team has meets in Oregon, and will start competing in the 3,200 after spring break.

Rising also teamed up with junior Lucas Anderson, senior Caleb Pittman, and sophomore Corbin Riley in the 4x400 relay, finishing third among eight teams in 3:57.42.

Senior Conner Doubravsky also had a busy and successful day, competing in four events, finishing in the top six in three of them. He posted a second-place showing with a throw of 124 feet, 8 inches in the discus, took sixth in the 100 in 12.28, and helped the 4x100 team along with Pittman, Leo Lucatero, and Cameron Mains to a third place finish.

Pittman, along with running in the pair of relay races, also set a personal-best mark in the triple jump by close to a foot with his distance of 38-5.5 for third place, while also finishing third in the 400 at 58.13.

Last season at state as a sophomore, Reece Michael helped the Timberwolves gain a team point for his top finish in the ambulatory shot put. He's back out there heaving the shot put, which he threw 13-05, but also is trying his hand at throwing the javelin, which he did Friday to a distance of 26-04.

Gilliam had the three top finishes in her individual events, but also, along with sophomores Abby Hedges and Ellie Rising, and junior Lene Riggers, helped the 4x40 team also finish on top in 4:28.55. The same group ran the 4x400 at state last year as well, finishing in 4:20.23.

In her first high school meet, freshman Tiana Watson showed her versatility by running, jumping, and throwing. She took third in the discus (72-09), fourth in the javelin (90-05), and fifth in the long jump (13-10) and ran the anchor leg of the team's 4x100 relay.

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Senior Conner Doubravsky sprints to the end of the 4x100 relay on Friday. Doubravsky, along with Caleb Pittman, Leo Lucatero, and Cameron Mains, teamed up to finish third in the event.

Riggers, along with running on both of Goldendale's relay team, set a new personal record by over a foot in the triple jump with her distance of 30-04 on Friday and added a third place finish in the 300 hurdles at 53.81.

Sophomore Ellie Rising ran both the 800 and 1,600 at the state championships last season, and had one solo event in The Dalles. She finished runner-up in the 1,500 to Trout Lake's Hannah Funkhouser in 5:08.5. She ran it almost five seconds faster than she did last year at the same meet, and Friday was just the third time she's competed in a 1,500 meter run since it's an Oregon distance whereas Washington is 1,600.

The Timberwolves return on Saturday for the Ram Relays 2018, which kicks off at 11 a.m. at West Valley High School in Yakima.


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