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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Small Klickitat track team getting stronger

 

March 21, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Klickitat sophomore Josh Bautista winds up to throw the discus during Friday's meet in The Dalles.

The Klickitat Vandals, who opened this track and field season on March 10 at the Eisenhower Jamboree in Yakima, have a little bit smaller team then they have had in the past, but still have a group of young, talented athletes looking to carry on a rich Klickitat track tradition.

Having just four kids compete in each the first and second meets, head coach Jim Reed would surely like to see more kids out.

The Vandals have three returners and one first-year track athlete so far this season, and sophomore Savannah Green is the only one who returns with state-meet experience, although Klickitat had a few more athletes at state last year as well.

But Green, as a freshman, captured the Greater Columbia Gorge League district title in the javelin, took second at the District 5/6 Qualifying Meet, and went on to finish eighth at the state meet with her farthest throw of the season at 106 feet, 10 inches.

She's starting off in the right direction early this season, firing off a pair of 99 foot throws in the first two meets this season in Yakima and The Dalles. She also competed in the shot put for the first time in her high school career and finished third last Friday at the Mullen-Leavitt Invite with a throw of 27-02. While she is strongest in the throwing events, Green also has run in the 55 and 100 meter hurdles and long jumped for the first time in high school on Friday.

Green was the only Klickitat girl to compete, and has been joined by sophomore Josh Bautista, junior Hunter Dawson, and senior Derrick Green.

Derrick Green is out for track for his first season and has been mainly a thrower so far. He threw over a foot farther in the shot put on Friday in The Dalles (34-05) than he did in the season-opening Eisenhower Jamboree while also having competed in the javelin and discus so far.

Dawson opened the season with the 2 kilometer steeplechase at Eisenhower, one of the only meets where that event is held, and likes the distance and throwing events. Running in the 1,500 on Friday in The Dalles, he cut his time down from last year and finished in 5 minutes, 5.66 seconds, setting a new personal record. The junior also PRed in the shot put with a distance of 33-04.75, over a foot farther than his previous best in the event. He broke 100 feet on Friday in the discus, his best event, which he barely missed out on advancing to state in last year.

Bautista is another thrower for the Vandals who has already seen his marks rise over the first month of the season. He threw in all three events (shot, javelin, discus) at the Mullen-Leavitt Invite and increased his personal best in the javelin with a 93-03 throw, almost two feet further than the opening jamboree in Yakima.

The small Klickitat squad has a bit of a wait before they return to the field, with their next meet coming on April 17 in The Dalles at 3:30 p.m.

 

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