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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Risings, Gilliam run to high finishes at Ram Relays


March 28, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale sophomore Nick Lee leaps for the long jump pit during the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational on March 16 in The Dalles. At the Ram Relays on Saturday at West Valley High School, Lee competed in the long, high, and triple jumps.

The Goldendale track and field team and some of its best athletes were down in the Valley on Saturday at the Ram Relays 2018 at West Valley High School, competing against other top athletes from some bigger schools from around the state.

There were 14 – seven boys and seven girls – who made the trip and competed for the Timberwolves, with some garnering high finishes in their specialty events and some setting personal bests early in the season.

Last year's state competitors of seniors Dillon Rising and Allison Gilliam, along with sophomore Ellie Rising, were the highest finishers for Goldendale, With Dillon Rising finishing fifth in the 1,600 meter run and Ellie Rising second in the girls 1,600 meter, and Gilliam sixth in the 300 meter hurdles. All three went to state last year in those events and are likely to return. Both Rising's times from state last year in the 1,600, Dillon at 4 minutes, 32.67 seconds, and Ellie at 5:20.38, are their current personal records, but those records shouldn't last long as the season and training picks up.

Gilliam was the fastest in the 300 hurdles a week earlier in The Dalles and her time dipped just a bit on Saturday in Yakima, but again, those times are sure to drop as the season continues. Gilliam has been to state every single year, and has competed in both the 100 and 300 hurdles at state as a sophomore and junior.

Freshman Tiana Watson recorded a couple of strong throws, and also increased her long jump from the opening meet of the season. In Yakima on Saturday, she PRed in the discus (79 feet, 10 inches) and long jump (14-00) and also had a big throw in the javelin (88-05) that was two inches shy of her mark last week in Oregon.

Two boys recorded javelin throws in triple digits, sophomore Napoleon Owen at 118-01 and freshman Leo Lucatero at 101-02, both personal bests.

All Goldendale results from the Ram Relays can be seen at the end of the story.

Up next

Goldendale will be back in Yakima on Saturday, this time at Eisenhower High School, for the Don Holder Relays at 10 a.m. at Zaepfel Stadium.

At last year's Don Holder Relays, the Goldendale girls finished eighth with 20 team points where its 4x400 relay team of Gilliam, Abby Hedges, Lene Riggers, and 2017 graduate Ocean Bryan finished third and later went to state in the event, although Rising filled in for Bryan at state.

After that, they're off for spring break and return for their first South Central Athletic Conference league meet on Tuesday, April 10. They will be in Naches along with league teams Highland, La Salle, Naches, Zillah, and Class 2B Trout Lake. The meet starts at 3:30 p.m.


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