Goldendale track competes at Holder Relays for last meet until after break
April 4, 2018
The Timberwolves accumulated 18 team points on the girls side, while the boys added 10 points for the 10th place finish at the Holder Relays on Saturday in Zaepfel Stadium at Eisenhower High School.
The meet featured varsity heats, as well as freshmen/sophomore heats in many of the events, giving a lot of the younger athletes good chances to better compete against their competition level against much larger schools.
Senior Allison Gilliam, sophomore Ellie Rising, and freshman Tiana Watson all notched top four finishes to accumulate the points for the girls, while senior Dillon Rising cruised to a pair of top-five finishes in his long distance events, including a personal-record setting run in the 1,600 and a runner-up finish in the 3,200.
Dillon Rising, a state competitor in both those events last season, competed in the 3,200 on Saturday for the first time this season, taking second place in 9 minutes, 53.84 seconds. That time is still about four seconds behind his PR in the event, which he set at last year's Pasco Invitational, but as the second half of the season picks up and the training intensifies, there's no reason why that old mark will continue to stand as he makes his run toward state.
Rising was joined on Saturday in the 3,200 by junior Lucas Anderson, who also ran with Rising at state last year in the event. Anderson also was competing for the first time this season in the two-mile run, and was able to cut over 14 seconds from his old personal record with his 10:16.48 mark.
Rising also collected team points with his fifth place showing in the 1,600, which he ran faster than he ever had. He stopped the timers at 4:31.66, slightly down from his old PR which was set in Cheney last season.
Conner Doubravsky was a dual-threat athlete in Yakima with strong marks in running and throwing events. The senior finished the 100 at 12.37 and added a 109 foot, 11 inch throw in the discus that placed him 12th. Sophomore Cameron Mains followed Doubravsky in the discus where his throw of 98-07 placed him 20th. Mains also PRed in a pair of events in Yakima with his 49.06 run in the 300 hurdles and his 27-08.5 throw in the shot put. It was the first time this season he has competed in those events, putting up better marks than he did last season.
Gilliam was the highest finisher for the Goldendale girls. She finished runner-up in her best event, the 300 hurdles, breaking her old personal best in the event with her 47.91 second finish. It was the first time Gilliam finished under 48 seconds in the event, and her time currently ranks in the top 20 for Washington state girls regardless of school size.
Ellie Rising also added a high finish in one of her best events, although she is still chasing her personal best in the 1,600. She took third in the event on Saturday, crossing the finish line in 5:28.95, about eight seconds behind her fastest time in the event, which she set (5:20.38) en route to a 10th place finish at last year's state meet in Cheney. The 1,600 was the only event she competed in, but the sophomore also ran in the 800 at state last year.
Watson also helped garner some of Goldendale's team points with her fourth-place javelin throw, which crushed her previous record by over 10 feet. She reached triple digits in the javelin for the first time, throwing 104 feet, 1 inch on Saturday, which was just under 14 feet farther than her previous best throw (90-05) from March 16 in The Dalles. Along with the new personal record in the javelin, Watson also added a runner-up mark in the freshmen discus event at 77 feet, and a third place leap in the freshmen long jump at 13-0.25.
Goldendale is back in action after spring break ends. They travel to Naches on Tuesday, April 10 for the first South Central Athletic Conference League meet, with the first events starting at 3:30 p.m.
The Pirates also were in attendance on Saturday, although they were missing many of their top athletes.
Many of the freshmen and sophomores were able to take advantage of the non-varsity heats and competed in events they usually wouldn't have. Many also were able to increase previous marks while setting new personal bests right before heading into the break.
Sophomore Scott McBride had the highest finishes for the Pirates in the varsity events, posting an eighth place finish in the discus at 118 feet and a 12th place showing in the shot put at 39-04.5. Junior Cesareo Arriaga added an 11th place throw with his 126 feet, 2 inch, mark in the javelin.
Other personal best marks for Bickleton was freshmen Nathan Hanson (14.50) and Ezequiel Gonzales (15.02) in the 100, freshman Hayden Andrews (1:08.01) in the 400, freshman Christian Arriaga (2:22.51) and sophomore Ethan Andrews (3:01.38) in the 800. Hanson also set a PR with his 25 foot, 6 inch throw in the shot put, Andrews also did with his 7 foot mark in the pole vault, and Cesareo Arriaga triple jumped farther than he ever had with his jump of 35-03.75.
The Pirates are idle this next week and return for the Rivers Edge meet on April 13 in Umatilla, Oregon.