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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Many new marks and personal bests for Mustangs in Vancouver


Jaryd Cline

Trout Lake freshman Justin Peck runs in the 1,500 during the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational on March 16 in The Dalles. Peck set new personal bests in the 400 and 3,200 during last Wednesday's 1A Trico League Meet at Kings Way Christian High School in Vancouver.

The Trout Lake Mustangs track and field team competed in its last meet until after spring break last Wednesday at Kings Way Christian High School in Vancouver where 18 athletes were able to set personal records including some in multiple events.

Junior Riley Allaway finished the day by breaking two of his personal records in the discus and javelin with much further distances than his previous marks, and also competed in the 100 meter run for the first time in high school, finishing eighth in 12.91 seconds. He threw 108 feet, 6 inches, in the discus, close to 12 feet better than his previous best, and also had a strong throw of 109-03 in the javelin, just under 20 feet further than his first throw this season on March 10.

Along with Allaway, nine other Trout Lake boys established new personal bests in Vancouver.

Junior George Juarez joined Allaway by setting a new PR in the 100, finishing 11th in 13.08. Freshman Samuel Gaige was the top finisher in the event for the Mustangs at sixth place with his 12.59 time, while senior Ryan Thiesies took ninth in 12.98.

Senior Seth Ballard was the lone Trout Lake competitor in the 200, which he finished in ninth at 27.96, down .22 seconds from his previous fastest time this season. Ballard also competed in the 300 hurdles (fifth place in 54.79) and long jump (15th at 14-06), and helped the 4x100 team, along with Aidan Altig, Juarez, and Devin Keller finish fifth in 53.71.

Freshman Justin Peck, who competed in the 800 and 1,600 meter runs at state last year as an eighth grader, ran the 400 for the first time this season, finishing in 56.77, down by about 2.5 seconds from his only recorded time last season. He also ran the 3,200 for the first time this year (first in 10:21.87), and improved his time by just under 30 seconds from his best run last year in the event. Eighth grader Mason Stock joined peck in the 3,200, finishing fourth at 11:19.87, his first time recording a mark in the event.

Senior Forrest Putnam, who joined Peck at state last year and competed among the state's best in the 800 and 1,600, finished third in the 800 last Wednesday in 2:11.67, his fastest time this season in the event. Putnam also teamed with senior Birch Flitcraft, junior Reece Painter, and senior Davis Melkonian for a runner-up finish in the 4x400 relay at 3:50.58.

Other personal bests for the Mustang boys were Melkonian in the 300 hurdles (45.93), sophomore Scott VanLaar in the javelin (78-06), junior Cole McKinney in the high jump (5-06), and Flitcraft (18-07) and freshman Altig (13-09.5) in the long jump.

The girls also had a strong day at the track with eight competitors setting new records.

Sophomore Makenna Stock ran in the 400 for the first time and finished sixth in 1:17.97. Junior Joanna Peck, who ran on three Trout Lake relay teams at state last year, finished a few spots ahead of Stock in the 400 for fourth in 1:11.79. Peck and Stock both also ran in the 3,200, and were joined by sophomore Lillie Goodson. The Trout Lake trio finished 1-2-3 in the event with all three besting their previous personal records.

Goodson was last year's fourth place finisher at state in the 3,200, and finished first last Wednesday in 12:36.37, cutting over 36 seconds off her time from the state meet last year. Stock finished runner-up in the event in 12:49.45, down about 29 seconds from when she ran it four days earlier at the Tiger Invite in Battle Ground. Peck came in third with a finishing time of 12:56.96, shaving close to six seconds from her time in the same event from the Tiger Invite.

Eighth grader Wynsome Painter set a personal best in the 800 and went on to finish third in the event, while her time of 2:38.10 was close to 2.5 seconds quicker than her fastest time earlier this season.

Freshman Hannah Funkhouser was the third place finisher at the state cross country meet last November, and on Wednesday cruised to a top finish in the 1,600 with a PR time of 5:29.16.

Sophomore Eileen Wendell and freshman Peyton Allaway both set personal bests in the long jump, with Allaway finishing eighth at 11-09.5 and Wendell ninth at 10-08.

The Mustangs now have a short break until their next meet. They return shortly after spring break for the Willamette Falls Invitational on April 14 in Oregon City.


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