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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Dillon Rising runs to school 3,200 record in Pasco


April 18, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale senior Dillon Rising shakes hands with Randall Jones before Tuesday's track and field practice. Rising broke Jones' 35-year GHS record in the 3,200 meter run during Saturday's Pasco Invitational.

Goldendale senior Dillon Rising knows how to run on the big stage.

He's ran in the state cross country meet all four years in high school and later this season will make his fourth straight appearance in the state track and field meet.

He found himself among elite competition again over the weekend along with teammates Ellie Rising, Allison Gilliam, and Tiana Watson at the massive Pasco Invitational, one of the biggest regular season meets in the state. With over 100 schools of all sizes bringing its top athletes, Saturday's Pasco Invitational featured the best of the best athletes in Washington state.

It was only fitting that Rising ran faster than he ever had before in the 3,200 against 37 of the best long distance runners in the state, finishing 10th overall in 9 minutes, 32.54 seconds, crushing his previous best time and setting a new Goldendale High School record in the process. Rising previously set his best time in the two-mile run at last season's Pasco Invite (9:49.45) where he finished 18th out of the field of 38 runners.

"When you're in the smaller meets and there aren't as many top-tier runners, it's really hard to push yourself because that's all you're relying on, your own judgement of how fast you're going and what pace you're keeping," Rising said. "When you have races where it's 37 of the best runners in the state, it's a lot easier because you're running in the middle of those guys the whole time. When you have people to chase, it's just like magnets. You can stay on their tail and they just help you get that PR every time."

The record stood for 35 years from a familiar face in the Goldendale running community. Randall Jones, who helped coach Rising for the past three years during cross country season, set the school record (9:39.20) back in 1983. That same year, Jones went on to win the state championship in both the 1,600 and 3,200. He still holds the school record in the 800 (1:54.20) and 1,600 (4:15.20) meter runs.

"I've always wanted someone to step up and do the work that it takes to get there," Jones said. "It's a lot of hard work. A lot of effort and I've always wanted somebody to break those records.

"I told several people, I said 'Somebody's got to break those records before I die,'" he added with a laugh. "Dillon's done that. I'm proud of him. He's put in the time, he's put in the effort and it's an extremely hard road to stick to but he did it."

Rising wasn't the only one to set personal- and season-best times on Saturday in Pasco. Ellie Rising, a sophomore, set a new PR in the 800 (2:24.96) and a new season record in the 1,600 (5:25.37) while senior Allison Gilliam ran faster than she has all season in the 100 meter hurdles, finishing in 16.65 seconds. Freshman Tiana Watson also was in Pasco, throwing the javelin 101 feet, 3 inches.


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