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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Lyle-Wishram's Montoya earns WIAA honor


April 25, 2018


Lyle-Wishram sophomore Brandon Montoya poses with his WIAA Athlete of the Week certificate. It is the second time this school year he's been recognized by the WIAA as one of its top athletes.

The top finishes, records, and honors keep coming for Lyle-Wishram sophomore Brandon Montoya.

Montoya, who made waves with his 24 feet, 1.25 inch long jump – the longest jump at a Washington state high school meet since 2013 – at the Mullen-Leavitt Invitational on March 16, had a phenomenal finish in the 100 meter run during last Friday's Condon/Wheeler Invite in Oregon.

The sophomore stopped the timers last Friday in Condon at 10.6 seconds, although all running events in Condon were hand-timed. His hand-timed 10.6 second time in the 100 converted to 10.84 seconds, which was a new personal best.

His pre-converted time of 10.6 however would have tied him for the state's all-time sophomore record in the event. Isaiah Brandt-Sims, of Wenatchee and former Stanford football player, set the sophomore record of 10.6 in 2012.

Also on Friday in Condon, Montoya captured first with a hand-time of 22.36 in the 200 along with a first-place leap of 23 feet, 0.25 inch in the long jump.

Athlete of the Week

A week before the Condon meet, Montoya was the lone Cougar who traveled to the Tri-Cities area for the annual Pasco Invitational.

The Invitational drew over 100 teams from all school sizes across the state, but it was the sophomore from the small town of Wishram who stood out the most.

He was the only one who finished under 11 seconds (10.94) in the 100 meter finals, was the only sophomore in the 200 meter finals (22.49) which he won by .35 seconds, and was the only athlete who broke 23 feet (23-03) in the long jump.

For his performances in Pasco, Montoya was one of 12 athletes from around the state who were named a WIAA Athlete of the Week.

It was the second time this school year that Montoya was named a top athlete for a specific week. He also earned the honors after leading the Cougars to a 46-6 win on the gridiron over Dayton-Waitsburg last Sept. 29.


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