By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

13 Goldendale track and field athletes advance to district meet Friday in Royal


Jaryd Cline

Senior Conner Doubravsky is shown competing in the 100 meter run earlier this season. The senior is headed to districts to compete in the 100, discus, and triple jump as well as the 4x100 relay team.

Nine Goldendale boys and four Goldendale girls performed well enough in their individual events during last Friday's South Central Athletic Conference West Sub District Meet in Cle Elum to advance to Friday's SCAC District Meet and are now one step closer to advancing to the state meet.

One Goldendale boys and one girls relay team also will move on and compete for a state bid after finishing in the top four in Cle Elum. The top four finishers in each laned running event (100, 200, 400, 800, and hurdles events) as well as the top eight finishers in the longer unlanded distance events along with fielding events punched tickets to districts, which begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Royal High School.

A handful of Goldendale's athletes qualified in multiple events for Friday's district meet, while four distance specialists also qualified in the 3,200 meter run.

Senior Allison Gilliam crushed the competition en route to top finishes in both 100 and 300 meter hurdles, finished fourth in the triple jump, and helped Goldendale's 4x400 relay team to a third place showing and district bid.

Gilliam has been on fire in her hurdles races lately and continued Friday with a first place showing in the 100 hurdles (16.32 seconds) and the 300 hurdles (45.94), setting a new personal record in the 300, down slightly from last week's 46.23 mark. Her finishing time in the 100 was a second faster than the second place finisher, while her 300 time was just under two seconds faster than the runner-up's time. She will also compete at districts in the triple jump after recording a fourth place jump of 31 feet, 4.5 inches, and will join Abby Hedges, Ellie Rising, and Lene Riggers in the 4x400 relay.

Making the trip to Royal along with Gilliam from the girls side is Hedges, who will run in the relay and also compete individually in the 400 meter run after taking second at subs. Ellie Rising also finished runner up in both the 800 and 1,600 meter runs and will look to advance to state in both those events for the second straight year.

Kyla Kerns will join fellow sophomores Rising and Hedges at districts after a seventh place discus throw (73 feet) and a sixth place javelin mark at 73-10.

The girls finished fifth as a team with 66 points. Zillah led the girls with 168 team points with La Salle second with 123.


Senior Dillon Rising cruised to a pair of first place finishes in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs, leading three other Goldendale runners in the two mile who all qualified for districts.

After Rising's top finish in the 3,200 in 10:00.80, Lucas Anderson followed in third at 10:17.25, Corbin Riley came in sixth with a PR of 10:54.73, and Sterling Beasley stopped the timers with a personal-best time of 11:33.15 that placed him eighth and will send him to districts.

Rising is one of for boys who qualified in more than one individual event along with Conner Doubravsky, Cameron Mains, and Caleb Pittman.

Doubravsky will showcase his versatility in Royal after qualifying in the 100, the discus, and the triple jump. At subs, he took third in the 100 (12.01), third in the discus (119), and seventh in the triple jump with a personal-best distance of 36-11.5.

Joining Doubravsky in the triple jump is fellow senior Pittman. Pittman set a new personal record with his 40 feet, 7 inch, leap in the event that placed him second and will send him to districts. He also qualified in the long jump with another PR leap of 18-09.

Sophomore Cameron Mains also will be on the bus to Royal Friday after his personal-record discus throw of 107-08 placed him seventh and his sixth place high jump (5-04) finish.

A pair of underclassmen also qualified in the field. Sophomore Napoleon Owen threw the javelin a personal-best distance of 138-03 for seventh place while freshman Lucas Dehart high jumped 4-06 for a PR and eighth place mark.


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