By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Allison Gilliam, Dillon RIsing highlight GHS track athletes heading to state


Jaryd Cline

Senior Allison Gilliam, shown competing in last year's state meet, has been to state all four years of her high school career. Her first event this year is the 300 meter hurdles, which starts Thursday at 4:55 p.m.

Three Goldendale boys, three Goldendale girls, and the girls 4x400 relay team will be at the biggest and brightest stage later this week at the 2018 WIAA Class 1B, 2B, 1A Track and Field Championships.

Held at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, all participants will be seeing lots of red from Thursday through Saturday while competing on and around the red turf on Roos Field dubbed the Inferno.

Senior Allison Gilliam headlines the Goldendale girl qualifiers and will be making her fourth appearance at the state meet.

She will compete in a trio of single events along with the 4x400 relay team, and is a threat to top the podium in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. She ran away with titles in both events at the district meet last Friday in Royal, winning the 100 hurdles in 15.89 seconds and the 300 in 46.01 seconds. She finished .87 seconds faster than the No. 2 runner in the 100 hurdles, and was 2.39 seconds faster than the second-place finisher in the 300 hurdles.

The preliminaries for the 300 meter hurdles starts at 4:55 p.m. Thursday with two heats. The top finisher in each heat along with the top six remaining times advance to the final heat. Gilliam's seed time of 46.01 is tops in her preliminary heat.

The preliminaries for the 100 hurdles begins at 11:20 a.m. Friday with three heats. The top finisher in each heat and the five remaining fastest times go to the final heat.

Gilliam also is one of five SCAC girls competing in the triple jump. She took fifth at districts in the event, setting a new personal record of 34 feet, 11.5 inches along the way. The state triple jump starts Saturday at 12:40 p.m.

Along with both hurdles and triple jump events, Gilliam also will run the anchor leg of the team's 4x400 meter relay, which finished third at the district meet to earn the state bid.

Junior Lene Riggers, sophomores Abby Hedges and Ellie Rising, and Gilliam ran to a state bid in 4:18.22. At state, the four will compete at 6:20 p.m. Friday in one of two preliminary heats. The top team in each preliminary, along with the next five best times, will race in the finals.

Along with Gilliam, two other Goldendale individuals will compete.

Rising, along with running in the 4x400, will compete in both the 800 and 1,600 meter runs after runner-up finishes in both at the district meet. Rising also competed in both events at last year's state meet, taking 10th in the 1,600 and 14th in the 800.

The preliminaries in the 800 kick off at 4 p.m. Friday with three heats. The top two finishers in each heat along with the two next best times go to the finals.

Her first event will be the 1,600. The 20-person race begins Thursday at 5:45 p.m.

Freshman Tiana Watson seized the final SCAC bid in the javelin with her third place mark of 117-05 at districts. She is one of four freshmen competing at state in the event, and has the farthest qualifying throw of the group.

Earlier in the season, Watson recorded a 121-05 mark in the event, which ranks fifth among Class 1A girls in the state this year.

The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.


Dillon Rising, a senior, will be wrapping up one of the best distance running careers at Goldendale with a pair of long running events on Thursday and Saturday.

He qualified for both the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs after capturing district titles in both events last Friday in Royal, setting a new personal record in the 1,600 in the process.

He starts with the 1,600 Thursday at 5:15 p.m. and finishes with the 3,200 Saturday at 4:10 p.m.

He isn't new to the top-notch competition and this weekend will mark the fourth straight year in which he's run at the state meet. As a freshman in 2015, he debuted at state with an 11th place finish in the 3,200 meter run. Three years later, he's back to close out his high school career.

He qualified in the 3,200 with a 9:48.86 time, which is slated as the fourth fastest time among the 20 total competitors in the event.

Earlier this season he set the school record in the 3,200, finishing in 9:32.54 at the Pasco Invitational on April 14.

Pittman, also a senior, will be debuting at state after a third place leap in the triple jump as last Friday's district meet. He notched a 39-10 jump in the event at districts and a week before at subs set a personal best at 40-07. Pittman will jump at 3:10 p.m. on Friday.

Rounding out the Goldendale boys is another with state experience. Junior Reece Michael is back for his second go at state, but this year will be competing in a pair of events.

Last season as a sophomore, Michael took home the ambulatory shot put championship with a personal-best mark of 15-04. This year he will throw the shot put again (Saturday at 12:25 p.m.) but also will compete in the ambulatory javelin event, which is set for Friday at 12:25 p.m.

He's seen his throwing distance in the javelin rise close to five feet since his first throw of 26-04 back on March 16. At the district meet, he recorded a new best after throwing 31-02, and will be looking to best that on Friday.


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