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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Lyle-Wishram sophomore Brandon Montoya wins all three events at state track meet


Jaryd Cline

Lyle-Wishram sophomore Brandon Montoya soars in one of his long jump attempts on Friday at the state track and field meet in Cheney. Montoya set a new 2B meet record with his 23 foot, 7.5 inch, mark in the event, breaking the previous distance which was set in 1989.

Make it a three peat for Brandon Montoya this year at the state track and field championships.

The Lyle-Wishram sophomore, a year after winning two state championships and nearly a third, swept all three of his events over the weekend in Cheney while also setting a new 2B meet record in the long jump.

Montoya left no doubt who the top athlete was over the weekend, winning all three of his events (100, 200, and long jump) by big margins.

By the end of the day Friday, the Wishram native already had captured one state title with his 23 foot, 7.5 inch, leap in the long jump, and was in prime position in the 100 and 200 with strong preliminary marks.

He also set a new meet record with his distance in the long jump, the previously mark set in 1989 at 23-05.

When the finals in his running events rolled around on Saturday, he crushed the competition, winning the 100 in 11.09, and the 200 in 22.3. Both times over half a second faster than the runner-up finishers.

That's now five state championships from the standout sophomore after capturing the 200 and long jump titles last year in his state debut, and finishing second in the 100 meters by less than a fingernail.

In last year's 100 meter preliminary, Montoya set the Class 1B meet record with his 10.89 finish, but finished second in the finals (11.16) to Napavine's Conner Locke (11.15) by the slimmest of margins.

He won his other two individual events by comfortable margins with a 22 second mark in the 200 and a 22-02.25 mark in the long jump.

Montoya wasn't the only Coug in Cheney over the weekend. Senior Elijah McCullough was back at state for the third straight year after qualifying in both the shot put and discus, although wasn't able to record a mark in the discus after fouling.

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Senior Elijah McCullough, shown competing in the discus on Saturday, also threw the shot put and finished eighth with a throw of 43-02.5 feet.

The senior had a podium finish in the shot put though, finishing eighth out of the 16 competitors with a 43-02.5 mark, 2.5 inches off his personal record.

Junior Gerry Kindrick qualified for the first time with a fourth place showing in the triple jump at the District 5/6 State Qualifier on May 18. His best leap of 35-07 was a bit shy of his jump the week earlier (37 feet), placing him 15th overall in the event.

Junior Larissa McConville also was a repeat performer at state for the Cougars. She advanced for the second straight year in the javelin, and her distance this year was much farther then when she threw as a sophomore. She took 10th out of the field of 16, missing the finals in the event by a few feet, which would've granted her a few more attempts. Her best throw Friday ended at 106 feet, nearly seven feet farther than her mark at state last season.


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