The Columbia High School track and field record book received three new entries last week.
Senior Jake Anderson and sophoÿmore Kristin Janney set new school records on Thursday in the boys pole vault and girls triple jump during a four-team Trico League meet at CHS Stadium.
On Saturday, at the Columbia Gorge Invitational in Stevenson, junior Teddy Davis cleared 6 feet, 8 inches to tack an inch onto his school standard in the boys high jump, set last year during the state 2A championships.
Anderson scaled the bar at 15 feet, 6 inches to add half a foot to his own record, set last year. He missed his final vault at 15-9, catching the bar with his elbow on the way down.
Janney surpassed Lily Dorsey's record by an inch and half, jumping
34 feet, 11@FN(1)@FD(2) inches to win the triple jump by more than five feet.
"If that's what our kids can do in less than optimum conditions -- 39 degrees, wind blowing, chunks rainÿing down...," said Bruins Coach Doug Miller. "Those performances were definitely harbingers. Things happened that led me to believe things on Saturday would be intriÿguing."
The weather at Stevenson was definitely more athlete-friendly, with the temperature running about 10 degrees warmer.
Led by Davis' sweep of the three jumping events, Columbia High's boys team scored 138 points and posted its fourth victory in five meets. Davis won the high jump by a foot and the triple jump by nearly five feet.
For extra measure, he picked up a third place in the javelin with a
career-best throw of 138-5. His efÿforts earned him the male athlete of the meet award.
"Teddy is an athlete with great strength and athletic ability," Miller noted. "His triple jump (42-@FN(1)@FD(2) feet) puts him in the top five in the state."
Anderson, the team's elder statesÿman, pushed his younger teammate for top athlete honors, however, taking firsts in both hurdles events and the pole vault.
His best vault (15-2) was almost five feet better than his closest comÿpetitor's and just four inches off the school record he set Thursday.
Sophomore Adam Neff aided the victorious Bruins' cause with wins in the 200- and 400-meter sprints.
Juniors Mike Wild and Keith McMillen contributed with victories in the shot put and 100 dash, reÿspectively. Wild added a second in the discus, and McMillen took secÿ
ond in the 800.
McMillen's win in the 100 was a bit of a surprise, since it came in his first short-distance sprint race of the season.
Not so surprising were senior MaryAnn Graves' four first-place finishes, which led to her unaniÿmous selection as female athlete of the meet and a second-place finish for the CHS girls.
Graves did it all: running, jumpÿing and throwing. She cleaned up in the 100 dash, 100 high hurdles, long jump and shot put for her first four-event victory since last year's disÿtrict meet.
Janney was nearly as spectacular in winning the triple jump and 400 dash. She placed second in the long jump with a first-ever jump of 16-0 and anchored CHS' 1600 relay team to a come-from-behind victory.
"Kristin ran a marvelous fourth leg," Miller remarked. "When she got the baton, she was a good 20-25 meters behind two opponents. But she ran the curves extremely well and caught them in the final turn and pulled away."
Miller also pointed out some sucÿcesses among CHS younger athÿletes, notably freshman Katie Mansÿfield's 30-7 triple jump.
"Any time you get up into the 30s, you know you have a strong athlete in the making," he added.