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It's An All Or Nothing Friday For Track And Field Athletes

District meets represent one and only chance for CHS and area-school athletes to qualify for state championships

Friday is state meet qualifying day for track and field athletes from Klickitat County.

Columbia High boys and girls will compete for state berths at Castle Rock Stadium, site of the

2001 SW Washington District 4 Class 2A championships.

Athletes from Glenwood, Klickitat, Lyle and Trout Lake will be in Yakima for the 2001 Greater Columbia District 5 Class B meet, vying for single state berths in 35 events (17 boys, 18 girls).

Both meets start at 3:30 p.m. and represent the one and only chance for athletes to qualify for next weekend's state championships at Woodward Stadium in Cheney.

CHS' boys and girls teams are coming off second- and third-place finishes respectively at last week's Trico League meet in Woodland.

"It was a good meet for us," Bruins Coach Doug Miller said. "Everybody who we thought would advance to district, did. There were no disappointments."

But there were highlights, including a trio of school record-setting performances.

Junior Teddy Davis broke the boys triple jump record -- which had stood for 34 years -- with a leap of 43 feet, 1-1/4 inches. The old mark (42-6) belonged to Steve Bond.

In the girls 100-meter high hurdles, senior MaryAnn Graves won the race and set a new CHS record, clocking in at 14.8 seconds -- a tenth of a second faster than her year-old hurdles time.

The boys 4x100 relay team of Keith McMillen, Ryan Miller, Adam Neff and Aaron Kreps tied the school record of 44.7 in a runnerup finish to Castle Rock.

According to Miller, the quartet took eight-tenths of a second off its previous best. "Given that neither Aaron nor Ryan is 100 percent healthy, that's quite an achievement. And I don't think they've maxed out yet," he added.

Other features of the league meet included sophomore Kristin Janney's victories in the girls 200 and 400 sprints, PRs and a 1-2 finish by McMillen and Neff in the boys 400, and senior Jake Anderson's winning 110 hurdles race in a career-best 15.9.

Other PRs were posted by Graves and McMillen in their 100s, by sophomore Candace Henderson (300 hurdles), sophomore Jennifer Clark (pole vault), freshman Katie Mansfield (triple jump), freshman Brett Schutt (pole vault) and the girls 4x200 relay team.

The top four in each district event will qualify for the 2A meet, set for May 25-26.

"If we see the same kinds of performances [at district] we've seen from our kids all season, it's quite likely we'll have at least a dozen go on to state," Miller said.

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