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CHS Boys Track & Field Roundup

Bruins set PRs in final meet before Trico championships

Columbia High's boys track and field team tuned up for this week's Trico League championships with a dominating performance at last Friday's S.W. Washington Track and Field Classic in Woodland.

Senior Teddy Davis won three events and took second in a fourth to lead the Bruins to a 40-point margin of victory.

Davis prevailed in the long jump (19-113/4), triple jump (41-111/2) and high jump (6-4), and placed second in the 110-meter high hurdles (with a personal record of 15.82 seconds) to account for 38 of CHS's 110 points.

Senior Mike Wild contributed two second-place finishes in the throws. He set a PR in the discus (151-1) and equaled his day-old PR in the shot put (47-71/2).

Junior Adam Neff in the 400 (3rd, 50.87), freshman Matt Lovrin in the 800 (1st, 2:02.6), and freshman Wes Blankenship in the discus (4th, 139-11) also registered PRs during the meet.

Senior Keith McMillen took second in the 400 (50.37) and third in the 200 (23.11) and 100 (11.26). Neff finished fourth in the 100 (11.27) and fifth in the 200.

CHS's 4x400 relay team of Lovrin, senior Conner Williams, Neff and McMillen completed the Bruins' victory, turning in a winning effort of 3:29.7.

Team scoring (Top 4 only):

Columbia High 110, Hoquiam 70, Montesano 60, La Center 49.

The 2002 Trico League championships will be staged this Friday at Woodland High School. The meet gets underway at 3:30 p.m.

The top four finishers in each event will advance to the S.W. Washington District 4 championships (for state qualifying) on May 17, also in Woodland.

At Ridgefield, May 1

CHS's boys team won nine of 17 events and scored 120 points to win the five-team track and field meet.

Seniors Teddy Davis and Mike Wild led the way for the Bruins, winning five events between them.

Davis took first in the 110-meter high hurdles (16.33 seconds), javelin (148 feet, 5 inches) and the high jump (with a season-best 6-8).

Wild made it a CHS sweep in the throwing events, prevailing in the shot put (with a PR of 47-71/2) and the discus (140-7).

The Bruins also dominated in the sprints, winning three of four races.

Junior Adam Neff edged senior Keith McMillen in the 100 (11.20 to 11.21), while McMillen led a CHS sweep in the 200, with Neff and senior Conner Williams coming in second and third.

CHS's 4x100 relay team of Matt Lovrin, Williams, Neff and McMillen also was victorious (45.09) in its final attempt of the season to break the school record.

Sophomore Chris Davis contributed with a victory in the long jump (18-9) and a second in the triple jump (36-6).

Other top finishers included: freshman Kevin Groeneveld (2nd, 3200, 12:59.2 and 3rd, 400, 1:05.2); freshman Wes Blankenship (3rd, shot, 41-3/4), 3rd, discus, 119-11 and 5th, javelin, 119-2); and sophomore Zach Tindall (3rd, 3200, 16:29 and 5th, long jump, 16-61/2).

Team scoring:

Columbia High 120, Wahkiakum 89, La Center 57, Ridgefield 36, Hoquiam 13.

At Montesano, April 16

The highlight of a four-team SW Washington meet for Columbia's boys was a PR and first-place finish by the 4x400 relay crew of Matt Lovrin, Conner Williams, Adam Neff and Keith McMillen.

They posted a time of 3:31.13 in their quest to break the school record of 3:29.

McMillen in the 400 (51.25) and Mike Wild in the discus (with a season-best of 150-11) also were victorious for CHS.

Wild also turned in a second-place effort in the shot put (45-4), as did Neff in the 100 (11.49) and 200 (23.81), and Brett Schutt in the 800 (2:16.32). Schutt added a third in the high jump (5-2).

Fourth-place finishes went to Lovrin, who ran his first 400 of the season in 54.11, and CHS's 4x100 relay team.

Williams in the 200 (24.99) and Wes Blankenship in the shot put (39-3) came in fifth.

In the team competition, Montesano took the honors, with Columbia coming in a distant fourth.


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