Columbia High's boys track and field team signaled it will have to be reckoned with at this Friday's Trico Division championships after winning the 18-school SW Washington Classic in Woodland last Friday.
CHS overtook Woodland in the team competition with a narrow victory over Toledo in the 4x400-meter relay.
Those 10 points--split among senior Chris Davis, junior Levi Miller, sophomore Andrew Culp and junior Will Brasuell--gave the Bruins a final tally of 66 points. The Beavers failed to score in the relay and finished with 59.
Columbia also picked up first-place points in the 4x100 relay and in the 300 intermediate hurdles, won by Miller with a career-best time of 41.4 seconds.
Second-place efforts were turned in by Culp in the 100 and junior Matt Lovrin in the 800.
Third-place finishes went to Brasuell in the 400, Davis in the long jump and Culp in the 200.
Davis also finished sixth in the triple jump, while sophomore Nolan Kenoyer placed sixth in the 110 high hurdles.
CHS's girls team fared poorly at the multi-school meet that featured teams from all over southwest Washington.
The Bruins' top individual finisher was senior Kaitlin Mansfield, who came in fourth in the triple jump.
Their 4x400 relay team of junior Abby Zuck, senior Alexa Williams, sophomore Alycia Rohwer and senior Jeni Stembridge posted CHS's highest finish. It came in second to Woodland's entry.
Columbia scored the rest of its 18 points in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
CHS's 4x100 team of Zuck, senior Meghan McCutcheon, Rohwer and Mansfield placed fourth. The 4x200 team of Rohwer, McCutcheon, freshman Britta Knutson and Mansfield took fifth.
Friday's league finals in Woodland, which will start at 3:30 p.m., will serve as the qualifying meet for the District 4 2A championships on May 21, also in Woodland.