A second-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay capped Columbia High's boys track and field team third consecutive Trico Division championship last Friday at Woodland High School.
CHS led Ridgefield by seven points entering the relay, which was the final event of the boys competition.
Finishing second in the race--to Ilwaco--gave the Bruins eight points and more than ensured their victory over the Spudders, 96 to 89.
But Bruins Coach Doug Miller wasn't so sure until the boys javelin competition, which was still going on after all the running and jumping was over, had concluded.
Ridgefield needed 18 points (for first and second). But the best it could was pick up another 10 points.
"I was a bit concerned until I saw the final tally sheets," Miller dead-panned. "Then I was relieved."
The CHS boys' second team title in the last two weeks sets the stage for what should be a terrific SW Washington District 4 2A Meet this Friday in Woodland. The Bruins have won two of the last three district championships.
"We'll be taking a good core of athletes," Miller noted. "We don't have any throwers left, but we have a pair of hurdlers, a couple of jumpers and speed to burn. So, we might have enough bases covered to pull it out."
Columbia's district qualifiers on the boys side were seniors Chris Davis (long and triple jumps, 4x100 and 4x400 relays), and Zach Tindall (triple jump); juniors Levi Miller (110 and 300 hurdles, both relays), Matt Lovrin (800) and Will Brasuell (400, both relays); and sophomores Andrew Culp (100, 200 and both relays) and Nolan Kenoyer (110 and 300 hurdles).
The CHS girls will send seniors Kaitlin Mansfield (triple jump, all three relays), Alexa William (high jump, 4x200 and 4x100 relays), Meghan McCutcheon (4x100 and 4x200 relays), Krista Bakke (discus), Sylvia Kreiter (4x200 relay) and Jeni Stembridge (4x400 relay); juniors Abby Zuck (400, three relays) and Anna Zuck (3200); and sophomore Alycia Rohwer (4x100 and 4x400 relays).
Columbia's girls team wasn't a factor in the last Friday's Trico team competition, which boiled down to a two-team race between Woodland and La Center.
Still the CHS girls produced two Trico titles in individual events: Mansfield in the triple jump, with a Trico-meet best of 34 feet, 1.75 inches, and Williams in the high jump, with a personal record-tying effort over 5 feet, 2 inches.
The CHS boys claimed victory in six Trico meet events: Miller in the 300 hurdles, Culp in the 100 and 200 (the latter in a PR time of 23.2 seconds), Lovrin in the 800 and the quartet of Davis, Miller, Culp and Brasuell in the 4x1 and 4x4 relays.
Six CHS athletes competed for the last time this season last Friday.
Senior throwers Sean Farrell and Nick Ellson (he had a PR in the javelin) ended their CHS careers.
Junior Kevin Groeneveld and freshman Thomas Jeter both posted PRs in the 3200, as did freshman Britta Knutson in the 300 hurdles. Freshman Eloise Zimbelman ran the 1600, but also failed to qualify for district.