Conditions for the field events were less than optimal during last Saturday's 26th annual Al McKee Invitational Track and Field Meet in Stevenson.
Water pooled around the discus and shot put pits after heavy rainfall Friday night. Intermittent rain Saturday made sure things improved only marginally.
Still, most field events--except for the pole vault competitions, which were cancelled for safety reasons because of the slippery conditions--were completed on schedule, and with some surprising results.
Columbia High senior Corrine Blankenship established personal records in the javelin (110 feet, 7 inches) and discus (98-8), winning both events and helping the CHS girls finish fifth in the seven-team competition.
On the track, CHS senior sprinter Abigail Zuck encountered no problems in taking the tape in the 100- and 200-meter sprints in season-best times of 13.30 and 27.12 seconds.
Girl athlete of the meet honors, however, went to Hockinson's Sarah Porter. The diminutive runner was the day's only triple winner, prevailing in the 800, 1600 and 3200 runs.
Stevenson's Rylee Walker and Kaitlyn Richards each won two events. Walker doubled in the 400 and the high jump, while Richards vaulted to victory in the long and triple jumps.
Rainier, Ore., won the girls team competition with 152 points, despite winning only three events: the 400, 800 and 1600 relays. Stevenson, with 139, was the runner-up.
Drew Bergerson of team champion Washougal and Tyrel Burnett of Rainier were the only double-winners on the boys side. Not surprisingly, they shared the boy athlete of the meet award.
Bergerson won two of the three jumps, while Burnett took first in two of the three sprints.
Columbia High won six events--the shot put, both hurdles events, the 800, and the 400 and 1600 relays--finishing second to Washougal in the team standings, 141 to 94.
Senior Wes Blankenship tossed the rock 44 feet, 10 inches to take first in the shot put but struggled with his footwork in the discus (placing 2nd after throwing a personal-record 155-8 last Thursday at Castle Rock) and javelin (3rd).
Junior Nolan Kenoyer posted a season-best time of 17.47 seconds to win the 110 high hurdles while senior Levi Miller finished first in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.89.
Senior Matt Lovrin ran his first 800 race since last spring's state-meet finals and showed no ill effects of the strained hamstring that had kept him on the sidelines for CHS's first three meets.
Lovrin cruised to a convincing 7.5-second victory, completing two laps around the oval in 2:01.21.
CHS's 400 relay quartet of Miller, David White, Kyle Earls and Blankenship edged Rainier's, 47.13 to 47.33.
The difference in the 1600 relay was not as close. CHS's foursome of Miller, Earls, White and Blankenship outran Rainier's, 3:44.1 to 3:51.74.
At Castle Rock:
Corrine Blankenship set three personal records and CHS's boys and girls teams both came in third at a three-team Trico Division meet last Thursday.
Blankenship established PRs in the javelin (1st, 101-3), shot put (2nd, 30-3) and discus (95-8) to account for 18 of CHS's 36 points.
CHS's other first-place points came from freshman Mackenzie VanLaar in the high jump and from its 4x400 relay team of Alison Kreiter, Eloise Zimbelman, Anna Zuck and Melissa Herschbach.
Wes Blankenship registered one PR on the day, uncorking a throw of 155 feet, 8 inches, which was more than 12 feet farther than his nearest competitor's best effort.
"That was a collegiate-caliber effort," Bruins Coach Doug Miller said of Blankenship's PR hurl, "and probably the best in the state this spring."
However, only Levi Miller won two events for CHS, taking first in both hurdles events. He also ran a leg for its victorious 4x400 relay, which scored the last of the Bruins' 40 points.