Columbia High participants in this Friday's SW Washington District 2A Track and Field Championships at Woodland include nine first-time qualifiers: Five on the girls side and four on the boys.
Senior Corrine Blankenship, in her first track and field season, qualified in all three throws, while exchange student Sara Ribeiro made it in both hurdles events.
Sophomore Eloise Zimbelman also advanced in two events--the 1600- and 3200-meter runs--while junior Ashley Neff and sophomore Melissa Herschbach each made it to district in one: Neff in the 800 and Herschbach in the discus.
Their district-qualifying efforts in open events helped Columbia High's girls finish third, with 89 points, in last Friday's Trico Division championships in Woodland.
Blankenship was White Salmon's only victor in the two-day competition, which began last Wednesday and was won by Stevenson with 135 points.
Blankenship's victory came in the javelin, in which she let fly a career-best throw of 111 feet, 3 inches. She placed third in the discus and and fourth in the shot put.
Ribeiro, from Brazil, posted one second-place and one third-place finish for the Bruins, while senior and team captain Abigail Zuck. Zuck was runner-up in the 200 and 400 dashes.
Senior Anna Zuck earned a berth to district with a sixth-place finish in the 1600.
The top six individuals in field events and the 800, 1600 and 3200 qualified for the district meet, the state-qualifier for SW Washington's 13 2A schools.
The top four individuals in the sprints and the top four relay teams also progressed to the next level.
At district, the top four in every event will move on to the state meet, which will take place June 2-4 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.
Seniors Matt Lovrin and Levi Miller will attempt to make it to state in three events for CHS's boys team.
Both were double-winners in open events at the Trico meet, helping White Salmon earn third place (behind Ridgefield and Castle Rock) and score 91 points.
Lovrin, the team's captain, placed first in the 400 and 800 runs, while Miller swept the 110 and 300 hurdles. Each also will run a leg for Columbia's 4x400 relay team, which took second at the league meet.
Junior Nolan Kenoyer also will try to qualify for state in the 110 and 300 hurdles. Last Friday, he ran second to Miller in both last Friday. He also earned a berth to district in the long jump.
In the throws, senior Wes Blankenship will get a chance to advance in the discus and shot put. The senior--who made it state in both as a sophomore--finished second in the discus and third in the shot put last Friday.
First-time district qualifiers for CHS were freshman Calvin Garrett in the high jump, sophomore Alex Villa in the 3200, and freshman Calvin Earls and senior Kevin Groeneveld in the relay.