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Chs Track &Amp; Field

Columbia qualifies 14 athletes for district in 17 events

Columbia High will be well represented this Friday at the SW Washington District 4 2A Track and Field Championships in Woodland.

During last Friday's Trico Championships in Woodland, CHS qualified four girls for the state qualifier in six open events. One relay team also moved on.

On the boys side, six CHS athletes advanced in eight individual events. The Bruins also will send both relays to district.

Leading the way for the CHS boys will be seniors Nolan Kenoyer and Andrew Culp.

Kenoyer will compete in four events: the 110-meter high hurdles, the 300 intermediate hurdles, the triple jump and the 4x400 relay.

Culp will step into the starting blocks for the 100 and 200 dashes and run legs in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Sophomore Calvin Garrett also will return to Woodland, to defend his district high jump championship. Garrett won his first Trico title last Friday, equaling his career-high mark with an effort of 6 feet, 1 inch.

Competing at district in open events for the first time will be senior Josh Burrell (discus), junior Joey Lewis (1600) and sophomore Kyle Earls (200). Earls also will run in both relays.

CHS's girls team will be led by a pair of sophomores, Nikki Plante and Naomi Halpern.

Plante won the 100 and 300 hurdles at the Trico meet and was part of the Bruins' first-place 4x200 relay.

So was Halpern, who also qualified for her first district meet with top-four finishes in the 400 and 200 sprints.

They'll be joined in Woodland by senior Ashley Neff, who'll compete in the 800 and the 4x200 relay, and junior Eloise Zimbelman, who qualified in the 3200.

At district, the top-four boys and girls in each open event and the top-four teams in the five relays will earn starting places at the state 2A meet, set for May 25-27 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

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