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Collegiate Track & Field:

Lindsey Blaine, a senior at Purdue University, established a career-best mark in the women's javelin May 12 with a throw of 170 feet at the Big Ten Conference outdoor championships in State College, Pa.

The 2003 Lyle High School graduate's previous best mark was 166-6, set April 21 at the inaugural Dave Rankin Invitational Meet in W. Lafayette, Ind.

In setting a new career-record, Blaine defeated defending Big Ten champion Ruby Radocaj of Minnesota in the conference finals. The victory earned Blaine All-Big Ten first-team honors and gave her five meet titles this season.

This weekend, Blaine will be in action at the NCAA Division I Mideast Regional Meet in Columbia, Mo., where she hopes to qualify for her fourth NCAA championships.

Youth Football:

Gorge Youth Football League signups have been scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, and Wednesday, May 30, in the lobby of Wayne M. Henkle Middle School. Registrations will be taken from 6-8 p.m. on both dates.

Kids entering grades 4-6 next school year (whether attending public, private or home school), and from White Salmon, Bingen, Glenwood, Trout Lake and Mill A, are eligible.

The player fee this season is $75; proof of insurance and a copy of a player's birth certificate must be presented at the time of registration.

The season will begin with the first practice on Monday, Aug. 6. For more information, contact White Salmon program director Bill Ward at (509) 493-1020 or (541) 490-1157.

More Collegiate Track & Field:

Annie Hess of Bickleton set a Concordia University--and personal--record in the women's discus April 27 with a throw of 170 feet, 1 inch at the John Knight/Western Oregon Twilight Meet in Monmouth.

Hess is coached by Mac Wilkins, an Olympic gold and silver medalist and a former world record-holder in the discus.

"Annie has made some big technique breakthroughs with Coach Wilkins in the last few weeks and today it really showed," Concordia head coach Randy Dalzell said. "That (170-0) is a big barrier to break and has her looking at the USA national and Olympic trials qualifying standards as her next goals."

The sophomore at the Portland, Ore., school followed up on May 11 by winning the discus at the Cascade Collegiate Conference Outdoor Championships in LaGrande, Ore. Her mark of 166-6 broke her year-old meet record of 155-8.

Hess enters this weekend's NAIA Outdoor Championships in Fresno, Calif., ranked second nationally in the event.

Another Klickitat County athlete, Mitch Wheelhouse of Glenwood, won the men's discus at the Cascade Collegiate Conference meet and placed third in the hammer throw and the shot put.

A sophomore at Eastern Oregon University, Wheelhouse recorded marks of 149-6 in the discus, 161-5 in the hammer and 48-@FN(1)@FD(2) in the shot.


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