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At 16th Annual Bruin Invite

Personal records help CHS boys win back title

Columbia High's boys track and field team scored victories in just five of 16 events last Saturday but still won its first Bruin Invitational Meet title since the 2006 season.

The Bruins tallied a meet-high 124 points--Washougal, with 85, was second in the seven-team boys meet--under a scoring system that awarded points to the top six finishers in each event, with 10 points going to each winner.

Columbia received 50 points for its first-place finishes, which came from Luis Roque in the 800-meter run, Zachary Mart in the long jump (with a career-best mark by 13 inches of 19 feet, 9 inches), Ty Plummer in the discus (with a personal record throw of 132-7), and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays of Roque, Kyle Earls, Enrique Granados and Jarin Ladiges.

CHS added 60 points to its total by placing second in six events and third in two others during the school's 16th annual spring event.

The team's second-place finishers were Jarin Ladiges (100 dash, shot put), Tate Peterson (PR in triple jump, 39-3.5), Evan Nystrom (PR of 19-4.5 in long jump), Calvin Garrett (high jump) and Earls (200).

Jenson Ladiges notched both third-place efforts, turning in personal record times in the 110 and 300 hurdles.

Also contributing to the Bruins' victory were Neal LaGrander and Miguel Reyes. LaGrander tallied PRs in the 800 run (2:17.17, 6th) and the javelin (119-3, 4th), while Reyes lowered his time in the 1600 to 5:21.16.

Stevenson's girls captured its fifth consecutive Bruin Invitational team title, placing first in seven of 17 events on the way to scoring 122 points.

Amanda Stump paced the Bulldogs with victories in the 200-meter dash and the 300 low hurdles, and a second-place effort in the 100. Kelsey Penner also won two events for Stevenson--the long jump and the triple jump.

Host Columbia High didn't win any events, but it got personal-best efforts from Whitney Reynier in the long jump and Heidi Nybroten in the javelin.

Reynier finished second--by 3 inches--to Penner in the long jump, improving on her PR of 14 feet, 10 inches with a vault of 15-5. Nybroten added 3 feet, 7 inches to her previous best throw of 80 feet.

Columbia's other highlights included Michelle McMillen's third-place showings in the 200 and the triple jump.

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