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Strength In Numbers

TLG girls repeat as Class 1B champions

For the Trout Lake/Glenwood girls track and field team, it was only a question of how many points it would score during last weekend's second WIAA Class 1B championships at Eastern Washing├┐ton University in Cheney.

The Eagle Mustangs had entries in 14 of the 18 events to be contested over the two days--two fewer than they had a year ago when they won the TLG athletics combine's first state team championship under the guidance of co-coaches Tom Eldred of Glenwood and Morgan Colburn of Trout Lake--and were guaranteed anywhere from 10 points for first place to 1 point for eighth per event.

And TLG's 10-member team made the most of its mathematical advantages by running away with its second straight Class 1B girls team title. The Eagle Mustangs won four of their 14 events on the way to increasing their own meet points record (from 94 to 106) and their margin of victory (from 10 to 41).

Veterans and rookies alike contributed to TLG's record-setting performance last Fri├┐day and Saturday.

Senior Kindra VanLaar repeated as pole vault champion, tying her personal record and establishing a new meet mark (by a foot) of 9 feet, 6 inches. Classmate Dave'y Lumley earned her first individual title--in her third state meet--in the discus, and finished second in the javelin and third in the shot put.

Junior Neola Putnam and freshman Liz Vogt also had big meets for TLG. Putnam, in her third state meet, defended her title in the 800-meter run and placed second in the 1600 behind last year's runner-up, Karissa Carlson of Pateros. (Both runners eclipsed Putnam's 2007 meet record.)

Vogt, for her part, enjoyed finishes of third in the 400 (in a PR time of 1:01.18), fourth in the 200 (PR of 27.09) and fifth in the 100.

Juniors Anna Schmid and Emily Paxson added to TLG's total with second-place efforts in the 300 hurdles and the 3200 run respectively.

The Eagle Mustangs also were solid in the relays. The 4x400 unit of Putnam, Paxson, Schmid and Vogt won in a meet-record time (by .22 seconds) of 4:12.50.

The 4x100 (sophomore Katie Welch, VanLaar, senior Stephanie Anderson and Schmid) and the 4x200 (Welch, VanLaar, S. Anderson and sophomore Megan Anderson) relays didn't set any meet records, but their second- and fourth-place finishes accounted for 13 of the 80 points TLG scored on day two of the competition.

Klickitat freshman Samantha Brewer--her team's only state qualifier--held starting spots in the four events in which the TLG girls didn't qualify: the 100 hurdles and the high, long and triple jumps.

And Brewer put on quite a show in her state meet debut, taking second in the hurdles (with PR of 16.33), second in the high jump, third in the triple jump, and fifth in the long jump.

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