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Columbia High’S Nathan Bell Resets Own School Record In 300 Hurdles

Columbia High senior Nathan Bell (second from left) pursues Rochester’s Cody Triana last Saturday for the title of 1A boys 110-meter hurdles champion. Bell matched his 2013 performance with a third-place finish. Later in the day, Bell was part of a 300 hurdles final in which the top-four finishers broke 40 seconds. Bell lowered his school record in the event for the second time in eight days, coming in fourth in a time of 39.82 seconds. He ran 40 flat at the district meet on May 23.

Columbia High senior Nathan Bell (second from left) pursues Rochester’s Cody Triana last Saturday for the title of 1A boys 110-meter hurdles champion. Bell matched his 2013 performance with a third-place finish. Later in the day, Bell was part of a 300 hurdles final in which the top-four finishers broke 40 seconds. Bell lowered his school record in the event for the second time in eight days, coming in fourth in a time of 39.82 seconds. He ran 40 flat at the district meet on May 23. Photo by Sverre Bakke.

Senior Nathan Bell was involved in all three highlight moments for the Columbia High boys team at last weekend’s WIAA small-school track and field champion-ships in Cheney.

Last Saturday morning, Bell matched his 2013 performance in the 1A boys 110-meter hurdles with a third-place finish. Some 3 hours later, he reset his eight-day-old school record in the 300 hurdles, coming in fourth in the finals in a time of 39.82 seconds.

In the final event of the day, the 1A boys 4x400 relay, Bell ran lead-off for sophomores Shawn Tardiff and Ulices Isordia, and the Bruins’ anchor man, junior Isaac Bell. The team posted the fifth-fastest qualifying time on Friday (3:29.68) and finished fifth in Saturday’s final with a new personal record (PR) of 3:29.21.

Tardiff also ran in the open 400 dash but did not make Saturday’s final. He clocked a PR time of 51.88 in his heat on Friday, which was 10th fast-est in a field of 16.

The CHS boys finished 16th in team scoring with 15 points.

Columbia’s girls team scored 4 points over the weekend. They came with sophomore Lauren Thiesies sixth-place effort in the 1A girls high jump (she tallied a PR of 5 feet, 4 inches on her third attempt) on Friday and with the 4x200 relay’s eighth- place showing on Saturday. The foursome of junior Sofia Terner, sophomore Claire Anderson, junior Savannah Story, and senior Mariah Rawding turned in a time of 1:49.36.

Check this week's print edition for more photos from the WIAA small-school track and field championships.

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