All seven CHS track & field athletes qualify for State 2A
Meet will be in Tacoma this weekThe Great Northern League had little trouble pushing through its athletes at the so-called “Glue In” sub-regional meet with the Central Washington Athletic Conference (Districts 5-6-7) last Friday at Prosser High School.A top four finish qualified GNL/CWAC athletes for the State 2A meet May 23-25 at Mt. Tahoma High School in Tacoma.Of the 35 events run, the GNL was able to get two athletes or relay teams through to State in all but six events.“There was not one event that the GNL did not qualify an athlete or relay team,” explained Colville High head coach, Ty Brown. “In the majority of events, the GNL went one-two.”Brown said that for his Indians, the trip to the lower valley qualified as a “business trip where the goal was to come in and take care of business and move on to the next level.”Mission accomplished.Phillips leads wayColville’s seven qualifiers to the GNL/CWAC “Glue Meet” qualified for State in nine events. Heading to Tacoma this week will be Chelsea Phillips in the 100 meter hurdles, long jump and 4x100 relay team; Malia Luu in the 4x100 relay; Mackayla McLaughlin in the 4x100 relay; Alyona Gudima in the 4x100 relay; Tora Luu in the high jump; Joellee Buckner in the javelin, and Cainan Holte in the discus.Phillips is nearing the end of a superb senior season for the Indians. She finished third in the 100-meter hurdles (16.23). While Phillips was the first to concede that it wasn’t her best performance, qualifying for State was the goal at hand.“The reality was to qualify and peak at the right time this week,” coach Brown said.Brittany Dugger of East Valley (Spokane) won the 100- meter hurdles in a time of 15.46.Phillips also qualified for Tacoma in the long jump with a mark of 16-06.5. That was good for fourth place. In her final event, the 4x100 relay, Colville turned in a PR and second place finish (50.03). Selah won the event in a time of 49.40.That finish puts Phillips, McLaughlin, Luu and Gudima sixth in the state in the 4x100. Colville’s 4x100 relay team won the state crown last spring at the 1A level.“It should be a great race this week for a chance to repeat their state championship last season at the 1A level,” Brown said. 2nd in high jumpTora Luu and high jump winner Lindsay Yetter of Prosser both cleared 5-2. Yetter won on fewer misses. Freshman Luu has a season best of 5-4 in the event. She will likely be one of the favorites in Tacoma.“She will definitely go to Tacoma with the expectation of challenging the other jumpers for the state title,” her coach said.Buckner, top-ranked in the region among 2A javelin throwers, didn’t disappoint. The senior, headed to Western Washington University to play volleyball, uncorked a 128-02 mark on her fifth throw to win the event and was a model of consistency at the sub-regional.CHS throwers’ coach Bob Gumm said that Buckner’s series of throws at Prosser “were her most consistent all season.”“Joellee was able to have marks of over 120-feet and came through in the finals when it counted,” Brown said. “She will also be expecting great things at the state meet.”Holte, one of the state’s best in the discus all spring long, is the only CHS male athlete heading to Tacoma this week. “It’s fitting, because Cainan is the only male senior on the entire track and field team,” coach Brown explained.And like Buckner, Holte came into the region top-ranked in his specialty. Brown said that Holte had a little difficulty with a balky elbow that has bothered him all season long, but he was still able to qualify for the trip west this week with a throw of 158-06. That was good for second place. A shot at TahomaHolte and event winner Jacob Laird of Ephrata (159-03) were the only throwers who eclipsed 150-feet at Prosser.Brown thinks that Holte has a shot in Tacoma.“We feel that if Cainan can relax and throw in competition like he does when he’s relaxed in practice, he can do some amazing things. It should be a great meet in Tacoma.”Brown said he and fellow coaches were very pleased to get all seven of their qualifying athletes through the CWAC-GNL sub-regional and on to the state meet.“Overall, we couldn’t have been happier with the performances turned in by our athletes at the meet,” Brown said. “We have a great group of kids headed to the State meet and our hopes are to continue the trend and take care of business.”OTHER HIGHLIGHTSDeer Park’s Daniel Amann won the 800-meter run (1:59.40), the 1600 (4:32.85) and the 3200 (9:59.70).His teammate, Jade Wilson, captured the 110 hurdles (15.21) and the 300 hurdles (39.39).For the girls, Cheney’s Sanne Holland won the 1600 (5:27.77) and the 3200 (11:46.90).