Chelsea Phillips (right) and Malia Luu are all smiles after the Indians qualified their 4x100 relay team for this weekâ€™s State 2A meet at Mt. Tahoma High School.
Meet will be in
Tacoma this week
The Great Northern League had little trouble pushing through its athletes at the so-called â€śGlue Inâ€ť 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.
â€śThere was not one event that the GNL did not qualify an athlete or relay team,â€ť explained Colville High head coach, Ty Brown. â€śIn the majority of events, the GNL went one-two.â€ť
Brown said that for his Indians, the trip to the lower valley qualified as a â€śbusiness trip where the goal was to come in and take care of business and move on to the next level.â€ť
Phillips leads way
Colvilleâ€™s seven qualifiers to the GNL/CWAC â€śGlue Meetâ€ť 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 wasnâ€™t her best performance, qualifying for State was the goal at hand.
â€śThe reality was to qualify and peak at the right time this week,â€ť 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. Colvilleâ€™s 4x100 relay team won the state crown last spring at the 1A level.
â€śIt should be a great race this week for a chance to repeat their state championship last season at the 1A level,â€ť Brown said.
2nd in high jump
Tora 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.
â€śShe will definitely go to Tacoma with the expectation of challenging the other jumpers for the state title,â€ť her coach said.
Buckner, top-ranked in the region among 2A javelin throwers, didnâ€™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 throwersâ€™ coach Bob Gumm said that Bucknerâ€™s series of throws at Prosser â€śwere her most consistent all season.â€ť
â€śJoellee was able to have marks of over 120-feet and came through in the finals when it counted,â€ť Brown said. â€śShe will also be expecting great things at the state meet.â€ť
Holte, one of the stateâ€™s best in the discus all spring long, is the only CHS male athlete heading to Tacoma this week.
â€śItâ€™s fitting, because Cainan is the only male senior on the entire track and field team,â€ť 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 Tahoma
Holte and event winner Jacob Laird of Ephrata (159-03) were the only throwers who eclipsed 150-feet at Prosser.
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Brown thinks that Holte has a shot in Tacoma.
â€śWe feel that if Cainan can relax and throw in competition like he does when heâ€™s relaxed in practice, he can do some amazing things. It should be a great meet in Tacoma.â€ť
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.
â€śOverall, we couldnâ€™t have been happier with the performances turned in by our athletes at the meet,â€ť Brown said. â€śWe have a great group of kids headed to the State meet and our hopes are to continue the trend and take care of business.â€ť
Deer Parkâ€™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, Cheneyâ€™s Sanne Holland won the 1600 (5:27.77) and the 3200 (11:46.90).