PREP TRACK & FIELD
BICKLETON – A mere 10 points separated the Lyle/Wishram and Bickleton boys squads at last Friday’s Greater Columbia Gorge 1B League championship meet.
In the end, thanks to a combined seven victories from Chance Carpenter and Gabe Montoya, Lyle/Wishram won the boys team title by tallying 189 points.
Bickleton, second in the six-school field, totaled 179 points. Sophomores Troy Roberts and Nathan Powers were the only Pirates who won an event for host Bickleton.
The Trout Lake and Yakama Nation Tribal boys squads garnered 48 and 41 points, respectively, for third and fourth-place honors. Glenwood and Klickitat tied for fifth with 18 points apiece.
In leading Lyle/Wishram to the league title, Carpenter scored wins in the 100 and 400-meter runs. He also was a member of the winning 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads. Montoya added to Lyle/Wishram’s point total by picking up victories in the shot put, discus and javelin.
Bickleton’s boys earned their two victories on the day in the 800m and 110m hurdles events.
Roberts won the 800-meter run by an approximate four-second margin. The Bickleton soph finished in 2:15.35. Alex Pabon of Lyle/Wishram, also a sophomore, claimed runner-up honors in 2:19.37. Roberts’ teammate, junior Michael Underwood, was third in 2:28.02.
Powers picked up Bickleton’s other victory with a decisive performance in the 110-meter hurdles. He hit the tape in 17.20 seconds, more than half a second ahead of the runner-up, Lyle/Wishram senior John Stephens (17.75).
Powers, too, walked off with second-place finishes in the 300-meter hurdles, the high jump and long jump. In the 300m hurdles, Powers clocked a time of 45.96 seconds, a full second back of Stephens (44.90). In the high jump, Powers cleared the bar at 5-4, second best only to Tim Lambert of Klickitat (5-8). And in the long jump, the Bickleton sophomore landed a leap of 17 feet, 1 inch. The top jump on the day belonged to James Baker of Trout Lake (17-8).
Clint Strader, a Bickleton junior, got in on three runner-up finishes last Friday. He was a member of the second-place finishing 4x100 relay squad, and posted the second best leaps in both the pole vault (10-0) and triple jump (35-7.25).
Junior Filippo Palamara aided Bickleton’s cause, as well, taking second-place honors in the 200-meter dash. Palamara too, like Strader, was on the 4x100 relay squad that put up the second fastest time. The other two relay members were Rhys Chapman and Kenneth Allenton.
Also securing second-place points for the Bickleton boys squad were sophomore Andrew Gannon in the 3200m (11:14.96), and the junior Underwood in the discus (101-9).
All of the members of the Bickleton boys squad qualified to move on to the Regional meet, which will be held this coming Friday at Toppenish, starting at 3 p.m.