Spring sports concluded with great performances and some new school records. It’s been 14 years since Washougal had a individual State Champion in Track and Field, but the fantastic senior duo of Dylan Croeni and Brendan Casey continued to leave their mark of excellence on the season and the record books, as each brought home State Championships in 2011. Dylan got things started with a State Best, and new School Record time of 9:23.61 in the 3200M. He followed that up with a 4th place finish in the 1600M. Brendan chucked the Javelin 177’ 8”, a new personal best, to place 2nd. He followed that up with a vault of 14’ 6” to take home the State Championship in the Pole Vault. The points earned by Brendan and Dylan were enough to place 5th as a team, one point behind Cheney. Also competing for the boys team were Sean Eustis and Isaac Bischoff.
The girls team had two representatives competing in three events at the State Meet. Kelley Young competed in the 100 and 300 Hurdles, bringing home a 5th place medal in the 100 Hurdles. Kelley broke the school record that she set as a junior three times this season. It now stands at 15.44, the time that she ran at district to qualify for the State Meet. Also competing for the girls team was Kaitlyn Johnson in the 100M.
Another stellar performance was turned in at the State Tennis Tournament by Bolivian foreign exchange student Niko Lima-Severich. Niko finished 3rd in the singles competition after losing a well-played and exciting match to the eventual state champ in the semi-finals. The girls doubles team of Shelby DeLong and Allie Reeves played well and made the medal round placing 8th. Also competing for the boys was the doubles team of Patrick McCarthy and Ian Cagle.
Two boys advanced to the State Golf Tournament. Connor O’Neill made the cut after the first round and finished in a tie for 14th place. Beau Scott also represented the Panthers but did not advance to the second round.
Several students set school records this spring…Brendan Casey set a new school record in the Pole Vault with a vault of 15’ 3”. Dylan Croeni set new school record marks in the 1600M (4:23.21) and the 3200M (9:25.20). Katelyn Wright broke the school High Jump record that she had shared with Roxie Niedert of 5’ 3”, with an incredible jump of 5’ 4”.