Another regional meet, another pair of dominating performances for Ellie Heiden and Megan Beauchene.
The dynamic duo from Kamiakin won a combined six gold medals as the Braves cruised to a fourth consecutive Class 3A regional track and field title at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco.
“It is really cool to visually see that, to see it translate,” Beauchene said. “You work so hard and it doesn’t translate (for everyone), but for us it seems like it always translates onto the track and onto the podium, and it is really cool to see that.”
The Braves finished with 205.5 points, easily outpacing Mt. Spokane in second, which had 100.5 points.
Heiden won the 100, 200, 400 and anchored the 4x200 relay to gold. Beauchene won the 3,200 on Friday and the 1,600 on Saturday.
“It’s so amazing,” Heiden said. “Who gets to have a track season like this their last three seasons? Our coaches are awesome, and our support system is awesome.”
The Braves didn’t record any other victories Saturday, though Lindsey Schauble won the long jump, Elisa Grandemange the javelin and Andrea Stapleton the high jump Friday. A host of other athletes advanced to the state meet with second- and third-place finishes as well.
“It is just awesome,” said Danielle Brandon, who took third in the pole vault. “We have people everywhere, and everyone is motivating each other. We’ve all become so close. I love it.”
While the award stand was awash in Kamiakin red, it was the Braves’ top two athletes who stole the show as always.
Heiden ran a strong time in the 200, finishing in 25.06. She also had a great start out of the blocks in the 100, turning on her afterburners to grab another gold. Her 400 time was solid, though she felt she could have gone faster had she been more prepared for the heat.
“I didn’t tie my shoes tight enough,” she said. “I could’ve gone a lot faster the last 50, but my feet were burning and I just wanted to make it through.”
Heiden won the 100 in 12.3 and the 400 in 56.25.
She also teamed up with Schauble, Erin Leseberg and Samantha Raines to cruise to the 4x200 title, taking the baton in second place and then blowing out the field to finish in 1:42.64.
Beauchene also blew away the competition in her 1,600, opening with a 69-second lap and cruising to a title in 4:56.51.
“I wanted to lay a good time,” she said. “Sub-five minutes, I am happy with it.”
The Braves now head to Tacoma, where they seek a third consecutive state title, though without their 4x100 and 4x400 relays in attendance that might be difficult.
Kamiakin will have 19 entries at the state meet and will need strong performances out of all of them to hold off Holy Names.