As awesome as it is to see athletes shooting for a third district title, it’s even more thrilling to catch one in pursuit of a fourth.
At today’s Class 3A and 4A District 5 meet at Edgar Brown Stadium, there will be three athletes — Christian Young of Pasco, Cara Gilmore of Chiawana and Andrea Stapleton of Kamiakin — attempting to claim their third district title in a row.
But it could be a truly special day for Kamiakin senior Lindsey Schauble and Richland senior Lindsey Bradley, who will be working on their fourth.
Bradley, who has won the last three Class 4A district 3,200 meter races, is a virtual lock for the quad. She will likely be pushed early on by Walla Walla’s Courtney Cox, but no one will catch her at the end.
Schauble, however, has a more interesting day ahead of her. The three-time district champ is ranked No. 2 in the girls 300-meter hurdles with a top time of 44.07 seconds. The top-ranked Class 3A hurdler is none other than teammate Heather Donais, a close friend who just might be the only thing between Schauble and a fourth district trophy. Donais has a top time of 43.24.
Young, a senior, has captured the last two 400-meter titles and will be largely uncontested in that race. He’ll also be looking to repeat in the 100 and 200 meter races, where he’ll be fiercely contested by Chiawana senior Dre Dorton.
Young owns the top area time in the 400 at 49.39, but Dorton is tops in the 100 (10.74) and the 200 (21.73).
Gilmore, a two-time champ in the 100 hurdles, is on track to collect title No. 3. She owns the top Class 4A time in the district. Gilmore also won last year’s 300 hurdles district title as well. Donais, however, could be set up to sweep the Class 3A hurdles. She owns the No. 2 Class 3A time in the state at 14.95.
Stapleton, the only defending state champion in the group, will be closely contested by her sister Allison Stapleton. Andrea cleared 5 feet, 8 inches for the first time to win last year’s Class 3A state meet. She has hit that mark twice this year but is looking to go even higher with just three more meets to go. Allison’s top jump is 5-6.
The high jump isn’t the only event Andrea excels in. She’s also a two-time defending champ in the triple jump with a top mark of 38-8. Her sister is right on her heels in that event,trailing her by just 2 1/2 inches.
Angela Cardon of Pasco had the meet of a lifetime at last year’s 4A districts, taking the 100 and 200 plus the long and triple jumps.
Check the pole vault for some elite action, where defending state champions Larry Still of Richland and Marissa Berry of Southridge will be pushing themselves for a personal best. Still cleared 16 feet twice last season but has yet to reach that mark this year. Berry hit her PR of 13 feet at the Davis Invite on April 11.