The Washougal High School track and field teams went above and beyond the call of duty to defeat Hockinson and Woodland Thursday, at Fishback Stadium.
Brendan Casey had a busy day on the ground and in the air. The best part was launching the javelin 170 feet, 6 inches to win the event. Not only was it a personal best throw for the Panther, it also ranks third in the state for 2A schools on athletic.net.
“I felt that one popping, and I knew it was going far,” Casey said. “It makes me feel great, but I know I still have things to work on. Hopefully, I’ll continue to improve as the season goes along.”
The senior also cleared 12 feet to tie for first place on the pole vault, and anchored the 400-meter relay team to victory. Jacob Banta and Stephen Camden got it started. Casey took the baton from Bobby Jacobs, passed the lead runner from Woodland and never looked back. Washougal won with a time of 47.17 seconds.
“I knew my teammates could pull it off, and that I could bring it home,” Casey said. “Once I passed that guy, he wasn’t going to catch me.”