A special Friday night in Washougal sets the stage for an even better today for the Panther track and field teams. They could both be coming home from Longview as the league champions.
“That would be a very good ending to our regular season,” said head coach Dave Hajek. “Winning league is a goal, but it is not the only goal these kids have. It would definitely be something nice for both teams to achieve, but if it doesn’t happen it’s not the end of the world. Just to have the opportunity for both teams to be in that spot is pretty good.”
The Washougal teams increased their potential by performing well for their hometown in the Panther Invitational Friday, at Fishback Stadium. The Washougal girls leaped over Mark Morris by 25 points, as well as six other schools, for the first-place trophy. The Panther boys rose up to second place, and finished just 10 points shy of Mark Morris.
“I am extremly proud,” said senior Katie Wright. “We really feel like a family. There’s been so many good times these past four years.”
If the Washougal girls can beat Mark Morris today, it would be for their fourth straight league title.