Panthers gain pride at Twilight meet

Washougal pride was on display during the Panther Twilight track and field meet Friday, at Fishback Stadium.

“I saw a lot of people from the community and program’s past. They’re all working together to make this a better experience for the athletes,” said Matt Rotundo.

The Washougal High School junior won the triple jump with a leap of 40 feet, 7 inches.

Christina Murray won the pole vault by clearing 10 feet for the first time.

“It’s great having all of Washougal here, and all of this competition on our field,” she said. “I’m glad my family was here to see me PR.”

Josh Bischoff finished first in the discus with a personal best toss of 145-9. He also took second in the shot put (45-8).

“I was really relaxed during that [discus] throw,” Bischoff said. “It just flowed, and it went far.”

Morgan Rodgers grabbed first place in the shot put (33-3.5) and second place in the discus (105-11).

“This was my last Twilight, so I gave all I had in the ring,” she said.

Anna Sharp earned first place in the javelin at her first Panther Twilight. The freshman fired it 109-3.

“All of the competitors really brought it,” Sharp said. “It really pushed me to throw my best to impress the home crowd.”

The Panther girls team finished in second place at the eight school twilight meet, while the boys settled for fifth place.

Washougal pride will be running wild again when the Panthers host the sub-district meet Friday, May 15, at Fishback Stadium.

“Hopefully, it will be like today,” Rotundo said. “Defending our home turf, and making it to districts and state.”