Throwers earn titles for Washougal

Bischoff and Kraft push each other to the next level

Josh Bischoff and Aubrey Kraft made their final throws in the Washougal rings count Friday, at Fishback Stadium.

Bischoff won the 2A Greater St. Helens League sub-district discus title with a personal best toss of 161 feet, 5 inches. He also threw the shot put 47 feet to finish in third place. Bischoff hasn’t thrown a disc that far since finishing in second place at state last season with a 158-2.

“I was really excited to throw 160 and a little bummed to finish two feet short of the school record, but I feel I can easily get those two feet,” Bischoff said. “I had two throws above my PR. That’s really nice to have. I’m peaking at the right time.”

Kraft clinched second place in the discus with a season-best throw of 142-6. He then won the shot put with a toss of 51-7.5.

“I was consistent,” Kraft said. “I hit 51 six times. Just got to work on getting faster so I can hit that 54.”

Bischoff and Kraft thrive off of each other in the ring.

“It’s a lot of fun, and a lot of competition, too,” Kraft said. “I’m trying to beat him in disc and he’s trying to beat me in shot. We always have each other’s back.”

“Without Aubrey around to push me, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be throwing this far,” Bischoff added.

The Washougal boys track and field team won the seven-team sub-district meet with 148.5 points. Several Panthers qualified for the district meet Friday, in Centralia.

Although she did not win the pole vault event, Christina Murray did break the school record with a leap of 10-7 to finish in second place.

Matt Rotundo secured second place in the 110 hurdles (15.55 seconds) and the triple jump (42-5.75). Aiden Pullen claimed second place in the 1,600 (4:38.24) and third place in the 800 (2:07.12). Troy Prince-Butterfield took second place in the 800 (2:05.42) and Justin Snodgrass snagged second place in the 200 (24.42).

Prince-Butterfield, Kyle Hoesly, Austin McLoughlin and Christian Mishler earned second place in the 1,600 relay (3:37.81). Snodgrass, Kade Coons, McLaughlin and Mischler finished fourth in the 400 relay (45.90).

Gabe Dinnel grabbed third place in the 3,200 (10:20.48), Nathan Tofell notched third place in the javelin (149-0) and James West soared to third place on the pole vault (12-6). Coons finished fourth in the long jump (19-2.5) and the 100 (12.0). Mischler earned fourth in the 300 hurdles (43.48).

Alexis Maniscalco, Danielle Alder, Shae Alder and RaeAnn Allen snatched second place for the Washougal girls in the 800 relay (1:55.30). Allen also took third place in the 400 (1:03.73). Bekah Shilling, Shae Alder, Allen and Maniscalco claimed third place in the 1,600 relay (4:29.88).

Kiersten De La Rocha earned third place in the discus (98-4) and fourth place in the shot put (30-9.25). Stacie Cuff leaped to third place in the triple jump (30-3). Amelia Pullen finished fifth in the 3,200 (13:27.35) and Maniscalco secured fifth in the 400 (1:04.95).