Track State: Elma boys, grab fourth, Montesano fifth; Montesano girls 3-way tie for fourth 05/24/12

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KALAMA — Elma and Montesano track and field athletes traveled to Kalama for the 1A District IV Championships on May 18. In total, 16 schools arrived to set their marks and try to advance into the state finals May 25- 26 at Eastern Washington University.

Ten individual athletes, along with two relay teams from Elma and Montesano, are headed off to the state finals after placing in the top four at the district meet.

Elma will take its 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams consisting of Joel and Ray Stark, Eric Atkins, Brian Maslen and Chance Bremer. The teams took a first-place finish in the 4x400, posting a time of 3:32.15, and a third in the 4x100 to qualify for state.

The Starks, Joel and Ray, also garnered advancement in the hurdles. Joel finished first in the 300-meter low hurdles; Ray ran third in the same event. And Joel again, second in the 110M High Hurdles.

Lady Eagles joining the boys will be Natalie Grant, who took first in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes and set school records along the way. Bethany Lipska will compete in the triple jump and high jump field events after her third-place finish at a distance of 33 feet, 4.5 inches and a fourth-place finish at a height of 4.8 feet.

The Bulldogs advance three boys and three girls for next weekend. Tera Novy smashed the competition at the district meet taking first place in both shot put and discus. Tiffanie Crea, also well ahead of her third-place challenger, took second in the javelin event. Gabrielle Rudolph set the pace in the 3,200-meter race, finishing four seconds ahead of the pack to break the tape.

Rudolph will not be the only runner from Montesano as Tyson Lovell, who took first in the boys 800-meter and a third in the 1,600-meter will be running as well. Freshman Tanner Birdsall qualified with a fourth-place finish in the 100-meter dash and will also represent the Bulldogs. In field events, Joe Benedict will defend his third-place triple jump district finish as he advances to the state meet.