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Spokane's Bryan collects four first-place finishes at Chadwick Invitational


With Sydney Bryan leading the way, Spokane’s girls took three of the top five spots in the 300 hurdles and three of the top six spots in the 100 hurdles at the Chadwick Invitational on Friday.

No other school had more than one hurdler.

“We always go to State in the hurdles,” Bryan said when asked about the popularity of the hurdles among the Lady Owls.

Bryan finished first in the 100 hurdles (17.83) and 300 hurdles (51.87), along with the the 200 (27.98). She also ran a leg on Spokane’s winning 4 x 400 relay (4:40).

Joining her in the top five in the 300 hurdles was third-place Makenna Gideon (57.12) and third-place Makenzie Melton (58.67). In the 100 hurdles, Melton was fourth (18.55) and Gideon sixth (19.78).

Bryan is serving as mentor to them, just as 2022 Spokane grad Maggie Czachowski did for her when she was an underclassman.

“This is Makenna’s fist year doing hurdles, and she has got the form down perfectly,” said Bryan, who was sixth at State in the 300 hurdles last year. “Makenzie has PR’d already and is getting better every week.”

The rest of Spokane’s winning 4 x 400 relay included Melton, Olivia Christenson and Ella Christenson.

Other winners for the Lady Owls included Ella Christenson in the triple jump (31-7) and Madeline Hardee in the javelin (105-9).

The host Lady Cardinals received firsts from Gretchen House in both the 800 (2:34) and 1,600 (5:44), along with its 4 x 800 relay made up of Ella Herd, Alexis Loveland, Macy Landry and Rae Little (11:07).

In addition, Macy Landry and Emily Landry were 1-2 in the 3,200, with Macy turning in a 13:45.57 and Emily a 13:45.64.

Little was third in the 800 (2:43), as was Emily Landry in the 1,600 (5:57).

Sparta’s Penelope Hansen finished first in the shot put (32-2) and discus (82-0). She won both events by more than three feet.

The Lady Trojans’ Kahlen Humble won the 400 (1:06).

On the boys side, Chadwick’s Tristan Smith finished first in the 100 (12.07) and long jump (20-7).

Cardinals sophomore Connor Cantrell placed second in the high jump (5-4).

“It’s amazing,” Cantrell said about competing at home. “You feel like you’ve got to push yourself a lot more, with it being a home meet, to make your hometown proud of you.”

Sparta freshman Wyatt Tackett PR’d while winning the discus (105-4).

Spokane’s 4 x 800 relay, made up of Patrick Grogan, Mason Walters, Mathias Buechter and Gabryel Nord, finished first and set a PR (9:10).

Nord also set a PR while taking third in the 400 (55.7).