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UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Prep track and field: Late 4x400 win helps North Central girls earn share of district title

North Central’s girls racked up 134 points to share the 3A girls portion of the meet with Kamiakin. Mt. Spokane placed fourth with 85.


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 9:49 p.m.

Jump city: Spokane-area long, triple and high jumpers among the state’s elite

Names of the Spokane area’s most-decorated leapers litter the pages of the WIAA’s track and field record book, some marks more recent than others.



UPDATED: Sat., May 11, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

From Haiti to Coeur d’Alene, hurdler Nate Burch takes unusual path

Eighteen years after making a long and stressful trek to a Miami orphanage, Laurinda Burch points out the similarities between her and her oldest son.


Prep track and field: Greater Spokane League athletes punch tickets to district meet

The league’s 4A and 3A district-qualifying meets at CV serve a spectrum of purposes for coaches and athletes, but there’s one they all share: punching a ticket to Richland.


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 11:01 p.m.

Prep track and field: Greater Spokane League stars shine on first of district qualifier

It wasn’t the best 3,200-meter time of Central Valley senior Ryan Kline’s decorated career, but it was good enough for him to claim another Greater Spokane League district-qualifying title.


CV girls credit eight straight GSL track and field championships to teamwork

At the start of every spring season, Central Valley girls track coach Geoff Arte posts a list of every athlete to have been part of the program since the 2010 …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 10:47 p.m.

Prep track and field: Molly McCormick leads Central Valley’s charge at district qualifier

Molly McCormick has gripped a Greater Spokane League trophy each of the last four years.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 10:24 p.m.

Veteran coach Linda Lanker continues busy schedule at IAAF World Relays

Longtime track and field coach Linda Lanker jokes that her paychecks are deposited into her gas tank, not her bank account.


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 9:28 a.m.

Test of time: Longest-standing area track records still belong to familiar faces

When it comes to one of the oldest sport we have – track and field – we have a long tradition of keeping records down to fractions of a second.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 10:43 p.m.

Eastern Washington record-breaking jumper Keshun McGee wants more than Big Sky Conference titles

Before Eastern Washington record-breaking leaper Keshun McGee flies into the sand pit at Roos Field, he sinks his track spikes into the school’s famed red turf to get there.


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 1:36 p.m.

‘Hell no:’ Defiant Caster Semenya wins, says she won’t take drugs

Caster Semenya has won the last top-level women’s 800 meter race before track and field introduces contentious new testosterone rules that could shape the rest of her career. The Olympic …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Lake City three-sport star Bridget Rieken ready to take next step at Washington State

Bridget Rieken could have gone Division I in any of the three sports she plays at Lake City. But the opportunity to play in the Pac-12 and stay relatively close …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 4:13 p.m.

Caster Semenya dealt another setback over testosterone rules

Olympic sensation Caster Semenya has been dealt another setback. Track and field’s governing body says it plans to enforce its new rules on testosterone levels in female runners more widely …


UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 1:32 p.m.

Caster Semenya case: A clash over ensuring an even playing field

The sports world is dealing with an issue that goes well beyond the fate of Olympic runner Caster Semenya: How to eliminate discrimination while ensuring that competitions are fair. A …


Courage and questions: Olympian with local ties reflects on Caster Semenya

Three years after the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Olympic athlete Angela Whyte said she still remembers the controversy surrounding Caster Semenya. While she and her teammates heard …


Paul Newberry: Welcome to the world of performance-reducing drugs

Ignoring the genetic gifts that are in the makeup of all elite athletes, the top court for world sport issues a shameful verdict against South African champion Caster Semenya.


AP explains: the ruling against Olympian Caster Semenya

The case involving South African runner Caster Semenya is one of the most ethically and scientifically challenging cases in modern sports law.


A decade and counting, Caster Semenya promises to ‘rise’ once again

Caster Semenya was only a teenager in 2009 when she caused such a stir with her performances on the track that world championship organizers decided to perform sex verification tests …


UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 3:17 p.m.

Olympic runner Caster Semenya loses fight over testosterone rules

A ruling by the sports world’s highest court that female runners with unusually high testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male sex hormone to compete could …


Prep track & field: North Central’s Allie Janke breaks 1600m Shoreline Invite record

Roundup of Saturday’s prep track & field action from across Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019, 12:01 a.m.

Former track athlete’s 1968 Mead High School record in girls high jump is reinstated

Had Becky Nelson been born just a decade later, we just might be celebrating her as an Olympic athlete.


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 9:39 p.m.

Track and field notebook: Talented transfers boost area teams

Ferris jumper Cole Omlin, Lewis and Clark sprinter Samiah Kuntz, Mt. Spokane pole vaulter Hana Hill, North Central sensation Elisa Tosseto and Central Valley sprinter Zach Jongeward are among the …


Steve Christilaw: Athletic records are for us to emulate

One thing you learn early on about sports is that the box score never, ever tells you the whole story. Neither does the record book.


UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 11:11 p.m.

Mead boys and girls win at Mooberry Relays

Jordyn Hutchinson won the hammer toss and shot put as Mead won both team titles at the Mooberry Relays hosted by Rogers High School on Saturday.


UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

Former Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop banned for 4 years for doping

Former Olympic and three-time world champion Asbel Kiprop of Kenya was banned for four years for testing positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO after his claim that urine samples might …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 7:21 p.m.

Mooberry Relays welcomes 26 schools, competitive field for 56th edition

Second-year Rogers coach Brent Palmer has had the chore of cultivating interest in a traditionally lean track and field program.


UPDATED: Sat., April 13, 2019, 10:20 p.m.

Prep track and field: North Central’s Allie Janke wins girls 3,200 meters at Pasco Invitational

Allie Janke won the 3,200-meter race and the North Central girls finished fourth out of 54 teams with 31 points at the 58th annual Pasco Invitational at Edgar Brown Stadium …


Steve Christlaw: Region’s jumpers, vaulters set high standard

There are some track-and-field events a normal person can picture doing.


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 10:02 p.m.

Track and field notebook: North Central sophomore Allie Janke among the nation’s best in the 1,600

Using her tall frame and long, fluid stride, Allie Janke recently ran a career-best 4 minutes, 51.48 seconds at the Eastmont Twilight Invitational, 4 seconds faster than her state championship …