Haley competing in
the 100 meter high hurdles.
Holliday finishes second in decathlon
by Richard Uhlhorn (info provided by Track coach
School girl athletes have been competing in the 43rd Washington
State Combined Events Championship Girls Decathlon for 13 years. This year
Chelan sophomore, Haley Holliday not only competed, but was good enough to take
Haley is the first girl athlete from Chelan to compete in this decathlon which
combines 10 events over a two day period.
include the following events: 100 meter dash, discus, pole vault, javelin and
400 meter dash on the first day. The second day combines the 100 meter high hurdles,
long jump, shot put, high jump and the 1,500 meter run.
weather was perfect and Haley improved as the competition went on,” said Coach
Day marks time-distance Points
Discus 70’-11” PR 307
Vault 7’-0325” PR 289
Javelin 61’-01” PR 263
dash 1:06.24 470
m high hurdles 17.19 PR 575
Jump 14’-1/2” PR 374
Put 24’-05” PR 363
Jump 5’-025” 655
run 6:03.91 PR 455
points for the 2 day competition 4295
the first female decathlete in the Chelan Valley. Females normally compete in
the heptathlon which includes a 200 meter dash and 800 meter run instead of the
400 and 1,500 meter events. Haley competed against 11 other girls, mostly
seniors, but got beat by Pat McFadden’s daughter who is a freshman. Twenty plus
girls competed in the heptathlon at the event which took place at Lake Stevens.
was a decathlete in Bridgeport in the 80s and has been working with his
daughter for several years. “Haley competed well against her,” said Boyd.
first looked at her this year, we knew she was an athlete,” said Boyd. “She
only had three days to learn the pole vault and went 7’4”. I believe she’ll be
one of the top hurdlers in the state next year.” Haley had only worked on the
discus, shot put, javelin, 1500 and pole vault for a week prior to the
event opened her eyes up. At dinner the first night with her dad, she was
pretty excited about the event. She is a whole lot of fun to work with,” said
feels that Haley has a bright future in Track & Field Multi-Event
Competitions if she chooses to follow that path. “College coaches are always
looking for athletes who can compete in multiple events.”
no doubt that she opened up some eyes at the Lake Stevens event with her second
Boyd’s three sons are the only other Chelan athletes who competed in the decathlon; Nathan in 1992, Eric in 1995
and 1996, and Greg in 2001.
fun to go over and see all these kids compete and see the coaches who are still
coaching,” said Boyd.