13-14 Chelan Sports

Haley Holiday

Haley competing in the 100 meter high hurdles.


Chelan’s Haley Holliday finishes second in decathlon
by Richard Uhlhorn (info provided by Track coach Skip Boyd)


High 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 second place.

Haley is the first girl athlete from Chelan to compete in this decathlon which combines 10 events over a two day period.


Decathlons 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.


“The weather was perfect and Haley improved as the competition went on,” said Coach Boyd.


Hayley’s marks were:


1st Day marks                       time-distance                       Points

100m dash                            14.39 seconds                      544

Discus                                    70’-11”                  PR           307        

Pole Vault                             7’-0325”                                PR           289

Javelin                                   61’-01”                  PR           263

400m dash                            1:06.24                                  470

2nd Day marks

100 m high hurdles              17.19                                      PR           575

Long Jump                            14’-1/2”                 PR           374

Shot Put                                 24’-05”                  PR           363

High Jump                            5’-025”                                  655

1500m run                            6:03.91                  PR           455

Total points for the 2 day competition                           4295


Haley is 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.


McFadden 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.


“When we 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 competition.   


“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 Boyd.

Boyd 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.”


There is no doubt that she opened up some eyes at the Lake Stevens event with her second place win.


Coach 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.


It was fun to go over and see all these kids compete and see the coaches who are still coaching,” said Boyd.

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