Dash Sirmon

Walla Walla High School senior Dash Sirmon topped the school's javelin record over the summer with his throw of 206 feet, eight inches, at a meet in Cheney, Wash. The Blue Devils mark is 199-05, set by Kyle Mitchell in 2001.

ARLINGTON, Wash. — Walla Walla High School senior Dash Sirmon has issued a challenge to the Blue Devil track and field record book this summer while in action with a club, the Walla Walla Storm.

Only weeks after an outstanding season as a junior, Sirmon placed third out of 24 selected decathlon participants from around the state here June 18-19 at the Washington State Multi-Event Championships. Competing in the 10-skill combo for the first time in his life, Sirmon bested javelin and discus. He was also runner-up in long jump, and placed third in both the 100-meter sprint and pole vault. The other events included the 400, the 1,500, the 100 hurdles, shot put and the high jump.

Sirmon was coming off a stellar, but all-too-brief, season for Wa-Hi. Returning to action for just the month of April as circumstances amid the COVID-19 pandemic were only beginning to improve, he earned All-Mid Columbia Conference honors in three events.

Success has continued this summer. Wa-Hi coach Eric Hisaw has reported Sirmon recorded his lifetime best javelin throw two weeks ago at a summer meet in Cheney, Wash, where he threw 206 feet, eight inches. The Blue Devil record is 199-05, set by Kyle Mitchell at 2001 state championships.

"Dash had been close numerous times during track, but he finally got it," Hisaw said. "This throw has Dash currently ranked No. 5 in the entire country.

"I'm so proud of Dash and his efforts to not only be the best javelin thrower in the country, but to push his boundaries and grow as an athlete," Hisaw said. "He's learning a lot about himself, how to manage his energy and also be well-rounded. He has an incredibly bright future and, not only myself, but Blue Devil Track and Field is excited to see Dash continue to improve and to accomplish his goals of competing in track and Field in college, after high school."

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