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Camas track & field experiencing athlete boom

Many sixth graders introduced to sport coming out of COVID year and stuck with it as freshmen

By Meg Wochnick, Columbian staff writer
Published: April 4, 2024, 6:05am
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Boys track coach Chris Butler, left, and girls track coach Alisa Wise talk with a packed crowd of athletes before practice Thursday afternoon, March 28, 2024.
Boys track coach Chris Butler, left, and girls track coach Alisa Wise talk with a packed crowd of athletes before practice Thursday afternoon, March 28, 2024. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

CAMAS — At this stage in Alisa Wise’s lengthy track and field career, which includes joining Camas High’s coaching staff in 1997, there’s not much the longtime coach hasn’t experienced.

But what she and the rest of the Papermakers’ coaching staff are witnessing this spring is, by far, a first: an eye-popping 238 athletes who turned out the first week of practices.

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