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Track and field athletes soar to new heights

Springer, McHatton, Landin set three personal records each.
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Published on April 19, 2017 6:05PM

Last changed on April 19, 2017 7:06PM

Monument’s John Ramirez (left), neck and neck with Mitchell-Spray’s Riku Hashiguchi, races for the win in the 100-meter dash at the April 18 Small Schools Meet in John Day. Ramirez finished with a time of 11.85, setting a personal record, and Hashiguchi, also setting a personal record, was 11.90.

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Monument’s John Ramirez (left), neck and neck with Mitchell-Spray’s Riku Hashiguchi, races for the win in the 100-meter dash at the April 18 Small Schools Meet in John Day. Ramirez finished with a time of 11.85, setting a personal record, and Hashiguchi, also setting a personal record, was 11.90.

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Grant Union’s Nick Springer clears the bar at the April 18 meet in John Day, competing in the high jump. Springer set a personal record at a height of 6-0 for first place.

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Grant Union’s Nick Springer clears the bar at the April 18 meet in John Day, competing in the high jump. Springer set a personal record at a height of 6-0 for first place.

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Grant Union’s Kaylee Wright competes in javelin April 18. She earned first place with a 125-05 throw.

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Grant Union’s Kaylee Wright competes in javelin April 18. She earned first place with a 125-05 throw.

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Grant Union’s Braden Spencer pole vaults at the April 18 meet in John Day. He ended up in a three-way tie for fourth place.

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Grant Union’s Braden Spencer pole vaults at the April 18 meet in John Day. He ended up in a three-way tie for fourth place.

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Monument’s Hayden Schafer competes in javelin at the April 18 Grant Union Small Schools Meet in John Day.

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Monument’s Hayden Schafer competes in javelin at the April 18 Grant Union Small Schools Meet in John Day.

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Prairie City’s Devin Packard competes in shot put at the April 18 Grant Union Small Schools Meet.

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Competing in the 300-meter hurdles are, from left, Grant Union’s Trinity Hutchison and Kyla Emerson and Sophie Pettit of Monument.

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Competing in the 300-meter hurdles are, from left, Grant Union’s Trinity Hutchison and Kyla Emerson and Sophie Pettit of Monument.

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Grant Union’s Mason Gerry competes in javelin at the April 18 Grant Union Small Schools Meet.

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Grant Union’s Mason Gerry competes in javelin at the April 18 Grant Union Small Schools Meet.

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Several Grant County athletes gave remarkable performances April 18 at the Grant Union Small Schools Meet in John Day.

Grant Union Prospector Nick Springer was among the athletes setting personal records. He cleared the bar in high jump with a 6-0 leap in second place behind Crane’s David Steeves (6-01.00).

Prospector head coach Sonna Smith said Springer’s record places him first in the 2A Wapiti League.

Springer was also first in shot put (40-02.00) and second in discus (113-02), setting personal records in each.

The Grant Union girls team won the meet with 206 points, followed by Monument in second with 86 and Mitchell-Spray third with 84. A total of seven girls teams competed.

Of the eight boys teams, Crook County placed first with 130 points, followed by Crane second with 124 and Grant Union third with 121. Athletes from Prairie City, Dayville and Ione also competed.

The Grant Union girls 4x100-meter relay team, with a time of 52.37, placed first and are the best in league and second in the state for 2A level schools, Smith said. The relay team included Sydney Brockway, Trinity Hutchison, Sierra Cates and Kaylee Wright.

Wright also won the javelin (125-05) and high jump (5-02.00). She was second in the 100-meter dash (13.23), behind Monument’s Sophie Pettit (13.10).

In the girls long jump and triple jump events, Grant Union’s Trinity Hutchison finished first (16-01-00, 34-01-00), followed by Grant Union’s Sydney Brockway (15-10.00, 31-03.00) who set a season record in the long jump and personal record in the triple jump.

Smith said jump coach John Houk talked both girls into adding the event.

“John is consistently able to get boys and girls where they need to go,” Smith said.

Grant Union distance runner Tanner Elliott placed first in the 800 (2:13.46) and 1500 (4:44.51), setting personal records in both.

For the Monument girls, Faythe Schafer delivered a personal record time in the 400 (1:06.68), earning first place. Dinorha Vidrio Landin also set three personal records with second place in the 800 (3:07.29), fourth in long jump (14-04.00) and third in triple jump (29-09.50).

For the Monument boys team, John Ramirez was first in the 100 (11.85), first in the 200 (24.02) and fifth in long jump (17-05.00); Hayden Schafer was third in shot put and discus; and Jess Hoodenpyl was second in the 3000.

For Prairie City boys, Jake McHatton set personal records in all three of his events, shot put, discus and javelin. Devin Packard exceeded his previous records in javelin and the 100.

Rilee Emmel had a personal record in the 100 for the Prairie City girls.

Dayville’s Gabe Walker delivered a personal records in the 110 hurdles, with second in a time of 20.26, and the 200.

“We had great help again,” Smith said. “The meet went off great, and the people who stepped in and helped made it happen.”















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