BURNS - Competing in sometimes chilly and windy conditions, which are nothing unusual for spring track meets at Burns High School, the Grant Union boys won their fourth track meet of the season capturing the championship at the Burns Lion's Club Invitational on Saturday, April 17.
The Prospectors scored a total of 158 points, to defeat Ontario which placed second with 135.5.
Wapiti League rival Nyssa came in third with 106 points, followed by the host Hilanders in fourth with 104.
On the girls' side the Lady Prospectors, still slowed down by a series of injuries, finished in fifth- place with 95 points.
Burns won the meet with 151.5 points, followed by Crane at 103.5.
The Prairie City girl's squad had a respectable showing finishing eighth with 29 points.
"I thought our kids did great against some bigger schools at this meet," Prairie City coach Kellie Olsen said. "The kids are working really hard in practice and most all of them have a goal to finish 1-2 at the district so they can go to the state meet."
Individually, senior Danny Cosgrove was a double winner for Grant Union taking the high jump at a height of 6-4, and leaping 39-5.5 to win the triple jump. He also earned a second-place finish in the long jump at 18-5.5.
Currently, Cosgrove is ranked the No. 1 Class 2A high jumper in the state.
Sterling Horn was the other first-place finisher for the Prospectors, sprinting to victory in the 200 meters with a time of 23.44. Horn also placed second in the 100 in a time of 11.69.
Josh Arnall finished second in the 1,500 and 800-meter events with clockings of 4:23.51 and 2:05.01 respectively, and Justin Coats was second in the 3,000 in a time of 10:56.79.
The Grant Union 4x100 relay team comprised of Gus Stiner, Nolin Page, Bryce Bartlett and Horn finished third, as did the 4x400 team of Arnall, Laramie Horn, Page and Mark Salvino.
Peter Diezel finished third in the 300 hurdles (48.34), and Caleb Sturgill was third in the 800 at 2:12.87.
Becky Landis and Kaylee Lemcke earned first-place finishes for the Grant Union girls.
Landis won the high jump at 4-10, and Lemcke was the triple jump winner at 34-6.5.
Bree Myers was second in the triple jump at 32-4 and placed third in the long jump at 13-1.
Kristal Holliday finished second in the pole vault at a height of 8-0.
The Prospector 4x400 relay team of Lemcke, Jyla Hill, Myers and Danielle Barry finished third in the event in a time of 4:23.77, and Sylvia Dowdy was third in the 3,000 in a time of 13:35.44.
For Prairie City, Cherise Ricco placed fifth in the 800 (2:51.87), and Danielle Ricco was fifth in the 100 hurdles (18.52).
The Lady Panthers' 4x100 relay team of Lindy Black, Cherise Ricco, Kayla Reid and Danielle Ricco ran to a fifth-place finish in a time of 55.07.