High school track athletes gain traction

Kayla Reid from Prairie City wins the second heat of the girls 100 meters Miranda Bennett from Long Creek (far left) finished third in the heat. Reid finished in fourth-place overall with a time of 14.47. The Eagle/TIM ADAMS

JOHN DAY - The sometimes inclement springtime weather in Eastern Oregon gave local high school teams a break on Tuesday, April 22, and some outstanding performances were turned in at the Grant Union Invitational track meet.

The Burns boys and girls teams were the winners of their respective halves of the meet, scoring 149.5 and 178 points, with Grant Union coming in second.

The Prospector boys tallied 146 points, while the girls scored 169.

Prairie City's girls finished in fourth place with 46 points, and the Panther boys were sixth with 13.

The Monument girls scored 20 points good for a seventh-place finish, and the Dayville boys were seventh with 11.5 points.

Individually, Grant Union's Danny Cosgrove had a big meet, winning three events.

The junior field-event specialist won the high jump with a leap of 6-0, and came back to capture the long and triple jump crowns with distances of 19-0 and 41-2 feet respectively.

Josh Arnall was a double winner for the Prospectors, running a strategic race to win the 1,500 in a time of 4:39, and took the 800 with a clocking of 2:10.35.

Tyler Page won his event for Grant Union running a time of 50.31 to win the 400 meters. He also finished eighth in the long jump at a distance of 16-3.

Pole vaulter Justin Cernazanu won the event clearing the bar at 11-0, and Marshall Schultz won the javelin, hurling the spear 151-2.

Schultz also finished second in the 110 hurdles in a time of 19.79, with teammates Justin Coats and Peter Diezel placing sixth and seventh in times of 22.98 and 24,69 respectively.

Coats took fifth in the 1,500 with a time of 5:02, and Forrest Hayes was sixth at 5:12.

Other competitors earning points for Grant Union included Gus Stiner who place third in the 200 at 25.84, Tim Wallace, fifth in the 100 (12.43), Dillon Pendleton, fifth in the shot put (35-10) and Talyn Elliott who took sixth in the 3,000 in a time of 12:10.44.

Dustin Heideman was sixth in the pole vault at 8-6, and Sam Stinnett and Ben Tschida earned seventh-place finishes in the shot put and javelin events.

The Grant Union 4x100 relay team finished second, and the 1,600 relay team placed third to complete the Prospector boy's score card.

Donald Teal and Brandon Lovell paced the Prairie City boys earning points in two events.

Teal finished fifth in the 400 with a time of 57.65 and placed sixth in the 200 (26.32), while Lovell took sixth in the 100 (12.58) and seventh in the 400 in a time of 58.54.

J.R. Moore completed the Panthers' scoring with an eight-place finish in the discus.

Dane Smith was the only Dayville competitor to score points finishing third in the long jump at 18-7, and finishing tied for third in the pole vault at 10-0.

For the Grant Union girls, Amy Jones was a double winner taking the long and triple jumps with distances of 17-0.5 and 36-1 respectively.

Kaylee Lemcke placed second in the triple jump (31-9.5) and finished fourth in the long jump at 13-9.

Chairty Holliday won the 100 with a time of 13.69, with teammate Anna Cronin second at 13.74.

Holliday was also second in the long jump (15-1) and placed sixth in the 200 at 29.29.

Cronin was second in the 200 (28.72), and Ashley Krausse finished fourth at 29.18.

Leah Supulski had a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 100 and 300 hurdles in times of 19.65 and 55.41, and teammate Natsha Holmstrom was fifth in both events in times of 20.26 and 56.57.

The Prospector 400 and 1,600 relay teams were the winners of both events with times of 52.57 and 4:31.33, Tiffany Harrison was fifth in the 400 at 1:26, and Hailey Hueckman was sixth in the 1,500 in a time of 6:15.06.

Amber Drake completed Grant Union's scoring in the running events finishing second in the 3,000 with a time of 14:01.48, and placed eighth in the 1,500.

Lady Pros scoring points in field events included Kristal Holliday and Amanda Myers who finished first and second in the pole vault at heights of 8-0 and 6-6.

Holliday also placed fifth in the shot put with Brenna Caughlin eighth.

Amanda Courchesne took second in the javelin at 110-11, with Maci Mascall sixth at 86-8. Mascall also placed seventh in the discus, and Shanley Day completed the scoring with a fifth-place finish in the high jump.

Lindy Black led the way for the Prairie City girls winning the 400 in a time of 1:03.

Brittany and Kayla Reid ran fourth and fifth in the 100 with times of 14.07 and 14.34, and anchored the Panthers' 4x100 relay team to a third-place finish.

Cherise Ricco took third in the 1,500 in a time of 6:05.96, and placed sixth in the high jump at 4-2.

Amanda Rockhill completed the Lady Panthers' scoring with a third-place finish in the javelin at 103-11.

For the Monument girls team, Kayla Cole captured the gold medal in the 1,500 with a time of 5:59.82, finished third in the 800 at 2:58.63, and placed sixth in the discus.

Dominika Klausova, in her first year of track competition, finished eighth in the discus at 73-9.5 to round out Monument's scoring.

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