Grant County track and field athletes are honing their skills as they prepare for their final meets before district competition.
Grant Union, Prairie City and Long Creek’s teams took flight April 23 at the Grant Union Small School Meet in John Day, along with four other teams.
Taking the top team score for the boys was 2A Grant Union with 180 points, followed by 3A Burns with 160, 1A Crane with 104 and 1A Prairie City with 77. Long Creek, a 1A team, placed sixth with 33 points.
The Grant Union girls tied for first with Burns with 201.5 points. Crane placed third with 101 points, and Prairie City placed fourth with 36.5. Long Creek and Mitchell-Spray tied for fifth with 22 points.
Jordan Hall, a Grant Union sophomore, set personal records in all of his events. He placed first in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.13, second in the triple jump with a mark of 39-7 and fourth in javelin with 132-1.
Hall, along with teammates Quaid Brandon, Mason Morris and Justin Hodge, shaved nearly one second off their time in the 4x100 relay for their best time of the season.
Morris placed first in the triple jump, setting a personal record with a mark of 42-9.5. He was also second in the 200, behind Burns sprinter Klayton Nutter.
Gage Brandon set season records in his events, which included the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and pole vault.
Setting personal records for the girls were Rylee Browning in the 1,500 and 3,000; Lauryn Pettyjohn in the 100 and 300 hurdles; and Sierra Cates in the 200.
Abby Lusco and Sophie Brockway added to their marks in discus, and Kaylee Wright and Shelby Brooks added height to their high jumps.
Trinity Hutchison set a personal record in the 300 hurdles with first place. She placed first in all her events — the long jump, triple jump and 4x100 relay with teammates Sierra Cates, Carson Weaver and Wright.
Wright was also first in all her events, which also included the 100 and javelin.
Hutchison was happy with her results.
“I’m just enjoying the season so far,” the senior said. “It’s a good day.”
Long Creek freshman Carter Burnette improved his marks in discus and javelin.
“I think our team is doing good overall,” he said at the meet, noting several of his teammates were setting personal records.
His teammate Henry Grannis, a junior, said his favorite event is discus. He earned second place in the event behind Grant Union’s Drew Lusco.
Grannis said he didn’t beat his previous record, but said, “I’ll do better at the next meet.”
James Kreamier set a personal record in the triple jump, placing fourth with a mark of 38-00.50
Long Creek’s assistant coach Peter Case said his team’s running form is “starting to click.”
“Our returning runners are doing much better than last year,” he said, noting they’ve added to the skills they learned previously.
For the girls, Long Creek sophomore Dorotha Johnson set personal records in the triple jump, placing second with a mark of 28-00, and in the shot put, placing 10th. She also placed third in the triple jump.
Cheers could be heard across the field when Prairie City senior Levi Burke broke his personal record in the high jump with a leap of 6-07, adding 3 inches to his mark.
Tristan McMahan shaved off time in his 300 hurdles event, placing third.
In his first year of track, senior Syd Holman is giving impressive performances, and he set personal records in all his events.
He placed second in the 100 with a time of 12.01 behind a Burns sprinter. He also competed in the 200, javelin and long jump.
“I just wanted to PR,” he said at the meet. “In the long jump, I did well with 18 flat. I’m happy with that, considering I learned how to do it this week.”
Prairie City head coach Nate Barber said he’s glad Holman joined the team this season.
For the girls, Abbey Pfefferkorn improved in the 200, placing fourth — first among the 1A athletes — and high jump, placing fourth.
Her teammate Mikiah Kimble also set a personal record, finishing third in high jump behind 2A and 3A athletes.
Rilee Emmel also bettered her javelin throw, and Samantha Workman added height to her pole vault performance.
Barber commented on the sunny day.
“Better weather equals better results,” he said. “It definitely helps.”