GU girls place 3rd at track invite

Prairie City's Michel Hitz releases her javelin at the Don Walker Invitational meet at Nyssa last Saturday. She earned fifth place with a throw of 84-05.

NYSSA – Three Grant County track and field teams competed in last Saturday’s Don Walker Invitational in Nyssa.

Out of 13 schools competing, the Grant Union girls team placed third, behind Emmett and Vale.

Grant Union freshman Kori Pentzer leapt ahead of competitors for first place in the long jump at 17-02.50 and was first in the triple at 35-06.00.

Jozie Rude took first in javelin with a mark of 100-09, and was second in shot put at 32-11.00.

Samantha Brock earned third place in long jump with 16-05.00 and third in the triple with 33-02.00.

For the boys, the team 4x400 team – Michael Ashmead, Andrew Copenhaver, Paul Roark and Josh Carpenter – placed fifth. Copenhaver also placed fifth in pole vault, reaching 10-00.00.

Head coach Sonna Smith expects four of her athletes to qualify for this Saturday’s Meet of Champions in Salem.

They are Chelsie Kodesh, javelin and discus; Samantha Brock, triple jump, long jump, 100m hurdles; Jozie Rude, 400m, shot put, javelin; and McKenzie Wilson, long jump, triple jump, high jump.

“We will find out if they are accepted on Wednesday at noon – they should be accepted in all,” she said.

Track and field athletes from Prairie City also had a good performance.

“The athletes that attended Friday’s meet either matched or improved their times and distances from a year ago, which is always a great way to start the season,” said head coach Joe Weymouth.

Garrett Hitz hit the mark in javelin for second place with a throw of 149-05.

He was also fourth in the 110 hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles.

Michel Hitz was fifth in javelin, and Amaya Zweygardt was sixth in the triple jump.

Monument track coach Earl Pettit had four athletes competing in Nyssa.

He said it’s just the start of the competitive season.

“We are looking for better performances this week,” he said.

Treiquella Osborne earned third in discus with a throw of 81-08, and Maya Thomas took fourth in the 3,000 meters with a time of 13:04.23.

Several other Monument athletes competed well in their events.

Grant Union hosted the Small Schools Invitational on Tuesday, past press time.

Several area schools were scheduled to attend.

This Saturday, Grant Union, Dayville and Prairie City are scheduled to attend the Burns Lions Invitational in Burns at 12 noon.

Monument and Long Creek schools will travel to the Dick Horyna Invitational in Stanfield at 11 a.m. Saturday.

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