JOHN DAY – The Small Schools Invitational at Grant Union’s Three Flags Field, chilly from start to finish, was a good way to ignite local track and field teams.

“It was a great warm-up for the season,” said Grant Union head coach Sonna Smith.

Ten teams participated in the varsity and junior high meet.

“It was exciting to be able to host junior high at our inaugural meet on our new track,” Smith said, referring the schools new 8-lane track. “It did take a little longer, but our goal is to allow everyone the chance to compete.”

The Burns varsity boys and girls teams took top honors in the meet.

Grant Union girls came in second, followed by Mitchell-Spray, Crane and Monument.

On the boys’ side, Crane took second, followed by Mitchell-Spray, Grant Union and Prairie City.

Smith said there were some glitches with the timing, and said she expects those to be ironed out in time for the Small Schools Meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

Grant Union’s Jozie Rude had a good day at the meet, placing first in shot put with 34-10.00 and javelin with a 110-08. She also finished second in the 400 and pole vault.

Chelsie Kodesh was close behind in javelin with a 107-00, and Samantha Brock took third.

In triple jump and long jump events, Kori Pentzer had first, Brock second and McKenzie Wilson third for Grant Union.

Brock was second in the 100 hurdles ahead of Pentzer who took third.

For the boys, the 4x400 relay team of Josh Carpenter, Andrew Copenhaver, Paul Roark and Daniel Carpenter took second.

Michael Ashmead finished second in long jump.

Andrew Copenhaver was third in pole vault in front of Paul Roark.

Daniel Carpenter earned third in the 3,000-meter run.

Grant Union, Prairie City and Dayville also competed at the Burns Lions Invitational in Burns last Saturday.

Prairie City head coach Joe Weymouth said although the April 7 meet was freezing, his athletes still made strides.

“The meet was difficult for most as it was tough to stay warmed up in the blowing, cold wind most of the day,” he said. “We still had a few PRs from Garrett Hitz in the pole vault and Megan Camarena and Teri Cobb in the shot put.”

Hitz reached the 11-00.00 mark in pole vault for first place and a PR; he also gained second in javelin with a throw of 150-00, and second in the 110 and 300 hurdles.

Other PRs came from Camarena who threw shot put 23-11.00 for seventh, and Cobb threw 22-08.00 for 10th place.

Ethan Camarena sprinted to third in both the 100 and 200, and Michel Hitz finished third in the 300 hurdles.

Monument head coach Earl Pettit said his team also did well.

“Most of our athletes, despite the weather, established best marks for the season,” he said.

Monument’s Maya Thomas placed second in the 1,500 and was third in the 800. Treiquella Osborne finish third in the discus and long jump.

For the boys, Hayden Schafer placed third in discus and fifth in javelin.

Monument and Long Creek also competed at the Dick Hornya Invitational in Stanfield last Saturday.

Dayville’s head coach Peter Bogardus said that over two track meets, the Small Schools and the Burns Invite, his team of seven varsity athletes earned 13 personal records.

“It is a welcome change to have hurdlers and sprinters this year, as we have had dominantly throwers the last several years,” he said. “Also, we have many younger faces, bringing the team total to 19 athletes in grades 5-12.”

For Dayville girls at the Small School Meet, Cody Perkins finished second in the 100-meter dash and Skylar Powell was fourth in shot put.

On the boys side, Prestin Edmundson was fourth finish in discus.

Long Creek’s Alvaro Lopez had a third-place finish in the 1,500, and the 4x400 relay team of Cody Baker, Timo Goebel, Alvaro Lopez and Massimo Basconi finished third.

Maria Cabral threw shot put for 11th place out of 18.

All four of the Grant Union girls competing at the April 11 Meet of Champions at Willamette University in Salem performed well, coach Smith said.

All medaled in their events, including Samantha Brock, long jump and triple jump; McKenzie Wilson, high jump, triple jump; Chelsie Kodesh, javelin; and Jozie Rude, shot put.

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