Hannah Troutman breaks school shot put record which was set less than a month ago by Kathryn Kaonis

The Crook County Cowgirls continue their onslaught on the CCHS?track and field record book.

“We left the meet going, 'wow,'” Crook County Head Coach Ernie Brooks said after competing in the 25-team Prefontaine Rotary Classic at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay. “It opened my eyes to what the team can do and I think this is only the beginning. I think our times will continue to crank down — you know a faster and stronger kind of thing.”
by: PHOTO COURTESY OF DOUG SMITH - Grayson Munn leans at the finish of the mile run at the Prefontaine Rotary Classic, which was held in Coos Bay on Saturday. Munn won the race with a time of 4:36.03.

With at least half the season remaining, the Cowgirls have broken another school record, their fourth of 2014.

This time, it’s Hannah Troutman who broke the shot put record, a record which was set less than a month ago by Kathryn Kaonis.

Troutman smashed her previous best throw by more than three feet with a heave of 39-10 in the first round of the shot put. The throw broke the record of 39-03 set by Kaonis earlier in the year. Then, on her next throw, Troutman bettered the mark again, heaving the 4KG (8.8 pound) ball 39-11.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever had two girls throw over 35 feet in the same season,” Brooks said. "It’s just awesome the competition that they bring. I?couldn’t tell you which one will end up with the record. Whoever has the last shot put of the day has the best chance to get it.”

The throw edged Olivia Gullford (39-07.50) of Sutherlin for the meet championship.

Kaonis wound up third with a heave of 37-08.75, more than two feet ahead of fourth-place Katrina Linenko, of Newport.

Troutman continued her outstanding season, taking first place in the javelin with a toss of 129-10, just three inches off of the school record for the event, which she set earlier this year.

Continuing their excellence in the throws, the Cowgirls had three throwers place in the top eight in the discus at the meet. Ashton Morgan threw a career best 105-02 to finish in fourth place. Kaonis also had a career-best throw (101-04) to place sixth while Troutman finished eighth with a toss of 98-06.

For her efforts, Troutman was named thrower of the meet.

Although Troutman was the lone Cowgirl to win an event, several other team members also had outstanding performances.

Brooks noted that the 4x400 relay team improved their time by more than nine seconds at the meet. The team of Madie Bernard, Audrey Bernard, Jennifer McCallister and Abby Smith finished third in the relay with a time of 4:21.16.

Also having a solid race was the 4x100 relay team of Laken Berlin, Madie Bernard, Danielle Michael and Audrey Bernard. The team finished second in the race with a time of 52.04, their best time of the season.

Audrey Bernard also had a season-best time of 27.89 as she placed sixth in the 200, while Madie Bernard was fourth in the 100 with a time of 13.54.

Meanwhile, Smith finished fifth in the 400 with a time of 1:04.16 while Audrey Bernard was seventh in 1:05.15. Michael also placed in multiple events, taking third in the pole vault (9-0), and sixth in the 100 hurdles (17.70). The final two Cowgirl placers were Berlin, sixth in the long jump (15-02), and McCallister, seventh in the high jump (4-06).

Brooks was also pleased with the performance of the boy’s team at the meet. Like the girls squad, the Cowboys earned a pair of first-place finishes.

Running in only his second meet of the year, Grayson Munn edged Marshfield’s Colby Gillett to take first in the mile run. Munn finished with a time of 4:36.03 compared to a time of 4:36.66 by Gillett in the seldom-run event.

Nathan Carmack also ran well in the race, finishing sixth with a time of 4:46.24.

Luis Rivera was the other Cowboy first-place winner, taking the 800 with a time of 2:04.57. Teammate Emmett Bailor finished second with a time of 2:06.28. Crook County distance runners continued to perform well in the 3,000, where Liam Pickhardt finished sixth with a career-best time of 9:56.35.

Other Cowboys to have outstanding meets included Jesse and Sam Santiago. The brothers both ran personal records as they finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 400 with times of 52.13 and 52.68. Sam Santiago also placed sixth in the 200 with a time of 24.10.

The brothers, along with Bailor and Rivera, also ran on the Cowboys' 4x400 relay team, finishing second with a time of 3:36.55. Bailor, Stephen Dalton, Michael Seyl and Sam Santiago placed fifth in the 4x100 with a time of 45.96.

The final Cowboys to place on the track were Zane Abrams and Seyl. Abrams finished sixth in the 110 hurdles (17.21), then came back later in the day to finish third in the 300 hurdles (42.25). Seyl also ran the 300 hurdles, finishing seventh in a time of 43.23. In his final event, Seyl took sixth in the long jump with a leap of 19-00.

Other field event performers to place in the meet included pole vaulters Cody Thurman and Neil Chaney, who finished sixth and seventh, respectively, with identical heights of 11-06. In the throws, Zach Smith took third in the shot put with a heave of 43-09.50 while Seth Flegel was sixth with a throw of 40-07.75. Smith also took fifth in the discus with a personal record throw of 124-08.

Crook County is back on the track on Wednesday when they host Redmond in a 3:30 p.m. meet. The team is on the road again on Friday when they travel to Gresham to compete in the 50th annual Centennial Invitational, which is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

“We are still setting up the finish of our season,” Brooks said. We are still working hard and we are still putting the hay in the barn, but now we are going to be a little smarter with our workouts and get ready for the finish.”

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