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Seven Crook County athletes complete two-day multi-event competition at Summit High School

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 - Gracie Kasberger leads a group of runners in the 800 at the Summit mult-event competition on Saturday. Kasberger finished third in the 800 and fourth overall in the heptathlon.  For some individuals, spring break is a chance to take a week off and kick back and relax.

For others, spring break is an opportunity to test one's ability.

Friday and Saturday, track and field athletes from around the state converged on Summit High School to test themselves in the annual Summit High School Multi-Event Competition.

High school boys competed in the 10-event decathlon, while girls competed in the seven-event heptathlon.

Seven Crook County High School athletes made the trek to Bend for the competition, with Gracie Kasberger and Noah Chaney both earning top five finishes.

In both the decathlon and heptathlon, competitors earn points for each event based on a series of tables with the individual who scores the most combined points winning the event.

Kasberger, a junior, finished with 3,219 points to take fourth in the heptathlon. Maddie Hagfors of Summit won with 3,691 points, while Emillia Carpenter of Elmira was second with 3,392 points and Abby Sheets of La Salle Prep was third with 3,251 points.

In the decathlon, Chaney finished in fifth with 4,863 points. Pierce LaCoste of Marist won the event with 6,208 point. Ian Rinefort of Ashland was second with 5,991 points. He was followed by Sam Duchow-Pressley of Wilson with 5,522 points, and Ronan Krutzikowsky of Newport with 4,906 points.

Other Crook County athletes in the heptathlon included Kennedy Buckner, ninth with 2,523 points, Aubrey Love, 15th with 2,110 points, and Leahlynn Cates, 17th with 2,026 points.

In the decathlon, Tyler Lawson finished 11th overall with 4,305 points, while Isaac Logan took 17th with 2,279 points.

All track multi-event field events are measured in meters rather than feet and inches.

The heptathlon includes the 100-meter hurdles, high jump and shot put and 200 on day one. Day two starts with the long jump, followed by the javelin throw and 800-meter run.

In the decathlon, day one events include the 100-meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meters. On day two, the decathlon concludes with the 110 hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run.

Kasberger was 164 points out of fifth place after the first day of competition but used a strong second day to move up to fourth.

On day one, she ran the 100 hurdles in 20.05 seconds, good for 298 points. Kasberger leaped 1.42 meters in the high jump to collect 534 points, threw the shot put 8.25 meters for 416 points, and ran the 200 in 28.98 for 556 points, to finish day one with 1,804 points.

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 - Noah Chaney hurls the javelin during the Summit multi-event competition on Saturday. Chaney won the pole vault and was third in the 1,500 as he placed fifth overall in the two-day decathlon event. Kasberger came on strong Saturday, leaping 4.82 meters in the long jump to win the event and earn 511 points. Then she threw the javelin 22.87 meters for 342 points. Kasberger finished the event with a third-place finish in the 800, with a time of 2:40.99, good for 420 points.

Meanwhile, Buckner was consistent throughout the competition, running the 100 hurdles in 20.51 for 261 points, leaping 1.27 meters in the high jump for 379 points, heaving the shot put 7.96 meters for 397 points, and sprinting the 200 in a time of 30.67 to close out day one of the competition.

On day two, Buckner leaped 4.12 meters in the long jump for 511 points, threw the javelin 20.27 meters for 294 points, and ran the 800 in 2:54.34, good for 420 points.

Love's best finish in an individual event was 10th in the 200 with a time of 30.38, good for 456 points. She finished far down the list in each other individual event, but still placed 15th because of her consistency.

Meanwhile, Cates had top 10 finishes in the high jump (fourth at 1.42 meters, good for 534 points), javelin (fifth with a throw of 24.22, good for 368 points), and ninth in the shot put (8.19 meters, 412 points). However, she struggled in her remaining four events as she dropped to 17th overall.

Like Kasberger, Chaney wasn't in the top five after the opening day. In fact, he wasn't even the top Crook County athlete after day one.

Lawson was just out of the top five after the opening day of competition after solid performances in the 100, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400.

Lawson was fifth in the 100 with a time of 11.85 seconds, good for 681 points. He came back to place ninth in the long jump with a leap of 5.48 meters for 477 points, threw the shot put 9.58 meters for 18th place and 460 points, leaped 1.52 meters in the high jump for 404 points, and finished third in the 400 with a time of 52.97 seconds, good for 683 points.

However, Lawson struggled with the events on day two as he dropped in the standings.

Lawson could manage just 1,630 points on the second day. His time of 22.57 in the hurdles scored just 175 points, while his discus toss of 25.58 scored 378 points and his pole vault of 2.40 meters was worth 220 points. Lawson was only able to throw the javelin 19.99 meters for 161 points before closing out the competition with second place in the 1,500 with a time of 4:42.33, good for 666 points.

Meanwhile, Chaney, who was more than 300 points behind Lawson on day one, came on strong on day two to close out the event in style.

Chaney opened day one with a time of 12.36 in the 100 for 582 points, leaped 5.19 in the long jump for 419 points, threw the shot put 9.70 meters for 468 points, cleared 1.47 meters in the high jump for 372 points and ran the 400 in 58 seconds flat for 683 points.

After a slow start on day two, scoring just 372 points in the hurdles with a time of 19.71 seconds, Chaney excelled in the final four events of the competition.

Chaney was seventh in the discus with a throw of 29.03, good for 445 points, then won the pole vault with a clearance of 4.40 meters, good for 731 points. Chaney then placed sixth in the javelin with a toss of 33.42 meters, good for 349 points, before closing out day two with a third-place finish in the 1,500 with a time of 4:45.57, good for 646 points.

Meanwhile, Logan's highest individual finish in any event was a 14th in the 1,500 meter run. Any chance he had to place in the event came to an end in the fourth event of day one as he failed to clear a height in the high jump.

The Summit Multi-Event Competition is the only decathlon, heptathlon competition in the state prior to the summer, when there are additional multi-event competitions around the state. Neither the decathlon nor heptathlon are currently contested at the state level, although both events are held in college meets.

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