Cowboys win Laker Classic Invitational
The Crook County High School track & field team had a busy end to their week, competing in back-to-back invitational track meets.
Although they held much of their varsity team out of the meet, both the Cowboys and Cowgirls still finished second Thursday afternoon in Madras at the four-team Madras Invitational.
"It was good for our younger kids to get out there and be able to compete in those varsity spots," Crook County head coach Ernie Brooks said. "We had some great prs (personal records)."
Then, Friday, the Cowboys won the eight-team Laker Classic, while the Cowgirls were second at the meet, which featured Class 5 and 6A schools.
"Oh my goodness," Brooks said. "I went with the expectations that we would be in the bottom three in the team scoring. We didn't know that we won it until we were loading the bus and the guy came up and said, 'Hey, you won it'. I was like 'What?'. But then I clicked on the results, and our girls were second and that blew me away, but the more I started thinking about it and where we had points, it was just a great day."
Friday's meet allowed just two entries per event, so Brooks held virtually all of those athletes out of Thursday's competition.
Sprinter Victor Ramirez talked Brooks into letting him try a 400 so that he could get a time in the event. In addition, the varsity shot and discus throwers all competed at Madras. The rest of the team was made up of people who either typically were entered in meets as the third varsity performer, or as JV.
Still, both the Cowboys and Cowgirls competed well.
The host White Buffalos won both the boys and girls meets.
Madras finished with 91.66 points in the boys competition to finish just over five points ahead of the Cowboys, 86.33. Culver was a distant third with 45 points, while Condon/Wheeler finished with nine points.
In girls competition, the White Buffalos scored 73 points, while the Cowgirls were just behind with 65. Culver finished third with 46 points, while Condon/Wheeler scored 23.
The star of the day for the Cowboys was Jacob Curry. Competing in his first meet of the year, the junior posted personal records in the high jump, long jump and pole vault.
Curry leaped 6-01 in the high jump to finish seven inches ahead of second place Kash Michael of Culver. Curry came back to win the pole vault with a clearance of 11-01, then finished second in the long jump with a jump of 19-11.
Other Cowboy winners on Thursday were Tyler Humeston in the shot put, Caleb Parrott in the discus, Ramirez in the 400, Elijah Becker in the 300 hurdles, and Jordan Graydon in the 800.
Humeston won the shot put with a heave of 44-05, then finished second in the discus with a toss of 116-01.50.
Meanwhile, Parrott won the discus with a throw of 120-00 then placed second to Humeston in the shot put with a toss of 39-08.
Ramirez made the most of his opportunity, running away with the 400, finishing nearly three seconds ahead of runner up Tyler Anderson of Madras with a time of 53.00.
Becker won the 300 hurdles by more than a second, finishing with a time of 49.87. He was also third in the 110 hurdles in a time of 20.54.
Graydon didn't post as fast a time as he hoped for in the 800, but still came from behind in the final 200 meters to win the event with a time of 2:23.10.
Other Cowboys to place at Madras included E.J. Allen, who was third in both the 200 and long jump, Anthony Lesch, second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles, Casey Wagner, second in the javelin, Caleb Phay, third in the pole vault, Austin Rochelle and Johnathan Ortiz, fifth and sixth in the 200, respectively, Carson Chamness and A.J. Robinson, fifth and sixth in the discus, Rian Heiges, fifth in the 1,500, and Tanner Gibb, sixth in the high jump.
For the Cowgirls, Kennedy Buckner was a double winner, placing first in both the 400, 1:12.21, and high jump, 4-02.
Emily Mize led led a one-two-three Cowgirl sweep in the 1,500, with a time of 6:58.24. Hannah Dozher and Elle Edgerly finished second and third, respectively, with times of 7:12.91 and 7:13.80.
The other Cowgirl to pick up a win on Thursday was Aubrey Love, who tied for first in the pole vault with a clearance of 7-01.
Like the Cowboys, the Cowgirls piled up a lot of points in the throwing events.
Shelby Squire finished second in the javelin with a throw of 87-02, while Kenna Woodward was second in both the shot put and discus with throws of 34-06.75 and 103-06, respectively.
Samantha Black placed fourth in the discus with a throw of 77-06, and fifth in the shot put with a heave of 25-07.75.
Other Cowgirl placers on Thursday included Syrie Ossenkop, fifth in the 100, Taylor Bottoms, fourth in the 400, and Jacey Allen, third in the long jump.
Friday, the Cowboys shifted into high gear as they easily won the team championship at Lake Oswego, despite having just three individual winners.
Tyler Humeston set a personal record in the shot put on his final throw of the day throwing the shot 47-02.25 to edge Kade Hustler of Southridge who was second with a throw of 46-04.
Jason Slawter also set a personal best as he threw the javelin 160-05 to win the event by nearly eight feet.
The final Cowboy winner on the day was Noah Chaney, who won the pole vault with a clearance of 14-06.
Although the trio were the lone winners, the Cowboys had several other competitors who had excellent meets.
Ramirez placed fourth in both the 100 and 200 with season best times of 11.34 and 23.47. Ramirez also ran the anchor leg on both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, which finished fourth and second respectively.
Freshman Zach Guthrie finished just ahead of Ramirez in the 100, taking third with a time of 11.29.
Both Guthrie and Ramirez had plenty of work on the day as the first time they ran the 100 no time was recorded, so heat ran again just prior to the 800 meter run later in the day.
Guthrie was also third in the long jump with a leap of 20-08.50, and ran on the 4x400 relay team.
Guthrie, Slawter, Ramirez and Tyler Lawson raced to a time of 45.21, easily winning their heat, but finishing fourth behind three teams from the fast heat.
Ramirez, Lawson, Thaiden Mullan and Dominic Langley also ran in the slow heat in the 4x400 relay, but finished second overall with a time of 3:31.62.
Langley also took fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-10, while Mullan was sixth despite clearing the same height.
In addition to running on both relay teams, Lawson was also fourth in the 400 with a time of 54.03.
In the 3,000, Cade Catterson and Miles Chaney placed third and sixth, respectively, with times of 9:42.20 and 9:56.15, respectively.
Logan Tanner also set a personal record as he raced to an eighth-place finish in the 800 with a time of 2:08.06.
Although they did not place, Brooks was also pleased with the times posted by 1,500-meter runners Alec Carne, 4:32.98, and Hunter Eller, 4:40.07.
Other Cowboy placers included Jonas Rice, fourth in the 110 hurdles, 16.36, seventh in the 300 hurdles, 45.93, and fourth in the pole vault, 12-00.
Also placing were Parrott, second in the discus with a throw of 131-07, while Humeston was sixth in the event with a toss of 120-07. The final Cowboy to place was Eliab Rice, who was fifth in the triple jump with a leap of 39-01.
The Cowboys amassed 118 team points, while Lake Oswego was second with 100 and Gresham third, 99.
The Cowgirls had just three individual winners, but were still able to edge South Salem for second place in the team competition.
Lake Oswego won the girls meet with 118.5 points. Crook County finished with 91.5, while South Salem scored 90.
Faith Wagner picked up the first win for the Cowgirls, clearing 10-00 in the pole vault to win by a foot. Leahlynn Cates tied for fourth in the event with a clearance of 7-00.
Running her first race of the year, Jan Carne took advantage of a mistake by Thurston's Abigail Raven to win the 3,000 with a time of 11:40.88.
Raven mistakenly thought that the race was over one lap early and began sprinting with almost 600 meters left in the race. Carne ignored the temptation to follow Raven and continued on her own pace, catching the Thurston runner after she slowed on the final lap.
The other Cowgirl winner was Kenna Woodward, who placed first in the shot put with a heave of 37-02, and second in the discus with a throw of 116-06.
Esther Brewer also placed in the shot put, taking eighth with a throw of 26-09.5, while Black was sixth in the discus with a toss of 84-10.
Woodward and Brewer also placed in the javelin, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, with throws of 84-03 and 83-00.
Gracie Kasberger also had a big day for the Cowgirls. Kasberger placed second in the 400 with a time of 1:03.12 and third in the long jump with a leap of 16-01. In addition, she ran on both the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams, which both placed fifth.
Other members of the 4x100 relay were Brewer, Dallas Hutchins and Maggie Ramoss, while Alyson Thomas and Ossenkop joined Hutchins and Kasberger on the 4x400 relay.
Ramos also picked up a sixth in the 200, while Ossenkop was seventh in the 400, and Thomas was seventh in the 800.
Other Cowgirl placers were Jenae Mapes, fifth in the 100 hurdles, and Hutchins, sixth in the triple jump.
Crook County is back in action on Wednesday in a three-way meet at Estacada, along with Molalla.
Brooks said that Crook County will use the meet for training and will not run everyone in their normal events, so is not expecting to win the meet.
The team then travels to Coos Bay on Saturday for the Prefontaine Rotary Invitational, one of the largest meets of the year.
"We have kids that are working hard, but we are young," Brooks said. "One of these years, I'm not going to say that, but we are young. (Crook County has just five seniors on their roster) We just have to keep chugging away and putting in the time."