>CHS girls making strong showing
With the early season meets out of the way, the high school track and field season is about to hit its stride.
   With all eyes on the Hayward Field and the state championships, some of the local tracksters are in the thick of things.
   Athletes from Culver and Madras dot the state's best marks lists in Class 2A and 4A.
   On the girls side of Class 2A, freshman Hannah Lewis is already making her presence felt in her short career.
   Lewis has top-10 marks in four different individual events, led by her third-best time in the 100 meters with 13.67 seconds. She is only .07 seconds behind Kennedy's Sadie Manley, the state's fastest girl in 2A as of Monday night.
   Lewis has the third-best time in the 400 meters, as well. Her time of 1:03.44 is two seconds off the top pace, set by Portland Christian's Julia Whalen.
   In the high jump, Lewis is tied for third with a height of 4-8, and she's fifth in the 200 meters with a time of 28.75.
   Lewis also runs a leg of the second-fastest 400 meter relay team in 2A. Along with Lori Sandy, Ana Badillo and Andrea Retano, the team cut the tape in 53.24 seconds this season, less than one second off the top time set by Portland Christian.
   For the 1,600 meter relay team, Angelica Metteer teamed up with Badillo, Sandy and Retano to record the second-best time in the event, 4:28.70. That is well off the pace of Oakridge's top time of 4:08.40, though.
   Metteer is also on the Madras equestrian team, which co-ops with Culver to form the team.
   In the field events for Culver, Cassie Fulton owns the second-furthest javelin throw with a distance of 101-3. She is tied with Lewis in the high jump with a height of 4-8.
   In the horizontal jumps, Lori Sandy rules the triple jump by more than two feet. Her mark of 35-10.5 outdistances Mary Roy of Grant Union's mark of 33-4.
   Her triple jump mark stands up to just about every classification in the state.
   Only two jumpers, Hadley Wilhoite of Jesuit and Saskia McNairy of Lakeridge, have recorded a further distance than Sandy.
   Jesuit and Lakeridge are both Class 6A schools, which means Sandy's mark is the best in every classification through 5A.
   The top 5A mark belongs to Franklin's Paris Gresham at 35-5, 5.5 inches behind Sandy.
   No other jumper has been able to break 34 feet in the event yet this season.
   Sandy has the fourth-best leap in the long jump with a distance of 14-7.5.
   On the boys side for Culver, senior Kyle Belanger sits in second place in the 1,500 with a time of 4:27.20. Sisay Gillock of Portland Christian owns the state's top time of 4:20.86.
   Culver freshman Cory Sledge is tied with Santiam senior Matt Schroder for the state's top mark in the pole vault. Each have cleared 10-6 this season.
   In 4A, Madras high jumper Brent Sullivan is tied for the third-highest jump with Baker's Dane Bachman at 6-0.
   Madras' Isaac Fisher has the seventh-best pole vault height in the class at 11-9.
   The Buffs will hit the track after spring break on Tuesday in Redmond.
   Culver is back at it Thursday in Lebanon at East Linn Christian.

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