Buff boys third at Twilight
Picard blows previous discus PR away
The Madras High School boys track team earned a third-place finish at the Stayton Twilight meet, held Friday at Stayton High School.
The White Buffalos scored 59.5 points, just a half-point ahead of Hockinson (Wash.), to earn the bronze team finish.
"We had a lot of great performances there," Madras coach Paul Brown said. "It's really exciting to see all the improvement so late in the season and just before districts."
The biggest mover up the mark chart was senior thrower Nick Picard. Picard launched a massive personal best in the discus to finish second at the meet. His throw of 134 feet, 4 inches is a personal best this season by nearly 32 feet. His previous best was 102-10, set April 27 at the Sterling Invitational in Klamath Falls.
"Nick has found something that's working for him in the discus now," Brown said. "You want your kids to peak at districts and state, and we've got some kids doing that, including Nick."
In a showdown with the No. 3 high jumper in Class 4A, Madras sophomore Brent Sullivan got the best of Yamhill-Carlton's Ryan Braden. Sullivan, the No. 6 jumper in 4A so far this year, cleared 6-2 to win the gold. Braden finished in a tie for second with a height of 6-0.
Braden's top height this season is 6-4 1/4, while Sullivan's is 6-3, but Brown thinks Sullivan can get into that range by the end of the year.
"We've just got to continue to tweak Brent's mechanics," Brown said. "We're doing all we can to make progress, and hopefully he can pop that 6-4 or 6-5 jump soon."
Sullivan also finished fifth in the triple jump, with a mark of 37-8 3/4.
JJ Chirnside of North Valley and Wyatt Cunningham of North Bend are tied at the top of the 4A high jump mark chart with leaps of 6-6.
Senior Jhaylen Yeahquo, who came out for the track team late in the season, has been a welcomed addition with his distance running ability. He finished second in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:24.69, and then ran a leg on the 1,600 relay team that set a season best of 3:44.60 to place fourth.
"Having Jhaylen has been wonderful. We're trying to find events he likes to do, and he has been great in the 1,500," Brown said. "If he can run that race, he can certainly run a 400, and he's been doing well on the relay."
Yeahquo also cleared 5-8 in the high jump to finish sixth.
Junior pole vaulter Isaac Fisher placed second with a height of 12 feet, and Fredy Povis Ruiz sailed 18-7 1/2 to finish sixth in the long jump.
On the girls side, sophomore Elle Renault is back at full strength after overcoming illness, Brown said. She finished third in the long jump, with a leap of 14-9 1/4.
"She's starting to take it to the next level," Brown said. "We're trying to get her past the 15-foot mark, so hopefully that can happen."
Cheyenne Duncan and Maddie Molitor tied for fifth in the pole vault with a height of 6-6, and Kalan Wolfe scored an eighth-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 29.06 seconds.
The 400 relay team placed seventh with a time of 55.59. Inez Jones, Natalie Chavez, Duncan and Wolfe ran the relay for the Buffs.
Madras has one more meet before the Tri-Valley Conference championships. They will travel to Independence for the John Oliver Invitational on Friday for the final regular season meet.
The TVC championships will take place in Milwaukie and La Salle Prep on May 16-17.