Culver searches for gold at districts
Sandy wins 100, second in triple jump
The Culver High School track teams finished their regular seasons at the Regis Twilight in Stayton on Friday, and now have the championship season in their sights.
The girls team, led by senior Lori Sandys first- and second-place finishes in the 100 and triple jump, is primed to make a run at the Tri-River Conference championship.
Sandy won gold in the 100 meters, and improved her states best time to 12.85 seconds. Only Madison Carlin of Weston-McEwen has been the only runner to cut the tape under 13 seconds in Class 2A this season.
Sandy finished second in the triple jump to Westside Christians Kayla Brase, the Class 3A leader in the event. Sandy jumped 35 feet, 6 3/4 inches to win the silver, and Brase soared 35-10 to win the gold.
Sandy still has the top jump in 2A at 36-0, but Mary Roy of Grant Union closed the gap in her meet Saturday in Baker. Roy hopped 35-10 to take over second place on the 2A top mark chart in the event.
Culver had a pair of second-place runs from Hannah Lewis in the 400, and Andrea Retano in the 800. Lewis finished a lap in 1 minute, 0.84 seconds for silver, and Retano did two laps in 2:29.55.
Both times by the Bulldogs moved them up the Class 2A mark chart. Lewis, a freshman, now has the fourth best time in 2A, and Retano, a sophomore, moved into sixth on the 800 mark chart.
Lewis, Retano and Sandy â€“ along with Angelica Metteer â€“ finished second in the 1,600 relay with a time of 4:16.30. Metteer also placed fourth in the 1,500 with a time of 5:22.91. Her best time of 5:20.80 puts her No. 7 on the 2A mark chart, but well off the pace of Union junior speedster Katriel OReillys blistering pace of 4:59.44.
Senior thrower Cassie Fulton finished third in the javelin, with a toss of 114-10. That distance put her at No. 4 on the 2A mark chart, four inches ahead of Weston-McEwens Makayla Christopher.
Culvers 400 relay team of Retano, Lewis, Sandy and Anna Badillo finished third, with a time of 52.23. The teams best race of 51.94 is second on the 2A mark chart, .43 seconds behind Portland Christian.
On the boys side, senior Kyle Belanger and freshman Corey Sledge continued their fine seasons.
Belanger ran to second place in the 400, with a time of 51.34, and Sledge soared to second in the pole vault, with a height of 12 feet.
For Belanger, his time was good enough for second place on the 2A mark chart in the 400, .50 seconds behind Julian Croman of Neah-Kah-Nie.
Sledge is tied for second on the mark chart in the pole vault. Irrigons AJ Timpy, Elgins Stephen Howes and Reedsports Hayden Hinshaw are all tied with the Culver freshman at 12 feet.
Collin Styring of Riverdale has the top height in 2A with 12-6.
Ty Shrout placed eighth in the shot put, with a heave of 40-2, and Alex Pettersen placed seventh in the discus, with a toss of 104-2.
The Tri-River Conference championships will be staged Friday and Saturday at Stayton High School in Stayton.