Speedy Buffs post solid times
The Madras track and field team is off to a fast start in the 2018 season.
White Buffalos' head coach Andrew Jensen raved about the team's potential for speed at the beginning of the season, and last Wednesday at the Crook County Relays, that potential was on display in the last event of the meet.
The Madras boys 4x400 relay team of Tyler Anderson, Leo Gutierrez, Catalino LeClaire and Erick Vega Ruiz went toe to toe with a Crook County team that finished second last season at the 4A state meet in Eugene.
Madras took a significant lead through the first three legs of the relay, but on the home straight away of the anchor leg, Crook County ran down Madras and ultimately won in 3 minutes, 38.80 seconds. The Buffs were close behind, clocking a time of 3:39.33.
It was one of a few highlights for Madras during an unconventional early-season meet, in which team scores weren't kept and typical events on the track were replaced with unique relays, such as a coed distance medley relay covering 10 laps.
Field events went on as usual, however, and the Madras boys in particular posted impressive marks.
In the javelin, Catalino LeClaire and Donnie Bagley finished first and second, with marks of 146 feet, 9 inches and 139-1, respectively. Both marks were personal bests.
Easterling claimed a win in the triple jump, and set a PR of 40-9, more than two better than his previous top mark (38-1.5).
Dalton Waldow added a PR of his own in the long jump, where he placed second with a best mark of 20-4. Allen Jackson placed second in the high jump, also setting a PR of 5-6. And in the throws, Alex Hernandez placed fourth in the discus (110-2), which was also a PR.
The boys placed second in the 4x100 relay (45.55), but Crook County ran away with the win, finishing in 44.25.
The girls didn't claim any individual winners, but had a few top-five finishes.
Olivia Symons led the way by placing third in the long jump and setting a new PR (15-9.5). Ally Dominiak placed fifth in the discus, with a season-best mark of 84-4. Alesha Freeman set PRs in both the discus (77-3) and long jump (13-4.5), as did Daria White in the javelin (76-3).
In the 4x100 relay, Symons, Freeman, Laisha Alvarez and Amber Simmons placed third, with a time of 55.04 seconds, behind Sisters (52.69) and Crook County (54.06).
Madras returns home April 4, for a meet against Culver, Crook County and Condon/Wheeler.