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Cowboys come from behind in closing stages of meet to win, while Cowgirls finish in third despite missing key athletes

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Miles Chaney ran a personal best time of 2:04.15 on Friday at the Wally Ciochetti Invitational in Cottage Grove. The time was good for fourth place overall, helping the Cowboys to a first place finish in the meet.The Crook County Cowboys trailed late in the Wally Ciochetti Invitational, but a pair of high finishes in the 3,000, plus a win in the 4x400 relay propelled the Cowboys to first place in the meet.

The 13-team meet was held Friday evening in Cottage Grove.

"North Bend was loaded, and our boys still squeaked it out," Crook County head coach Ernie Brooks said. "Dominic Langley came up to me just before the 3,000 started and said, 'Heh, we are 12 points behind or something like that.' I said, 'Go talk to the 3,000 meter runners and then we have to take care of business in the 4x400.' He said, 'I already talked to them,' and then they both ran personal records, which was huge. Our kids are just taking ownership in what they do and going after things. It was cool."

The Cowgirls finished in third despite having just one individual event winner, while the Cowboys took first in five individual events plus the 4x400 relay.

Jonas Rice picked up a big win for the Cowboys in the 110 hurdles, running a time of 15.89, just enough to edge Nick Bronson of Creswell, 15.99.

Noah Chaney also picked up a win for the Cowboys, clearing 14-06 to win the pole vault by a foot and a half.

Langley cleared 6-01 to win the high jump, while Zach Guthrie leaped 21-01.50 to win the long jump.

Tyler Humeston then heaved the shot put 49-11 to edge Darius Holmes of Klamath Union.

The final Cowboy win was in the final event of the day, the 4x400, where Crook County set a season-best time as Triston Fischer, Jonas Rice, Dominic Langley and Alec Carne finished in 3:32.07 to win by more than three seconds over second-place Sisters.

Guthrie also finished second in the 100 with a time of 11.40, while Langley was second in the 400, 50.88, and third in the triple jump, 41-05.

In addition to running on the 4x400 relay team, Fischer placed sixth in the 200 with a time of 24.01, and fifth in the 400 in 52.85.

In addition, Fischer, Kaden Horton, Jason Slawter and Eliab Rice placed fourth in the 4x100 relay with a time of 46.04.

Carne also placed in multiple events, finishing seventh in the 1,500 with a time of 4:26.49, and seventh in the 300 hurdles in 44.52.

Miles Chaney ran a personal-record time of 2:04.15 to finish fourth in the 800, while Cade Catterson and Alex Vail placed fourth and fifth in the 3,000 with times of 9:17.21 and 9:18.11. Teammate Trevyn Smith finished fifth in the event in 44.17.

Other Cowboys to place included Caleb Parrott, seventh in the shot put, 43-11.75; Humeston, seventh in the discus, 134-09; and Slawter, fourth in the javelin, 160-11.

The Cowboys finished with 125 points, while North Bend was second with 113. Newport finished third, 94.75, with Klamath Union in fourth, 83, and Sisters fifth, 53.

Despite not having Kenna Woodward, who would have potentially won the shot put and placed in the discus, and without McCall Woodward, who would have placed in either the 1,500 or 3,000, the Cowgirls still had a strong third-place showing.

North Bend won the girls meet with 121 points, while Philomath was second, 118.5, and the Cowgirls third with 81.

Faith Wagner was the lone Cowgirl winner, taking first in the pole vault with a leap of 10-06.

Despite not winning another event, the Cowgirls used their team depth to finish ahead of teams like Newport, 60, Siuslaw, 59.5, and Cottage Grove, 41, who are considered state powers.

Tienna Quinn finished third in the 200 with a time of 28.26 and seventh in the 100 in 13.93.

Gracie Kasbeger is returning to form after returning from an injury and finished third in the 400 with a time of 1:04.70. Teammate Alyson Thomas was close behind in 1:04.85. Both times were season bests.

Jan Carne raced to a personal record and fifth-place finish in the 1,500 with a time of 5:09.26.

Kelcie Ames also ran a personal record time of 12:05.01 in the 3,000, good for eighth place.

Emma Hehn finished eighth in the 100 hurdles with a time of 18.32, then returned to run a personal-record time of 50.904 to finish sixth in the 300 hurdles. Teammate Mckinzee Mode also ran a personal-record time as she edged Hehn to finish fifth in 50.90.

The Cowgirl 4x100 relay team of Thomas, Dallas Hutchins, Quinn and Wagner placed fifth with a time of 53.63, while the 4x400 relay team of Hehn, Carne, Mode and Thomas was third in 4:23.25.

Marrisa Asher and Samantha Black had great days, setting personal bests as they finished second and third, respectively, in the discus with throws of 113-01 and 112-09.

"Sami and Marrisa both had great serieses," Brooks said. "I think every throw was over 100, so it's coming together."

Leahlynn Cates joined Wagner on the podium in the pole vault, tying for fourth place with a clearance of 8-00.

Hutchins then closed out the day for the Cowgirls with personal bests in the long jump and triple jump.

Hutchins finished third in the long jump with a leap of 15-05, and fourth in the triple jump in 33-03.75.

Brooks noted that in addition to having a good meet on Friday at Cottage Grove, the Crook County JV team also had an outstanding meet on Saturday against small school varsity teams in Gilchrist.

The Cowgirls finished second in the 11-team meet, while the Cowboys were fifth.

"Those kids worked their tails off," Brooks said. "It was a good meet for them. It was a short turnaround for the coaches. We got back at 3 a.m. and then turned around at 8:15 and got on the bus for Gilchrist."

Brooks added that with just two weeks before Crook County hosts the district meet, the team is working hard to get ready.

"We are looking at how we are going to put the pieces of the puzzle together in two weeks to win at districts and get the most kids we can to state," he said.

Crook County is back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Scappoose for The Last Frontier Meet. The team then does not race again until Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, when they host the Intermountain Conference Championships.

At district, the top two individuals in each event automatically qualify for the state meet. In addition, the top five fastest times in the state not finishing first or second at district also qualify for the state meet.

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