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Two Cowgirls are already qualified for the state championships, with more likely to come after Saturday's finals.

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Crook County senior Josie Kasberger (pictured) placed second behind teammate Grace Brooks in the discus on Day 1 of the Intermountain Conference Track & Field Championships on Friday, May 13, in Prineville. As a result, both Cowgirls will be headed to the state championships next week at Hayward Field in Eugene.

After the first day of the Intermountain Conference Track & Field Championships, the Crook County Cowgirls are in second place, while the Cowboys are in fourth.

Pendleton leads the girls competition with 45.5 points. They are followed by Crook County (31), Hood River Valley (29.5), The Dalles (25), Ridgeview (22) and Redmond (3).

In the boys competition, The Dalles is currently first with 44.5 points. They are followed by Pendleton (33.5), Hood River Valley (25), Crook County (23), Ridgeview (19) and Redmond (11).

With finals contested in just four of the 17 events, Crook County has qualified two athletes for the state meet, both in the girls discus. Grace Brooks easily won the event with a throw of 121-02.50, while fellow senior Josie Kasberger finished second with a throw of 92-10. Lauren Papke, another senior, completed a Crook County sweep of the event finishing in third place with a throw of 91-11.5.

Several other Cowgirls also placed in the Day 1 finals. Joann McKinnon, a sophomore, finished eighth in the pole vault with a clearance of 7-01. In the long jump, senior Tienna Quinn finished in fourth place with a leap of 15-08.25, while junior Eliot Moore finished in eighth with a leap of 13-06.5.

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - Crook County sophomore Zachary Levesque placed fourth in the discus with a personal record throw of 121-01 on Friday, May 13, during the first day of the Intermountain Conference Track & Field Championships in Prineville.For the Cowboys, sophomore Ayden Hall finished in third place in the discus with a throw of 129-09. With just two placers in each event automatically qualifying for the state meet, Hall will have to wait until tomorrow to find out if he will get to compete at the state meet. That is because, in addition to the top two from each league, the next five best throws or times in the entire state receive wild card berths to state. With one league left to complete the boys discus, Hall is currently in second place in the wild card race.

Also placing in the discus was sophomore Zachary Levesque, who finished in fourth place with a throw of 121-01.

Other Cowboy placers included: Gavin Humphreys, fourth in the 3,000 with a time of 9:32.17; Adam Radabaugh, seventh in the 3,000 with a time of 10:11.53; Aaron Fehrenbacher, sixth in the long jump with a leap of 18-10.25; and Nathen DelaPena, who tied for sixth place in the pole vault with a clearance of 10-03.

PMG PHOTO: LON AUSTIN - During preliminary races at the Intermountain Conference Track & Field Championships on Friday, May 13, Crook County freshman Natalia Crass put herself in good position to qualify for state, placing first in the 400 and second in the 200.Several other Crook County athletes had outstanding performances on day one of the district meet. Natalia Crass had the second-best time in the 200 prelims with a time of 27.36, and the freshman also had the best preliminary time in the 400 with a time of 62.13. Elise Rice, a senior, had the second-best time in the 300 hurdle prelims in 49.35, while freshman Pati Carne had the fifth best time in the event in 53.35. In addition to Crass, two other Cowgirls qualified for the finals in both the 200 (Quinn, Makenna Duran) and 400 (Duran, Sofia Langley), while two Cowgirls also qualified for the finals in the 100 (Alexys Schneider, Cylie Hartzell) and one in the 100 hurdles (Hartzell).

Meanwhile, sophomore Julian Lopez reached the finals on the boys' side in both the 100 and 200, while junior Nils Hanson made the 400 finals and sophomore Jacob McKinnon advanced to the 800 finals.

In the 110 hurdles, juniors Cainen Smith and Alex Smith both reached the finals, while senior Kyree Willis advanced in the 300 hurdles.

Competition continues tomorrow at Ward Rhoden Stadium in Prineville, with field events scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. and running events beginning at 1 p.m.


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