Freshman Sledge ties top state mark in pole vault

With the weekend off to help gear up for big meets late in the season, the Culver High School track teams just had a Thursday meet in Mt. Angel on the schedule.

At a three-way meet with Central Linn and Kennedy, the Culver girls placed second in the team race with 48 points and the boys were third with 27.

Both 400- and 1,600-meter relay teams on the girls side for Culver earned gold medals. The 400 team of Ana Badillo, Lori Sandy, Andrea Retano and Hannah Lewis sped to the win in 53.55 seconds.

The 1,600 team, which just replaced Lewis with Angelica Metteer, outlasted the field and finished with a time of 4:22.01.

Retano also won the 800, with a time of 2:36.05, and Sandy won the 100 in 13.05 seconds. She didn't compete in the triple jump.

Taylor Lynn finished second in the 200, with a time of 31.40 seconds, and Metteer finished second in the 1,500, with a run of 5:20.78.

In the field, Cassie Fulton won the javelin with a toss of 100 feet, 11 inches, and placed second in the high jump with a height of 4-6.

Lynze Schonneker finished behind Fulton in the javelin with a throw of 92-11, which was good for second place. Schonneker also placed second in the shot put, with a mark of 27-9.

On the boys side, senior Kyle Belanger was a double winner, with golds in the 400 and 800.

He sped to the 400 win in 52.09 seconds, then added another lap to win the 800 in 2:11.40.

Freshman pole vaulter Corey Sledge posted his best vault of the season, clearing 12 feet, to take the event gold.

The vault is tied for the highest in Class 2A, along with Hayden Hinshaw of Reedsport and Stephen Howes of Elgin.

Sophomore Travis Klopp placed second behind Sledge with a height of 10 feet.

Sophomore Chandler Honeywell picked up a gold in the 300 hurdles with a time of 49.46 seconds. He also placed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 31-4.

Sophomore Ty Shrout picked up a pair of bronze medals in the shot put and discus for the Bulldogs. He chucked the discus 108-7, and gave the shot a put of 37-6 1/2.

The Bulldogs' 1,600 relay team placed second with a time of 3:54.80. Belanger, Honeywell, Joey Fraser and Gerson Gonzalez all ran on the team.

The Bulldogs hit the track on Thursday at Lebanon, then end the regular season with the Regis Twilight on May 10.

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