Things look good as season winds down

With just four weeks left in the high school track and field season, Mike Dove has his Culver team right where he wants.

“I like where we are at,” Dove said after Monday’s workout. “I’ve had that realization that our league is probably the toughest league in the state. With teams like Regis and Kennedy, it’s going to be real tough to get by some of those kids.”

It is the time of year where coaches aren’t going to tip their hand just yet, so many of the league’s top athletes have been sitting out in their top events and instead, running in other races. But when the big meets come along, like this weekend’s Summit Invite, the top kids will be going all out.

That was not the case last week at La Pine, where the Bulldog boys placed eighth with 23 points and girls were sixth with 43 points.

Dove said he really doesn’t put much stock into regular season meets but, his kids are starting to ramp up their workouts and everyone has an eye on the district meet and state spots.

Both of 400-meter and 1,600-meter girls relay teams have made marked improvement over the last two weeks.

Hannah Lewis, Jessica Johnson, Ana Badillo and Andrea Retano have recorded the classification’s second best time in the 1,600 this season, clocking in at 4 minutes, 22:96 seconds while that same group has the sixth best 400 relay time.

The latter will be the most difficult to qualify in as both Regis and Kennedy have run better times.

But Dove is still waiting for his girls to really start producing at their highest level. Thursday is the last true league meet the Bulldogs will run it this year, and then it is a couple of twilight meets where the focus will be on technique and times.

“That’s where we will really start that preparation for the district meet,” Dove said. “The girls are a little frustrated because they really haven’t seen their times coming down, and I just keep telling them to be patient. They are right where they need to be.”

The boys are getting there as well.

Corey Sledge has the state’s second best pole vault at 13-6, while others, like sprinter Jaiden Jones, continue to see times fall.

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