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Madras White Buffalos track program shows strength at home; Culver Bulldogs right behind.

STEELE HAUGEN - Eric Boynton, of Madras, places first in the pole vault tying Culver's Jordan VanAstyne.The Madras track and field program hosted a meet April 24, and both the boys and the girls won in dominant fashion.

The boys' results were Madras 292, Culver 135, Condon/Wheeler 76 and Corbett 74, while the girls' results were Madras 200.5, Condon/Wheeler 128, Corbet 103 and Culver 74.5.

In the 100-meter dash, Buff sophomore Leo Gutierrez had a time of 11.75 seconds, edging out Culver freshman Zennon Rybel (11.78).

Gutierrez (23.60) also won the 200-meter dash, beating teammate Omar Diaz (23.81), with Rybel (24.00) finishing in third.

Madras freshman Max Binning had a time of 2:20.15, placing first in the 800-meter run. Braeden Chapman, of Culver, was right behind him with a time of 2:20.81, finishing in second.

Chapman was able to get his revenge, winning the 1,500-meter (4:49.97), with Hunter Fitz, of Madras, placing third (4:58.00).

In the 300-meter hurdles, Madras' Nathan Rodriguez took first with a personal-best time of 44:18.

Matthew Bunt claimed gold in the shot put, throwing a personal-best 39-04, edging out Buffalo teammate Tyreyk Ramsey (34-04.50).

In the discus, Donnie Bagley (111-08) and Allen Jackson (111-01) had their best throws for Madras to place first and second.

Amial Rhoan (150-09) edged out Bagley (149-00) in the javelin to place first. The distances were the best for each this season.

STEELE HAUGEN - Donnie Bagley, of Madras, places second in the javelin (149-00) and first in the discus (111-08). "The team is really growing," Bagley said. "Every meet we have around 60 personal bests and I think we probably have the biggest team in 4A. The fact that we have a lot of coaches helps out a ton. We have two throwing coaches, which is a big deal because they can really focus on teaching technique."

"When it comes to javelin, I just try to go out there and have fun really," he said. "I want to go to state for both the discus and the javelin."

Culver's Kash Michael had an outstanding performance in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 4 inches, claiming gold, over Jackson (5-10).

"I think I am progressing great this season," Kash Michael said. "It is a lot of practice and putting the work in after school that is getting me there. The end goal is a state championship. That is what I am aiming for. I need to heal up, relax, making sure I do everything I can to stay healthy."

STEELE HAUGEN - Culver's Kash Michael jumps a personal best in the high jump (6-04) and claims gold in the process."The team's success comes from hard work during practice," he said. "Staying as long as you can after practice, perfecting what you can and fixing all the little things you need to."

In the long jump, Dalton Waldow gave the Buffs another first-place finish with a leap of 19-09.25, with Dylan Heath placing second (18-09.75).

The pole vault was one of the most exciting competitions of the meet, with Eric Boynton, of Madras, and Jordan VanAlstyne, of Culver, battling back and forth for every inch. Boynton and VanAlstyne brought out the best in each other, both jumping personal bests.

"It was definitely a good competition," Boynton said. "It pushed me to get better. Seeing him (VanAlstyne) make the jump really made me want to go out there and beat him. It's competition, but I am glad we were able to push each other to get better."

"I was able to get a new pole from a coach in Redmond," he said. "It is just bigger and were getting used to it now and it has absolutely helped us out for sure."

STEELE HAUGEN - Jordan ValAlstyne, of Culver,  places first in the pole vault tying Madras' Eric Boynton.They both ended up tying at the end, inches away from reaching 12 feet, ending with leaps of 11-06, both placing first.

"It really made us strive to get over the bar and one-up each other," VanAlstyne said. "We are rival schools, so we always try and show each other up. I was able to get a new pole and so was Eric (Boynton). I was too big for my other pole and it has really helped."

"I definitely want to win a state title," he said. "For 2A, I think 13 feet is the highest right now and I am trying to get up there. I want a state placement at least, but championship is the goal."

The Madras 4x100-meter relay race faced Culver's relay team and it went to the wire. The Buffalo team of Gutierrez, Heath, Diaz and Waldow had a time of 45.03, beating the Bulldogs team of Michael, Rybel, VanAlstyne, and Cesar Orozco (45.44).

Culver bested Madras in the 4x400-meter relay. The Bulldogs' (3:46.90) VanAlstyne, Rybel, Michael and Chapman topped Madras' Rhoan, Waldow, Bagley and Jackson (3:49.72).

On the girls' side, Culver's Bridget Lopez dominated the hurdle events, winning both the 100-meter hurdles (18.48) and the 300-meter hurdles (55.47). Sherri Devore, of Madras, took second in the 100-meter hurdles (19.63) and Madras' Feather Miller claimed silver in the 300-meter hurdles (57.73).

STEELE HAUGEN - Talyn Barry throws the shot put at the Madras meet April 24, claiming gold.The shot put was won by Talyn Barry, of Culver, (29-09), while Anyla Rico, of Culver, placed first in the discus with a personal best throw of 92-00. Wynema Wolfe, of Madras, had a discus throw of 90-04, placing second.

Madras sophomore Olivia Symons earned another first place in the long jump (15-09.50), while Madison Pattenaude claimed gold in the triple jump (27-06.50).

The Madras 4x100-meter relay race of Symons, Amber Simmons, Kenzie Morrissette, and Tegan Lantz placed first with a time of 54.70.

The Buffalos and the Bulldogs brought out the best in each other with 73 Madras athletes recording personal bests and 31 Culver athletes achieving personal bests.

The White Buffalos host another meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, with 10 different teams participating. Teams from the Tri-Valley Conference and several big Central Oregon schools will be in Madras, taking on the Buffs.

Two Saturday meets

The Madras track and field program split up their team, competing in two different meets April 27.

Certain athletes participated in the Meet of Champions at Sweet Home with around 30 other teams, while other Madras track athletes traveled to Sherman High School for an invitational with around 14 other schools.

At the Sweet Home meet, the boys scored 27 team points, placing seventh, with Sisters (101), Sweet Home (82) and Philomath placing in the top three.

The girls finished in 17th place, scoring 10 team points with Philomath (130.5), Sisters (73) and Siuslaw (54) at the top.

The highlight for the boys was the 4x100 relay team of Gutierrez, Heath, Diaz and Waldow, which finished in third place with a time of 45.18 seconds. Sisters (44.15) and Sweet Home (44.73) were both able to edge out the Buffs.

In the high jump, Jackson had a leap of 6 feet to place third for Madras. Cesar Sepulveda, of Jefferson, had an incredible jump of 6-09.25 to claim gold.

Madras pole vaulter, Bonyton leaped a personal best 12-10, placing fifth for the Buffs.

Senior athlete Waldow placed fifth in the long jump (19-09) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (23.97). Gutierrez had a time of 53.16 seconds to place sixth in the 400-meter run.

The girls were led by Symons who had a leap of 15-10.25 in the long jump, finishing in third place. She also finished in seventh place in both the 100-(13.37) and the 200-meter dash (28.17).

Sherman invite

At the Sherman invite, the Madras boys scored 14 team points, placing 12th, with Trout Lake (97) and Sherman (95) at the top.

The girls scored 13 team points for a 13th place finish, while Trout Lake and Condon/Wheeler took first and second, respectively.

The boys were led by Grayson Symons who finished the 3,000-meter run in fifth place with a time of 11:28:00. Mason Leach-Richardson placed sixth in the 100-meter dash (12.65) for the Buffs.

Eryn McCourtney led the girls, placing fifth in the 800-meter run (2:56.93) and freshman Hannah Young was able to place sixth in the pole vault (6-00).

The White Buffalos host another meet at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4, with 10 different teams participating. Teams from the Tri-Valley Conference and several big Central Oregon schools will be in Madras, taking on the Buffs.

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