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The Madras boys track team dominated the Tri-Valley tri-meet, and the girls narrowly edged out Estacada to take first.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - The Madras 4x400 relay team — which includes the Tapia brothers, senior Ethan (left) and freshman Eben (right) — has been tops in the district all season long. The relay team set a new season record on Wednesday, April 20.

The Madras track and field team just keeps looking stronger and stronger.

The White Buffalos boys and girls teams both prevailed over Estacada and North Marion on Wednesday, April 20, in a tri-meet held at North Marion High School. While the Madras girls edged past Estacada by a slim three-point margin, the boys scored 76 team points — nearly double that of second-place North Marion — to easily win the day.

The boys nearly completed a full sweep on the track, winning all nine of the running events in which they competed. The Buffs skipped out on the 3,000-meter race but cleaned up in the other events.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Madras sophomore Michael Picard won four events on Wednesday, April 20, at North Marion High School. Picard grabbed individual wins in the 100 and 400 events, as well as being a part of both winning relay teams.Madras sophomore Michael Picard enjoyed the most success on the day, winning both the 100 and 400 in addition to being part of both first-place relays, and junior Isaiah Wapsheli won three events of his own. Wapsheli took first in the 800 and 1,500, while also being part of the 4x400 relay. Johan Poland, a junior, took first in both the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter intermediate hurdles, and freshman Andres Pineda was tops in the 200.

Picard was joined in the 4x100 by fellow short-course dynamo Pineda, as well as juniors Wade Simmelink and Tobias Byrd. Picard, Pineda and Simmelink finished 1-2-3 in the individual 100-meter dash, with their respective times separated by just six one-hundredths of a second. Those performances set the stage for the relay team to take first place by more than two seconds ahead of North Marion.

The Madras boys 4x400 relay, meanwhile, tightened its grasp on the district lead — even as a new face stepped into the fold. Picard, who lined up in place of senior Ethan Nava for the day, served as the anchor leg of the relay that also included Wapsheli and brothers Ethan and Eben Tapia. It was the first time this season that the Buffs ran out a 4x400 team without Nava, and they still managed to improve their district-best time. Madras finished more than 11 seconds ahead of North Marion on Wednesday, setting a new top time in the Tri-Valley at 3:47.25. In doing so, the Buffs shaved almost two seconds off their previous time — and extending their district lead over Gladstone to nearly eight seconds.

The boys also did well in the field, although their only first-place finish — Byrd's high jump — came in an event in which only Madras competed. Still, there were some highlights. In addition to winning the high jump, Byrd also set a new personal record in the pole vault, hitting 10-06 for the first time. Poland finished second in the javelin and third in the shot put, setting a new personal best in the latter. Finally, Simmelink — who owns the Tri-Valley's top long jump after last week — set a new PR in the triple jump on his way to a second-place finish.

The girls team did not have quite as many triumphs as the boys did on Wednesday, but the White Buffalos did just enough to edge ahead of Estacada in the team scoring.

PMG PHOTO: TANNER RUSS - Hannah MacDuffee was once again dominant in the long-distance events for Madras. The junior racked up wins in both the 1,500-meter race and the 3,000, and she currently leads the Tri-Valley Conference in both events.Hannah MacDuffee was once again dominant in the long-distance events, as the junior set a new season-high in the 1,500 and won the 3,000 as teammate Talise Wapsheli took second place. Meanwhile, senior Briann Ellis kept up her strong season in the jumps, placing first in both the high jump and the pole vault. Madras sophomore Austin Erwen also made a spectacular debut for the Buffs. Erwen, who was competing for the first time this season, took first place in the varsity triple jump and grabbed wins in two JV events, the 100 and the high jump.

While they may not have come away with victories, a few other Madras tracksters earned crucial points for the girls team. Adelynn Adams placed second in the 100, 200 and triple jump events, continuing a stellar start to her freshman season with the Buffs. Emily Picard, another promising freshman, took second in both the 800 and 1,500 and improved her PR in the former by nearly five seconds. Madras senior Isabelle Ludi set new PRs in the 400 and the long jump to place second and third in those events, respectively. Matty Buck was the top thrower on the day for Madras, placing third in the shot put and javelin. Buck, a junior, also took fourth in the discus.

The Madras track teams will be competing again this weekend, as they head to Klamath Falls for the Coldwell Banker Invitational. The meet, which is being hosted by Mazama High School, will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23. The White Buffalos will then host dual meets at Madras High School on Wednesday, April 27, against Crook County and Wednesday, May 4, against Corbett.


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