Gervais roundup: Cougar tracksters snag top spots in 3A/2A meet
Track and Field
Gervais took to the road April 7, heading to Regis to compete against the hosting Rams as well as Crosshill Christian, Santiam, Santiam Christian, Oregon School for the Deaf, Scio and Sheridan. As teams, the Cougars struggled to bring in points — the girls teams finished fifth out of seven teams with 44 points, while the boys were seventh out of eight with 27 points.
The lone Gervais athletes to win their events came from the girls' side of the events. Junior Izzy Boyd took first place in the shot put with a throw of 30 feet, 10.25 inches, besting second place Santiam junior Emma Longfellow by more than a foot. In the javelin, Gervais junior Lilly McCargar took the top spot with a season best throw of 115 feet, 3 inches.
The girls team was missing sophomore Olivia Boyd, the school's 100-meter hurdles record holder, who had a schedule conflict as a part of the softball team.
The boys team had one athlete within a few seconds of first place. In the 300-meter hurdles, sophomore Eremay Avgi ran his race in 50.27 seconds, just a tenth of a second off the first-place finisher.
Gervais track and field's next event will be the St. Paul Buckaroo Roundup on Saturday, April 9, after the paper goes to press. For full results, please go to Athletic.net.
Gervais softball finally got its first win of the season. On April 6, the Cougars traveled to Western Christian School in Salem and collected a 17-11 win over the Pioneers in seven innings.
The offense was led by three players: sophomore third baseman Olivia Boyd, freshman short stop Addy McCargar and junior center field Trinity Bastidas. The trio had four runs apiece and had nine hits in 11 at-bats. McCargar and Boyd had four and five RBIs, respectively. Senior captain Sarah Saalfield had three RBIs and a hit in four at-bats. Sophomore catcher Sofia Contreras had two runs, a hit, an RBI and a walk in four at-bats.
Given that production, it was a shaky start for the Cougars. Gervais leaped out to a 5-1 lead after the first three innings, but heading into the top of the sixth inning trailed 11-6. It was in the final two innings that Gervais put 11 more runs and held Western Christian scoreless to secure the win.
Gervais (1-7, 1-2 in league) has a stern test ahead of it. The Cougars make the quick trip over to Mount Angel to tangle with Kennedy (5-2) on Monday, April 11.
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