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Track team triumphs at Icebreaker Invitational

March 20, 2012
Crook County High School

The Crook County High School track and field team kicked off their season strong with a dominant overall performance at the Icebreaker Invitation in Prineville.

On a cold, windy Thursday afternoon, the boys finished with 109 points, more than doubling the 48-point total of second-place Madras. Mitchell finished with 29 and Culver followed close behind with 27. On the girls side, Crook County scored 117.5 points, easily outdistancing Madras who tallied 69 points. Culver finished third with 34.5 and Mitchell scored 16.

Head coach Ernie Brooks attributed the sizable margin of victory to improved team depth.

“In the past, we really haven’t won too many meets,” he said. “We had good athletes and we competed, but we never really had the depth team-wise.”

The boys team scored in nearly every event and took first in eight of them. The boys 4x100 relay team won in 46.42 seconds, and Hunter Bourland took first in the 100 meter in 11. 76 seconds while Alonzo Lopez won the 200 meter in 25.15 seconds and the long jump with a leap of 17 feet 7 inches. Cody Thurman took first in the 300 hurdles, clocking a time of 49.517 while Luis Rivera crossed the finish line first in the 800 meter with a time of 2:22. In the field events, Chance Sutfin took the shot with a heave of 46 feet 11 inches, while Dylan Dean won the javelin, throwing 142 feet 7 ½ inches.

The girls provided much of the same, winning five events and placing second and third in several others. The 4x100 relay team took first in 54.03 seconds and McKenzie Zerbel won the 100 meter in 13.92 seconds. Baily Tarabochia clocked a winning time of 2:47 in the 800 meter while Kelley Thurman crossed the finish line in 5:36 to win the 1500 meter run. In the field events, Laken Berlin took first in the long jump with a 15-foot 1 ½ inch leap.

Brooks was pleased with the meet and the way the team started the season, and has reasons for optimism.

“We have a young crew, but we have some great senior leaders,” he said, noting that the team is comprised of 35 freshmen to just 15 seniors. “The freshmen are following what the seniors are doing and it’s great.”

He added that the team didn’t compete with their full complement of athletes. Seniors Tyler Rockwood and Alex Greaves could not attend.

“We still have some kids coming,” Brooks said. “It’s going to be a fun year.”

After dominating their first meet of the season, Crook County will soon face much stiffer competition.

“Our big test will be next week when we go to Summit where we are going to see the best in the state,” Brooks said. He anticipates the team may be served some humble pie at the meet, but welcomes the competition.

“If you never go against the best, then you never know where you stand, so we want to put our kids in those situations.”

But with the first meet under their belt, and the improved team depth, Brooks sees a potentially bright future.

“This year, if we can stay healthy, it’ll be interesting at the end,” he said.

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