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Crook County dominates track meet - Central Oregonian

May 3, 2012
Crook County High School

The outcome was never in doubt as the Cowboy and Cowgirl track and field teams dominated the Crook County Invitational on Wednesday.

The Cowboys won 13 of 17 events en route to the easy victory, rolling up 145 points compared to 28 points for Grant Union and 19 for Culver.

Meanwhile, the Cowgirls won nine of 16 events as they scored 96.5 points to outdistance Grant Union (40), and Culver (30.5).

“It was a good meet,” said head coach Ernie Brooks. “We had our senior night and we honored Kay Garrison and Fred Bushong, and we had some good marks.”

Chance Sutfin took a pair of firsts for the Cowboys, winning the shot put with a heave of 44-06, then coming back to take the discus with a toss of 132-09.

Tevin Cooper also had a solid day in the throws, taking first in the javelin with a throw of 150-04. Cooper also finished second in the shot put with a toss of 40-02, and third in the discus with a throw of 116-10 — both season bests. Daniel Keifer finished third in the shot (38-03) and fourth in the discus (112-06) for the Cowboys, while Dillon Dean took second in the javelin with a heave of 136-04. Zach Smith won the JV shot put with a throw over 39-00, setting a school freshman record.

 Cody Thurman took first place in the pole vault clearing 9-06, while Trayton Libolt and Kole Brewer finished third and fourth respectively with leaps of 9-00.

The Cowboys also took first and second place in the high jump with Dawson Barber clearing 5-02 while Brewer leapt 5-00. Competing in his first meet of the season, Marcus Greaves won the JV high jump after clearing 5-04.

On the track, the Cowboys swept the 100-meter dash. Hunter Bourland sprinted to first place with a time of 11.275. Tyler Hulick took second in 11.742 while Tyler Rockwood finished third with a time of 11.842.

The Cowboys also swept the 400-meter dash with Brant McCloughlan winning in a time of 56.581. Cody Thurman finished second with a time of 58.116 while Greaves took third with a time of 1:00.18.

Crook County also swept both hurdle races. Rockwood led the way in the high hurdles with a time of 16.5. He was followed by Brewer (19.4) and Dylan McCarty (21.9). Thurman came back to win the intermediate hurdles with a time of 48.331 while Brewer took second in 49.866 and Rhett Smith finished third in 51.434.

The Cowboys also won both relays, taking the 4x100 in a time of 44.921, then coming back to win the 4x400 in 3:45.49. The Cowboys final two victories came in the 1,500-and 3,000-meter runs. Jorden Dunn held on to win the 1,500 over a rapidly closing Adam Campione. Dunn finished with a time of 4:53.617 while Campione ran a time of 4:53.984. Daniel Knower finished third for the Cowboys in 4:58.989.

Meanwhile, Dylan Hatch easily won the 3,000 with a time of 11:10.34.

The Cowgirls also had some outstanding performances in the meet.

Kathryn Kaonis and Hannah Troutman both leaped four inches above their previous best as they finished 1-2 in the high jump with identical clearances of 4-10.

Danielle Michael also set a personal best, winning the pole vault with a leap of 7-06.

Michael also won the 300 hurdles with a time of 56.093. She was followed to the finish line by Joey Hehn (57.027) and Henrika Helynen (1:00.73).

Hehn and Michael switched places in the high hurdles with Hehn taking first in a time of 18.752 while Michael came in second with a time of 20.086.

Sprinters McKenzie Zirbel, Makinsi Gregory, and Madie Bernard swept the 100-meter dash with times of 13.163, 13.463, and 13.897 respectively. Zirbel came back to take second in the 200 with a time of 27.974 while Gregory was third in 29.242 and Bernard finished fourth with a time of 31.211.?

The Cowgirls also took three of four places in the 1,500 meter run. Kelley Thurman ran away from the field to take first with a time of 5:25.315. Charsie Brewer came away with third place in a time of 5:52.810 while Natalie Stenbeck took fourth in 5:54.845.

Crook County’s Baily Tarabochia came away with second place in the 800 with a time of 2:40.274. The Cowgirls also won both relays, taking the 4x100 relay in a time of 50.995 and winning the 1,600-meter relay in 4:47.

In the throwing events, Marci Johnston continued to have solid performances. Johnston took first place in the shot put with a heave of 34-09.5, then threw a career- best 98-07 to finish third in the javelin. Cowgirls throwers also took second, third, and fourth in the discus with Molly Viles leading the way with a throw of 92-05. Sierra Fortado took third with a throw of 79-10 while Bree Porfily took fourth with a throw of 77-02. Fortado also took third in the shot put with a heave of 27-08. Crook County’s Amanda Noyes finished fourth with a toss of 27-07.

Also placing in the meet was Laken Berlin, who took second in the long jump with a leap of 15-05. Hehn finished in third place with a jump of 14-05. She also took third in the triple jump with a jump of 30-03, while Katie Wood finished fourth with a leap of 30-00.

Next Wednesday, Crook County competes in the Central Oregon JV Championships. Then on Thursday, the team will travel to Bend for the Intermountain Championships. The following week, they head to La Grande for the Greater Oregon League District Championships.

“Today was just a good meet for us,” Brooks said. “Now we are going to focus on JV Districts and the Intermountain Championships. Next week will be our district tune-up.”

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