Cowboys and Cowgirls take easy wins in three-team meet

The Crook County High School track and field team opened the 2014 season in convincing fashion, taking first in both the boys and girls meets at the three-team Icebreaker Invitational.

The host Cowboys dominated the field, rolling up 118 points. Burns was a distant second with 49 points, while Grant Union was third with 22 points. Although the girls competition was closer, the Cowgirls still won easily, scoring 96.5 points. Burns was second with 55.5, while Grant Union struggled to score points finishing with just LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Zach Smith heaves the shot put 43-02 to take first place in the event at the Icebreaker Invitational, which was held in Prineville on Wednesday.

“We were setting the bar up for the season and the bar is definitely higher now than it was when we started,” said Crook County Head Coach Ernie Brooks. “It will be interesting when we get back from spring break and go to Bend and tangle it up with a team that has similar size and see where our depth really lies.”

The Cowboys swept at least the first three places of five different running events in the rout. Sam Santiago earned first place finished in the 100 and 200 with times of 11.737 and 24.399 respectively to lead Crook County sweeps of both events. Stephen Dalton was

second in both races with times of 11.984 and 25.099. Emmett Bailor took third in the 100 while Michael Seyl finished fourth. Meanwhile, Mike Erwin was third in the 200, while Clark Woodward finished fourth.

The Cowboys also swept the 800-meter run with Luis Rivera coming out on top with a time of 2:08.70. Bailor was second in 2:11.30, while Justin Glass finished third with a time of 2:31:10.

Grayson Munn, Liam Pickhardt, and Nathan Carmack kept the Cowboys’ dominance going with a sweep of the 1,550 in times of 4:27, 4:32, and 4:34.2 respectively.

“I think that group is going to push each other and they are going to get good,”?Brooks said.

The Cowboys earned their final sweep on the track in the 300 hurdles, where Seyl took first in a time of 43.775, while Zane Abrams was second (43.801), Zach Smith finished third (46.973), and Billy Mize finished fourth.

The Cowboys also swept the long jump with Seyl taking first with a leap of 18-09. Jesse Santiago took second with a jump of 18-06, while Woodward was third (17-04), and Erwin was fourth (17-02).

Jesse Santiago earned a first-place finish in the 400 with a time of 55.120, while Sam Santiago finished second in 57.056.

In his final event of the day, Sam Santiago, Bailor, Dalton and Erwin won the 4x100 relay with a time of 46.209.

The Cowboys 4X400 relay team of Bailor, Munn, Rivera, and Jesse Santiago also earned a first with a time of 3:46.7.

“That was great for early in the year running in the wind and the cold,”?Brooks said.

The final Cowboy winner of the day was Smith, who took first in the shot put with a heave of 43-02. Smith was also second in the discus with a toss of 108.

Other Cowboys to place in the field events were Seth Flegel (second in the shot put), and A.J. Cooper (third in the shot put, and fourth in the javelin, and Max Fahlgren (4th in the high jump).

Like the Cowboys, the Cowgirls were strong in the sprinting events.

Audrey Bernard led a sweep of the 100, winning with a time of 13.493. Laken Berlin was a close second with a time of 13.527, while Madie Bernard (13.555) was third and Kaeli Hancock took fourth (14.077). Audrey Bernard was also second in the 200 with a time of 29.058, while Madie Bernard was third with a time of 29.092.

Baily Tarabochia easily won the 800 with a time of 3:02.10, while Ashton Morgan finished second in the 1,500 with a time of 6:02. Irene Morales finished second for the Cowgirls in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 13:31.70, while Chelsea Thomas took second in the 400 with a time of 1:11.079. Thomas was also second in the high jump with a leap of 4-10.

The 300 hurdles were won by Berlin with a time of 57.584, while Annalisa Peer, Laura Stahancyk, and Francesca Bonanno took second, third, and fourth, respectively. Peer was also third in the 100 hurdles with a time of 21.403, while Stahancyk was fourth.

The Cowgirl varsity 4x100 relay team dropped the baton, but the JV team picked up the slack, taking second in the race with a time of 58.817. Audrey Bernard, Thomas, Kathryn Kaonis, and Abby Smith took first in the 4x400 relay for the Cowgirls with a time of 4:36.40.

Crook County was also strong in the field events. Kaonis won the shot put with a heave of 38-03, while Hannah Troutman finished second, and Jeffifer Roth came away with fourth.

Troutman won the discus with a throw of 102-11, while Morgan was second, and Kaonis took fourth. Troutman was also second in the javelin with a throw of 111-07. Troutman also finished second in the triple jump with a leap of 30-11.

Berlin earned a win in the long jump with a leap of 15-05, while Smith was second in 13-07. Marissa Shults won the pole vault with a height of 7-0 with Hancock taking second (6-0).

“The big thing is that we go into spring break and have a good week of practice,” Brooks said. “We need to continue to keep those times dropping.”

The team does not compete again until Wednesday, April 2 when they compete in the Bend Relays, which start at 3:30 p.m.

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