Culver racers, jumpers, throwers launch season
Slick conditions Saturday at the Oak Ridge Coed Relays and cold conditions Thursday at Mountain View High's Ice Breaker meet in Bend kept Culver track and field athletes from performing at their best. But the conditions could not keep Nate Lewis and Val Calvin from combining to win the high jump event Saturday or to prevent Lewis from winning the 400 meters on Thursday.
The lack of good footing at Oakridge, added to a biting cold two days earlier, left Bulldog throwers, leapers and runners less than warmed up in trying to turn in strong results in either meet.
"We did pretty good considering the conditions," Wachs said.
Nate Lewis cleared 5-feet, 8-inches and Val Calvin 4-6 in the coed high jump relay for Culver's highlight at Oakridge.
At Oakridge the teams combined the top scores from their boys and girls competitors in all field events and used an equal number of boys and girls in each running races, Wachs said.
He suspects the top performances unleashed by Lewis, Calvin and Katelyn Alley are going to anchor the Bulldogs for most of the upcoming season, Culver's coach said.
Wachs saw Lewis's high jumping on Saturday, when combined with Calvin's, earn Culver victory in that category on a tie breaking formula. Lewis did not have the footing to go as high at the Oak Ridge meet after he cleared 5-10 but missed at 6-0 at Bend.
Lewis won Saturday's high jump after settling for third at Bend.
But Lewis did circle the track at Mt. View quicker than anyone on Thursday, with a time of 54.12 in the 400. The competition at Mt. View included representatives from 10 schools.
Lewis cleared 5-10 at Mt. View but knocked the bar off in all three tries at 6-0.
His 5-10 was a stronger start than in prior years for Lewis as he was not threatening six feet until at least the middle of the season.
This year's Culver squad is exceptionally young and even some of the older Bulldogs don't have a lot of experience, said Wachs.
The only seniors on the squad are Anthony Alley, Cory Boyd, Nancy Baltazar and Crystal Alley. While Lewis is a junior, all the rest of the 16 to 17 competitors are either freshmen or sophomores.
He'd welcome new participants to the team if they want to come out, Wachs added.