>White Buffalo track and field star preparing for district meet
John Adams, Madras High's senior sprinting star, added to an already impressive list of track and field feats Saturday. Adams won all four events he entered for the White Buffalos at the April 26 La Pine Invitational.
Adams was the only four-event winner in the competition. His victories came in the 100 meter dash, in 11.37 seconds, and the 400 run, in 52.3, plus the 200, in 23.15, along with the long jump, in which he leapt 21 feet, 3.25 inches.
Other teammates joined Adams in winning.
Sierra Ferguson topped the rest of Madras's winning efforts by tossing the girls discus 123 feet, 3 inches. That gave her the meet record.
Charlene Moody also won for Madras with a 38-1 shot put.
Dominique Easterling made sure Adams was not alone atop the podium for the Madras boys Saturday. Another triple jump win and high jump victory were recorded by Easterling. Neither of those efforts met Easterling's standards, however. He set season's bests in both events in the Sisters Invitational.
More Madras competitors entered and scored in the La Pine Invitational.
Jocelyn Cuautle led the other Buffs. Her efforts earned Madras third in the girls 100 meters, at 13.66, plus fourth in the 200, at 28.27.
Moody added to her points in the shot put with a fifth in back of Ferguson in the discus, at 91-9, while Ferguson complemented Moody in the shot put, with a 29-10 toss good for sixth.
Elise Hawes supplied more points for the Madras girls Saturday with a 4-4 high jump good for sixth.
Earlier in the week the Buffs had battled Tri-Valley League foe Gladstone in a dual meet. Depth determined that meet as the wins the Buffs posted were overcome by the number of racers, throwers and jumpers Gladstone could enter.
"This was more a work out for us," Madras coach Lonnie Henderson said at the Wednesday, April 23 meet.
Easterling, for example, only did the long jump and a couple running events instead of the triple jump he usually excels in. Adams ran a modified list of events as well.
There were nearly as many events won by the Madras girls and boys, but Gladstone swept first through third in some of the events which Madras didn't have the competitors to enter.
Ferguson, Carly Lofting and Cassia Fox collected Madras's only one-two-three finish of April 23, in the girls' discus. Gladstone could send forth enough runners to sweep more events -- like the 3,000 meters and 300 hurdles.
Moody took her first of two shot put wins during the week against Gladstone, with a 36-0.5 toss.
Pasha Smith, in the javelin, and Cuautle, in the 200 meters, were the other Madras winners against Gladstone's Gladiators, who recorded a 98-42 win.
In the boys meet the number of competitors Gladstone fielded allowed it to more than counter Madras winning the long jump, thanks to Easterling, plus the 400 and 200, thanks to Adams, along with the 1,600 relay. Jesse Whicker prevented Gladstone from sweeping the javelin by taking third for Madras, but the Gladiators did take first through third in eight of the 14 events.
Easterling took second in both the 200 and 400 behind Adams in the only events in which Madras finished one-two.
Austin Roberts broke up another Gladstone bid for a sweep by earning Madras third in the boys 1,500, in 4:55.3.
Jacob Struck was another Buff preventing a sweep as his 11.99 in the 100 meters tied him for second.