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Culver's Lewis wins and wins and wins

Junior star captures four events in first ever Culver Invitational

   Nate Lewis continued shining brighest for Culver High's track and field Bulldogs in Saturday's Culver Invitational. The three-team meet concluded the home portion of Culver's first season with a track. It featured four wins for Lewis, a junior sprinter and high jumper.
   Yet, Lewis had teammates who also recorded multiple wins on Saturday.
   There were even some athletes from all three schools there, Wahtonka and Cascade Locks joined Culver, who undertook more of a workout than their fellow competitors by taking part in five events. That was not a violation in that they were not racing for team points in select events. No more than four events can be scored in by competitors at high school track and field meets in Oregon.
   Besides his 400 of 53.35 second that beat out teammate Nick Hagman's 54.23; Lewis won the 200 meters and high jump. He also was part of the Bulldogs' 1,600 relay team which ran in the final event of the day.
   "It was cold and there were only three teams so we ran the meet as fast as we could," said Culver coach Brian Wachs.
   He had a number of athletes who turned in their top days of the season, when it came to wins. The conditions kept the distances and times which won at lower levels than average.
   Seniors Chris Dix and Nick Hagman helped the Culver boys collect added points in the meet with their performances. Hagman sandwiched himself between Lewis and teeamate David Axsom in giving Culver the three top spots in the 400 meters, in which Dix added a sixth.
   The two seniors also contributed to Culver's efforts in the boys 400 relay and boys 1,600 relay. Dix achored home Luis Haro, Preston Parker and Maury Rhoan in the 400 relay while Hagman ran following Haro and Axsom in the 1,600 relay then handed the baton to Lewis.
   In the girls competition Crystal Alley was a multi-event winner too. Her shot put, javelin and discus efforts all earned the Culver senior victories. She tossed the discus 80-feet, 4-inches; sent the shot 29-6.25 and flung the javelin 81-1.
   Katelyn Alley, Crystal's younger sister, won 400 meters and 1,500 before adding a second in the 800. Her 400 time was 1:08.74 while her 1,500 win took the younger Alley 5:24.82 to finish. She was with Wahtonka's Shellie Grayson early in the race before fading in the second lap to finish in 2:58.03, just less than eight seconds behind.
   Val Calvin came closest to recording multiple wins among the rest of the Bulldogs on Saturday. Winning the high jump at 4-6, she also placed second in both the 100 meters and 100 high hurdles. Calvin's times were 18.85 in the hurdles and 14.29 in the 100.
   All of the various leaders among the Bulldogs got some help when it came to racing in the relays.
   Senior Nancy Baltazar, who later won the 3,000 meters teamed with Samantha York, Megan Marino and Tanya Thompson in the 400 for Culver while the 1,600 relay was a joint effort of Kate Alley, Jenna Krueger, Marino and Thompson.
   A run down of most the day's specific events is included in this week's Scoreboard feature.