Culver track phenoms off to state


   Nate Lewis and Katelyn Alley competed impressively for Culver in their respective versions of the Meet of Champions which paved the way to their special district showings.
   Boys and girls with some of the best times, distances or heights in the state in their varied events were invited to Cascade High in Turner (for the girls) and Sweet Home High (for the boys) to display their skills.
   Alley and Lewis qualified in four events between them.
   An 800-meter time of 2:27.3 by Alley was among the top 2A and 1A times in the state besides placing her 16th, behind mainly 3A runners, at the Meet of Champions.
   Lewis high jumped 6-2 at Sweet Home High to match a season best in placing third to Madras High's Dominique Easterling.
   Though awaiting verification headed into the district meet, Lewis and Alley also recorded times in other races that may place them among the 2A's top eight.
   Lewis and Alley both ran swiftly in their respective events in the Meets of Champions. Those times had them ready for the district meet in Hermiston.
   His fifth in the 400 meters left Lewis just ahead of Madras speed demon John Adams in that event. His high jump led the 2A competitors who had qualified for the Meet of Champions.
   Alley had another strong showing in the girls' events by way of her 800.
   Other Bulldogs had gotten ready for the district comoNick Hagman scored Culver's most points among those Bulldogs who took part in a District Preview event on Saturday, May 10, at Sherman High.
   He finished fourth in the 800 meters, in 2:09.16, and second in the 400, in 53.2.
   Furthering Culver's cause at the Preview meet were Luis Haro, Maury Rhoan and Chris Dix, among others.
   Haro took sixth and Rhoan eighth in the 100 while Dix launched himself 36-4 in the triple jump to land sixth.
   An eighth in the discus by Cory Boyd added to Culver's total too.
   The girls portion of the Preview meet at Sherman saw Culver's Nancy Baltazar finish fifth in the 3,000 for the best finish among the Bulldog girls in that meet.