Culver off to state track meet
Nate Lewis and Nick Hagman will lead the boys while Katelyn Alley represents the girls for Culver High at Oregon's 2A state meet Friday and Saturday at Western Oregon University.
That trio will be joined at the state meet by Luis Haro and David Axsom, as part of the first-place boys' 1,600 relay team, along with alternates Cory Boyd, a rare Culver senior, and Preston Parker.
While no other girls gained a top-two finish, like Alley did with seconds in the 800 meters and 400 meters, Val Calvin, Crystal Alley, Nancy Baltazar and the 1,600-meter relay team all scored points for the Bulldogs with top eight showings.
Calvin came closest among the Culver girls and boys not making the state meet. Her third in the 100 meters came by less than a stride. She was just three-hundredths of a second out of second in the district.
Lewis won four events in all to lead the Culver contingent headed for Monmouth, where Western Oregon is.
After clearing 6-1 in the high jump to win that event Friday, while qualifying in the 400 meters, Lewis roared through his competition Saturday. He won the 400 when pushed to a 51.66-second time by Hagman, who advanced with a 52.5. The other wins for Lewis were in the triple jump, which he soared 42-2 in, plus the 1,600 relay, in which he anchored Haro, Axsom and Hagman to a 3:40.44 total.
Haro and Axsom plus Maury Rhoan earned the Bulldogs other points as finalists in varied events but couldn't gain the top-two finish needed to advance to Monmouth. Haro's 12.34 time earned him fourth in the 100. Axsom took sixth in the 400 behind Lewis and Hagman, with a 57.51. Rhoan's 24.95 gave Culver fourth-place points in the boys' 200.
Cory Boyd closed his career at Culver, unless he runs to fill a spot in the 1,600 relay, with a a third, in the javelin, and fourth in the discus. His javelin toss of 131-11 left Boyd only 30 inches short of making state while his 111-3 discus effort was among his best.
Crystal Alley's 28-0.5 shot put earned her sixth.
Nancy Baltazar further aided Kate Alley's and Calvin's multi-event efforts with her sixth in the 3,000.
Culver quartets, made up in part by Kate Alley and Calvin, were fifth in the 1,600 relay and sixth in the 400 relay.
Calvin's sixth in the 100 hurdles earned Culver three more team points. By meet's end, Culver had 36 points, leaving it fifth in the girls standings behind Sherman County, Weston-McEwen, Umatilla and Stanfield.
The district meet marked the end of the careers of both Crystal Alley and Baltazar.
Boyd and Hagman are representing Culver in boys athletics one more time, at Monmouth.