Track and field Buffs satisfy coach

Wins important on day not fit for setting records

by: Photo By Brian Liebenstein - Dominique Easterling collides with the cross bar in his attempt to clear 6-8.5 for a school record in the Saturday Madras Rotary Invitational.

Sports reporter
   Madras High track coach Lonnie Henderson was satisfied with the performance of the White Buffalos at the annual Rotary Invitational track meet on Saturday, even if he was not satisfied with the weather, including periodic hailstorms.
   The boys team was led by outstanding performances from John Adams, who won three of the four events he participated in, and Dominique Easterling, with two firsts and two seconds.
   Adams grabbed titles in the 100 meters, with a time of 11.26 seconds, the 200, in 23.12, and the long jump, with a leap of 21 feet, 5.75 inches. Adams also claimed second in the 400.
   Easterling won the triple jump and high jump and finished second to Adams in the long jump and 200. He jumped 43-2 in the triple to beat Henley's Mark Warnick by two feet. Easterling attempted to break the Madras school record in the high jump by trying 6-8.5, but slipped as he planted on his first attempt and could not clear the bar on his next two jumps, setting for a winning height of 6-2.
   Pat Boyle also contributed to the Buffs' cause, with a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles and a fourth in the 300 hurdles. Henderson was pleased with Boyle's times of 16.6 and 45.4, noting that he had previously not been competing in hurdling events because of a shoulder injury but has come on strong of late.
   The boys team, consisting of only seven members, finished third overall in a field of five teams, with 66 points.
   Henley won the event with 101 points, followed by La Pine with 87. Cascade took fourth with 62 points, beating Valley Catholic's 36.
   Although they finished fifth in the five-team event, the Lady Buffs had a number of outstanding performances in the field events, contributing to a team score of 40.
   Sierra Ferguson led the way with a winning discus throw of 123-10, breaking her personal best by seven inches. Carly Lofting also had success in the discus, with a throw of 108-8 to claim fourth. Cassia Fox rounded out the Buffs scoring in the discus with her fifth-place throw of 105-7.5. Fox added a fourth-place finish in the shot put, with a throw of 32-1 that left her behind teammate Charlene Moody's 35-8, which earned her second.
   Elise Hawes took second in the high jump, clearing 4-8. She also had a 29-8 triple jump that placed her fifth. Pasha Smith took third in the javelin with a throw of 100-3. On the track, the Lady Buffs four-by-100 relay team placed third, in a time of 54.57 seconds.
   Jocelyn Cuautle had success in running events individually, taking third in the 200 with a time of 27.68, and fourth in the 400, in a time of 1:03.74.
   Added excitement in the girls portion of the meet came as La Pine's Jennifer Brown cleared 11-10 in the pole vault, the state's best mark of the year. Cascade won the team title with 120 points. La Pine was second with 76, followed by Valley Catholic, at 64, and Henley, at 48.
   Coach Henderson said the Rotary meet was good preparation for the district meet, coming up Thursday and Friday, May 22 and 23, at Gladstone. A budget-triggered cut in Gladstone's school year has the school closed Fridays so the meet was changed from its traditional Friday and Saturday format.
   Henderson also asserted that Saturday's slow times could be accounted for by the weather, although he felt that the team was not as mentally prepared as he had hoped. Henderson was especially impressed by the performance of Adams, pointing out that his second was to Troy Banker of Valley Catholic, whom Adams will have to face at district.
   Henderson also believes that the team may have success at district because their best performances have come at larger meets. He further explained that the boys team would not enter either a 400 or 1,600 relay team at the district meet because splitting Adams and Easterling will potentially allow the team to earn twice as many points if they are competing in two individual events instead of one team event.
   At district, the first- and second-place finishers in each event automatically qualify for the May 30 and 31 state meet. Competitors can also advance by beating OSAA-set times or distances in their events. The state meet will again be held at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.