> By Brian Liebenstein
Nate Lewis and Katelyn Alley each capped their seasons for Culver High's track and field team by earning second in one of the multiple events they were in at Friday and Saturday's U.S. Bank - Les Schwab, OSAA 2A-1A State Championships at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.
Lewis turned in Friday's top showing in a field event finals with his third in the high jump for Culver at the 2A state meet . He had company, though, qualifying for Saturday's championship running races.
Alley, for the girls, raced her way into the and Nick Hagman, for the boys, were the only other Bulldogs bidding for individual honors at Western Oregon University in Monmouth - site of the meet.
Alley was aced out in her bid to qualify for Saturday's finals in the girls 400 meters. She covered the one lap of the track in 1 minute, 2.63 seconds but needed to be four tenths of a second faster to qualify for Saturday's finals.
She made Saturday's finals in the 800 meters, though, by completing two laps in 2 minutes, 26.4 seconds. Her time in Saturday's finals
Lewis launched himself over the high jump bar at 6-feet, 2-inches to better his qualifying mark of 6-0 and finish third to Nyssa's Kevin Talbot, and his 6-5 clearance.
Nick Hagman qualified for the state meet in the four-by-400 meter relay, the 400 meters and the 300-meter hurdles, but he only reached Saturday's finals in the four-by-400 relay, helped along by Luis Haro, David Axson and Lewis.
His times in the 400 and the intermediate hurdles left Hagman out of the finals in those two events but he helped the 1,600 relay time record a 3:36.04 to earn a finals spot. Saturday's tour of the track was slower, taking 3:37. Its problems left Culver well back of the winner, in eighth place.
Its lack of numbers kept Culver from scoring as many points as it hoped, but the players liked the challenges.