Buffs running faster
The White Buffalos scored a double win at the Burns Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Then fast times followed at the Puma Classic in Bend on Saturday.
The Puma Classic at Drake Park was the fast, flat course. Andrew Flu led Madras, finishing 14th in 17 minutes, 32 seconds on the 5,000-meter course. It was his fastest time at that distance by more than 30 seconds, said Buff coach Lonnie Henderson.
"Andrew looked really strong the whole race," Henderson said. "He ran his first mile a little faster (5:25) and was able to maintain his pace. All of our runners had PRs on what we knew was a fast course."
Freddy Hernandez followed 17 seconds back in 21st place. The coach praised Lex Anguiano for "a smart race." Henderson also noted Madras finished ahead of Crook County and The Dalles in the invitational with the Buffs' times similar to Summit and Pendleton competing in the elite division.
In the girls' race, Amber Lafayette finished 17th in 21:11 to lower her season best.
"Amber ran really hard," Henderson said. "Her mile times were pretty even. That's what we're stressing with her."
Madras ran without Yolanda Yallup due to a knee injury.
At Burns, the Buff boys packed six in the top 10 to score just 22 points. Hernandez was third, Flu fourth, Anguiano fifth and Atcitty Begay sixth. Brandon Thompson finished ninth and Cameron Rosenfield 10th.
"It was a real tough course in higher elevation," Henderson said. "It was true cross country with a lot of single lane dirt trails."
Lafayette led the girls by finishing fourth with her teammates packed behind. Brittany Devore was sixth with Karlen Yallup 11th and Amanda Butler 12th and Yolanda Yallup 13th.