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Hot starts at Icebreaker Madras, Culver turn in solid opening marks

by: Photo By Gary Lindberg - Culver's Nevin Lewis grazes the bar during the season opener at Redmond. Lewis later cleared 6 feet-1 inch to win one of her four events.

Both Madras and Culver track teams had plenty to smile about after the Redmond Ice Breaker on a sunny Thursday.
   Both teams had plenty of strong performances in the nonscoring meet with Redmond to open the season for all three teams.
   For Madras, the highlights included a sweep of the 1500. Karlen Yallup came from behind to win the girls' race in 5 minutes, 37.18 seconds. Yallup finished four seconds ahead of fellow freshman Amber Lafayette.
   "I like to start out slow and then catch up," Yallup said.
   Andrew Flu surged ahead of a pack of four leaders in the last lap. He finished in 4:33.61, with teammate Freddy Hernandez in third, just four seconds back.
   In the boys' field events, CJ Easterling took first in the triple jump along with second places in the high and long jumps. Mark Wunsch had an impressive opener in the javelin of 152 feet, 10 inches with Tyler Bruck winning the discus in 135-7.
   Britney Lindgren was a double winner in field events, taking the shot put and javelin. Griselda Reyes won the 200 and Brianna Vaughn the 300 hurdles in the first time she ran that event.
   Culver
   The Bulldogs had plenty of highlights as well.
   "We had a lot of people earn PRs (personal records), even some who did well at district last year," Culver coach Brian Wachs said. "We had some outstanding improvements even though we had a tough week of practice."
   Sophomore Nevin Lewis won two sprints and two jumps. He clocked 23.42 in the 200 and 53.0 in the 400, leading a 1-2-3 Bulldog finish in the latter. Travis Beebe and Tyler Warren followed Lewis.
   The Culver sophomore also cleared 6 feet-1 inch in the high jump and went 21-2 in the long jump.
   Also in running events, Tyler Warren won the 300 hurdles, Juan Terrazas won the 3000 and Culver claimed the 4x400.
   In girls' events, Linsey Fisher won the 400 and Justine Lofting the discus.