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Solid marks for Culver at big meet

A big meet was a chance for Nevin Lewis to shine.
   The Culver sophomore finished third or better in a trio of events at the 14-team Sisters Invitational on Saturday. Lewis won the high jump at 6 feet, 2 inches on a rainy and windy day. He also finished second in the long jump (20-10), earned third in the 400 meters (52.33 seconds) and sixth in the 100 (a personal best of 11.73).
   "Those were great performances by Nevin," Bulldog coach Brian Wachs said. "During a season, I try to give kids experiences in almost every event. When a kid leaves our program, I want them to have done pretty much every event."
   Such will likely be Lewis' task at Thursday's home dual with Madras. Lewis is scheduled to compete in the javelin and 800, two new events for him.
   The dual against Madras is part of a tag-team with the White Buffalos. Both squads will journey to the Burns Invite on Saturday.
   At the Sisters meet, the Culver boys were ninth against mostly bigger schools with 34.5 points. Bonanza at 51 was the only 2A school ahead of the Bulldogs.
   The boys had three other top-eight finishers to score points. Travis Beebe earned sixth in the 400 at 54.80 while Thomas Griffin added a sixth in the 110 hurdles in 17.54, two seconds faster than his previous best. Juan Vega earned an eighth in the 800 at 2:11.84.
   Beebe, Griffin, Vega and Gerald Speas combined to finish eighth in the 4x400 in 3:43.57.
   The Culver girls had several personal bests as well. In the 400, Linsey Fisher lowered her personal best by four seconds (to 1:09.26. Teammate Keeley Kinley was a second ahead for a season best.
   The two girls' relays were ninth, a spot away from scoring points. The 4x100 clocked 56.25 and the 4x400 a 4:48.52.
   At Grant Union: The boys earned second to 3A Grant Union in the titled Small School meet while the girls were fourth.
   Lewis won the 200 (23.68) and the 400 (52.49). Juan Vega, Beebe and Speas combined for a 1-3-5 finish in the 800 at 2:07.33, 2:10.09 and 2:14.72 respectively.
   The Culver boys added second places in the 4x100 (48.18 and 4x400 (3:38.2).
   Tyler Warren added a second in the pole vault at 13-0, tying his personal best.
   For the girls, Gabbi Hawk won the pole vault. Kinley was third, and Fisher, fourth in the 200. Kinley added a fourth and Kate McWilliams, a fifth in the 400. Jessica Calvin added a second in the 3,000 and fifth in the 1,500 while Beth Bunch was third in the 800.
   The 4x100 team finished second in 56.75 with the 4x400 third in 4:55.1.