A month into the season, the Madras track athletes have competed in everything but snow or hail.
The White Buffalos experienced rain and wind at the Sisters Invitational on Saturday. Madras posted several solid marks, led by Briana Stacona winning two events (high and triple jumps) along with a second in another (long jump). The Madras junior was also part of the Buffs edging Crook County in the initial Intermountain Conference dual (last Wednesday).
The IMC schedule continued with a home meet against Summit on Tuesday, April 10 (contested after press time). An IMC meet at Mountain View follows Tuesday, April 17. Before that, Madras travels to Culver on Thursday and to the Burns Invitational on Saturday.
Sisters Invite: Stacona nearly pulled off a triple win despite her triple jumps in the rain. The junior's winning mark of 33 feet, 8 inches was more than a foot better than second place (32-5).
"I don't think the weather matters to Briana," Madras coach Mike Dove said. "When it's time to go, she's ready."
Stacona also cleared a season-best 5-2 in the high jump and just missed in her three attempts at 5-4. Stacona was also second in the long jump at 15-11.
Madras had plenty of other highlights.
Tyler Bruck earned third in the discus with a throw of 128-2. Fellow thrower Mark Wunsch was fifth in the javelin at 160-10, just off his season best.
Triple jumper CJ Easterling added a personal best of more than a foot with a 38-2 mark for fifth.
On the track, Andrew Flu ran a season-best of 2 minutes, 10.03 seconds in finishing seventh in the 800 meters. Freddy Hernandez lowered his season best in 3,000 by clocking 10:03 to finish seventh. The 4x100 team lowered its time to 45.97 in finishing sixth.
The girls 4x100 also lowered its season best to 54.87 to finish eighth. Chiharu Noma was eighth in the 100 (12.67). Britney Lindgren added a pair of season bests in finishing sixth in the discus at 83-9 and eighth in the javelin (89-2). Megan Brown added a seventh in the pole vault (7-6) and Jacoba Smith was eighth in the high jump (4-8).
IMC Dual: By an 80-72 margin, the Madras girls won a dual meet for the first time in Dove's five-year coaching career at Madras.
"I knew it could be close," Dove said. "I was pleasantly surprised the way all the girls competed."
Stacona led the way, winning three individual events (worth 15 points) and was part of the first-place 4x100. Stacona won the high jump at 5-0, just missing a school record at 5-4 in her three attempts.
"I had everything over but my heal on my first attempt (at 5-4)," said Stacona who was participating in her first meet this season.
The junior's winning marks in the long jump were 15-9 and 33-9 in the triple jump.
Noma and Griselda Reyes traded 1-2 finishes in the 100 and 200. Noma won the 100 in 13.83 with Reyes clocking 28.79 in the 200. Noma is an exchange student from Japan.
"She showed up one day and said she wanted to turn out for track," Dove said. "When she ran, we realized she's pretty quick."
Both were part of the 4x100 along with Stacona and Chelsi Hulsey. Kayla Jones added first places in the 400 and 300 hurdles while Amber Lafayette won the 3,000.
Crook County scored a 91-61 win in the boys' meet despite Madras dominating the distance events.
Flu won the 1,500 and then 800. In the longer distance, Flu and Hernandez formed a running wall for most of three laps.
"That's probably the way we'll run that all year," said Hernandez who was clocked in 4:33.91.
He was two seconds behind Flu. Hernandez later won the 3,000 in 10:17.04, finishing four seconds ahead of teammate Atcitty Begay.
Flu led nearly the entire way in the 800 with Crook County's Austin Morrell a step behind. Flu made his move in the last turn and Morrell was unable to catch up.
"Right there I heard `sprint, sprint.' So I did," Flu said. "I went as hard as I could."
Kelby Mills won the 300 hurdles in 44.22, chopping three seconds off his first-meet time (at the Redmond Ice Breaker on March 15). Mills was also part of the winning 4x100 at 45.97 along with Matt Bruck, Justin Flagg and Jeremy Killoran.
Wunsch won the javelin with a 164-4 toss, an improvement of nearly 12 feet from the Redmond meet.