Hurdlers key high CHS finish

Sweeping the hurdle races helped the Culver boys finish a close third at the Burns Invitational on Saturday. The Bulldogs were two points back of Madras (126-124) in the eight-team meet.
   Culver is busy this week, hosting a four-team Tri-River meet at 4 p.m. Thursday (against Kennedy, Santiam and Salem Academy). Traveling to the Sherman County Invitational follows Saturday.
   At Burns, Thomas Griffin won the 110-meter race and Tyler Warren the 300 event, both near their personal bests in windy and rainy conditions. Warren was also second in the shorter race and Griffin third in the longer race.
   "Those two are pushing each other in every race," Culver coach Brian Wachs said. "Thomas is making great strides in the 110s. He has the three-step down (between hurdles), so he's powering over them."
   Griffin clocked 17.67 seconds in the 110 race, a fraction off his season best of 17.33 set in Thursday's home meet. Warren ran a 44.55, a half second off his season best.
   Culver added a pair of victories in the distance events -- Juan Vega in the 800 and Juan Terrazas in the 3,000.
   Vega took control of his race at the start of the second lap to win by four seconds in 2:08.52.
   Terrazas battled Madras' Freddy Hernandez the entire race. The two traded the lead in the final lap with Terrazas winning by less than a second (10:12.6-10:13.43).
   "We were worried about Freddy's kick, so we wanted Juan to try to push the pace," Wachs said. "Then Juan turned it on in the last 65 meters."
   The Bulldogs were hampered by illness to multi-event star Nevin Lewis and sprinter Travis Beebe. Lewis won the high jump (at 5 feet, 10 inches) to go along with top six finishes in the long jump, 200 and 400. Beebe helped the 4x400 finish third and 4x100 sixth.
   Katherine McWilliams led the Culver girls' effort with a second place in the 200, clocking a season-best of 28.79. The freshman was also fourth in the 100 along with helping the Bulldogs earn third in the 4x100 and sixth in the 4x400.
   Culver meet: The Bulldogs used Thursday's meet against Madras and Crook County as a chance to improvise.
   Such as Lewis running the 800 and 3,000. Or Bulldog distance runners doing sprinting.
   Lewis won both distance events, clocked 2:03.62 in the 800. He also won the javelin at 141-0.
   "That's a good time, considering Nevin was running by himself," Wachs said.
   Meanwhile, 800 runner Juan Vega won the 200 in 24.42.
   For the girls, McWilliams emerged as the 400 winner.