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Culver track shines in league, invite

by: Photo By Gary Lindberg - By the second hurlde, Thomas Griffin (center) was well ahead of everybody but teammate Tyler Warren in the 110-meter hurdles. Griffin won the event in a personal best of 16.75 seconds.

One meet of impressive marks followed another for the Culver track teams.
   Those marks gave the Bulldog boys a big victory in a Tri-River meet among four teams on Thursday. A win in the 18-team Sherman Invitational followed Saturday.
   The Culver girls finished second in the Tri-River meet and sixth at Sherman County.
   The Bulldogs are back in Tri-River action Thursday by traveling to East Linn Christian in Lebanon for another four-team meet. The Bulldogs will face Scio, Salem Academy and the hosts.
   Several Culver athletes will be at the Meet of Champions at Willamette University in Salem. This meet among 4A-1A athletes has set criteria for each event.
   Sherman County: At Moro, Nevin Lewis showed he was completely healthy by setting personal bests in both the high jump (6 feet, 6 inches) and the 800 meters (2 minutes, 2.41 seconds). The sophomore was also second in the 100 (11.66) and long jump (20-3.5).
   "What big performances for Nevin in everything," Culver coach Brian Wachs said. "In the high jump, at 6-7 he hit the bar with his heel."
   In the 800, Lewis won by nearly two seconds as part of four Bulldogs finishing among the top eight. Juan Vega was fourth, Travis Beebe sixth and Gerald Speas eighth.
   Lewis enters this week with 2A top 10 marks in seven events including the best in the high jump and long jump (21-2).
   Culver won the boys' meet by more than 40 points, by a 117.5-72 margin over Heppner.
   The Bulldog boys scored points in every running and jumping event.
   Tyler Warren won the 300 hurdles with a personal best (43.14) and equaled his school record in the pole vault (13-6).
   Juan Vega lowered his 1,500 best by 10 seconds to 4:23.73 in finishing second. Distance teammate Juan Terrazas also broke 10 minutes in the 3,000 (9:55.75) in finishing second in that race.
   In the girls' meet, Culver finished second in both relays including a season-best of 54.58 in the 4x100. Relay runner Katherine McWilliams lowered her 100 best to 13.86 in finishing fourth and was fifth in the 200 (28.59).
   Jessica Calvin added a fourth in the 1,500.
   Culver's girls scored 65 points with host Sherman
   winning with 114.
   Tri-River meet: Thanks to 11 first places, the Culver boys won a four-team league meet, outscoring Kennedy 116.5-82. The Bulldog girls were second to Kennedy by an 80-67 margin.
   Culver dominated the running events, specifically Juan Vega winning three distance races and Nevin Lewis two sprints.
   In the middle of Vega's triple was a furious finish in the 800. Vega made up 10 meters in the last 200 to win by three seconds (2:10.97). Teammate Travis Beebe tied for second, clocking the same 2:13.18 as Kennedy's Julio Sosa.
   Vega also ran a season best in the 1,500 by nine seconds (4:33.73) and won the 400 (54.70).
   Lewis had his own duel, facing the other Tri-River sprinter ranked among the 2A's top 10 in the 100 and 200 (Kennedy's Adrian Rodriguez). Lewis clocked a career-best 11.52 in the 100 to win by seven hundredths of a second.
   The sophomore also won the 200 by a second in 23.56, just off his career best. Lewis was added wins in the high jump, clearing 6-0 and the long jump (20-10).
   Teammate Tyler Warren was nearly as diversified in his events in breaking a school record in the pole vault along with winning the 300 hurdles and a close second in the 110 high hurdles.
   Warren cleared 13 feet, 6 inches in the vault. It was his best by six inches, set earlier this month. Warren also attempted 14-0 before running the 300 hurdles.
   "If I can, I'd like to finish with the pole vault before I run the 300s," Warren said. "Running the 110s, doesn't matter; that's a short race."
   Warren ran a career-best 43.31 in winning the 300 hurdles. Teammate Thomas Griffin had his own personal best by a second in the 110 hurdles (16.75) to edge Warren.
   The boys also won the 4x400 by less than a second in 3:44.53.
   In the girls' meet, the Culver girls swept the relays. The 4x100 won by a half second in 55.05 while the 4x400 ran away to win in 4:39.36.
   Katherine McWilliams added a second in the 200 in a career-best 28.23 along with a third in the 100 (14.08). Hillary Hawk led a 1-2 finish in the 100 hurdles with teammate Jennifer Bunch.