Double victory for MHS track squads
Points from numerous events gave both Madras track teams first-place trophies at the La Pine Invitational.
The White Buffalos amassed a combined 370 points in the five-team meet with 193 by the boys' squad and 177 for the girls.
"We had points from everywhere," Madras coach Mike Dove said. "It was a good morale boost for everybody."
The Buffs started the week with an Intermountain Conference meet at Mountain View on Tuesday, April 17. The IMC season continues with a home meet against Bend at 4 p.m. today.
One more IMC meet follows at The Dalles on Tuesday, May 1. After that is the annual Madras Rotary Invite on Saturday, May 5 with Culver, Burns and Cascade attending. The IMC district looms on May 11-12 at Pendleton.
"We've been busy the past few weeks, so spreading out these last few meets will be good for us," Dove said. "Now we'll be able to spend time tuning up for the last few meets."
La Pine Invite: Madras' boys scored points in every event, especially the throws. The Buffs had five finish among the top eight in the shot put and a trio placing in the discus.
James Rodriguez led a 1-2-3 finish in the shot with a personal best of 38 feet, 3.25 inches. Emerson Culpus (37-9.75) added a personal best in finishing second while Ron Smith (37-9) added personal bests in finishing second and third.
Tyler Bruck won the discus with a personal best (135-9) with Rodriguez second. Bruck was also second in the javelin (132-6).
For the girls, Britney Lindgren won the shot put (30-5) to go along with a second in the javelin and third in the discus. Teammate Victoria Katchia was third in the shot put.
"Honestly, I didn't expect so many points from the throwers," Dove said. "When I saw the results, it was `holy cow.' It was contagious. When one started throwing well, they all did."
That also extended to the jumps. Briana Stacona returned from a leg injury to win a trio of events with a personal best in the long jump (16-5) along with winning the high jump (5-2) and triple jump (33-6).
"Bri is back," Dove said. "She had three good attempts at 5-4 in the high jump."
The Madras girls also placed three in the top five of the pole vault, led by Megan Brown with a personal best of 8-0 while Brianna Vaughn was second (7-6) and Brittney Devore fifth.
"Since we had just 13 girls at La Pine, everybody had to score points for us to take first," Dove said.
On the track, Chiharu Noma ran personal bests in winning the 100 meters (13.31) and 100 hurdles (18.15). Noma had to edge Vaughn in the hurdles, clocking a lifetime best of 18.66. Vaughn later won the 300 hurdles, edging Kayla Jones as both ran lifetime bests (53.42 to 53.61). Griselda Reyes added a first in the 200 (29.16).
For the boys, Atcitty Begay had the breakthrough meet. The junior won the 3,000 in 10:36.64 and was second in the 1,500 (4:45.62).
"Atcitty ran consistent splits in both races," Dove said. "He's learning how to run a race and really improving."
Kelby Mills added firsts in both hurdles races, 18.31 in the 110 and 44.47 in the 300. He was also part of the winning 4x100 along with a second in the long jump.
Fellow relay teammate Jeremy Killoran won the 100 in 11.90.
Andrew Flu concentrated on just the 800, running a personal best of 2:05.75. The sophomore usually runs the 1,500 as well.
"We had to convince Andrew to run just the one race (along with a leg of the second-place 4x400). He PRed by four seconds," Dove said. "He ran that race basically by himself."
IMC meet: Flu completed an 800-1,500 double to lead the Buff boys. Madras won both relays while Mills added a first in the 300 hurdles.
For the girls, Karlen Yallup won the 1,500 (5:41.41) and was second in the 800.