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Success for Culver track in Tri-River, elite meets

In an elite track meet, Culver had plenty of stellar performances.
   A select group of Bulldogs were part of the Meet of Champions on Saturday, bringing together athletes from four classifications (4A/3A/2A/1A) at Cascade High in Turner. Culver earned six medals, led by sophomore Nevin Lewis with four.
   Lewis lowered his personal best in the 800 to 2:02.30 to finish fifth. His time was a fraction faster than a week earlier. In all four of his 800 races, he has run 2:04 or lower.
   "Nevin has a natural feel for this race," Culver coach Brian Wachs said. "Plus, he listens really well to instruction."
   The 800 was Lewis' last event. He was also third in the high jump (6 feet, 2 inches), seventh in the 100 (11.71 but second among 2A sprinters) and eighth in the long jump (20-2, the best among 2A competitors).
   Juan Terrazas lowered his 3,000 time by 11 seconds to 9:34.69 in finishing sixth in that event. He was third among 2A runners.
   "The past two seasons, Juan finished ninth at that meet. He wanted to stand on the podium," Wachs said. "That was his motivation."
   Tyler Warren added a third in the pole vault by clearing 12-6. It was a foot off his season best. Warren and Thomas Griffin tied for ninth in the 110 hurdles in 16.79, a personal best for Warren.
   "This meet is great experience for our upcoming big meets," Wachs said. "It's the most competition we'll run into all season."
   Culver continues its season with the Tri-River championships on Thursday at Scio. The Bulldog boys won both four-team league duals earlier this season while the girls were second in both. Culver also travels to the Madras Rotary Invite on Saturday (10 a.m. for field events, 11:30 for running events).
   Tri-River meet: At Lebanon, the Culver boys outscored host East Linn Christian 111-85 to win the second of two league duals. The Bulldog girls were just four points behind Scio (100-96).
   Culver's boys had five first places with two by Lewis in the 100 and 800. Gerald Speas won the triple jump, Warren the pole vault, with the 4x400 lowering its season best to 3:37.0.
   In the girls' meet, the 4x400 lowered its season best by 10 seconds to 4:26.8 to win that event. Gabbi Hawk added a first in the pole vault.