Buff track posts solid marks
Madras opened its season at the Crook County Icebreaker as the temperature hit 50 degrees in the Tuesday, March 18 meet.
Likely used to that weather, White Buffalo athletes had solid marks in the nonscoring meet against Crook County, Burns and La Pine.
Madras is off during spring break with the Intermountain Conference season opening on Tuesday, April 1. The Buffs will travel to Pendleton for an IMC meet against The Dalles-Wahtonka and the host Buckaroos. IMC meets follow once a week, including a home event against Summit on April 15.
At the season opener, Madras' boys showed their strength in the distance events. The Buffs had 1-2 finishes in the 800 meters and a 1-2-3-4 finish in the 3,000.
Andrew Flu led the way in the 800, clocking 2 minutes, 15 seconds with Lex Anguiano three seconds back.
Atcitty Begay led the way in the 3,000 with a season-opening 10:11, just six seconds off his 2007 season best. Freddy Hernandez finished second with Kelsey Haywahe third and Dylan Joseph fourth. Begay was also third in the 1,500 with his 4:34 just two seconds off last season's best.
Kelby Mills finished second in both hurdles races. His 110 hurdle time of 16.68 was just a fraction of a second off last season's best.
In the field events, Mills was one of three Buffs to earn a first place. Mills won the long jump at 19 feet, 11 1/4 inches. That was less than three inches off last season's best, set in a late April meet.
Evan Taylor took first in the triple jump at 38-0 1/4, a mark four inches better than last season.
Ron Smith added a first in the shot put with Tyler Bruck second. Smith's winning mark of 39-11 1/2 was an inch beyond last season's best. Bruck's 39-5 was just an inch less than his 2007 best.
The Madras girls had several top finishes in the meet dominated by Crook County and Burns.
Megan Brown and Brittany Devore were second and third in the pole vault, each clearing 8-0. That height was just an inch off Brown's 2007 best and was Devore's carer best. Brown was also third in the 100 hurdles and Devore third in the 3,000.