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Solid start for CHS track

For Nevin Lewis, being limited to four events at a track meet is a tough choice. The Culver junior has shown he can run, jump or throw his way to a top 2A mark in more than four events.
   So Lewis and first-year Bulldog track coach Mike Dove had a discussion on what Lewis should do. Dove was already familiar with Lewis' abilities as he was the Madras track coach.
   "Nevin and I talked about what events he should focus on this season," Dove said. "After this week, the javelin is one of them. Nevin tried it once last season, but he's already shown he'll be doing it this season."
   Lewis unleashed a throw of 158 feet, 1 inch at a Tri-River League meet at Kennedy last week. It was 18 feet farther than his best as a sophomore and the second best among 2A throwers this season.
   Lewis was unable to duplicate that mark at the Sisters Invitational, with a mark of 140-9 to just miss the finals.
   Lewis earned a trio of top five finishes in the meet featuring bigger schools.
   In the high jump, Lewis renewed his competition with Stephen Dickinson of Bonanza. Last spring, Lewis won the 2A state title by clearing 6-7 with Dickinson third. On Saturday, both cleared 6-4. Then Dickinson cleared 6-6 on his second to equal his lifetime best. Lewis just missed clearing 6-6 on his second and third attempts.
   "That was good jumping by both of them considering the (cold) weather and it being so early in the season," Dove said.
   Lewis was also fourth in the 100 at 11.67, a season best, and fifth in the 200 at 23.29, a lifetime best.
   Colin Briggs and Daniel Stirewalt also turned in lifetime bests, worth appearances in the 2A top 10 list.
   Briggs went 39-3 in the triple jump to finish fifth. It also bettered his previous best by five inches, set two days earlier in the Tri-River meet. The Sisters mark is fourth among 2A competitors.
   "He's already going a foot farther than at the start of this season and we've just started working on his technique," Dove said.
   Both Briggs and Stirewalt broke 18 seconds in the 110 hurdles for the first time. Briggs was seventh in 35 and Stirewalt eighth in 17.64. Both are among the 2A top 10 in that event.
   Culver returns to the track Thursday by hosting Kennedy and East Linn Christian in a Tri-River meet. The Bulldogs also travel to the Burns Invitational on Saturday.