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Gains and losses for Culver track

Both addition and subtraction befell the Culver track team last week.
   The Bulldogs welcomed distance runner Joel Vega who helped his team win a Tri-River League meet Thursday. At the same meet, senior hurdler/sprinter Thomas Griffin suffered a hamstring injury. When he will return is uncertain.
   Vega went on to finish second in the 3,000 meters in 10 minutes, 3.98 seconds which was three seconds behind the winner. That time moved Vega into the top 10 2A times this season. Vegas was also fourth in the 1,500 (4:42.04).
   The sophomore Vega easily won both races at the Tri-River meet, competing against Kennedy and East Linn Christian.
   "Joel had very consistent times for his first two races of the season," Culver coach Mike Dove said.
   Griffin's injury lessens Culver's depth of hurdlers. Juniors Colin Briggs and Daniel Stirewalt both lowered their career bests in the 110 hurdles last week. Stirewalt lowered his personal best twice, winning the Tri-River meet in 17.20 and then clocking 16.99 to finish a close second at Burns.
   Briggs clocked 17.20 in the Tri-River meet.
   The Culver boys finished a close fifth at the Burns Invitational.
   Junior Nevin Lewis led the way with a trio of first place finishes, all personal or season bests. The junior won the 100 in 11.48 and 200 in 22.97, breaking 23 seconds for the first time in his career. Those times are also among the top four 2A times.
   Lewis then cleared 6 foot, 6 inches in the high jump which is an inch off his career best set in winning the 2A title last year. Lewis just missed 6-6 at the Tri-River meet.
   The Culver girls were second in the Tri-River meet, six points behind Kennedy by a 70-64 margin.
   The Bulldogs won both relays and McKaylee Speas the high jump at 4-6. The sophomore then set a career best of 4-8 in finishing tied for second at the Burns Invite.