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Buff track posts big improvements

The big throws continue for Madras athletes.
   This week it was Tyler Bruck in the discus and shot put.
   The White Buffalo junior bettered his personal best in the discus by seven feet at the Burns Invitational on Saturday. Four days earlier, Bruck bettered his shot put best by two feet in an Intermountain Conference meet at Crook County.
   The rotation of IMC and invitationals continues for Madras. The Buffs are at the La Pine Invitational on Saturday and then host Mountain View on Wednesday, April 23. Madras also hosted Summit on Tuesday, April 15 (after press time).
   Bruck won the discus at Burns with a toss of 154 feet, 2 3/4 inches. His previous best of 147-4 was set at the IMC district meet.
   "Tyler really launched it," Madras coach Paul Brown said. "He's had some good throws in practice, so we knew he was capable of that. He's continuing to improve his technique, so he's capable of going 160 (feet)."
   At Crook County, Bruck had a season best of 143-2 in the discus. He also won the shot put with 41-8 1/2, the first time he's exceeded 40 feet. The Buff boys won the IMC meet at Crook County by an 80-62 margin against a Cowboy squad not fielding its entire varsity.
   Bruck's bests were two of many improved marks by Buff athletes.
   Andrew Flu lowered his season best in the 1,500 meters by five seconds to win the Burns Invite. The junior clocked 4 minutes, 19.5 seconds to win the event by eight seconds. Flu also took the 800 in 2:06.2, just two seconds off his season best.
   Kelby Mills had two of the closest races, winning the 110 hurdles by a fraction of a second and finishing second by a close margin. Mills clocked 16.98 to win the 110 race and was second in the 300 hurdles in 43.35. Mills added a second in the long jump (19-7 3/4).
   The Madras girls had a pair of medals in both hurdles races. Megan Brown finished fourth in the 100 hurdles (18.88) and eighth in the 300 hurdles (58.19), both season bests. Brown was also fourth in the pole vault (7-6). Larissa Moon finished third in the 300 hurdles in a career-best 52.49.
   Hannah Mikkelson added a trio of top four finishes -- tying for second in the pole vault (7-6), third in the long jump (14-7 1/2) and fourth in the triple jump (a career best 30-11).
   The Madras boys also scored points in the jumps and vaults. Justin Brown tied for second in the pole vault at 10-6, equaling his personal best. Evan Taylor took third in the triple jump with a season best (38-10 1/2).