ng the 2008 Meet of Champions as a comparison, Nevin Lewis is ahead of last year.
The Culver junior set a personal best in winning the high jump at the Meet of Champions at Willamette University in Salem. Competitors from 4A to 1A schools were at Saturday's meet.
Lewis cleared 6 feet, 8 inches to win the high jump, an inch higher than his best in winning the state 2A title last year. In last year's Meet of Champions, Lewis cleared 6-2 in finishing third.
This year, Lewis cleared the bar five consecutive times, starting at 5-10. His first miss was on his first attempt at 6-7.
"Nevin was jumping quite a bit and he looked good," Culver coach Mike Dove said. "Finally, it was perfect weather to jump."
Lewis cleared 6-8 on his first attempt to win the competition. That puts him among the top seven in the state. Bonanza's Stephen Dickinson (also a 2A school) has cleared 6-8 1/4 this season.
Lewis then had the bar set at 6-9 which he almost cleared on his first attempt. His next two attempts were not as close.
"By then, Nevin was tired," Dove said. "He'd already run a 100 heat."
Lewis also finished fifth in the 100 and later the 200. He clocked 11.49 seconds in the 100, which was second among 2A runners (to fellow Tri-River competitor Raul Rodriguez of Kennedy at 11.37). By comparison to last year, Lewis clocked 11.71 in the 100.
In the 200, Lewis also finished fifth at 23.18. Again, he was second among 2A runners to a Tri-River runner (Coulter Mastenbroek of Scio at 22.81, second overall).
Five other Culver athletes posted solid times.
Gerald Speas lowered his 800 best by four seconds in clocking 2:04.6. He ran a 60-second first lap to set up the solid time, the fourth fastest among 2A runners. He was 12th in the race, but the first 2A runner to finish.
"Gerald was finally in a race," Dove said. "He's been running by himself for most of the season."
Speas and Colin Briggs competed in the triple jump. Speas was three inches off his best in going 39-7 1/2. Briggs went 38-5 3/4, more than two feet off his lifetime best set a week earlier (at the Sherman County Invite).
Briggs came close to his personal best in the 110 hurdles at 16.93 to finish the second best among 2A competitors (12th overall).
Fellow Bulldog Daniel Stirewalt was just behind in 17.01 to finish 13th. Later, Stirewalt set a personal best in the 300 hurdles at 44.30 to finish fourth among 2A hurdlers.
Katherine McWilliams, hampered by a hamstring injury much of the season, clocked 29.72.
"She was finally able to run instead of worrying about her hamstring," Dove said.
Lynsey Fisher competed in the 400, clocking 1:09.60.
Gilchrist Invite: Many of the Culver athletes competed in this smaller-school meet Saturday.
Jacob Shaw led the boys by winning the 1,500 in 5:07.14 with teammate Preston Quinn third, 10 seconds back. Shaw then won the 3,000. Tyler Funk won the pole vault by clearing 10-6.
For the Culver girls, Caitlin Knight won the 1,500. McKaylee Speas was second in the pole vault with Jennifer Bunch third.