After Kelby Mills finished the 110-meter hurdles race, Charlie Webb of Mountain View had a compliment for the Madras junior.
"Finally, a close race. I usually don't have a close race," said Charlie Webb, who finished ahead of Mills by a margin of 17.00 to 17.07 seconds in the Wednesday (April 22) Intermountain Conference meet.
A close race may be a novelty for Webb, but not for Mills. It was his fifth 110 hurdles race decided by less than a half second this season.
It wasn't the only close race between the two. Mills went on to beat Webb, a Cougar senior, in the 300 hurdles by a 45.01 to 45.17 margin.
"That's happened several times this season," Madras coach Paul Brown said. "After losing a close 110 hurdles, Kelby was not going to let the guy beat him in the 300 hurdles."
That home IMC meet leaves just two regular-season meets left for Madras. The Buffs travel to Bend on Wednesday (April 30) for the final IMC meet. The regular season finishes up with the annual Madras Rotary Invitational on Saturday, May 10, against La Pine and Cascade.
Against Mountain View, Mills wasn't the only Buff with a two-race dual against a Cougar. Andrew Flu and Jordan Wolfe exchanged first places in distances races.
In the 1,500, Flu led Wolfe until the final lap. Then Wolfe passed Flu and stayed ahead. Wolfe led by a couple of strides until the final straightaway when he added to his lead. Wolfe clocked 4:20.65 to Flu's 4:22.17 in the race among IMC juniors. Both were three seconds off their season-best times.
The two met again in the 800. Flu led the first lap with Wolfe passing him early in the second lap. One of Wolfe's teammates tried to box Flu in along the backstretch. Instead, Flu moved next to Wolfe and followed the Cougar.
When they came around the final corner, Flu made his move and Wolfe couldn't catch up. Flu won in 2:06.12, three seconds off his season best, to Wolfe's 2:06.44, a second off his season best.
"Andrew turned on the after burners," Brown said. "He was boxed in earlier this season, but after that race we talked about it. This time, Andrew recognized what was happening and made sure he didn't get boxed in."
The Madras boys won six other events but Mountain View claimed the meet 84-70.
For the Buffs, Jeremy Killoran won the 100 in 11.71, a fraction off his lifetime best. Killoran was also part of the winning 4x100 in a season best 47.0. Teammates Mills, Jed Ellenburg and Justin Brown also won individual events.
Brown won the pole vault by clearing 11 feet, a lifetime best. Ellenburg took the 400 in 55.89, a fraction off his lifetime best. Ellenburg was also part of the winning 4x400 along with Flu, Atcitty Begay and Freddy Hernandez.
Begay and Hernandez were part of a 1-2-3 finish in 3,000. Begay won in 9:59.04, the fourth time the senior has run under 10 minutes this season. Hernandez was nine seconds back and Lex Anguiano took third.
A trio of Madras girls earned first places against Mountain View.
Britney Lindgren won the javelin by 10 feet. Her mark of 106-9 was less than a foot off her lifetime best.
Megan Brown cleared 7-6 to win the pole vault. Teammate Brittney Devore also cleared 7-6, but Brown had fewer misses.
Hannah Mikkelson won the long jump with a leap of 14-9, less than three inches off her lifetime best. Mountain View won the girls' meet 84-57.