Snow can't stop Bulldog track
- Gary Lindberg
- Madras Pioneer - News
n Lynsey Fisher ran the 400 meters at the Sherman County Invite, the Culver junior couldn't see any of the lane lines.
Later, Gerald Speas declared to Bulldog teammates and coaches on the backstretch during his 800, "I can't see anything."
Such were the conditions at Moro during portions of Saturday's meet. That didn't prevent the Culver boys from winning their portion of the meet by scoring 137 points.
"Considering the conditions, we had great performances," Bulldog coach Mike Dove said. "We even had some PR (personal records) which was amazing."
Culver athletes will try to improve in hosting a Tri-River meet Thursday against Scio, Santiam and East Linn Christian. On Saturday, some of the Bulldogs will then attend the Meet of Champions in Salem while others will be at the Gilchrist Invite.
At Moro, the Culver boys won three events and had eight top three finishes. Nevin Lewis led the way with first places in the 200 at 23.53 seconds and high jump, clearing 6 foot, 2 inches in slick conditions and second in the 200 (23.53).
Despite the sleet, Speas won the 800 in 2:11.0, just two seconds off his season best.
Winter conditions didn't slow down Tyler Funk in the pole vault. The freshman finished second by clearing 11 feet, his personal best set just two days earlier at a Tri-River meet at Salem.
"When the season started, we set a goal of 11 feet," Dove said. "We've had to revise it. Now, it's 12 feet. We've worked on him going down the runway and his plants. It all clicked a week ago."
At Moro, Funk was one of three vaulters to clear 11-0 after being one of two in the league meet to clear 11-0.
"Tyler's had real competition," Dove said. "It's not just clear a height and he's won."
Culver's hurdlers and triple jumpers also had breakthroughs.
Both Daniel Stirewalt and Colin Briggs lowered their personal bests in the 110 hurdles. Stirewalt clocked 16.73 to finish second while Briggs clocked 17.20 in taking fifth. Both times were a fraction lower than their previous bests, keeping them in the top 10 among 2A hurdlers.
"They're on the verge of the school record (16.5 seconds)," Dove said. "If they can ever run on a warm day without wind, one of them might get it."
The Culver coach added fellow hurdler Thomas Griffin might return this week. He missed last week due to a hamstring injury.
Stirewalt and Briggs added bests in other events. Stirewalt finished third in the 300 hurdles (44.33). In the triple jump, Briggs had a mark of 40-7 3/4 in finishing fourth at Sherman County. That is second among 2A triple jumpers.
The Bulldogs added top four finishes in distance events. Jake McDonald was second in the 3,000 (at 11:27.22) and third in the 1,500 (at 4:53.43). Jacob Shaw finished second in the 1,500 (a career best of 4:53.0) and Brandon Williams was fourth in the 3,000 (12:01.22).
For the Culver girls, McKaylee Speas won the pole vault with a career best (of 7-6) and nearly added a best in the high jump, just missing 4-10. She was fifth at 4-10. Fisher added fifth places in the 200 and 400.
"McKaylee was so close in the high jump; she hit the bar with her heel," Dove said. "She's also gaining confidence in the pole vault."