Big big day for Madras track
As the Madras bus was rolling back from the La Pine Invitational, coach Paul Brown was figuring out what the White Buffalos had done in Saturday's meet.
Madras boys scored points in all but one event, often with multiple placers.
"It was a great, awesome, wonderful day," Brown said. "Even if they were competing in hail and snow, they did great."
Scoring 209 1/2 points in a six-team meet can make any coach happy.
Such as the distance events where the Buffs scored more than 70 points. Early, Andrew Flu led a 1-2-3 finish in the 1,500 meters. Flu won in 4 minutes, 27.12 seconds (worth 10 points). Atcitty Begay was second (worth eight points) and Freddy Hernandez third (seven points).
"They went out right away," Brown said. "One guy from another team tried to stay with them, but he couldn't. It was awesome."
The distance dominance continued in the 800 and 3,000. Flu won the 800 in 2:06.08 (two seconds off his season best) with Lex Anguiano third. Begay led a 1-2-3-4 Buff finish in the 3,000, clocking 10:15.11. Hernandez was second with Anguiano third and Dylan Joseph fourth.
"Before the race, I asked the guys if they really wanted to run in the cold. They looked at me like I was crazy," Brown said. "Of course they did. They've been real troopers in the tough weather all season."
The cold didn't slow down senior sprinter Jeremy Killoran. He clocked a lifetime best of 11.28 in winning the 100 meters.
"We worked on his start, trying to stay low and then his stride length," Brown said. "It was fabulous to see."
Killoran also anchored the winning 4x100 (a season best 48.58 and was third in the 200 in a career best 24.19.
Madras won five other events with plenty of points in the triple jump. The Buffs had the top three finishers in that event, led by sophomore C.J. Easterling with a mark of 39-10 in just his second meet of the season. Evan Taylor was second at 39-7 1/2 and Terence Wolfe at 38-9 3/4, both career bests.
Ron Smith and Tyler Bruck continued their solid seasons in the throwing events. Smith won the shot put at 41-5 1/2, a half-foot off his career best. Bruck won the discus in what is now an average throw of 144-2. He topped 150 a week earlier.
"It's just a matter of getting things down right," said Bruck at the meet against Summit on Tuesday, April 15. "I'd been messing up my form earlier this year, so it was a matter of getting everything just right."
Kelby Mills continued his trend of close finishes. He was edged out for first in the 110 hurdles, despite running a career best of 16.09. The junior came back to win the 300 hurdles by nearly three seconds (44.80).
"After the 110s, Kelby said he wasn't going to let that happen again," Brown said. "He didn't."
The Buffs closed out the meet by winning the 4x400 with Begay and Hernandez part of that relay minutes after the 3,000.
The Madras girls had plenty of good news, particularly in the pole vault.
Megan Brown broke the school record in the pole vault by clearing 8-6 1/2. Hannah Mikkelson was the co-owner of the record (of 8-6). She finished second by clearing 8-6 with Brittney Devore third (7-6).
"This is just what any coach wants, to have three teammates trying to break the school record," the coach said. "They're pushing each other in practice and at the meets."
Mikkelson added second places in the long jump and triple jump. Brown was third in the 100 hurdles.
Britney Lindgren won the javelin. Victoria Katchia added a third place in the shot put and was fourth in the discus.
Madras has just one meet this week, hosting Mountain View in an Intermountain Conference event on Wednesday (April 23). The Buffs are then off for a week until an April 30 meet at Bend.