Cowboys shine at Relays
- Lon Austin
- Central Oregonian - Features
Crook County has six individual champions and wins the sprint relay
The Crook County High School track and field team is off to a great start. The track team competed on Wednesday at the Sherwood relays and turned in some outstanding early season performances.
The meet featured several rare medley relays and had no team scoring, but head track coach Ernie Brooks noted that, had team scores been kept, Crook County would have easily won.
"We did great," said Brooks. "It was probably the best start to a season in my five years here."
The Cowboys had four individual winners and won the 4 X 100 relay. Mark Flegel won the high hurdles in a time of 15.96, David Parks won the high jump going 6'2", Mark Blomquist won the discus throwing 127'2" and Scott Elliott won the pole vault clearing 13'0". The 4-by-100 relay team of Flegel, Doug Hall, Michael Gruber, and Parks dominated with a time of 44.9.
The Cowboys also got three second places on the day with John Gillem running 9:46.35, and setting a personal record, while Brad McMicheals was second in the shot put throwing 41'11" and Josh McDonald was second in the pole vault clearing 12'6".
The Cowgirls had two individual first on the day as well as a second. Jessica Lea won the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.82, while Kady Stafford won the shot put throwing 30'2" and finished second in the discus with a toss of 92'3".
Times were not available for the remainder of the relay races, but Brooks noted that they also performed well.
"We had a lot of people starting the season where they finished last year," said Brooks. "It was just a great first meet."
Crook County is off until Tuesday, March 18, when they host the Icebreaker Invitational at Ward Rhoden Stadium with field events beginning at 3 p.m.