Crook County dominates Icebreaker Invitational
- Lon Austin
- Central Oregonian - Features
Both boys and girls teams have outstanding individual performances in victories
The Crook County High School track team dominated their first home meet of the year winning both the boys' and girls' portions of the five-team Icebreaker Invitational on Tuesday.
The boys team scored 149 points, outdistancing second place Madras who had 101 points while the girls team scored 161.5 points to 71 points for second-place Burns.
"As a whole I was very pleased," said Head Coach Ernie Brooks. "Our seniors are leading by example and we have a lot of seniors."
The Cowboys had a number of outstanding early season performances. David Parks cleared 6-5 in the high jump, third highest in school history, while Scott Elliot cleared 14-0 in the pole vault, and then took three good attempts at 14-3 which would have been a new school record. Mark Blomquist threw the discus 139-0 to set a new personal best, while Mark Flegel won both the 110 and 300-meter hurdles. Mike Gruber won the 200 with a time of 24.3 and Austin Morrell outkicked teammate John Gillem to win the 1,500 in 4:26.95.
For the girls Jessica Lea won both hurdle races and the Javelin while the Foley sisters dominated the distance races. Kellie Foley won the 1,500 in a time of 5:21.30 while Leslie Foley finished second, and Michelly Foley won the 3,000 in a time of 11:04.53.
Brooks was also pleased with the performance of throwers Jessica McDonald. who was second in the shot put with a throw of 29-5, and Kady Stafford who placed second in the Javelin and Discus and fifth in the shot put.
"We are getting there," said Brooks. "We are on the track to improve on what we did last year and I am excited with our progress."
The track team does not compete again until Saturday, April 5, when they travel to Sisters for the Sisters Invitational. Field events beginning at 10 a.m.
"I'm really pleased with where we are at and where we are going," said Brooks. "Now we just need to get the team to meets and see how the end of May works out."