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Track team shines

Boys finish second, girls sixth at Sisters Invitational

by: CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Austin Morrell, left, rounds the corner in the middle of the 1,500-meter race at the Sisters invitational Track Meet on Saturday.  Morrell finished second in the race with a personal best time of 4:20.52.  the Cowboys finished the meet in second place, while the Cowgirls placed sixth.


   The Crook County High School track team had some outstanding individual performances at the Sisters Rotary Invitational track meet on Saturday. The team set 52 personal records as the boys team finished in second place out of 13 teams and the girls took sixth out of 14 teams.
   "They rocked the house," said Head Coach Ernie Brooks. "It was probably the best meet that we have put together for completeness. It was just a great meet for us."
   The Cowboys had 109.5 points just 3 and one-half points behind champion West Linn, while the Cowgirls scored 65.5 points, finishing just behind fifth place Redmond with 68 points. Molalla won the girls championship with 105 points while Sisters was second with 101 and West Linn came in a distant third with 78.5.
   The boys team was led by David Parks who won the 100 and 200-meter dashes in personal best times of 11.06 and 22.47 respectively. Parks also finished second in the high jump going 6-04 and anchored the Cowboys winning 400-meter relay. The team of Mark Flegel, Michael Gruber, Doug Hall and Parks ran a time of 43.74 to easily outdistance second place Sisters who ran a time of 44.47.
   Other individual champions for the Cowboys were Flegel in the 11-hurdles in a time of 15.50 and Mark Blomquist in the discus, throwing 137-02. Flegel also finished third in the 300-meter hurdles, running a time of 41.81.
   The Cowboys also got outstanding performances from Austin Morrell and John Gillem who placed second and third in the 1,500-meter race running 4:20.52, and 4:22;54 respectively. Morrell also finished third in the 800 in a time of 2:04.54.
   On the girls' side Kellie Foley won the 3,000-meters in a time of 11:03.2, while Jessica Lea won the 300-hurdles running a time of 49.55. Lea was also second in the 100-meter hurdles and placed eighth in the high jump.
   Michelly Foley also had an outstanding performance in the 1,500-meters, finishing second to Mikayla Bradbury of Molalla. Bradbury ran a time of 4:53.11 to Foley's 4:53.33 in a race that was fiercely contested for the entire final lap. Kady Stafford also had a good day for the Cowgirls placing in all three throwing events.
   "We are getting better," said Brooks. "We still have a month left and it's a good thing because we can still crank down and get these kids even better by the end of the season."
   The Crook County track and field team has a dual meet with Madras on Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m. then travel to Springfield on Friday for a big invitational meet.
   The team has added the Crater Invitational in mid April to their schedule, which gives them one meet over the legal participation limit. So they are holding some of their key performers out of the Madras meet.
   "We still need to improve on things like how we warm up and how we encourage each other during meets, but I'm excited," said Brooks.