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Crook County splits dual meet with Madras White Buffalos

Girls team defeats Madras 76-42, boys fall 80-62

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Jessica Lea competes in the 100-meter hurdles on Tuesday against Madras.  Lea won both the hurdle race and the javelin.

The Crook County High School track team split a dual meet with Madras on Tuesday.
   The Cowgirls easily outdistanced the White Buffalo's 76-42, while the Cowboys fell 80-62.
   Crook County rested a number of their key varsity athletes in the meet saving them for the Springfield Invitational on Friday.
   "I was pleased," said Head Coach Ernie Brooks. "You know we held all those horses out of the meet and allowed some of our younger kids a chance to compete. We called it our future meet because those young kids are the future of our program. And they competed well. We always would like to win every meet, but sometimes you have to look at the big picture, and we had some great performances."
   For the Cowgirls Jessica Lea picked up wins in the javelin and 100-meter hurdles. Lea threw the javelin 105-03, to outdistance teammate Shandie Curtis who was second with a throw of 99-01. In the hurdles Lea ran a time of 17.95, while Cowgirl Izzy Bonanno was second in a time of 20.15.
   Other Cowgirl winners were Necole Ontko in the 100-meter dash, Talea Struck in the 200-meter dash, Sienna Benton in the 800-meter run, and Jessica McDonald in the shot put. The 400-meter relay team also won.
   On the boys side Madras took first in 11 of the 17 events, but the Cowboys kept it close with their second and third place finishes.
   Michael Gruber was the lone Cowboy to win more than one event winning both the 100 and 200-meter dashes for the Cowboys with times of 11.89 and 24.07 respectively. He also ran a leg on the winning 400-meter relay team.
   The only other Cowboy winner was Jorden Whitaker in the javelin with a throw of 137-07.
   On Friday at Springfield the Cowboys are expecting some serious competition, especially in the sprints. More than half of the top 10 sprinters in the state in both the 100 and 200-meter dash are expected to compete on the boys side as well as stacked fields in both the girls 1,500 and 3,000-meter races.
   "It's going to be a real barn burner," said Brooks. "There is going to be some serious speed there and we are expecting some great performances."
   Last year both the Cowboys and Cowgirls brought home trophies from the meet and the teams are hoping to do the same again this year.