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Bend sprints past Crook County

Bend wins boys meet 109-36, girls meet 78-64

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Kady Stafford throws the discus against Bend on Wednesday.  Stafford won all three throwing events at Bend.

The Crook County High School track team used their track meet against the Bend Lava Bears on Wednesday, April 23, to try people in some new events and it showed in the final score as Bend won the boys meet 109-36, and topped the Cowgirls 78-66.
   "It was an OK meet," said Head Coach Ernie Brooks. "With the snow and the bad weather it was just OK. We had some good performances."
   On the boys' side the Cowboys had just three wins on the day. They opened up the running events with a win in the 400-meter relay, Michael Gruber won the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.58, and Josh McDonald cleared 13-00 to easily win the pole vault.
   Austin Morrell and John Gillem finished second and third in the 800-meters running 2:04.34 and 2:04.60 respectively, while Gruber finished third in the 200-meter dash for the Cowboys only scoring finish in a running event.
   In the throwing events Seth Tooley broke 40 feet for the first time in the shot put finishing second with a toss of 41-4 « while teammate Micheal Baller finished third throwing 39-4. Mark Blomquist finished second in both the discus and javelin throwing the discus 138-07 and the javelin a season best 157-09.
   Crook County also had second place performances from David Parks in the high jump and Shane Lusk in the long jump.
   On the girls side the Cowgirls were led by Kady Stafford who won all three throwing events. Stafford threw the shot put 31-01 while teammate Jessica McDonald finished second with a toss of 30-03 «. Stafford threw the discus a season best 106-03 while teammate Cecillia Mazzulli was second with a throw of 93-09, and she tossed the javelin 107-05, while Shandie Curtis finished third with a throw of 84-03.
   The Cowgirls also got wins from Nicole Ontko in the 100-meter dash, Michelly Foley in the 1,500, Izzy Bonanno in the 100-meter high hurdles, Jessica Lea in the high jump and Talea Struck in the triple jump.
   Crook County travels to Coos Bay on Saturday for the 18-team Prefontaine Classic Invitational.
   "It should be a fun meet," said Brooks. "We've got kids in their normal events and it's a big meet."