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Thinclads third at Prefontaine Classic

Michelly Foley adn David Parks are both double winners as track team shines

by: LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Michelly Foley won both the 1 mile and 3,000-meter runs at the Prefontaine Classic on Saturday.

The Crook County High School girls track team rode solid performances from a handful of girls to a third place finish at the 18-team Prefontaine Rotary Classic track meet in Coos Bay on Saturday.
   "Our girls put together a pretty good meet," said Head Coach Ernie Brooks.
   Host Marshfield won the meet, scoring 117.5 points while Oregon City was second with 106 points and the Cowgirls were third with 88.5 points. Pleasant Hill came in a distant third with 59 points.
   Crook County picked up big points when Michelly Foley won both the mile and 3,000-meter runs in 5:10.72 and 10:31.38 respectively. Her sister Kellie added a second place in the 3,000-meter run.
   Cater Lopez jumped a season best 5-01 to finish second in the high jump and Sienna Benton ran a 2:29.68 to finish second in the 800 meter run. Jessica Lea added a second place finish in the 300-meter hurdles in a time of 48.18. Lea also placed in the high hurdles and the javelin. Kady Stafford had a solid day, placing in all three throwing events. Also picking up points for the Cowgirls was Amber Binham in the pole vault and Talea Struck in the triple jump who each added fifth place finishes. Both relay teams also picked up points.
   "It was nice to have some good weather to get the kids used to it," said Brooks. "Overall it was a solid meet for us."
   The boys track team also finished third in the 14-team boys field at the Prefontaine Classic.
   Marshfield also won the boys meet scoring 112 points, while Oregon City finished second with 97 and the Cowboys had 78.5 points to just edge out Bend with 78 points and Sprague with 77.
   "It was a great meet," said Brooks. "We put together some good marks and some personal records."
   David Parks picked up wins in the 100 and 200 meter races and anchored the winning Crook County 400-meter relay team in times of 11.26, 23.01 and 44.51 respectively. Also running on the relay team were Mark Flegel, Michael Gruber and Doug Hall.
   Flegel also had a big day winning the 110 high hurdles in a time of 15.46, and placing sixth in the 300 hurdles in a time of 44.51.
   "Flegel had a great race," said Brooks. "He found another gear in the middle of the race to pull it out."
   John Gillem picked up a second place for Crook County in the 3,000 running a personal best time of 9:32.85. Gillem added an eighth place in the 800-meter race finishing in 2:02.67, while Austin Morrell finished fourth in 2:00.43.
   The Cowboys also picked up points from Doug Hall who placed fourth in the 200 and seventh in the 100 meter sprints and Nick Harding who was eighth in the 400 meter dash.
   Throwers Arick Morrell and Seth Tooley placed fourth in the discus and seventh in the shot put respectively with both setting personal records, and Shane Lusk placed in both the high and triple jumps. Pole vaulters Scott Elliott and Josh McDonald had good days going 14-00 and 13-6, and placing sixth and seventh in the event.
   "We are starting to crank in the pole vault," said Brooks. "Elliott got some good looks at 14-06 today."
   The Crook County track team travels to The Dalles/Wahtonka on Tuesday for a league dual meet before coming home for their annual community track meet and luau on Saturday. The track meet, which is open to all community members, begins at 3 p.m. with the Luau starting at 5 p.m.
   There is no cost for the track meet while tickets for the luau are $6 and are available from track athletes or at the gate.