Crook County takes 11 firsts in three-way meet
- Lon Austin
- Central Oregonian - Features
The Crook County High School track team had eleven individual wins in a three-way meet at The Dalles on Tuesday.
>Mark Flegel wins both hurdle races, Kady Stafford places in all three throws
No team scores were available from the meet, which featured The Dalles/Wahtonka, Crook County and defending 1A champion Sherman County.
"It was a windy, cold day, but we had some good individual performances," said Head Coach Ernie Brooks.
Mark Flegel led the Cowboys on the day, winning the high hurdles by more than a second in a time of 15.49, then winning the intermediate hurdles in a time of 43.22. Also picking up wins for the Cowboys were Austin Morrel, winning the 800-meter race in a time of 2:08.34, and John Gillem in the 1,500-meter run in a time of 4:26.94. Freshman Jake Zeigler tied for first place in the pole vault with a jump of 11-00. David Parks, who usually runs the 100 and 200, moved up to the 400-meter, dash for the day and won in a time of 53.96 while teammate Nick Harding was second, running 56.53. Parks also finished second in the Javelin, throwing 151-11.
On the girls side Crook County lone win on the track was Michelly Foley's 2:38.97 winning time in the 800-meter run, but the Cowgirls added some wins in the field events.
Cater Lopez won the high jump with a leap of 4-10, while Kady Stafford won the discus throwing 110-10, and placed second in the javelin to teammate Jessica Lea. Lea won the event with a toss of 112-01 while Stafford threw 110-05. Stafford also placed fourth in the shot put with a personal record throw of 33-02.
"Stafford had a big day," said Brooks. "She had PR's in both the shot and discus. Thirty-three feet is big. I hope it will get her to the finals at district."
With track season winding down, Crook County is using the remainder of the season to tune up for the district meet. They are moving people around to different events, and resting them so that they can peak for the district meet.
The annual community track meet and luau are up next with field events starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday, and running events beginning at 4 p.m. The meet is open to anyone who is interested and registration for the event is free. The luau, which will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m., costs $6. Tickets are available from the track team or at the gate.
On Tuesday, May 6, the team travels to Redmond for a non-league meet that begins at 3:30 p.m. finishing the regular season.
"After Redmond are JV districts and then district is coming up quick," said Brooks. "We are getting a little rest and we will be there."