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Crook County, Mitchell show off early-season track talent

Coach Brooks pleased with field events as Crook County dominates
The Crook County Icebreaker lived up to its title on Tuesday as cold winds swept through Prineville, but they weren't enough to stifle local individuals in the field events.
   "After looking at the results, our field events are really strong," Coach Ernie Brooks said. "I liked what I saw in the first meet, and I'm glad it's over, because we get rid of those nerves of the first meet."
   On the men's side in the field events, Cowboys Freeman York (37-6), Scott Elliot (36-7) and Shane Lusk (36-6) finished in first, second and third place respectively in the triple jump. In a similar stat line, Crook County's David Reeher (128-10), Mark Blomquist (125-4) and Kash Burwell (113-7) finished in first, second and fourth place in the discus.
   In fact, in the seven field events, the Cowboys took five first-place finishes, five second-place finishes, two third-place finishes, and three fourth-place finishes.
   "We nearly swept," Brooks added.
   In the running events, John Gillem had the strongest performance with a second-place finish in the 3,000-meters. The harrier completed the race in 10:24.68.
   Trevor Mottl (2:13.29) took third in the 800-meters, while Mark Flegel and York finished in third and fourth place respectively in the high hurdles.
   Brooks pointed out, however, that Josh Gautney, David Parks and Mike Gruber, some of his top sprinters, were out with injuries and for other reasons.
   On the women's side, they too fared well in the field events. Elizabeth Viles finished first in the discus with a throw of 100-4, while she took second in the shot put with a throw of 29 feet.
   In the javelin, the Cowgirls went 1-2 when Jessica Lea (101-7) and Kady Stafford (100-8) finished in the top two spots.
   In track, Michelly Foley took first in the 1,500-meters when she clocked a 5:09.59, while Lea and Foley went 2-3 when they ran in the 800-meters. Lea finished in 2:42.58 and Foley completed the race in 2:43.55
   "We're not quite ready yet conditioning-wise and form-wise," Brooks said, "but we're getting there and that's the main point."