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CCHS seniors ready to tackle biggest hurdle

CCHS students Seneca Steber and Ryan Vaughan prepare to open their High Desert Indoor Classic track and field meet Saturday
It's been nearly a year since Ryan Vaughan and Seneca Steber began this race. Now, they're in the home stretch.
   The two seniors, who are tackling what is said to be the biggest senior project in Crook County High School history, will watch their High Desert Indoor Classic track and field meet open Saturday at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond.
   Sponsored by the Bend-based Kirby Nagelhout Co., the event is expected to bring in 100 volunteers and several hundred athletes.
   "I didn't think it would be this big when we started this," Steber said. "It's kind of cool for a couple of Crook County kids to be able to pull something like this off."
   "It's also cool to be able to start a tradition," added Vaughan. "The meet will grow each year as the area grows. It's a perfect place for it because it's centrally located."
   Even though the project is winding down for the two cross country and track athletes, the hard work doesn't stop just yet. The two students still have to put together the portable track, which with the help of 15 volunteers, will take about seven to eight hours to complete.
   "I think we'll be better next week," Steber explained. "It's pretty stressful this week, but I think it will come off well."
   The Classic is expected to feature 15 events, including: 50-meter dash, 50-meter hurdles, 300-meter dash, 600-meter run, 1500-meter run, 1500-meter race walk, 3000-meter run, long jump, high jump, triple jump, shot put, pole vault, weight throw, 4 X 150 relay and 4X 300 relay.
   The age groups for the event be bantam (10 and under); midget (11-12); youth (13-14); and high school (15-18). In addition, college, open and masters (40 and over) categories will be featured as well.
   "We have a lot of good runners in central Oregon, so it would be nice to gets some of those people recognized for their accomplishments," Steber said.
   Cost of the meet for participants is $10 per event and $25 per relay and registration entries will be accepted throughout the meet. The cost for spectators is $3 for adults, $2 for students and children 8 and under are free.
   The midget, bantam, youth and high school competitions will begin at 9 a.m., while the college, open and masters divisions will begin at 6 p.m.
   While neither Vaughan and Steber will be participating in the meet, there certainly won't be a lack of things to keep them busy.
   "We'll probably be gophers," Vaughan said. "We'll be making sure everything runs smoothly and everything gets done."