Track and field - Braves demolish the field at the Tillamook Invitational but lose a dual to Scappoose
by: Chase Allgood, Banks senior Brad Markham surges ahead of the field during the 800 meter run last Thursday against Scappoose.

Banks' track and field team continued its strong early season form with a pair of big wins at the Tillamook Invitational two weeks ago, outdistancing teams from Taft, Corbett, Neah-Kah-Nie and Nestucca.

The Banks boys pulled away from the host Cheesemakers to win the meet with 187 points. The Banks girls, meanwhile, were totally dominant, outscoring runner-up Tillamook by almost 100 points.

Banks junior Kelsey Taylor was named Outstanding Female Athlete of the Meet at Tillamook, winning both the 1,500 meters (5:29.88) and the 3,000 meters (12:01.07).

Other winners included Jessica Markham, Alicia Reaser, Joanna Murdoch, Felicia Wilson, Matt Cutone, Brad Markham and Trevor Lundsten.

Cutone and Jessica Markham were both two-time winners at the meet. Cutone won the boys 100 (11.52) and 200 meters (23.47), while Markham doubled up with wins in the girls 400 (1:02.84) and 300-meter low hurdles (50.83).

Reaser was victorious in the girls 800 (2:39.73), Murdoch took first in the girls high jump (4 feet, 4 inches) and Wilson won the girls long jump (14'4"). On the boys side, Brad Markham finished first in the 800 meters (2:12.60) and Lundsten won the javelin (152'5").

Banks was back in action last Thursday in a league dual meet against Scappoose, but couldn't quite get past the Indians. Banks' boys lost 84-48, while the girls dropped a 78.5-68.5 decision.

Among the Braves' winners at the meet were Lundsten, Brad Markham, Brock Markham and John Fellas on the boys' side and Wilson, Reaser, Taylor, Jessica Markham, Erika Atkinson and Catherine Blatner on the girls' side.

Next up for Banks is a league dual at Seaside on Thursday.

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