Track and field - Banks boys and girls runners are heating up with district and state meets on the horizon
by: Chase Allgood, Banks senior Brad Markham takes off on the final leg of the 4x400 meter relay last Thursday after taking the handoff from his brother, Brock.

In one of its final regular season tune-ups before the Cowapa League district meet, the Banks track and field team traveled to Salem on Saturday for the Meet of Champions, a 56-team invitational held at Willamette University.

The Braves came away with a dozen Top 10 finishes at the meet, which featured some of the top athletes in the state at the 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A levels.

Sophomore Matt Cutone doubled up in the boys 100 and 200 meters, finishing sixth in both. Cutone ran 11.50 seconds in the 100 and 23.21 in the 200. Freshman Linus Norgren turned in the best performance of the day for the Banks boys, finishing third in the 400 meters (52.28). Elsewhere, Trevor Lundsten finished sixth in the javelin (167 feet, 10 inches) just a week after breaking the school record.

On the girls side, sophomore Erika Atkinson, who also set a new school record in the javelin last week, took third place in that event (118'5"). Freshman Jessica Markham matched that with a third-place finish in the 400 meters (1:00.71). Junior Kelsey Taylor was the Lady Braves' final Top 10 finishers, taking ninth in the 3,000 meters (11:47.52).

All four of Banks' relay teams turned in Top 10 performances as well. The girls 4x100 meter relay team of Atkinson, Markham, Holly Garcia and Felicia Wilson finished sixth and set a school record with their time of 52.49. The boys 4x400 meter relay was fifth (3:34.45) and the 4x100 relay was eighth (45.33), while the girls 4x400 team took fifth (4:23.72).

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