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Braves hit the ground running

TRACK and FIELD: Banks starts the season at home against Estacada
by: Chase Allgood, Banks sophomore Steven Murray clears the bar last Thursday during the pole vault event at a home track and field meet.

Thursday's season-opening track and field meet was a successful one for the Banks Braves.

Beginning with the field events, Banks got off to a fast start. Sophomore Jasmine Teters threw her way to fourth place in the shot put, followed by teammates Christy Lazott and Ashley Sommer. Teters would add a first-place finish in the discus (80 feet, 9 inches), and she continued her winning ways in the javelin (94 feet, 3 inches).

In the jumping events, sophomore Joanna Murdock easily won the high jump, while Abby Phillippi and Linda Kinsky took first and second, respectively, in the pole vault.

For the Lady Braves' runners, it was a foot race to the finish line. Erika Atkinson won the 100-meter dash by a mere seven-hundredths of a second, and teammate Kaula Wall was victorious in the 200 meters. Wall also took second in the 400, while Alicia Reaser claimed third in both the 400 and 800.

Banks sophomore Alyssa Halls took second place in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles.

On the boys side, senior Nathan Horlacher took first place in the javelin (164 feet, 6 inches) and the high jump (5 feet, 10 inches). Teammate Alex Howell narrowly missed first place in the long jump, but settled for second.

The Braves also took second and fourth in the shot put behind Trevor Lundsten and Matt Stone, respectively. Lundsten also claimed second place in the discus.

The pole vault was all Banks, with David Fishback (11 feet), Steven Murray (9 feet) and Brad Brekke (8 feet) sweeping the top three spots.

In the running events, Banks succumbed to Estacada's superior depth.

Banks freshman Matt Cutone took second in the 100 meters (12.33 seconds) and Colson Underhill finished third. Cutone added a sixth-place finish in the 200 meters.

Howell and freshman Brock Markham finished second and third in the 400 meters, while teammate Timmy Stowell was crowned champion in the 800. Horlacher finished third in the 300-meter hurdles.

Next up for Banks is a Cowapa League meet against Yamhill-Carlton on Thursday, April 5.