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Banks track team continues improvement

TRACK and FIELD: Braves look sharp in Cowapa League opener at home against Yamhill-Carlton

In its first Cowapa League meet of the year, the Banks track and field team dropped time, gained inches - and even a few feet - as they beat league newcomer Yamhill-Carlton last Thursday.

Banks freshman Erika Atkinson once again sprinted her way to first place in the 100-meter dash (14.07 seconds) and was closely followed by junior Madison Miller (14.64), who took third.

Kaula Wall led the way for the Banks girls, winning the 200 (29.0) and 400 (1:05.89), setting personal bests in both events. Kelsey Taylor, a sophomore, had another strong showing. She took second in the 1,500 meters and first in the 3,000 with a time of 12:57.0, eight seconds faster than her previous best.

Sophomore Jasmine Teters threw her way to personal bests for the 2007 season in the shot put (27 feet, 7 inches) and javelin (102'3"), where she took third and second, respectively. In the high jump, Banks delivered a one-two punch with sophomore Rachel Slaughter edging out teammate Miller by four inches.

'We are so young right now,' said Banks head coach Rob Frank. 'We had a lot of personal bests against Y-C. We are just growing by leaps and bounds.'

Matt Cutone had the fastest run of the day for the Banks boys. The freshman won the 100-meter dash (11.86) while fellow freshman Colson Underhill came in third (12.34). Both times were season bests.

Senior Timmy Stowell won the 800 meters, dropping seven seconds from his previous best with a time of 2:10.70. Tim Hitchen, another senior, had a strong showing with a win in the 3,000 (12:19.8) by 10 seconds over teammate Brad Brekke.

Senior Nathan Horlacher took first in the javelin (158'1") and triple jump (37'3") while the rest of the field settled for second place. The Banks field athletes took second in all three throwing events and all four jumping events.

Banks also competed at Tillamook on Saturday, with the boys taking second place and the girls third in a nine-team field.

The Braves will host a 20-team, all-day meet on Saturday at Kelly Field. Events will begin at 10 a.m.