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Girls track: Astoria, Scappoose lead Lower Columbia Invitational

Linnaea Kavulich, Eleanor Jones come up with first-place finishes


JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - Scappoose junior Eleanor Jones, flanked by fellow Indian Mackenzie Ela and Astoria's Victoria Kee, reaches for the finish line in the final of the girls 100 meter hurdles at the Lower Columbia Invitational on Saturday, April 11.It seems the Scappoose girls will have their hands full in the Cowapa League this season after the Indians met Astoria for the first time at Saturday's Lower Columbia Invitational.

The Lady Fish came away with 16 — count 'em — top-three finishes at the invitational to the Indians' nine, running away with the medal count and besting Class 6A programs Forest Grove and Madison in the process.

Scappoose, though, did have their shining moments. Junior Eleanor Jones won the 100 hurdles and set a new season-best in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles, where she took third. Fellow Tribe hurdler Mackenzie Ela was third in the 100 and fourth in the 300, and combined with freshman Lea Brodala to form a solid Tribe trio in the hurdles.

Scappoose also got a first-place finish from freshman Linnaea Kavulich, who turned in a mirror-like performance in comparison to the meet on the coast on April 1. Kavulich won the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:02, still the fastest in the Cowapa League and the third-fastest in Class 4A. She's the only freshman in the top-24 in the Indians' division.

The Indians had a strong showing in the throwing events, as well. Sophomore Ranay Laird improved on her discus mark to take second place with a toss of 97 feet, 4 inches, but is still short of her incredible effort of 105-7 in her sophomore debut. Astoria's Halie Korff won the discus competition at 103-10, and the shot put competition at 36-11.5.

Scappoose junior Jessie Powell had a big day in the javelin, breaking 100 feet for just the third time of her high school career to take second with a throw of 102 feet, 10 inches.

In the pole vault, Tribe senior Olivia McDaniel came close to tying her personal best of eight feet, six inches, but bumped the bar on the way over and settled for second place with a vault of eight feet even.

Scappoose also took second in the 4x100 meter relay, as Krystal Easterly, Karlie Ragan, Spang and Jones combined to run the short relay in 54.4 seconds, nearly a second short of their season best.

Ragan, Easterly and Hannah Defrees each set new season bests in the 100 meters, as did Ragan and McDaniel in the 200. Grace Rieman, Georgia Benner and Christine Becker set new season bests in the 800. Ela and Amanda Orr both eclipsed their season records in the triple jump.

Up next: Scappoose will travel to the Wilsonville Invitational on Saturday, April 18, beginning at 10 a.m. The invitational includes Valley Catholic, as well as a host of high-profile Class 6A opponents.

SUMMARY

Lower Columbia Invitational

St. Helens High School, April 11

Medal count

Astoria 16

Scappoose 9

Corbett 8

Forest Grove 5

Madison 4

Union 4

Scappoose top-three finishers

Alyssa Spang — 3rd 400 meters

Linnaea Kavulich — 1st 1,500 meters

Eleanor Jones — 1st 100 hurdles, 3rd 300 hurdles

Mackenzie Ela — 3rd 100 hurdles

4x100 meter relay runners up

Ranay Laird — 2nd discus

Olivia McDaniel — 2nd pole vault

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