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Track: Indians fare well in Seaside

Linnaea Kavulich is already making waves in the 1,500 meters


Coming in to the 2015 track and field season, freshman Linnaea Kavulich was billed as the next great 1,500 runner for the Scappoose girls, following in the footsteps of Tia Carnahan and two-time state champion Charlie Davidson.

And judging by her first try at the 1,500 meters in Seaside on Wednesday afternoon, she's everything the coaches expected. Kavulich won her first shot at the race in 5:02.25 — a time which would have put her in third at the Cowapa League championships last spring behind Davidson and Seaside's Charlotte Blakesley. Blakesley, a senior this season, was 11 seconds behind Kavulich for second place on Wednesday.

Just as they had in the first week, junior Eleanor Jones and freshman Mackenzie Ela were locked in a battle with one another in the hurdling events. Seaside's Allison Kilday took first in the 100 meter hurdles, but Jones and Ela came in second and third, respectively, separated by four tenths of a second. Ela got the best of Jones in the 300 meter hurdles, but by an even closer margin of .04 seconds.

The 4x400 meter relay team of Jones, Ela, Kavulich and Alyssa Spang finished second with a solid time of 4:32.48, the second-fastest time among Cowapa League teams this season. Spang was impressive as an individual as well, winning the 400 meters with a time of 1:04.32 and taking first in the long jump with a leap of 15 feet, 11.75 inches.

Indian senior Olivia McDaniel improved her career best to eight feet, six inches in the pole vault, beating out Tillamook's Robin Hibdon, and Laura Whitlatch and Seaside's Tennaya Carr, all three of whom were tied at seven feet. McDaniel, who also took third in the high jump and second in the 200 meters, is tied with Astoria freshman Darian Hageman for the highest pole vault mark so far this year from the Cowapa League, a mark which ties for the ninth highest in Class 4A this season.

Scappoose sophomore Ranay Laird had an excellent day in the throws, taking second in the shot put, and third in both the discus and javelin competitions. Laird was far short of her incredible week-one discus mark of 105 feet, seven inches, but set a new season best in the javelin of 86 feet, 10 inches.

Boys Meet

The Scappoose boys won both halves of a double header with Seaside and Tillamook, thumping the Cheesemakers and inching past Seaside by a mere three points.

The Scappoose boys were without sprinting champion Jarrett White, who is among the fastest in Class 4A in the 100 and 200 meters. Sophomore Michael Gift and seniors Braden Clark and Joey Krupsky banded together in the relays, combining with Scott Toenjes to win the 4x100, and with the other half of the Krupsky conneciton — David — to win the 4x400 meter relay. The team of Gift, Clark, and a pair of Krupskys set the third-fastest 4x400 meter time in the Indians' division.

Gift came in second in the 100 meters, followed by senior Jacob Wendelschafer in third and Toenjes in fourth. Clark and Toenjes took first and second in the 200 meters, with Clark running the third-fastest 200-meter time in Class 4A so far.

Seaside's diminutive sophomore Jackson Januik beat out Tribe senior Jacob Harley in the 800 by just over five seconds, but the Indians finished in a pack with Shawn Stone and freshman John Kavulich coming in fourth and fifth.

Though he came in four seconds slower, Scappoose's premiere 1,500 meters man Dan Carrier delivered once again, running a 4:22.27 to take first by three seconds of Tillamook's Andrew Jenck and Eulises Cruz-Vieyra. Kavulich was the lead Scappoose runner in the 3,000 meters, taking fourth place in a battle between four top-five freshman.

David Krupsky did well in the hurdles, taking second in the 110 meter event and third in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 44.26 seconds, less than two seconds off his personal best from 2014.

The Indians were well-represented in the throws, as well. Senior Tayler Heaton took second in tboth the shot put and discus competitions to Seaside's Christopher Anguiano, while freshman Sawer Christopher made a pair of blinding jumps between his first and second meets.

In the meet against St. Helens, Christopher threw 92 feet, four inches in the discus and 144 feet, eight inches in the javelin. In Seaside, Christopher threw 106 feet even in the discus for third and 157 feet in the javelin for the top spot and the sixth-furthest throw in Class 4A this season.

The Indians also got solid performances in the jumps from Asa Flanagan, who won the high jump at five feet, 10 inches — tying a personal best — and took second in the long jump with a mark of 19 feet, 6.75 inches, which set a new personal record. Flanagan also came close to his PR in the triple jump, but his mark of 40 feet, 8.5 inches was still more than two feet better than the runner up. Scappoose senior Isaac Hamm took second in the high jump, four inches under Flanagan's mark. Joey Krupsky, after a quick time in the first outing, came in two feet shorter in the triple jump and a little over a foot shorter in the long jump.

SUMMARY

Scappoose, Tillamook at Seaside

Boys:

Scappoose 111, Tillamook 34

Scappoose 74, Seaside 71

Girls:

Scappoose 87, Tillamook 45

Scappoose 75, Seaside 63

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