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elayed start apparently helped the Culver track teams.
   The Bulldogs were originally scheduled to open this season i in a home meet against Madras during the second week of March. Instead, Culver started the 2008 season at the Mountain View Icebreaker on Tuesday, March 18.
   Several first-place finishes in the nonscoring meet against Mountain View, Sisters and Lost River showed the Bulldogs were ready
   Nevin Lewis started the defense of his 2A high jump title by clearing 6 feet, 2 inches. The junior won the 2A title by clearing 6-7 last season. Lewis also won the 100 meters in 11.77 seconds and was second in the 200 at 23.95 to 4A state competitor Cory McCaffrey of Sisters (23.57).
   Thomas Griffin led a 1-2 finish in the 110 hurdles. The senior clocked 17.62 seconds, less than a second off his 2007 best. Colin Briggs took second in a personal best of 19.09.
   Gerald Speas won the 300 hurdles and triple jump with personal bests. His 45.81 in the hurdles was a fraction faster than last season's best. Speas' triple jump of 39-10 3/4 was more than a foot better than in 2007 when he was a state qualifier.
   Colin Briggs added second places in the 110 hurdles and triple jump, both with personal bests. The junior clocked 19.09 in the hurdles and went 38-4 in the triple jump, an improvement of more than two feet.
   Justine Lofting led the Culver girls by winning the discus. The Bulldogs' 4x100 opened the season by clocking 58.32 to take fourth.
   Culver opens the Tri-River season by traveling to a four-team meet at Kennedy (in Mount Angel) on Tuesday. Blanchet and Santiam will also be at that league meet. The Bulldogs will then be part of the 15-team Sisters Invitational on Saturday, April 5.
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