Bryan Marlatt clears 6-6 in the high jump

“Our talent is up, but our numbers are down,” Putnam coach Ryan Mitchell said, after last week’s Northwest Oregon Conference track and field opener at Liberty.

The Kingsmen did have some impressive performances, but they lacked competitors in several events, and Liberty girls prevailed 104-32, while Liberty boys defeated their Putnam counterparts 97-48.

Putnam, which has only 17 girls and 30 boys out for track, got swept in the boys 400, 800, 1,500 and shot put, as well as in the girls 100, 200, 400, long jump and triple jump.

Junior Bryan Marlatt came through with Putnam’s most outstanding performance of last week’s dual meet, clearing 6-6 in the high jump. Through the Liberty meet he was among only three high school athletes in the state — at all levels — who had gone as high as 6-6. Marlatt also placed second in the high hurdles (17.11) and third in the intermediate hurdles (46.91), recording personal bests in both events. And he leaped 19-8-1/4 for runner-up honors in the long jump.

Putnam boys were also tough in the sprints. Junior Tyler Strauss (11.58), junior John Bradley (11.77) and sophomore Jon Snyder (11.88) swept the boys 100; Strauss (23.57) and sophomore Dallas Schroder (24.17) went one-three in the 200; and Strauss helped pace Putnam’s 4x100-meter relay team to an impressive 45.0 clocking, and first place. Elliot Bixby, John Bradley and Jon Snyder ran the relay with Strauss, winning the event by more than two seconds.

The relay time was the seventh fastest in the state for 5A competition this season.

Putnam boys also had a winner in the pole vault, where juniors Hank Benson and Dan Haxton both cleared 10-0 to finish one-two.

Junior Annabella Geist was the top performer for Putnam girls, clearing 5-0 for first place in the high jump, and breezing to first place in the low hurdles with an effort of 52.50. Geist’s mark in the high jump ranks her in the top five in the state in Class 5A. It was the first time Geist had run the hurdles in competition. Putnam junior Lyndsey Harris was impressive in the girls discus, winning the event with a lifetime best heave of 85-0. Putnam senior Alexa Harris was a close second, at 84-0.

The Kingsmen also held their own in the girls distance races, with senior Maydelyn Makinster placing second in the 800 (2:38.56), and senior Kelsey Hilsenteger earning runner-up honors in both the 1,500 (5:24.51) and 3,000 (11:47.71).

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