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BADGERS DOMINATE

By The Observer

MONMOUTH None of Powder Valleys previous boys state track and field titles was as dominating as Saturdays.

The Badgers won 10 of 17 events and scored in three others. They scored 131 points, more than any of their previous state titles.

And had they competed at the Class 2A level, they would have won that meet Saturday, too, hands down, running away.

It was a great day, a great way to finish the season with these guys, Powder Valley coach Doug Lewis said.

Not content to simply win, the Badgers competed to break records. They set four state meet records, none sweeter than the 4x400-meter relay. Lewis had heard some other coaches comment that the squads district-winning time of 3 minutes, 26.27 seconds was a misprint. After all, the time was an all-time Class 1A state best.

Right before the race, I said lets show them this is for real, Lewis said.

The relay team Brody Turner, Eli Bingham, Riley Martin and Jeremy Maddox smoked the field in 3:27.48, shattering the state meet mark of 3:31.59 set by Wallowa in 1994.

That same relay team won the 4x100 relay in 44.14, breaking the record it set at last years meet by half a second.

Turners performances in the 400 and 800 were equally dominating. Like the relays, Turner had the fastest times of the weekend, 2A and 1A meets combined. He focused on the 400 and it paid off with a winning mark of 50.46, which also set the school record.

He got out quicker and that helped him, Lewis said.

Turners 800-meter time was 2:00.35, nearly a second and a half ahead of second place but half a second off the state meet record.

Turner, a junior, has another year to add to his five state titles.

Powder Valley senior Stephen Lewis is done, however, and he finished his high school career with six individual titles. The distance runner won the 1,500 and 3,000 for the third consecutive year. Lewis didnt set any records, but his 1,500 time of 4:06.68 was the fastest time without competition this season, said his father, Doug.

Stephen Lewis, who was second in those races to older brother Jason as a freshman, won the 3,000 in 9:26.81.

Powders other state meet record was made by Bingham in the pole vault. The senior went an inch above the old record and won at 13 feet, 5 inches.

Jeremy Maddox was Powders other double winner Saturday. The senior handled the field in the 300 intermediate hurdles, winning in 40.42. The surprise in that race was that Badger junior Ryan Browne took second at 42.71.

That was a neat breakthrough for Ryan, Doug Lewis said. He was seeded fifth and finished second.

Maddox wasnt the favorite in the long jump, but with the way Powder was performing Saturday, it was no surprise that he won with a season-best 21-11/4.

The other winner was senior Trace Baxter, who saved his best triple jump for the last meet and won at 42-3.

Trace has been struggling. Hes had back problems, so this was a great way to end his senior year, Doug Lewis said.

Junior Riley Martin scored points for the Badgers in two events. He was second in the 200 at 23.85 and fifth in the 100 at 11.95. Browne was also fifth in the 110 high hurdles at 17.35. Senior Zach Culver finished third in the high jump at 5-10 and was eighth in the triple jump at 37-81/2.

Cove had one placer at the state meet. Jeffrey Manley was sixth in the 110 high hurdles in 18.17.

 
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