Cove’s Morgan Reddington (second from left) enters the District 4 track championships with the fastest 100- and 200-meter times this year. She is also part of the fastest 400-meter relay team. Reddington will have to hold off Imbler’s Emma Bowers (second from right) and Jessica Snider among others when the district meet kicks off Friday in Baker City. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
BAKER CITY — Sophomore Morgan Reddington from Cove will be sprinting after some gold Friday when all of the girls track teams in Oregon’s 1A District 4 converge on Baker High School.
At the very least, she may be leaving her mark all over the Baker track.
The original Cove Comet sped through Oregon’s prep sprint circles in the 1950s, setting records at the state level. Jim Puckett was the 100-yard dash state champion three times, from 1956 to 1958. His time of 9.6 seconds in 1958 at the state meet is the fastest time in the event for any high school sprinter in the history of high school track in Oregon.
Puckett was also a two-time state champion in the 220-yard dash in 1957 and 1958 and won a state long jump championship in 1958.
As a freshman, Reddington took third in the 100 meters and seventh in the 200 meters at the state meet.
Reddington enters the district meet as the fastest sprinter in the 100 meters, 200 meters and is on the fastest 400-meter relay team. She also is second-fastest in the 400 meters, third in the long jump and on the third-fastest 1,600-meter relay foursome.
Reddington also has the fastest times among all 1A sprinters in the 100 and 200 meters.
But she isn’t the only Leopard to be at the top of the district performance list as the teams chase after berths in the state track championship meet in Eugene, starting May 22.
Mikayla Murchison has the top mark in the shot put (33 feet, 2-1/2 inches), while Molly DelCurto leads the pole vaulters after clearing
DelCurto and Reddington join Dani Noble and Josey Koehn as the best 400-meter relay team in the district with a best of 53.51 seconds.
In the 100 meters, Reddington leads with a time of 13.02, but her teammate, Koehn, has the third-best mark in the district (13.56), just ahead of Noble’s fifth-best time (13.74) in the event.
Reddington’s 26.85-second time is the best in the district in the 200 meters, while DelCurto is sixth with a best of 29.69 seconds.
In the 400 meters, it is Reddington again — but her 64.66 time is eight-hundredths of a second behind Crane’s Hannah Maupin.
In the distance events, the Lady Leopards are led by Hannah Brazil and Kendra Hackwith. Hackwith is third in the district in the 800 meters (2:41.69), but only three seconds behind the leader, Linsey VanDoozer of Joseph (2:38.40). Hannah Brazil finished sixth in the 3,000 meters and eighth in the 1,500 meters at the 1A state meet last season.
Brazil is fourth in the district in the 800 meters (2:46.10), but she also has set a personal best this year in both the 1,500 meters (5:23.84) and the 3,000 meters (11:54.36).
For Cove and Imbler, it may be the penultimate appearance in the district meet, with the OSAA currently announcing plans to move both schools up to the 2A level by the start of the 2014-15 seasons.
Imbler’s top Panthers
Imbler’s Emma Bowers is the leader in both the long and triple jumps in District 4 — along with being one of the best in the shot put as well.
But in the triple jump, the sophomore has an eight-inch lead over her nearest 1A competitors.
Bowers is also listed third in the 1A in the long jump, only three inches out of second.
In the distances, Imbler has Angela Stafford. The senior ran 12:23.30 to place second in the recent Jo-Hi Invitational 3,000-meter race. She also finished third in the 1,500 meters in the same invitational, with a time of 5:48.10. The senior’s 1,500-meter best is the 5:28.98 she did in the 2012 state 1A championship meet when she placed seventh.
Abrego, Eubanks lead Badgers
Senior Ali Abrego is the best high jumper in the 1A division as well as the district. She has cleared 5 feet, 1 inch.
On the track, Amy Eubanks has a best of 17.46 seconds in the 100-meter hurdles. That’s the best District 4 mark, but the junior is sixth among the rest of her 1A peers.
VanDoozer fastest Eagle
VanDoozer will be going into the district championship meet with the fastest time in the 800 meters. The senior’s best time of 2:38.40 puts her seventh among the rest of the 1A-level competitors. She is also fifth among the 1,500-meter 1A runners with a time of 5:30.25.
VanDoozer is the only Eagle to crack the top 10 in the 1A this year.