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Elgin girls ride purple wave to title


Elginís Aria Higgins wins the 400 meters at the Elgin Invitational Saturday. (Brad Mosher/The Observer)
Elginís Aria Higgins wins the 400 meters at the Elgin Invitational Saturday. (Brad Mosher/The Observer)

by Brad Mosher/The Observer

ELGIN — There was a wave of purple Saturday that flooded the girls’ events at the annual Elgin Invite track meet.

It carried the host team to a one-sided victory.

Aria Higgins and Jesseka Collins dominated the sprint races as the Lady Huskies won 10 of the 16 events to run away with a 151-point win.

Irrigon came in second with 100 points, barely ahead of Helix (96) and Imbler (93).

Powder Valley finished fifth with 19 points, while Ukiah and Joseph tied with 10 points each.

Higgins and Collins started early, winning the first track event — the 400-meter relay — by more than two seconds with a time of 55.31 seconds. The other half of the winning quartet was Emily Schmittle and Theresa Smolkowski.

Higgins would also add wins in the 400 meters (1:04.05) and the javelin (98 feet 4 inches), while Collins took the 100 meters (14.15 seconds) and 200 meters (30.04).

Higgins’ victory in the 400 meters impressed Elgin track coach Kevin Lambert, though she wasn’t challenged in the  three-person race.

“For running the race alone, ahead of the pack, she really just dropped it all and ran a really good race,” he said.  “It is exciting for this track team and I think it is
exciting for state, too.”

Kaitlyn Gilmor picked up wins in the long jump (14-10 1/2 inches) and the triple jump (31-3).

Stormy Silver of Elgin tied with Powder Valley’s Ali Abrego for first in the high jump. Both cleared five feet.

Katelyn Harris won the shot put with a 28-11 effort, while Smolkowski was victorious in the 300-meter hurdles (53.72 seconds).

Powder Valley’s Amy Eubanks won the 100-meter hurdles in 17:39 seconds,
followed by Smolkowski’s 19.07 effort for second. 

In the events that Elgin didn’t claim, Angela Stafford of Imbler ran with the boys in the 3,000 meters with a winning time of 12:49.35, while Linsey VanDoozer claimed the win in the 800 meters with a time of 2:38.32. Stafford was second with a 2:48.67 time.

The Lady Huskies will be home again Thursday when they host the ICUE track meet, starting at 4 p.m. with the field events. 

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