Enterprise tracksters grab second at Carnival of Speed
The Observer staff
MILTON-FREEWATER — Enterprise’s Falk Theime was the only Outlaw to grab individual gold Friday at the Carnival of Speed
But the rest of his “gang” from Wallowa County grabbed enough to lead Enterprise to a second-place finish with 85.5 points in the boys division.
They just didn’t have the numbers to keep Kennewick’s (Washington) Southridge Suns from literally running away with the team crown by 100 points.
The 3A Suns have seven times the enrollment of Enterprise, and won 10 of the 17 events, including a sweep of the 100-meter hurdles.
But the Outlaws were able to finish ahead of another Washington school, Waitsburg-Prescott, in the team scoring by 15 points. McLoughlin, the host school for the meet, finished fourth in the boys competition with 63.5 points — beating Walla Walla Valley (56) and DeSales (30).
Cove used a win in the discus by Brandon Batty to help finish seventh as a team with 24.5 points, beating out Irrigon by one point. Weston-McEwen was ninth with 19.5 points, beating out Elgin (15.5). Joseph finished the meet one-half point behind (15 points), while Union and Powder Valley tied for 12th with 10 points. Imbler was 17th with 7.5.
The foursome of Austin Burns, Eric Schwendiman, Nathan Perren and Alex Tyler gave the Outlaws a second in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 3 minutes, 39.80-seconds, the fastest 2A time in the state.
The Outlaws also grabbed a second in the 400-meter relay Friday with the second-fastest 2A time in Oregon (45.92 seconds) with Dustin Dean, Burns, Tyler and Perren.
Burns also picked up a third place in the 400 meters, with a time of 52.96 seconds.
David Ribich did double-duty for the Outlaws,
In the field events, the Outlaws got a second from Thieme in the high jump (6-feet, 1-inch) and got thirds in the discus (118-feet, 7-inches) and the javelin (145-11) from Jordan Widener. Rocky Davidson added a fourth in the long jump (19-1-1/2).
Batty got his win in the discus (125-1) by more than a foot over Weston-McEwen’s Clayton Gains, while in the shot, Batty finished second (42-11-1/2), just four inches behind the winner from Southridge.
Carl Gray finished in a tie for fourth in the high jump with others, including Enterprise’s Kaden Lathrop — all at 5-8.
Stephen Howes, a junior, gave the Huskies their only win in the invitational when he cleared 11 feet in the pole vault.
Wyatt Warnock gave Joseph a fifth in the shot put (40-10-1/2) and a seventh in the javelin (134-8) to lead the Eagles in the meet.
Freshman Samuel O’Reilly was the Bobcats’ top finisher in the 3,000 meters, taking fourth (10:25.84) and almost breaking up a one-two-three finish in the event by two Washington high schools. Seth Deal of Waitsburg-Prescott won the race in 9:27.19, but his teammate, EJ Meserve, barely held off O’Reilly in the battle for third.
In the 1,500 meters, sophomore Ethan Black finished fourth (4:47.60),
Senior Colton Eubanks took fourth in the 200 meters (23.65) and sixth in the 100 meters (11.94) to finish as the Badgers’ top performer in Milton-Freewater.
Timothy Kilpatrick and Reese Aquistapace of Imbler gave the Panthers a tie for sixth in the 800 meters, both clocking 2:17.28.