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Lady Leopards win district track title
BAKER CITY — The Cove Lady Leopards ran, jumped and threw their way to a District 4-1A track championship Friday in Baker City.
The Lady Leopards finished with a team score of 157, while Crane was 27 points behind in second place. Imbler finished third (86), Joseph placed seventh (33.5) and Powder Valley was eighth (30).
Morgan Reddington continued her impressive sophomore season.
Reddington took first place in the 100 meters with a time of 12.89 seconds. Imbler’s Jessica Snider finished in second place (13.74).
Reddington added a first-place finish in the 200 meters, finishing in a time of 27.45 seconds. Snider was third (29.07), while Josey Koehn was fifth (30.49).
Reddington also helped pace the 400-meter relay team of Molly DelCurto, Dani Noble and Koehn to a first-place finish in 53.73. She then out-jumped the competition in the long jump.
Her mark of 16 feet, 8 inches was six inches better than Treiguella Osborne of Monument. Emma Bowers of Imbler was third (15-09).
Hannah Brazil of Cove sprinted to the 3,000-meter title with a time of 12 minutes, 11.25 seconds, while teammate Mikayla Murchison won the shot put with a throw of 31 feet, 4 inches.
DelCurto went higher than anyone in the pole vault, topping 8 feet, 6 inches to win the event. Imbler’s Angela Stafford was third with a jump of 6 feet.
Imbler’s Bowers won the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet, 11-1/2-inches.
Lindsey VanDoozer led the Joseph attack, taking first place in the 800 meters (2:35.73) and the 1,500 meters (5:17.17).
Powder Valley will send eight track and field athletes to the state meet.
Ali Abrego and Amy Eubanks are the Powder girls headed to state.
Abrego advances in the high jump, winning the district championship with a leap of 5 feet, 1 inch. Abrego’s winning leap equaled her 1A season-best.
Eubanks heads to state as the district champion in the 100-meter hurdles (17.21) and runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 55.79.
Imbler boys take second
The Imbler boys track team took second place at the district meet Friday.
The Panthers finished with 83 points, while Adrian won with a total of 144. Joseph finished sixth (52), Powder Valley was seventh (50) and Cove was eighth (41).
Imbler didn’t have any individual winners, but the Panthers racked up points with top-five finishes.
Riley Kretchmer and Eli Bowers finished second and third in the high jump with leaps of 6 feet, 1 inch and 5 feet, 6 inches, respectively.
Reese Acquistapace finished second in the 800 meters (2:09.91) for the Panthers, just behind Joseph’s Wil Story (2:06.96). Gary Combe of Imbler took third in the 1,500 meters (4:47.15), while Story added another first place (4:35.87). Combe also finished third in the 3,000 meters (10:34.90).
The team of Acquistapace, Bowers, Riley Merrigan and Nic Allstott earned third place in the 1,600-meter relay (3:54.95), while Powder Valley’s quartet of Sean Stanford, Brock Jones, Shae Wendt and Colton Eubanks took second place (3:46.42).
Also making the trip for Powder Valley are Silas Moe and Josh Sieckman as alternates.
Jones also qualified for state as the district runner-up in the discus (128 feet). Eubanks advanced as the runner-up in the 200 meters (23.74).
Brandon Batty had a big day for Cove, taking first place in the shot put (43-1-1/2) and the discus (129-05).
Joseph’s Gage Jarman won the pole vault after clearing the bar at 10 feet.