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La Grandeís Amy Hickey celebrates her second personal best of the pole vault competition Saturday in Union, but it wasnít enough to beat Elginís Rachael Jones. BRAD MOSHER / The Observer
La Grande athletes double up rivals, dominate team scoring in Union
UNION — La Grande had its rivals seeing double around the track Saturday at the sixth annual Pepsi Invitational.
In some cases, they were even seeing triple — as the Lady Tigers rolled to an easy victory.
La Grande amassed 193.41 points — 100 points more than second-place Union.
The two schools left 16 other teams in their wake. McLoughlin was third with 58 points, while Weston-McEwen and Baker took fourth and fifth with scores of 46.41 and 43.25, respectively.
Enterprise (sixth, 38 points), Elgin (seventh, 32.32 points), Prairie City (eighth, 29), Harper (ninth, 26) and Cove (24 points) rounded out the top 10 team finishers. Powder Valley tied with Adrian and Pilot Rock for 11th with 17 points apiece.
Imbler took 15th, right after Crane, with a total of 8.16-point score. Joseph picked up just three-quarters of a point to finish 18th among the team scores.
Kayla Rasmussen won the 100 meters, 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and had a leg on the winning 4x100 meter relay.
But the hurdler was not the only multiple winner that La Grande unleashed Saturday at the Union Sports Complex.
Haley White won the 200 meters and had a share of the winning 4x100 meter relay triumph. She also finished a close second to Rasmussen in both hurdles races, and helped the Tigers sweep the top three places in the 300-meter hurdles.
Amanda Welch picked up wins in both the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters for the Lady Tigers. BRAD MOSHER / The Observer
Freshman Amanda Welch picked up wins in the 800 meters (2:33.37) and the 1,500 meters (4:59.63). In the longer race, Welch overtook leader Katriel O’Reilly of Union in the final curve to pull away for a one-second victory.
Annelese Wiseman won the javelin with a throw of 103-1.
O’Reilly gave the Lady Cats a double win in the 3,000 meters of a slightly different nature when she cruised to a tie with teammate McKenzie Evans.
Bayly Poor won the 400 meters (1:02.23) by more than three seconds and later helped the Lady Cats take third in the final event, the 4x400 relay.
In the relay, McLoughlin and La Grande overtook the Lady Cats in the anchor leg to take the top two places.
Poor also placed second in both the long jump and the triple jump behind Weston-McEwen’s McKayla Carlin.
Powder Valley got a victory out of Ali Abrego clearing 5-0 in the high jump, while Marta Stangel gave Enterprise a victory in the shot put (32-3.5).
In the pole vault, there was a bottleneck, as Rachael Jones of Elgin, Rachel Streifel of Baker, Amy Hickey of La Grande and Molly DelCurto of Cove all cleared 8-0.
But it was Jones who picked up the win because of fewer misses — and gave Elgin its only victory of the day.
La Grande travels to Baker City Thursday for a JV dual meet, then to Ontario Saturday for the Heinz Invitational.
Union, Elgin, Enterprise, Imbler and Powder Valley will travel to Joseph Friday for the Jo-Hi Invite.