Elginís Ty Bowen (above) crosses the finish line as he wins a 100-meter heat at the Elgin Invitational Saturday. (Brad Mosher/The Observer)
by Brad Mosher/The Observer
ELGIN — Ty Bowen may have found a new event.
At least that’s what Elgin track coach Kevin Lambert is hoping.
The senior started on the track team as a thrower. But last week, the coach was able to get him to try sprinting.
In Saturday’s Elgin Invitational, he won his heats in both the 100 meters and the 200 meters.
“He did really well in the 100 and so he came back in the 200,” Lambert said.
Lambert also chuckled about the sunglasses Bowen wore in both races. “You got to keep it cool.”
Overall, it was Ernesto Aguilera of Irrigon winning the 100 meters (11.94 seconds), with Imbler’s freshmen tandem of Tyler and Taylor Tandy tying for second with identical 12.19 times. Bowen finished eighth overall in 13.15 seconds.
Another Irrigon runner took the 200 meters as the Knights edged Helix for the team title with a total of 136 points — beating the Grizzlies by nine points (127).
Imbler finished third with 118.5 points, while Elgin was fourth with 111.
Powder Valley took fifth with 47 points, while Joseph had 31.5 points in sixth and Ukiah finished seventh with five points.
Imbler’s Gary Combe won the 3,000 meters in 11:03.15, after pulling ahead of Elgin rival Jonathon Flippo on the final lap. Flippo finished second in 11:05.75.
It was Elgin winning both the 800 meters and the 1,500 meters, with Carson Reid winning the shorter race in 2:12.65, beating Imbler’s Reece Aquistapace (2:13.88) and Jason Palmer of Elgin (2:15.60).
In the 1,500 meters, it was Palmer winning in 4:42.61, just ahead of Reid (4:43.31), while Combe came in third (4:49).
Elgin’s Stephen Howes won the 100-meter hurdles in 18.78, while Imbler’s Eli Bowers took the 300-meter hurdle win with a time of 48.45 second. Howes also took second in the triple jump (36-10 1/4).
Imbler’s Riley Kretchmer won the high jump, clearing six feet.
Brock Jones gave Powder Valley a win in the discus with a throw of 122-1, while his teammate Sean Stanford won the 400 meters (55.81).
The Huskies performed well Saturday, Lambert said “We saw a lot of great performances all around. We had a number of PRs (personal records) across the board. We gave them a lighter (training) week. Our distances guys — in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters — both ran extremely well.
“Overall, this was a great day for our track team,” Lambert said.
The athletes all have something to work on for the next week as they prepare for the ICUE meet Thursday, according to the Elgin coach.
“I tell my kids that every meet is a practice meet for districts. Today was practice for districts. Next week will be too,” he said. “We practiced well today and learned a lot.”
Imbler will be returning to Elgin Thursday for the ICUE meet, which will also include teams from Union, Enterprise, La Grande and Cove.
In addition, Pilot Rock and Weston-McEwen will be competing Thursday.