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RELAY WIN: Enterprise’s Austin Burns raises his arm in triumph after winning the 4x100-meter relay Friday at the Blue Mountain Conference district championship meet in Union. The Outlaws also ran away with a win in the 4x400 meter relay, while Burns added an easy win in the 800 meters. BRAD MOSHER / The Observer
UNION — It was simple.
Enterprise used speed, strength and stamina to run away with the boys team title in the Blue Mountain Conference championships Friday at the Union sports complex.
The Outlaws made the trip down the mountains pay off with an easy victory in the team race -— running up 215 points to win the title, while Irrigon had to settle for second with 126.5 points. Heppner took third (68), while Stanfield and Union finished in a tie for fourth place with 53 points each. Elgin was fifth with 48.5 points, while Pilot Rock finished seventh (32), ahead of Weston-McEwen(30).
Marcus Lynn and Austin Burns provided the speed to coach Dan Moody’s winning equation, even though Lynn didn’t win the 100 meters.
Heppner’s Connor Pappas did that, edging the outlaw at the finish by five-hundredths of a second.
But Moody admitted that he hadn’t had the Outlaw sprinter focusing on speedwork lately, in part to help the senior survive some leg problems.
But it was in the longer sprints the sprinter logged two wins — in the 200 meters and 400 meters.
Lynn won the 200 meters in 23.35, defeating Pappas. He also won 400 meters in 52.88, with Alex Tyler giving the Outlaws a third in the 200 and a second in the 400 meters.
Austin Burns was fourth in the 100 meters, then came back to easily win the 800 meters crown with a 2:04 effort — and a six-second margin over the second finisher.
Lynn, Burns and Tyler made up three-fourths of the winning 4x400 meter relay team, while Burns and Tyler helped the Outlaws sweep both relays with a win in the 4x100 meters.
Quarrey leads sweep
The strength part of Moody’s winning equation came with Stefan Quarrey taking both the discus and shot put, Erich Roepke placing second in the discus and placing first in the javelin, and Rocky Davidson winning the high jump.
Quarrey led a one-two-three sweep in the shot put by the Outlaws. Quarrey threw 41-10.00, while freshman Daniel Kohlhepp placed second with a 38-04.00 effort, ahead of teammate Jordan Widener’s 36-11.00 effort.
Dustin Dean won the triple jump while also helping with a leg of the winning 4x100 relay.
Ribich gives Outlaws stamina
Sophomore David Ribich provided the stamina in Moody’s mix, winning both the 1,500 meters and the 3,000 meters, heading off tough challenges by Union senior Michael O’Reilly in both races.
While Irrigon placed second overall, the Knights lost a chance for more points when their 4x400 relay team was disqualified. Ramon Leon dropped the baton on the final exchange, picked it up and was able to overtake Heppner just before the finish line.
Leon did better earlier in the district meet, winning both hurdle races and the long jump.
For Heppner, Pappas’ victory in the 100 meters was the biggest win for the Mustangs. In fact, it was the only event Heppner won.
Although neither Union nor Stanfield athletes won an event, the two teams built up their points by placing in most events.
Elgin’s Stephen Howes won the pole vault with a 10-6 clearance.
The athletes that qualified will participate in the 2A state championships Friday in Monmouth.