Elgin Sophomore Stormy Silver cleared 5 feet to win the girls’ high jump competition at the Jo-High Invite Friday. (Katy Nesbitt/The Observer)
by Katy Nesbitt/The Observer
JOSEPH — The Enterprise boys dominated a healthy field of competitors as did the girls from Weston-McEwen at the best-attended Jo-Hi Invite in many years. The weather, Joseph head coach John Roberts said, may have had something to do with it.
“We had 14 teams today, the most in quite a while,” said Roberts. “They must have looked at the weather and saw it might not snow.”
The last three meets have been in wintry conditions, despite the late season scheduling. Friday’s meet was under partly sunny skies with gusty winds, but was better than typical, Wallowa County track weather.
Roberts said he was pleased with his team’s results. Next week, they, like many of the region’s schools, will compete in Baker City, the last meet before division district meets.
Top finishers for Joseph girls on Friday were Sarah Thiel, who tied for second in the pole vault with a jump of 6 feet, 6 inches. Linsey VanDoozer took second in the 1,500-meter race in 5 minutes, 40 seconds and third in the 800-meter race in 2:40.7.
Junior Wil Story placed second in the 800 meters with a time of 2:10 and third in the 1,500 meters in 4:35.35. Joseph’s 1,600-meter relay team of Wyatt Warnock, Casey Hayes, Wil Story and Gage Jarman came in third with a time of 3:55.10.
Elgin assistant coach Jon Silver was also happy.
“Two girls PR’ed (got personal records) in the discus — Audrey Swinden and Katelyn Harris,” said Silver. Harris placed third with a throw of 80 feet, 10 inches.
Sophomore Stormy Silver took the high jump title at 5 feet. “I’m happy I got first,” said Silver, before she went
Other top Elgin finishers were sophomore Aria Higgins, second in the 400 meters in 1:05:62, sophomore Theresa Smolkowski was second in the 300-meter hurdles in 52.83, freshman Kylee Leypoldt took third in the javelin with a throw of 94-11, Haeleigh Wood placed second in the high jump at 4-8 and junior Kaitlyn Gilmor took second in the long jump with a mark of 14-3-1/4.
The Elgin girls placed well in both relays, taking third in the 4x100 relay with team members Higgins, Smolkowski, Jesseka Collins and Emily Schmittle in a time of 55.52. The 1,600-meter relay team of Collins, Smoklowski, Higgins and Silver took second in 4:28.50.
Top finishers for the Elgin boys team were junior Stephen Howes, first in the pole vault at 11 feet and third in the 100-meter hurdles in 19.10. Carson Reid was third in the 800 meters in 2:12.10, and Curtis Little was third in the discus with a throw of 116 feet, 5 inches.
Cove’s team had a good turnout and coach Scott Brazil said his kids were “plowing through” on Friday; they were headed to a big meet in Ontario Saturday.
Sophomore Morgan Reddington took second in both the 100 meters in 13.15 and the 200 meters in 28:45. Junior Hannah Brazil won the 3,000-meter race in 12:14. In the field events, junior Mikayla Murchison took third in the shot put at 30-6.
Imbler assistant coach Barry Bowers said he is also preparing his team for the Baker City Invitational next week. Top finishers for the Lady Panthers were sophomore Emma Bowers, who won the long jump at 14 feet, 7 inches and the triple jump at 31-11.5. Bowers also took second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.73.
Senior Angela Stafford took third in the 1,500-meter race in 5:48.06 and second in the 3,000 meters (12:23:30).
The Imbler boys took third in the 400-meter relay with Eli Bowers, Austin Insko, Tyler Tandy and Riley Merrigan in a time of 49.90. The 1,600-meter team of Reese Acquistapace, Nic Allstott, Bowers and Riley Merrigan took second in 3:52:46. Riley Kretchmer was second in the high jump at 6 feet.
The Enterprise boys controlled the 100-meter dash with all three top finishers — senior Austin Burns was first in 12.02, senior Dustin Dean was second in 12.35 and senior David Hartlich was third in 12.63. In the 200 meters, Hartlich was first in 25.35 and senior Eric Schwendiman was second in 25.60. Burns took first in the 400 meters with a time of 51.80, junior Alex Tyler won the 800 meters in 1:09.80, junior David Ribich took the 1,500 meters in 4:26.08 and the 3,000 meters in 9:48.30.
Sophomore Kaden Lathrop took second in the 100-meter hurdles in 18.60. In the 300-meter hurdles, freshman Nathan Perren was first with a time of 43.40, while Lathrop came in third at 45.49.
Enterprise placed first and second in the 400-meter relay; the team of Burns, Dean, Tyler and Falk Thieme had a time of 45.70 and their second-place team of Hartlich, Perren, Lathrop and Rocky Davidson finished in 47.95. Its 1,600-meter team of Burns, Schwendiman, Hartlich and Tyler won in a time of 3:38.03.
In the field events, sophomore Daniel Kohlhepp tied for second in the shot put with a throw of 41-09, Nikolai Christofferson was third in the javelin with a throw of 130-06, Thieme tied for second in the high jump with a jump of 6 feet and took first in the long jump at 19-07-1/4. Dean placed third in the long jump at 17-1-1/2 and first in the triple jump at 38-7.
Senior Marta Stangel was first in the shot put with a throw of 35-1, took third in the 100 meters in 13.49 and third in the 200-meter race in 28.48.
Freshman Dawn Mist Movich-Fields ran her first 800-meter race on Friday and finished second in 2:39. Elsa Steen placed third in both the 100- and 300-meter hurdles with times of 18.13 and 53.51, respectively.
Enterprise’s 400-meter girls relay team with Gwen Nohr, Steen, Brandi Smith and Stangel placed second in 53.12, and the 1,600-meter relay team of Sarah Madsen, Hannah Graf, Zoe Mathias and Nohr took third in 4:39.20.
Junior Hannah Schaafsma was first in the discus at 94-3, and Madsen was third in the high jump at 4-6.
Enterprise Coach Dan Moody said overall he was pretty happy with the results. He said Koehlepp, Schaafsma and Perren had standout days, but understood the runners had trouble.
“It is tough to try and run in the wind,” said Moody.
Top finisher at Friday’s meet from Powder Valley was junior Brock Jones, who won the boys discus challenge with a throw of 125-08.
Standout Prairie City senior Cole Hoberg handily won the high jump in 6’8”. He’s the top high jumper at any level in the state, said Coach Joe Weymouth.
“He’s jumped 6’9”, but is just coming back from a couple weeks off with a hamstring injury,” said Weymouth.
Now the returning state champion is back and looking at a goal between 6’10” and 7’ at this year’s state meet. said Weymouth.