La Grande tracksters start year in Pendleton

By Observer staff March 22, 2013 12:51 pm

La Grande’s Leon Fuller finished second in the javelin with a toss of 152-feet, 11-inches Thursday at the Buck Track Classic in Pendleton. Observer file photo
La Grande’s Leon Fuller finished second in the javelin with a toss of 152-feet, 11-inches Thursday at the Buck Track Classic in Pendleton. Observer file photo

Tiger teams battle cold, windy conditions at Buck Track Classic Invite

 The Observer staff

PENDLETON — La Grande sophomore Amanda Welch was the only Tiger to pick up a victory Thursday at the Bucks Track Classic in Pendleton as she led teammates Rose Winters and Jackie Wanta to a one-two-three finish in the 3,000 meters.

The sweep helped the girls from La Grande finish second to 5A Hermiston in the team scoring. 

According to the results posted on, Hermiston won the girls team crown with 20 points, while La Grande had 16 and McLoughlin finished third with 12.

Weston-McEwen was fourth with 10 points, followed by Baker (8), Ione (6), Pendleton (4) and Ontario (2).

Welch, who finished second last year in the state 4A championships with a 10-minute, 37.22-second effort, coasted to the win Thursday in 12:54.14. Winters, a senior,  came in second with a time of 12:58.33, while Wanta took third in 13:328.11.

Haley White, a junior, was second in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.15 seconds, and also helped anchor the 4x100 meter relay team to a second place in 52.68 with the help of Lexus Miller-Moylan, Alora Brown and Ally Tsiatsos. 

Hermiston grabbed the relay win with a 51.59 effort.

Jasmine Smith took fourth in the 800 meters with a time of 2-minutes, 36.8-seconds and another fourth in the triple jump with a 31-foot, 5-inch effort.

Annaleise Wiseman tossed 107-3 for a fourth in the javelin, only four feet behind the winner, Baker’s Monica Voboril. Wiseman joined Tsiatsos, Smith and Erin Bodfish for a fourth place finish in the 4x400 meter relay with a time of 4:38.52.

Fuller leads boys

Senior Leon Fuller didn’t match his personal best Thursday when he placed second in the Bucks Track Classic at Pendleton High School’s track.

But he still was one of La Grande’s top finishers in the season opener for the Tigers in a competition with 10 other schools.

Fuller threw 152 feet, 11 inches to place second behind Hermiston’s David Barnett (164-2) in spite of very windy conditions at the meet that hampered many of the performances. Fuller’s personal best in the javelin is 168-7.

Sophomore Elliott Jonasson grabbed a second in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:16.50, while Todd Keniry took fifth (10:36.23). In the 1,500 meters, Jonasson placed sixth (4:43.30), while Noel March was seventh (4:43.68) and Keniry took 12th (5:00.28). Keniry also was sixth in the 800 meters (2:17.13).

In the sprints, Shay Henderson was La Grande’s top finisher in the 200 meters, taking fourth in 25.16.

Henderson also placed fourth in the 4x100-meter relay as part of the Hancock, Leon Fuller and D.J. Holloway quartet with a time of 47.32. 

Dunham also picked up a third place in the pole vault by clearing 10 feet.

Freshman Blaine Kreutz was third in the triple jump (37-1) and fourth in the long jump (19-4.25).He also took seventh in the javelin (123-0).

The La Grande track team travels to Vale April 5 to compete in the Oregon Trail Invitational at the high school’s Frank Hawley Stadium at 2 p.m. 

The Tigers will be racing against 18 teams from Idaho and Oregon, including Greater Oregon League rivals.