La Grande boys, girls win track titles

By Observer staff May 20, 2013 02:16 pm
ONTARIO — Sometimes teams can win by not winning.

The La Grande boys track team proved that in the Greater Oregon League track championships Friday and Saturday.

The team won only two events, but the Tigers still won the team title with 157 points. 

Crook County was second with 137-1/2 points, while Ontario had 113-1/2 in third place — one-half point ahead of Baker. Ridgeview was fifth with 87 points, while McLoughlin had 39 in sixth place.

It was Ontario sprinter Dax Poston who drew most of the attention by winning the 100 meters (11.34 seconds), 200 meters (23.21 seconds), 400 meters (51.26) and the 400-meter relay (43.84 seconds).

But behind Poston, there were lots of Tigers from
La Grande.

In the 100 meters, Jobin Reed came in second behind Poston with an 11.58-second time.

In the 200 meters, it was Shay Henderson in a time of 23.76 seconds taking second place.

In the 400 meters, junior Noah McLean took third in 52.13 seconds.

In the 400-meter relay, it was the La Grande foursome of Reed, McLean, Henderson and Leon Fuller coming in second behind Ontario with a time of 44.85 seconds.

Even when Joe Delgado, Ontario’s other multi-event star, won both hurdle races and the long jump, the La Grande Tigers were not far behind.

In the 110-meter hurdles, Delgado beat Reed to the finish line. That same finish was repeated in the 300-meter hurdles.

Even in the long jump, freshman Blaine Kreutz took fourth.

Kreutz also added a second-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 39 feet, 4 inches, behind Baker’s Dane Bachman. Kreutz also took fifth in the javelin (154-1).

In fact, it was only in the pole vault and the javelin where the La Grande team claimed individual wins.

In the javelin, Fuller improved his season best to 182 feet, the best mark among 4A throwers this season going into the state meet.

His teammate, Caleb Woodworth was second with a throw of 176 feet.

In the pole vault, it was Cullen Hancock winning by clearing 12 feet. Woodworth was second with an 11-6 effort.


Rasmussen’s return helps fuel Lady Tigers’ track championship 

ONTARIO — To the rest of the Greater Oregon League, even a little Kayla Rasmussen is too much to handle.

After a long illness, the La Grande senior made a brief appearance in the Greater Oregon League’s district track championships Friday and Saturday.

She led the way (16.37 seconds) for a
La Grande sweep of the 100-meter hurdles with teammates Haley White (16.76) and Alora Brown (17.24). 

She also helped the 400-meter relay team finish second.

That was enough to help the La Grande squad win the girls team title with 169 points. 

Ridgeview was second with 155 points, followed by Crook County (136-1/2), Baker (74-1/2), Ontario (60) and McLoughlin (59).

The sweep of the top three places in the 100-meter hurdles was worth 24 points in the team race.

Lexus Miller-Moylan picked up a double win in the 200 meters (26.47 seconds) and the 400 meters (59.14 seconds). 

The 400 meters at the district meet was the first time the sophomore had broken the one-minute mark in the event. 

It also moved her into the top six runner at the 4A level in the event. 

Miller-Moylan was also able to help the Tigers take second in the 400-meter relay. La Grande already is 10th among the best 4A 400-meter relay teams in the state.

White also placed second in the 300-meter hurdles in 47.06 seconds., with Lauren March giving La Grande a fourth-place finish (50.70).

The La Grande foursome of Ally Tsiatsos, Erin Bodfish, Jasmine Smith and Miller-Moylan came in second in the 1,600-meter relay in 4 minutes 19.12 seconds.

Smith also won the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet, 9-1/2-inches, with Anneliese Wiseman taking fourth (32-10), just ahead of Lauren March (32-5-1/2).