The La Grande boys track and field team continued its recent run of dominance on the track, while an athlete from the Cove girls team continued one of her own.
The LHS boys, boosted by two wins apiece from Cade Reed and Jacob Huntsman, rolled to 150.5 points — more than double runner-up Enterprise — to win the 12th Pepsi Invitational Saturday in Union, while Sophia Pettit won three events to lift the Cove girls to fourth place.
Reed, just a day after posting a time in the 110 hurdles that moved him to first place in Class 4A, turned in a time of 15.69 seconds to easily win the event in Union. He followed that by later turning in a 41.25-second effort in the 300 hurdles — another event he leads 4A in — for a second big win of the day. Both times were also the second-best in meet history.
Huntsman turned in victories in both the pole vault (12-feet-0) and the long jump (19-feet-9-1/2) to help boost La Grande’s scoring. Hunter Youngblood and Zach Wiggins also tied for first for La Grande. Bennett Welch also scratched out a win for the Tigers in the 1,500 (4:36.54) and took second in the 3,000 (9:27.75). Sajun White (51.57 in the 400), Luke Bloodgood (2:07.73) and Nathan Reed (16.34 in the 110 hurdles, 43.64 in the 300 hurdles) also all took second for La Grande. Cristian Mendoza (2:10.43 in the 800) and Lukas Schelin (38-feet-0 in the triple jump) added third-place finishes, and both Micah Sexton (9:57.46) and Terence Clay (5-feet-6 in the high jump) were fourth.
Ethan Burns and Blaze Lepper both led Enterprise, which finished with 72 points. Burns turned in a throw of 164-feet-0-1/2) to win the javelin, while Lepper won the shot put at 43-feet-10-1/2. The Outlaws’ 4-by-400 relay team of Brett Greenshields, Foster Hobbs, Justus Even and James Madsen also won in a time of 3:39.02). Madsen, Even, Jericho Peters and Hobbs were on the third-place 4-by-100 relay team (46.89) and individually Madsen was third in the 400 (53.00) and fourth in the 200 (24.13). Joe Robb came in third in the shot put (41-feet-6-1/2) and Dylan Marr tied for fourth in the high jump (5-feet-6).
Powder Valley edged its way into the top five with 48.25 points. Dawson Smith had nearly half the points on his own, taking second in the long jump (19-feet-5) and third in the javelin (148-feet-6), the 110 hurdles (17.14) and the 300 hurdles (44.46). Dominic Grende was third in the long jump (18-feet-8) and both Grende and Ethan Stephens cleared 5-feet-6 in the high jump to tie for fourth.
Elgin scored 44.75 points to take sixth. The relays were a strength for the Huskies. Wyatt Hallgarth, Geoy Greenlee, Ian Smith and Tristan Simpson took second in the 4-by-100 relay (46.67), and Hallgarth, Clay WIlhelm, Simpson and Smith were third in the 4-by-400 (3:48.43). Also Chris Hanson was fourth in the shot put (40-feet-0) and Chris Caldwell was fourth in the 110 hurdles (17.79).
Tim Stevens picked up two wins to help power Cove to a tie for seventh with 41 points. Stevens won both the 800 (2:00.97) and the 3,000 (9:00.49), turning in a meet record time in both races. Collin Ruth picked u a win in the discus (129-feet-10) and Jack Silveira placed third in the 3,000 (9:32.55) and fourth in the 400 (53.35).
Joseph also scored 41 points to tie for seventh. Kade Kilgore cleared 11-feet-0 to take second in the pole vault. T.J. Grote placed third (10-feet-6) and William Caldwell (9-feet-6) was fourth.
Also placing fourth were Tyler Homan in the long jump (18-feet-1), Juston Rogers in the 800 (2:11.41) and the 4-by-100 relay team of Homan, Guylen Snyder, Rogers and Miguel Lizasoain (47.32).
Union came in 12th with 20 points, getting its boose from Andrew Lackey, who was third in the 1,500 (4:44.02).
Imbler (11 points, 13th place) was led by Garrett Smith, wh took fourth in the discus (114-feet-6).
Pettit had one of the best individual performances ever turned in at the Pepsi Invite. She won the 100 in a meet-record time of 12.84 seconds, tied the meet record in winning the 200 (26.55) and won the long jump (15-feet-9-1/2).
The Leopards, who finished with 67.5 points, which was top among the 1A schools at the meet, also picked up second-place finishes from Maggie Ledbetter in the discus (107-feet-11) and Alisa Fox in the triple jump (32-feet-0-1/4). Ledbetter was also third in the shot put (34-feet-0), Fox was fourth in the 400 (1:06.71) and Mykiah Overton came in fourth in the javelin (113-feet-11).
Enterprise, which took second on the girls side with 83 points, picked up four wins on the day. Kyla Hook led the Outlaws by dominating the distance races, winning the 1,500 in 5:07.15 and the 3,000 in 11:24.38. Riley Gray turned in a victory in the 400 in 1:01.40, and the 4-by-400 team of Dezaria Bathke, Shelby Moncrief, Karli Bedard and Gray won in a time of 4:17.16.
Moncrief added a second-place finish in the 200 (27.39) while Bedard was second in the 300 hurdles (49.48). Ashley Wilson was third in the 800 (2:33.40) and Ashlyn Gray placed third in the 100 hurdles (18.28).
Union came in eighth with 32 points. Michelle Herbes led the Bobcats by taking first in the 800 (2:28.08). Jaimee Baxter added two fourth-place finishes in the 400 (1:05.97) and the 3,000 (12:17.57), and Emilee Daggett was fourth in the pole vault (7-feet-6).
La Grande and Elgin both scored 28 points to tie for ninth. Rachael Keniry paced the Tigers by taking second in the 3,000 (11:29.67), and Abby Crews came in third in the 1,500 (5:16.86).
Aaliyah Burton had a big day to lead Elgin. Burton was third in both the 100 (13.36) and in the 300 hurdles (49.91). She also ran on the third-place 4-by-400 relay team along with Jocelyn and Jayden Palmer and Maddison Harvey (4:37.26). The same quartet also took fourth in the 4-by-100 relay in 55.13, and Jocelyn Palmer was fourth in the 800 (2:34.57).
Powder Valley scored 23.5 points to take 11th. Keanna Bingham led the way by taking third in the 400 (1:05.62) and fourth in the high jump (4-feet-8).
Imbler scored 10 points to take 16th, with all 10 points coming on a record-setting performance by Aspen Birkmaier. The senior won the pole vault with a mark of 10-feet-9, shattering the meet record by over foot and setting a mark that currently bests anything in Class 1A, 2A or 3A.
Joseph tied for 19th with two points, both of which came from Camille Crenshaw’s seventh-place finish in the javelin (99-feet-11).