Observer staff

Maggie Ledbetter continued her stellar freshman season for the Eastern Oregon women’s track and field team, adding another first- and second-place finish to the docket and breaking a school record during the Portland Twilight Meet Friday.

Ledbetter won the discus with a throw of 146 feet, 9 inches, besting Joanna Everidge’s 1989 record of 146-feet-3.

In addition to the victory, Ledbetter took second in shot put (40-feet-10-1/4).

EOU also added a 1-2 finish in the women’s high jump, with Kalulusno Ngaida clearing 5-feet-5-3/4 to punch her ticket to nationals and take first, while Paige Dodd reached 5-feet-2-1/2 for second

The 4x100 team of Payton Jolley, Kinnah Rhodes, Morgan Reddington and Elizabeth Herbes also came in second at 48.36 seconds, and Eastern added a 2-3 finish in the 100 hurdles with Dodd placing second (15.12) and Haley White third (15.20).

The Eastern men’s team took second in both relays, with the 4x100 team of Branden Phanmaha, Connor Young, Nicholas Griffin and Austin Hunter finishing in 42.80, and the 4x400 team of Derian Handfield, Devin Lewis-Allen, Young and Josh Wallin completing its relay in 3:20.29.

Individually, Allex Kosel took third in both the high jump (6-feet-0-3/4) and the long jump
(21-feet-2-1/2), and Lewis-Allen was third in the 400 (49.23).

On Saturday at the Linfield Open in McMinnville, the Mountaineers added three more victories — two on the women’s side — to close out the regular season, broke another school record and sent more athletes to nationals.

The 4x800 relay team of Katie Jo Gebhardt, Faith Homer, Michelle Herbes and Megan Boals won in 9:16.40 to reach nationals and break the school record by nearly 12 seconds. Javelin thrower Karriane Zollman took the top spot with a mark of 136-feet-6, which was an automatic qualifying throw for nationals. In second for the women’s team was the 4x100 relay team of White, Rhodes, Reddington and Elizabeth Herbes in 49.18, and Reddington placed third in the long jump at 17-feet-11-3/4.

The men’s team posted a victory in the pole vault from Darrian Walker at 15-feet-1. The 4x800 relay team of Handfield, Brennen LeBel, Braxton Wilson and Lane Inwards placed second in 7:49.03, and Hunter Scheiss was also second in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:51.15). Eastern rounded out the effort with the 4x100 relay team of Phanmaha, Young, Griffin and Hunter placing third (43.12).

Up next for Eastern is the Cascade Collegiate Conference championship meet Friday and Saturday in Ashland.

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