By Rachel Haueter
For the Enterprise
Twelve teams braved the frigid air at Harper last Friday, March 18, for the Diana Thurmond Memorial Track Meet.
By the time field events started at 11 a.m., it was 32 degrees. The sun stayed out all day, but an intermittent breeze kept athletes, coaches and fans from Adrian, Cove, Crane, Harper, Huntington, Imbler, Jordan Valley, Long Creek, Nyssa, Pine Eagle, Powder Valley and Vale from working on their tans.
Although team scores were not kept, individual results showed several local athletes excelling in their events.
Nyssa’s Kierra Hernandez won both the shot put and discus in the girls’ half of the meet, with distances of 31- 05.00 and 91-00, respectively. Kylee Skerjanec of Adrian won the high jump clearing 5’ and went 30-08.25 in the triple jump to place second.
Three Vale competitors – Erin Fulk, Morgan Harrison and Pressle Jensen – each cleared the high jump bar at 4-6 to tie for second.
Madisyn Hartley, also of Nyssa, won the long jump, 14-10.25 and triple jump, 30- 09-50. Bulldog Corrin Shuster won the pole vault with a height of 7-01.
Harper’s Shyanne Allaire picked up a second place in the shot put with a heave of 30-06.75.
On the boys’ side of the field events, Hornet Greg Chandler won the long jump with a distance of 20-08.50 and finished second in the high jump clearing 6-0.
Ramiro Duenas (N) had two firsts in the shot put, 37- 08 and discus, 109-04.Tye Anderson (N), had the furthest triple jump distance leaping 38-01.50. Second-place finishes included Morgan Butler (H), discus, 98-07; Will Butler (H), Javelin, 132-06; Jonathan Holcomb (N), long jump, 9-06; and Justin Simpson (N), long jump, 20-06.
The running events saw Vale and Nyssa athletes generally the first to cross the finish line, though Adrian and Harper also had some speedsters.
Running in separate heats, Dominic Anderson (N) and David Schweitzer (H), tied for first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.05. Bryson Shira (A), won the 400-meter run in 54.90. Josh Anderson (V), had a time of 2:14.39 to win the 800-meters. Deleon (N) won the 1500-meter run with a time of 5:20.05.
Placing second in their respective events were: Isaac Valentine (N), 400-meters, 55.58; Holcomb (N), 800-meters, 2:14.68; 300 high hurdles, Connelly Schlupe (V), 49.02; and 4×100 relay, (V) Anderson, Jake DeLong, Aidan Schlupe and C. Schlupe, 2.27.12.
Brooke Kaaen (V) won two running events. She had a time of 1:05.68 to win the 400-meter and 11:46.83 to win the 3000-meter run. Delia Deleon (N) won the 800-meter in a time of 2:33.87.
Second place went to: Selina Villarreal (A), 100-meter, 13.83; Shayla Griffin (A), 28.83, 200-meter; Griffin (A), 400-meter, 1:09.14; and Hartley (N), 100-meter hurdles, 17.77.
Adrian, Harper, Huntington, Jordan Valley and Vale will all be competing Friday, April 1 at the Don Walker Memorial Meet in Nyssa. Field events begin at 1 p.m. and running events at 2 p.m.