Huskies compete well at Pleasant Hill

Thursday, the Husky track team competed at the Pleasant Hill Invitational.

Nine teams were present, including Sutherlin, North Douglas, Lowell, Central Linn, Marist, Oakridge, and South Umpqua.

“It is a good meet for us because we see some competition that we normally do not see, it is non scoring in terms of team score so we can move kids around and try some new things with our personnel, and it is fairly close to home,” said Coach Billy Snow. “Both squads had a good day despite some really awful weather. It was extremely cold and wet and the wind just wouldnít let up. By the end of the meet, kids were coming up and telling me that their feet were so cold that they were numb. The conditions were not conducive to great times and marks so we were looking for the kids to just compete and try and forget about the weather.”

Girls Results

The Husky girls had 13 PRs on the day which, given the conditions and the fact that we worked through this meet, was a great showing. The short relay team of Ashley Smith, Lisa Brocard, Nicki Emmert, And Hannah Swanson ran a 56.91a for fifth despite three very poor handoffs.

In the distance races, Megan Snow and Anne Helfrich had a pair of fifth and fourth place finishes respectively in the 1500M and the 800M. Snow ran a PR 5.53.7 in the 1500M with Helfrich just ahead in 5.51.6. The 800M was about a carbon copy with Helfrich in a 2:56.1 and Snow just behind at 3:07.8.

Hannah Swanson had a couple of good races, finishing second in the 100M in 14.01and then running 53.14a to win the 300M low hurdles. Swanson’s hurdle time puts her onto the frosh list for the girls 300 hurdles.

Nicki Emmert placed in both her hurdle races. Her 19.8 in the highs was good for third and her 61.48a in the 300 was good for eighth overall. Nicki was also fifth in the triple jump at 28-02.

In the 400M, Elisa McCartin was eighth at 72.7 and Heidi had a 5 second PR in the same event.

The 1600M relay team of McCartin, Kim Lovik, Helfrich, and Kari McGuyre had a season PR in 5:02.2 with Lovik and Helfrich having PR splits for the year. Their time put them fourth overall.

“In the throws, Rachel Gaskey and Krystle Streight are a great 1-2 combo in the shot and discus,” Coach Snow said. “Krystle was fifth in the shot at 31-06 with Rachel right there in 6th at 31-03. In the discus, Rachel lead the way with a 100-02 throw for second with Krystle seventh at 84-06. Heidi Wilson (66-04) and Diane Kennelly (56-02) also had PRs. Meaghan Schaefer had a non scoring PR of 28-01 in the shot.”

In the javelin, Kim Lovik added some big points with a second place finish at 81-04 with Lisa Brocard right behind at 72-06 for third. Meaghan Schaefer was eighth at 65-03. Lisa came back to win the long jump at 14-00.75. Ashley Smith was sixth at 13-05. In the triple jump, Ashley leapt 29-03.75 for fifth place.

In the high jump, Kari McGuyre finished second in a near PR of 4-07 in her first high jump competition of the year.

Boys Results

The boys won four of the 10 races. The short relay team of Mike Severns, Casey Baarson, Randy Nicholson, and Paris Ramsey ran a season PR 45.8 to win.

“With the right conditions and better handoffs, our short relay team will run much faster,” Coach Snow said. “Paris Ramsey continues to open eyes in the short sprints, winning the 100M in a PR 11.40a and the 200M in 23.24a in his first attempt at that distance. Chris Burford won our fourth event, running a very hard 400M to win in 55.7.”

In the 1500M, John Lovik was 4th in 4.32.5 a PR with Aaron Lovik (5.11.4), Shant Little (5.55.9), and Sam Crain (6.28.4) recording PRs also.

Mike Severns continued his great early season with a third place finish in the 100M running a season PR of 12.04a for third place. Ryan Sipe (13.28a) also had a PR.

In the high hurdles, the Huskies placed four in the top eight, lead by Jeremy Fisher in fourth (18.8), Skyler Brown fifth (19.1), then Casey Baarson seventh in 19.8 and Ole Bond in eighth in 20.3. Skyler cam back to run 49.04a in his first 300M race to take fifth overall.

In other races,, Mike Lummus continued his 800M improvement running 2.12.3 for fourth. Ian Lynn showed a lot of promise going 2.17.2 for sixth, just ahead of teammate John Lovik in seventh in 2.18.4.

In the 200M, Chris Burford came back to run 25.31a for third overall with Casey Baarson eighth in 26.15a. Finally, the 1600M relay team of Lummus, Fisher, Kellen Petersen, and Burford were third in 4:01.1 Lummus and Burford both had PR splits on their legs.

Other PRs on the track came from Wayne Martinz (200M) and Sam Crain in the 3000M.

In the field, Matt Slauson struggled a bit with fouls but still ended up a double winner in the shot 47-09.5 and discus 138-10. Sam Rodgers had a PR 37-10.5 as did Robert Rice 32-09. Rice came back to place sixth in the discus with a PR 103-11. Mike Severns continues his improvement in the javelin, winning at 156-00.

Malcolm Brown, coming back from injuries, was seventh at 126-05. Linus Garrett with a PR in the same event.

In the long jump, Severns lead a 1,2,3 sweep, going 18-04 for the win. Randy Nicholson (18-01) was second and Seth Graves 17-04.5 was third. Kellen Petersen was seventh at 15-10.5.

Robert McGarry had a first and a second place showing, winning a wet pole vault at 12-06 and going second in the high jump at 5-06. Ole Bond was tied for seventh in the pole vault at 8-00.

Seth Graves was fourth in the high jump with a leap of 5-06. Finally in the triple jump, Randy and Seb Strickler both had about one foot PRs. Randy went 39-02 for 2nd and Seth’s 34-06.5 leap was good for eighth.