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Hood River Valley athletes tear up the track

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

April 22, 2006

HRVHS vs. The Dalles/Wahtonka

The season officially reached the halfway point for the Hood River Valley High School track and field team this week with a dual against The Dalles/Wahtonka. And with six meets passed and six to go before districts, the Eagles are shaping up to put in a solid showing at the meet that sends athletes to state, which is scheduled for May 19 in Redmond.

Hood River hosted the Eagle/Indians on Tuesday afternoon. With Mount Adams watching the event with a lucent view from the north, the home team won the dual 84-59 (girls) and 78-68 (boys).

“I can remember when The Dalles used to whip us pretty bad every time we saw them,” Coach Shawn Meyle said. “All the athletes are really doing well for this time of the season and it was pretty nice to get in some good weather … The next few weeks for us will be fine-tuning and getting ready for the district meet.”

With districts less than a month away, the athletes should be preparing to peak at the meet that could potentially send them to the 4A State Championships at the University of Oregon on May 26. And with several Eagles taking first in their events and setting new personal records, the team looks to be moving in the right direction.

Highlighting the dual were first- place varsity finishes from 14 girls and 14 boys. Personal records include Lindsey Halliday leaping 34”6’ in the triple jump, which currently puts her at the number-two rank in the Intermountain Conference. Kayla Lloyd ran the 3,000 meter in 11:20.80 for a new P.R. that ranks her second in the IMC. For the boys, Fernando Morales pumped his legs to the tune of first place finishes in the 800-meters, the 1,500-meters and the 4x400 relay. Morales in now ranked second in the 800 and third in the 1,500 in the conference. In the pole vault, Joel Miller’s new P.R. of 13’7” was enough to tie him for first in the district in the event.

How are the Eagles shaping up?

Based on Tuesday’s meet results, the girls posted five new season records for the team, while the boys posted seven new season records in individual events. This means that in five events for the girls and seven for the boys, athletes posted the best results for the team this season in their respective events.

For the girls, the new season records are: Kayla Lloyd in the 3,000 (11:20.8), Justine Campbell in the 100 high hurdles (:17.30), Justine Campbell in the 300 low hurdles (:50.48), Cayla Thornton in the shot put (25’7”) and Lindsey Halliday in the triple jump (34’6”). For the boys, season records set on Tuesday were: Chris Barber in the 100 meters (:12), Juan Zuniga in the 200 meters (:24.27), Stefan Zosa in the 110 high hurdles (:17.73), the 4x100 relay team of Travis Moore, Chris Barber, Juan Zuniga and Jacob Thornton (:45.93), the 4x400 relay team of Antonio Garcia, Fernando Morales, Carlos Quintana and Juan Zuniga (3:40.80), Sal Ledezma in the shot put (40’8”) and Joel Miller in the pole vault (13’7”).

Varsity highlights vs. TDW

Girls:

100 meters —

Kari Hidle 1st

800 meters —

Melissa Kauffman 1st

1500 meters —

Melissa Kauffman 1st

3,000 meters —

Kayla Lloyd 1st

100 high hurdles —

Justine Campbell 1st

300 low hurdles —

Justine Campbell 1st

4x100 relay —

Amy Hay, Laura Yates 1st

Kari Hidle, Markee Cox

High jump —

Jacquie Mattson 1st

Pole vault —

McKenna Hering 1st

Long jump —

Kari Hidle 1st

Triple jump —

Lindsey Halliday 1st

Boys:

200 meters —

Juan Zuniga 1st

400 meters —

Juan Zuniga 1st

800 meters —

Fernando Morales 1st

1,500 meters —

Fernando Morales 1st

3,000 meters —

Leo Castillo 1st

110 high hurdles —

Stefan Zosa 1st

300 int. hurdles —

Stefan Zosa 1st

4x100 relay —

T. Moore, C. Barber 1st

J. Zuniga, J. Thornton

4x400 relay —

A.Garcia, F. Morales 1st

C. Quintana, J. Zuniga

Javelin —

Jacob Thornton 1st

Pole vault —

Joel Miller 1st

Long jump —

Jacob Thornton 1st

HRMS, Wy’east and The Dalles

Middle school track season is underway. The local league this year consists of only three teams: Wy’east, Hood River and The Dalles middle schools. The three teams will meet for four regular-season meets and a district meet at the end of the season.

On Wednesday afternoon Wy’east hosted a pre-season meet, with each of the three teams in attendance.

The Wy’east team consists of about 30 kids this year.

“The kids have been doing great individually,” said Coach Alexis Hammell. “Because the other teams are two and three times our size, the points are not a valid measure of how the kids are performing. We have a great team this year and Coach Turner and I are very proud of our athletes’ attitudes and dedication.”

Hood River Middle School’s team is about twice as big.

“We’ve been having a lot of fun and we have lucked out with the sunshine thus far,” HRMS Coach Stacy Birdsall. “The focus of our program is to get lots of kids involved in running, throwing, and jumping. If athletes are having fun and showing personal improvement, then we are having a successful season.”

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