By James Whalley
HERMISTON Thursday evening the Hermiston Bulldogs track team played host in the four-way Hermiston Twilight Track Meet. Hermiston edged out Pendleton and dominated both Riverside and Mac-Hi in both the boys and girls team scores.
The Hermiston boys looked strong as they tuned up for the Intermountain Conference 4A district meet this Friday in Pendleton. The Bulldogs finished first in 10 of 17 events and were represented in the top three places 22 times.
Double winners for Hermiston included Craig McAtee in the javelin (179-feet-4-inches) and long jump (2081/4), and Kevin Bloodsworth in the high jump (6) and the triple jump (4111).
The Bulldog girls were no less dominating than their male counterparts. The girls earned the top spot in seven events, and had 22 finishes in the top three on the day.
Led by Brindy Hendrickson, who won the 3000m (11-minutes-47.43-seconds) by more than 40 seconds, the girls turned in an exceptional all-around performance.
Seven different girls took first place in the meet, including a one-two finish in the 800m that separated Jenna Lloyd (2:30.38) and Brindy Hendrickson (2:30.39) by .01 of a second.
Also tuning up for districts were the Riverside Pirates of the 3A Greater Oregon League. The Riverside boys were led once again by senior Keith Baker.
Baker turned in one of the best performance of his track career as he earned first place in both the 110 hurdles (15.17) and the 300 hurdles (39.96). Bakers second place finish in the shot put (4711) and fourth place finish in the discus (13611) set school records as he sets his sights on multiple district and state titles.
The Riverside girls were led by their lone first place finisher Megan Andreason. Andreason broke her own school record in the javelin (13611) for the second time this season.
Riverside also saw school records set by Melany Hancock and Sara Fritz.
(For the complete story and results, see the May 15 edition of The Hermiston Herald)