By James Whalley

Staff writer

UMATILLA — On Saturday, 24 schools competed in one of the biggest track events in the state, the Umatilla/Heppner Invitational.

The meet was another solid team showing for the Stanfield boys as they took second place to an extremely strong Powder Valley team 119-103.The next team closest to these two track powers was Joseph, well off of the pace with 50 total points.

Host Umatilla did not fare well in the chilly temperatures of their home field and finished fifth on the day with 46 total points.

Stanfield’s Ben Sherrett had a big day as he set a school record in the discus event with a winning toss of 142’2”. Sherrett would also set personal records in both the javelin and shot put events. His 162’5” throw in the javelin was good enough for second place in the meet, while his shot put of 40’6 1/2” was a points earner at seventh place.

Mario Lopez also had a personal record on the day. His 23.92 in the 200m was good enough for a second place finish in the event.

Stanfield’s Troy Blackburn had a solid performance in the distance events. Blackburn would take second in both the 1500m (4:19.96) and the 3000m (9:49.14).

Umatilla’s Nathan Henry continued his dominance in the triple jump as he took Umatilla’s only first place finish in the meet with a leap of 41’9”.

On the girls side Stanfield edged out Umatilla as they took 12th place with 23 total points. Umatilla would finish in 13th place with 20 points.

(For complete coverage, see the April 10 edition of The Hermiston Herald)

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