Track teams dominate Last Chance

Hermiston's Mariah Delepierre finishes off an attempt in the long jump during the Columbia River Conference Last Chance track meet Thursday in Hermiston. She won the event with a leap of 17 feet, 10-5 inches.

In their final tune-up before the Columbia River Conference championships next weekend, the Hermiston Bulldogs track teams turned in great performances.

At the CRC Last Chance meet, held Thursday at Kennison Field, both Hermiston boys and girls teams dominated the meet. The boys team notched gold in eight events and the girls seven.

On the boys’ side, sophomore distance runner Eduardo Juarez put together a great day to win the 800-meter run and place second in the 1500. His time in the 800, 2 minutes, 8.34 seconds, was five seconds better than his teammate who finished second, Jose Macias.

Javier Velasco also put together a nice day in the distance runs to win the 3000 and place third in the 1500. Velasco ran a 9:21.75 for the meet title in the 3000.

Hermiston thrower Riley Humphrey continued to punish conference opponents in the discus and shot put, and led the Dawgs to a clean sweep of the top spots in all the throws.

Humphrey heaved the shot 43 feet, 1.5 inches and launched the discus 142-7.

David Barnett completed the all-purple and gold sweep with a toss of 165-1 in the javelin.

Ryan Ross placed second in the shot (40-9.5), fifth in the discus (113-10) and sixth in the javelin (140-1).

Rique Cardenas nearly cracked 20 feet in the long jump to win the event with a leap of 19-7.75, and Jordan Ige took top honors in the triple jump with a 40-5.25.

Raymond Aguilar also had a nice day in the horizontal jumps with a second-place mark in the triple (40-1) and a third-place distance in the long (19-5).

For the girls, Mariah Delepierre continued to show other CRC jumpers that they are battling for second place. She won the long jump by over two feet and only teammate Kaylee Pratt was somewhere in the vicinity of her in the triple.

Delepierre sailed 17-10.5 in the long, well in front of Pendleton’s Amanda Fowler, who jumped 15-5.

Delepierre’s triple jump mark of 36-4 was also quite a bit in front of Pratt’s 34-5.5, but the duo finished at the head of the pack.

Katie Markwick went step-for-step with Hood River Valley’s Grace Viuhkola in the 3000, but Viuhkola narrowly clipped the Hermiston freshman at the finish line by .06 seconds.

Markwick posted a time of 10:50.44 to Viuhkola’s 10:50.38.

Freshman Mckenzie Byrd won the high jump — again — with a height of 5-2. She also placed third in the javelin with a throw of 101-3. She did a little more in the field this meet and placed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 35-6.5.

Hermiston junior Hope Butler won the javelin with a 118-2.

Karla Gonzalez won double gold in the sprints for the Bulldogs. Her 100 time of 12.76 outdid Hood River Valley’s Marlee Orgain by .19 seconds and her 200 mark of 26.45 edged Pendleton’s Sandra Torres by .53 seconds, leaving the sprints at the CRC meet wide open.

Sophomore Abby Johnston won the 100 hurdles with a 16.14 and Emily Potts placed second in the 300 hurdles with a 51.89.

Kayla Blankenship earned a silver in the discus (100-10) and bronze in the shot put (37-4).

The Dawgs will have the rest of next week to prepare for the CRC championships, held Friday and Saturday in The Dalles.

Top qualifiers from the CRC meetwill move on to the Class 5A state championship meet, held at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene May 21-22.

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