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Bickleton nabs six victories in Oregon

PREP TRACK & FIELD

BOARDMAN, ORE. – Sophomore Nathan Powers and junior Lindsay Brown combined for five of the six victories that Bickleton secured at last Saturday’s Columbia River Track & Field Invitational.

The class 1B Pirates were the lone team from Washington that competed at the non-scoring 14-school invite in Boardman, Ore.

Powers came through big time for Bickleton, winning the boys’ 110m and 300m hurdles races, as well as the high jump.

Brown picked up her two victories in the girls’ 100m and 300m hurdles events.

The one other victory the Pirates came away with Saturday was claimed by junior Michael Underwood. Competing in the boys’ 800-meter run, which drew a field of 17 athletes, he scooted around the track in a time of 2:19.20. The next best clocking was 2:21.97, set by junior Jacob Moses of Heppner, Ore.

Underwood also gave a good accounting of himself in the boys’ discus. Of the 27 throwers who competed, he put up the fourth best toss on the day, an effort of 101-10. The top discus throw was 133-5, set by senior Clayton Gaines of Weston-McEwen.

Powers, in winning the two hurdles sprints, was by far and away the class of the field. In the shorter 110-meter race, he sped to a clocking of 18.08 seconds, one and a third seconds clear of the next fastest hurdler. In the 300-meter hurdles, Powers won by a whopping second-a-half margin over the runner-up with a winning time of 45.99 seconds.

Powers’ teammate, sophomore Andrew Gannon, was third in the longer of the two hurdles races with a clocking of 49.23. Gannon, too, recorded the seventh best performance on the day, from a field of 30 javelin throwers, with an effort of 109-10.

The third victory Powers notched for the Pirates came in the boys’ high jump. He got over the bar when it was set at 5-10. The next best jumps were a pair of 5-3 efforts, turned in by a pair of freshmen from Griswold and Arlington.

Also on the boys’ side for Bickleton, junior Clint Strader turned in solid outings in the pole vault, high jump and triple jump. Strader was second in the pole vault (10-0), placed sixth in the high jump (4-9) and was seventh in the triple jump (34-8).

Brown, Bickleton’s top performer Saturday in the girls’ events, rang up her first victory in the 100m hurdles. She clipped Weston-McEwen’s Betsy West by a third of a second with a winning clocking of 17.20 seconds. In the 300m hurdles, Brown and West finished first and second again. Brown set a time of 54.06, six-tenths of a second quicker than West’s clocking.

Brown rounded out her day with two other ‘Top 5’ finishes. The Bickleton junior claimed runner-up honors in the high jump, clearing the bar at 4-8. The winning jump of five feet-even was set by Riverside’s Justyce Smith. Brown also managed the fourth fastest time from a 16-girl field in the 200-meter dash. She sped to a clocking of 28.78 seconds. The winning 200 time was 26.99, clocked by Smith of Riverside.

The Bickleton girls’ squad also received a boost from sophomore Shaylee Tharp. She placed second in the pole vault (6-6), was sixth in the triple jump (28-3) and was seventh in the long jump (13-0).

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