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HRV tracksters start off on the right foot

The Hood River Valley track team officially broke ground on a new season on March 20 when it traveled to Bend for the annual Ice Breaker meet at Mountain View High School.

No scores were kept, but the Eagles still had an early-season chance to see how they stack up against some of the Intermountain Conference’s best teams.

The race of the day was turned in by senior distance runner Christy Paul, who caught a second wind late in the 1,500 meters and made up half a track to win the event in 5 minutes, 13 seconds.

Paul also won the 3,000 meters, and was closely followed by senior teammate Allison Byers in fifth place. Also having success for the girls was junior Suni Davis, who won the 400 meters in 1 minute, 2 seconds, and placed third in the 200 meters.

“Our kids did really well, considering the conditions,” coach Shawn Meyle said. “I was impressed with our athletes, and they all did a great job competing in the cold weather.”

For the Eagle boys, the highlights were turned in by sophomore Alex Jimenez (third in the 3,000 meters), junior Mike Weber (first in pole vault at 13 feet), and the sprinters. Sophomore Adam Brown and senior Ben Albright each shined in the 200, while sophomore Adam Mack completed a strong race in the 400.

Official boys results were not available at press time. Girls results were only given for top six.

Next up for the Eagles is a trip to Pendleton on Saturday.

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