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Track team shows strength in Bend

BEND — The Hood River Valley track team lengthened its strides last Wednesday at Mountain View as it continued to prepare for the May 23-24 district competition.

The Eagles faced off against Intermountain Conference foes Mountain View and Crook County, and although the official dual meet scores don’t count toward the league standings, HRV was still able to gauge how far it has to go in the next three weeks.

Mountain View ran away in both team competitions, with 112 points for the girls and 89.5 points for the boys. The Crook County boys barely outlasted HRV with 46 points to the Eagles’ 44.5 points, but the Eagle girls were able to take down the Cowgirls by a count of 33-30.

Leading the way for the HRV varsity girls were distance runners Christy Paul, Allison Byers and Jenna Fisher. Paul won the 1,500 meters in a time of 5:09.73, and also took the blue ribbon in the 800 meters with a time of 2:32.38.

Byers won the 3,000 meters in a time of 12:45.10 and also placed third in the 1,500 at 5:46.41. Meanwhile, Fisher took second in the 300-meter low hurdles at 1:03.93, and seventh in the 800 at 3:07.37.

Additional standouts for the girls team were Katie Price (1st, triple jump, 31 feet, 1 inch); Kristen Hedges (2nd, triple jump, 31 feet; 3rd, 100 meters, 13.30); Anna Hidle (1st, high jump, 5 feet; 4th, 200 meters, 28.23); and Alicia Johnson (4th, shot put, 28’ 6.75”; 6th, discus, 72’ 01”).

Junior Danielle Bohn placed fifth in the javelin at 78’ 10”, sophomore Jennifer Jeffries placed fourth in the triple jump at 28’ 06”, and freshman McKenna Hering took seventh in the pole vault at 7 feet, 6 inches.

For the boys, seniors Jon Gehrig, Ben Albright and Mitchell Bohn performed extremely well, along with sophomore Alex Jimenez and junior Mike Weber. Gehrig won the 1,500 meters in 4:28.63 and took second in the 800 at 2:10.51. Bohn won the 800 meters in 2:07.41, while Albright took second in the 200 meters (23.90) and third in the 100 (11.59).

Weber won the javelin with a throw of 148 feet, 6 inches, and tied for second in the pole vault with a jump of 12 feet, 6 inches. Jimenez placed second to Gehrig in the 1,500 with a time of 4:32.30, and also won the 3,000 meters in 9:57.31.

Other standouts for the boys were Adam Mack (3rd, 400 meters, 54.65); Fernando Ochoa (4th, 800 meters, 3:18.48); Jeff Fisher (5th, 800, 2:19.17; 9th, 1,500, 4:48.46); Adam Brown (3rd, 200, 23.97; 6th, 100, 11.95); and Jon Wherry (4th, 3,000 meters, 11:29.54).

Travis Moore placed seventh in the high jump at 5 feet, 2 inches, and Colby Goe placed eighth in both the discus and shot put.

Next up, HRV hosts the Hood River Invitational on Saturday.

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