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HRVHS track takes five firsts at Pendleton Invite

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

March 29, 2006

Stan Campbell set the Hood River Valley High School high jump record in 1991. His 6’3” leap was the highest by an Eagle for 15 years until, on Friday, HRVHS sophomore Jesse Page bettered Campbell’s jump by an inch to set a new school record and win the event at the Pendleton meet.

The Eagles traveled to the farthest-east Intermountain Conference school Friday morning for the track team’s first meet of the season. With 15 teams in attendance at the Pendleton Invitational, the Eagles had a solid showing, with the girls’ team finishing third overall and the boys fourth.

“We had a lot of really good performances and personal records,” said coach Shawn Meyle. “Overall the kids competed quite well for this early in the season and a lot of them are beginning right where they left off at the end of last year.”

Highlighting the meet were several first-place finishes. For the boys, Page, a transfer student at HRVHS, won the high jump with his 6’4” performance and sophomore Leo Castillo won both the 1,500 and 3,000 meter events. Castillo, who had a state qualifying cross country season last fall, lived up to his expectations as standout distance runner.

Two-time state cross country runner Melissa Kauffman also lived up to her expectations in the distance events: she won the 1,500 and took second in the 3,000. Pole-vaulter McKenna Hering looks to better her sixth place finish at last season’s state meet in the event with the best view. She swept the Pendleton meet, clearing 10 feet for a first place finish.

Girls’ top ten finishes:

100 meters —

Kari Hidle 3rd

Amy Hay 8th

200 meters —

Kari Hidle 3rd

Laura Yates 6th

400 meters —

Laura Yates 4th

Kylee Staughton 7th

800 meters —

Kayla Lloyd 6th

1,500 meters —

Melissa Kauffman 1st

Kayla Lloyd 4th

Ashley Braniff 5th

3,000 meters —

Melissa Kauffman 2nd

Ashley Braniff 3rd

Kassy Green 7th

100 high hurdles —

Justine Campbell 8th

Jaquie Matson 9th

300 low hurdles —

Justine Campbell 5th

Jaquie Matson 7th

4x400 relay

Melissa Kauffman 8th

Laura Yates

Kylee Staughton

Kayla Lloyd

High jump —

Jaquie Matson 2nd

McKenna Hering 3rd

Pole vault —

McKenna Hering 1st

Alisandra Denton 3rd

Triple jump —

Kari Hidle 4th

Lindsey Halliday 8th

Boys’ top ten finishes:

200 meters —

Juan Zuniga 9th

400 meters —

Juan Zuniga 5th

800 meters —

Fernando Morales 2nd

1,500 meters —

Leo Castillo 1st

Fernando Morales 3rd

3,000 meters —

Leo Castillo 1st

Alex Van Slyke 9th

110 high hurdles —

Stefan Zosa 9th

300 Int. hurdles —

Stefan Zosa 7th

4x400 relay —

Carlos Quintana 5th

Julio Avila

Juan Zuniga

Fernando Morlaes

Discus —

Matt McDougall 9th

High jump —

Jesse Page 1st

Stefan Zosa 6th

Pole Vault —

Joel Miller 2nd

Long jump —

Jacob Thornton 3rd

Triple jump —

Antonio Garcia 6th

Joel Miller 10th

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