With the District 7 Track and Field Championships just around the corner, Cougar athletes are stretching themselves to add a little more speed, height, and distance to their performances before driving to Riverside on Saturday.
The top four finishers at this weekend’s district meet will advance to the bi-district level to challenge the Caribou Trail League at Cashmere on Friday, May 18.
Getting ready for the post-season meets, senior thrower Makayla Earl cranked out a career-best discus throw at Freeman last week. She threw the saucer 115’2″ to win the event. Her previous best distance was 109’1″, so she added over six feet. Earl also won the javelin and the shot put. Her first place javelin throw was measured at 106’5″. Her winning shot put throw flew 35’2″.
Earl is ranked among the top five throwers in the state in all three throwing events.
Zach Schneider won both hurdling events on a slower track. His time in the 110-meter high hurdles was 15.89 seconds. He won the 300-meter low hurdles with a time of 41.23 seconds.
Schneider is currently the state leader in the low hurdles. He is ranked second in the high hurdles.
Adam Collins was the winner of the high jump and the triple jump. He equaled his career-best height in the high jump at an even 6’0″. His winning triple jump was measured at 42’11”, which was a personal record for the junior jumper.
Collins is ranked fourth in the state in the triple jump and ninth in the high jump.
McKenzie Miller ran a personal-best time of 44.22 seconds in the low hurdles, placing second behind Schneider.
Austin Heine finished second in the shot put with a distance of 36’4″. Chris Lambert (130’7″) and Isaiah Kenney (113’6″) finished second and third in the javelin.
Daniele Bradley placed second in the long jump with a distance of 13’3″. Megan Rowe was third in the Long jump at 12’9″. Kaitlin Krouse was second in the shot put with a throw of 28’5″.
Some of the younger Cougars have been moving up in the league standings with improved performances. Freshmen Blake Owens and Jacob Culverwell are cutting seconds off their sprint times. Owens placed second at Freeman in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.34 seconds. Culverwell ran a 12.42.
Liam Brozik and Hunter Daniels, two more freshmen, along with Owens, are steadily improving their distances in the throws. Brozik was third in the shot put at 36’1″. Daniels was second in the discus with a throw of 103’6″. Owens had a discus throw over 112 feet at the Riverside Invitational.
All Cougars are going into this weekend’s district competition at Riverside, hoping to achieve their best performances of this year and an opportunity to move on up the line to the bi-district meet at Cashmere.
By Geno Ludwig
The Independent Staff
In this photo: Blake Owens throws the shot put at Freeman.
Mara Schneider photo