Panthers, Dragons gauge performances

Central and Dallas track athletes go head-to-head in a mini-meet on March 21.

Photo by Jennifer Halley
Central and Dallas track athletes go head-to-head in a mini-meet on March 21.



INDEPENDENCE — It was a wet and soggy afternoon for Central’s first track meet of the season against the Dallas Dragons on Wednesday.

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Central and Dallas competed in a non-scoring dual meet on March 21 at Central.

Though it was a mini-meet with only two schools competing, and there are no team scores in dual meets, this meet was used as a way to gauge how the team was doing, and what they needed to work on for the upcoming, bigger meets, Central’s head coach Eli Cirino said.

“We’re a long ways from full strength because we hold kids back early on; we don’t let ‘em run a full load of events so it’s exciting ‘cause I feel like we have a lot of strength already and there’s kids already competing really hard and really well,” he said.

Noteworthy performances

Marie Marshall, a freshman from Dallas, was the only Dragon, and athlete total, to compete in the women’s 400 meters. Marshall’s performance was unique, in that she uses a wheelchair to sprint around the track, with a result of 1:25.56, a PR for her first meet of her first high school track season.

Trevor Cross, a junior at Dallas, came in first place in both the 400 meter and the 3,000 meters, with 56.08 and 9.09.36, respectively.

“Uh, decent place to start out, not quite what I wanted, but they were good runs,” Cross said. With just one meet under his belt, he already identified what he wants to work on.

“I wanna work on, just everything. I wanna get faster; I wanna see my sprint speed improve, and we even had some kids PR today, and it’s cold and it’s early, we’ve only been practicing for a few weeks.

“I’m excited about potential; we got a lot of things to work on, lot of things were revealed today; there’s a lot of potential here, boys and girls both. We have a few new people on our girls’ team, and you can just see the excitement. A few girls short of having a full relay team.

“My kids are excited, I’m excited. We’re gonna take this momentum and have a really good week of practice next week.”

Track events

Boys

For the 100 meters, junior Malaki Connella from Dallas took first place, with 11.33. Central was tied for second with seniors Cody Baldwin and Keegan Goodrich clocked at 11.99.

“Overall, I did pretty good,” Baldwin said. “That’s a PR (personal record) for me, feeling really good about it, and throughout the year I hope I can continue to improve it.”

In the 800, Central took the lead, with junior Johnathon Brown at 2:11.11, followed by Dragon Gavin Grass, a sophomore, at 2:14.90 for second place.

Trevor Cross, a junior at Dallas, came in first place in both the 400 meter and the 3,000-meter races, with 56.08 and 9.09.36, respectively. “Uh, decent place to start out,” he said, “not quite what I wanted, but they were good runs.” With just one meet under his belt, he already identified what he wants to work on. “I wanna work on, just everything. I wanna get faster; I wanna see my sprint speed improve.”

Girls

In the 200, it was a one-two for Central, with senior Bethanie Altamirano snagging first place with 28.18, and Dallas’s Callista Kiner, a junior, following at 29.75.

Junior Melody Hight of Dallas finished first in the 1,500, clocking in at 6.23.30, with senior Crystal Pace, of Central, coming in second place at 6:30.72.

For the 300 meter hurdles, first place was junior Carlie Sherman of Dallas, with 56.00; Raelynn Martinelli finished in second with 57.45.

Field events

Boys

For pole vault, junior Logan Ayers, of Central, launched himself 10-00.00 for first place, and Carson Overstreet, a sophomore at Dallas, sailed 9-00.00, which ended up being a PR for him.

In the shot put, senior Justin Ingram, of Dallas, struck a 40-01.00, which was a PR and landed him in first place. Senior Victor Ochoa, of Central, came up in second with 38-08.00.

Evan Courtney, a senior at Dallas, finished first in the long jump, flying in at 18-05.00, with sophomore Benjamin Courtney, also of Dallas, close behind him at 18-00.00.

Girls

In the discus, senior Nina McDonald of Central was first place and achieved a PR, with 91-00.00. Dallas was second place, with sophomore Ellie Osborn scoring 87-09.00.

Dallas took first and second place javelin, with sophomore Krista Cook throwing 108-05.00 and sophomore Taylor Williamson with 82-00.00, both girls achieving PRs.

In the high jump, Dallas saw Hailey Van Well launch herself 4-06.00, with Williamson taking second place again at 4-04.00. Central’s next meet is against South Albany, at home, on Wednesday, April 4. Dallas hosts Corvallis and Woodburn on Wednesday, April 4.

For complete results from Wednesday’s meet, check: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/321646/results.



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