INDEPENDENCE -- Central coach Tim Conley came away from the Panthers' first track meet of the season more perplexed about the pace of the meet itself rather than the pace of his team.
"We didn't have any really blazing performances," Conley said after the March 17 dual meet at Estacada. "It was a good meet to get our feet wet. It was a good day, but it was really slow, a really poorly run meet. It was dark by the time they finally got to the 1,600 relay. It was frustrating. The kids would get warmed up and then have to wait forever for their events.
"It was brutal. There was like 15 minutes on the track between some events. There's no excuse for that. It was a little frustrating, but we got a starting point at least."
Central's Justin Cuellar more than picked up where he left off last season, taking second in the javelin with a throw of 168-7. He threw just more than 154 feet in last season's Val-Co Conference Meet.
"He beat his record from last year by 14 feet," Conley said. "He's looking a lot better. Me might have grown some from last year, and he's certainly stronger."
Megan Kemper returned after missing last season with a foot injury. She took second in the 100 meters in 14.9, third in the 200 in 30.7 and ran a leg on the 1,600 relay team, which was second in 5:14.
"She made a nice comeback," Conley said. "It was good to have her back out there."
Tasha Tolzmann won the 100 and 200 with times of 13.9 and 28.9, respectively.
Corina Gonzalez ran a 3:16.6 for first in the 800, and Hannah Wilson was tops in the 1,500 in 5:33.8 and ran a 12:23.7 for first in the 3,000.
Sara Cole won the discus with a throw of 94-7. Her mark of 113-7 was good for second in the javelin. Cole played softball and competed with the track team last spring but is focusing solely on track this time around.
Krystal Norris took third in the discus with a throw of 94-7.
Kyle Seick ran first in the 3,000 with a 10:38 clocking. Francisco Vega was first in the shot put with a heave of 43-2. Chris Earl was second in the long jump at 16-8.5 and third in the triple jump with a mark of 33-6.
Central's boys won the two relays. Ethan Muncrief, Michael Phillips, Cody Prescott and Devin Conklin ran the 400 in 46.0 and the 1,600 in 3:43.0.
Central was second in both the girls and boys competitions. Estacada won the boys, and Portland Christian won on the girls side.