By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– Though Cascade High School is a member of the 4A classification in the OSAA, the 6A Sprague Track and Field team isn’t taking the Cougars lightly as the season enters its final few laps.
It’s all in preparation for the final push for the District and State competition said Olympian Head Coach Brent Charles.
“This is a good meet with good competition. Cascade always has a good team and Coach Petersen is a great coach,” said Charles on Cascade Wednesday. “We are starting to put our team together, but are still dealing with some nagging injuries to a few of our athletes.
“All of these meets are hard and we train through them to get prepared for the rigors of the district meet.”
For senior Anthony Nunn, the Sprague sprinter is impressed how his team has improved to this point in the season.
“Our team has done real good,” said Nunn. “Ginger (Murniek) she runs crazy fast, Andrew Weaver is PR-ing now, he’s getting fast. Dave McKinney, he has to take a couple weeks off, but he just beat me in a race, so he’s getting fast.
“The girls are looking good, everything is coming together.”
Nunn finished eighth in the JV 100 meter dash in 12.26 seconds.
Murniek, the freshmen stud that Nunn mentioned, finished first in the Varsity 1500 meters in 4:54.2, beating the competition by a full 38 seconds Wednesday.
“I felt really good for the first two laps then I got really tired after that,” said Murniek. “Sometimes I listen to the people who are cheering and stuff, but I usually just run and do my best.”
Murniek’s win was one of five for the Lady Olys Wednesday as the Girls Junior Varsity also picked up five wins as well.
Austin Kieinman won both the Shot Put (46’5”) and the Discus (154’00”) as the guys picked up eight Varsity wins against Cascade. But, it was the Sprague Boys junior varsity to out-did the Varsity with 12 event wins Wednesday afternoon.
For full results from Wednesday’s meet, visit the Sprague Athletic.net page at: http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=257839#274
PHOTO GALLERY (PICTURES BY JEREMY MCDONALD)