By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.–Last time Israel Garza ran against Sprague in a league dual meet, he was being carted off by two of his teammates in the 4×100 relays.
Fast forward nearly a year later, it was the same result of him out-running the Olympians and McNary for victory as he glided to victory for the Scots 4×100 and walked away from it standing on his own two feet instead of being carried off the track.
Despite a bad hand-off the McKay relay team had during the Icebreaker last week, the relay teams of the Scots look sharp entering their first Greater Valley Conference Dual Meet.
“It’s very important, if you want to get faster, to get better times we got to work on the little things,” said Garza on the hand-offs. “As a group (today) I saw the hand-offs and they were doing pretty good.
Garza would take the 100 meters (11.13), 200 (22.53) as well as the 4×100 meter relay win (43.86). As the Girls 4×100 meter squad of Racquel Williams, Esmeralda Arellano, Cecilia Munoz and Steffani Rodriguez Aquinofrom McKay took the race.
In his first 800 race, Manny Miranda finished third in the race as he described the nerves beforehand.
“I don’t what to feel, just got to run with the nerves, trying to get it over with,” starts Miranda with a smile. “But then I got the 4×4 so my legs are going to be pretty heavy tonight.”
Rodriquez-Aqunio was on a rail for McKay by taking the 100,200 races, McKay’s Shaton Daniels took the Long Jump (41-02.75) as freshman Tyrus Love-Zhou took first in the 110 meter hurdles with a dash of 16.70.
McKaywill take some time off for Spring Break but the Scots will be at North Salem (April 5), but Head Coach Curt Everetts is impressed with how his team did with the elements around them.
“Finally the rain stopped long enough, to allow our team to post some great performances on the track, and in the field events,” said Everretts. “I would also like to thank Sprague, and McNary for a great meet.”
On the Olympian side of things, the three-headed monster of Austin Kleinmann, Dylan Smith and Kyle Rosenau took advantage of the burning ball of light above them as Kleinmann, Smith and Rosenau finished first, second and fourth respectively in the shot-put.
“It’s really nice, especially with how bad the weather’s been,” said Kleinmann. “It’s nice to have a day, especially a meet day, to be able to go out and get some good marks by the weather holding up.
“Hopefully its like this for the rest of the year, but we’ll have to wait and see.”
Kleinmann took the shotput with a throw of 50-10 before taking the Discus with a toss of 150-05 as the Olys took the Long Jump behind Keaton Beckmann (21-1.50′).
Sprague’s Ginger Murinek took the 800 and 3000 and the Olys 4×400 team of Gabriel Garcia, Lucas Schnell, Noah Robertson and Beckmann took the Varsity finals.
Sprague’s 4×100 girls relay team too took first with a time of:37.46 behind a team of Emily Kraschel Kendall Baus, Natalia Cedillo-Rodriguez, Megan Baus.
Sprague will be off until April 5 when they host McMinnville at Olympic Stadium.
For full stats of the meet visit: http://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=288614#269
Photos By Jeremy McDonald