By Jeremy McDonald
INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– Hand-offs have been an issue for the Cascade 4×100 meter Girls relay team this year so far, but that all turned for the better Friday afternoon at the John Oliver Invitational.
The handoffs were crisper in the race as they enter the last leg of the relay.
“We have had struggles with hand-offs in the past so, we were definitely worked on it. That was out goal is to get a good hand-off so,” said Faith Craig. “We’re racing these 6A/5A High Schools so it’s cool that we can pull our own weight.”
As Craig enters the final 100 meter area to hand-over the baton to Renae Beckman, the Lady Cougars were in the neck of things when Beckman took over and went neck-and-neck with McKay’s Stefani Rodriquez-Aquino.
“Honestly, I wasn’t really thinking about the win, it’s just the race and you can’t really think about anything else when your in that moment. We had a good hand-off for once and that excited me, they’ve been so bad,” laughed Beckman. “It felt like a PR so hopefully it was, I’m really excited for Districts because we beat Newport and they’re our biggest opponent for second and third.”
Rodriquez-Aquino would edge out Beckman for first-place, but Cascade was right behind them at second-place with a time of 52.33 as it’s a great building block with three weeks until the big District Meet.
“Hopefully we all can keep our steps the same because I know a few of us changed our tape marks, so we’ll try to keep them the same and get more consecutive hand-offs,” said Beckman with a smile.
Beckman finished third in the 200 meter dash with a 27.53 run and PR’d in the 400 meter run (1:03.30) in her third-place finish in the race as the team featuring her, Alexia Privratsky, Maliah Russel and Ashley Fraser won the 4×400 relay with a 4:20.17 time.
Craig was second in the 100 meter hurdles with a 17.20 time and seventh in the 300 meter hurdles. Savanna Waters was fifth in the 3,000 meter run (11:58.58). Tara Brill was fifth in the discus with a PR throw of 95-feet-nine-inches as Kalulusno Ngaida won the High Jump, Triple Jump and Long Jump. Molly Rose was third in the Triple Jump
Elijah Nolan was sixth in the Javelin (143-feet-11-inches). Devin Privratsky and Kevin Kuenzi went six, seven in the Pole Vault.