Weather and good competition combined for some good performances during the second week of April. On Tuesday the Eagles hosted a strong Crater contingent. The girls won 84-61 and the boys dropped a close one 74-71.
In the sprints the girls were led by Cassie Boykin and Lindsay Marsh. Freshman Jazmin Arnspiger was outstanding with wins in the 100, 200 and Long Jump.
Jenise Lewis won the hurdles with a conference leading time. Corrie Culpepper(Shot), Hannah Mason(Discus), and Kim Snow(Javelin) all lead the conference in their events.
For the boys Josh Wilson won both hurdle events and Tyler Van Dyke won the 1500 and 3000.
Twenty-three teams competed in Saturday’s Crater Classic. Austin Marlia continued his fine Triple Jumping with a 3rd place PR of 42’6”. Garrett Snow placed third in the javelin and currently leads the conference. Jess Huntley and Julian Ramirez both pr’ed in the pole vault by a foot when each cleared 12’. They currently rank first and second in the conference. Corrie Culpepper place 1st among 5A throwers in attendance. Jazmin Arnspiger and Cassie Boykin both dropped their 100M times and placed 3rd and 6th. Lindsay Marsh pr’ed by almost 2ft. in the triple jump(32’2”).
Tuesday April 19, the track team traveled to Klamath Falls for a dual meet with Mazama HS.
The Mazama official running the triple jump said,” I’ve been volunteering here at track meets for the past 25 years and this is the worst weather at a track meet that I can remember.” The Eagles endured snow, sleet, rain and wind and prevailed over the Mazama Vikings. The boys team won 85-59 and the girls ran their league dual record to 2-0 with a 84-52 win over the Lady Vikes.
The meet was not characterized by many season best marks, but rather by the determined, tough-minded, competitiveness of the Eagle athletes. On a day when it would have been easy to back off, the Eagles continually met the challenges head on and rose to the occasion.
In the 400M sophomore Rebecca Solorio came from 10 meters down in the final straight and pushed through to victory. Senior triple jumper Trent Kaiser improved on his sixth and final jump to take second in the event to teammate Austin Marlia. Christian Flores ran a personal best 800M in very cold, wet, and rainy conditions. Lindsay Marsh moved up to 800M for the first time and toughed out a dominating victory.
The EP coaching staff always emphasizes “Doing Your Best” and “Being a Good Teammate”. As longtime assistant coach Tim Rouhier observed, “ When things got tough our kids just competed harder than theirs did! … Hey, did you see Cassie bring the 200M boys their sweats. There’s a teammate!”
This week wraps up with a frosh-soph meet over at South Medford. Tuesday April 27, the Eagles host Klamath Union and Cascade Christian.