Central Point and Eugene – San Francisco 49ers great Steve Young once said “The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” With just under a month until the SCL District Championships, you could say the relatively young Crusader Track and Field teams are taking this principle to heart. Having yet to field teams at full strength at any meet this season, those who competed this week posted a combined 21 personal bests and 6 season bests at the sixteen team Crater Track and Field Classic in Central Point.
The top performances of the day went to boys and girls throwers, with senior Thomas Cox placing 7th overall in the shot put with a season best 43’9″. On the girls side, sophomore Katie Rietmann had the best placing of the day with a 3rd place throw, and personal best 35’9″ in the shot-put. Rietmann followed that with a 10th place throw, and personal best in the discus (93’6.5″). On the track, junior Justin Silsbee held his own with an 11th place finish in the 100 (11.83) and 9th place in the 200 (24.07), both PR’s and current league leading times.
Other boys results: 100 (20th – J. Seig, 12.10), 400 (21st – B. Martin, 58.59, 23rd – S. Copple, 61.12), 1500 (32nd – G. Mayer, 4:55.36), 300H (20th – T. Kuitert, 53.40), Shot Put (28th – J. Reynolds 37’0″), Javelin (15th – T. Kuitert, 131′ 9″, 30th – M. Moczygemba 105′ 2″), High Jump (T10th – R. Dexter, 5′ 8″), Pole Vault (14th – N. Stillwell, 8′ 0″), Long Jump (20th – W. Grant, 16′ 6.5″), Discus (29th – S. Schaeffer, 91′ 6″).
Other girls results: 100 (30th – C. Pyka, 14.71), 200 (23rd – S. Wyant, 31.51, 24th – C. Pyka, 31.80), 400 (11th – S. Pastrano, 66.24), 1500 (22nd – E. Pastrano, 6:05.84), 3000 (11th – L. Gurr, 12:16), Shot Put (H. Shean, 29′ 4.5″), Discus (15th – L. Russo, 39′ 6.5″), Javelin (21st – H. Shean, 81′ 5″, 32nd – M. Chun, 34′ 10″), Long Jump (11th – S. Pastrano, 14′ 7″), Triple Jump (17th – S. Pastrano, 29′ 10″).
While the bulk of the team was competing at Crater, sophomore Emma Bennion was having a very busy weekend in Eugene at the Oregon Relays. On Friday, Bennion competed in the 3000m Steeplechase, and in only her second race in the event had a second place finish in the time of 11:54.05, and was edged out of first by less than a second when Adelyn Rosin from Mountain View HS in Idaho crossed the line in 11:53.25. On Saturday, Bennion competed in the 800 meters in the morning heats, winning her heat and coming out of the morning with the fastest time. She had to wait until the Invitational Heat in the evening was run in order to see how her time would stand overall. When the dust settled Bennion ran the 8th fastest time of the day with a season best 2:22.01. She capped her weekend by running the 300m Hurdle event and ran a 48.06, good for a 17th place finish overall.
The Crusaders will see split action in the coming week with the underclassmen running at the Bob Newland Frosh/Soph Classic at South Medford HS on Friday, April 21st, with the field events starting at 3:30 and the first gun going off for the running events at 4:00. Others will be competing in the inaugural Medford Distance Carnival held at Spiegelberg Stadium on the evening of April 22nd.