By Paul Wahl
Wallowa County Chieftain
Enterprise Outlaw boys and girls track teams came home from the Riverside Twilight Relays April 6 with a trunk full of awards.
The girls finished first in the eight-team competition. The boys finished second behind Heppner.
The girls were paced by Hero Peters and Shelby Moncrief, who finished first and second in the 100 M and Kyla Hook, who captured the 1500 M in 5:12.86. Peters and Moncrief joined Dezaria Bathke and Riley Gray for a first-place finish in the 4x100 Relay (52.70). That quartet went on to also take the 4x200 Relay in 1:56.57 at the competition in Boardman. Riley Gray, Karli Bedard, Hook and Bathke captured the 4x400 Relay event (4:21.74).
Avery Bedard, Salena Renfroe, Gray and Deedee Duncan placed fourth in the SMR 100-100-200-400 M relay event with teammates Christina Russell, Peters, Sidney Stonebrink and Charlotte McDonald finishing a hair’s breath behind for fifth.
Others who placed in the top 10 included Bathke ninth in the 100 M (14.41), Deedee Duncan third in the 1500 M (6:06.18) and Ashlyn Gray fifth in the 100m Hurdles (18.45).
Coach Dan Moody said that although the girls were impressive, there is still plenty of work to be done this season.
“Now what we have to do is not back off,” Moody said. “We’re not close to where we want the girls to be.”
The girls also surprised Moody with performances in the field events.
Gianna Espinoza, a junior, took first in the discus competition with a throw of 85 feet.
“She’s picking right up where she left off last year,” Moody said.
Teammates Karli Bedard and Carsyn Miller placed first and fourth in the high jump. Bedard is at 4-08, Miller 4-04.
Moncrief took first in the long jump with a 15-07 leap with Riley Gray adding a fourth and Miller a ninth-place finish in the event.
Moody said it was the first time Moncrief had run or thrown in a track meet since junior high and praised her performances.
Teammates Ashlyn Gray and Lena Klock finished fourth and 10th, respectively.
Senior Georgia Falk walked away with sixth and Avery Bedard 10th in javelin.
Justus Even turned in a 12.13 for first place in the 100 M event with teammate Shane Lund adding third at 12.24. Even and Lund joined James Madsen and Foster Hobbs to post a first in the 4x200 Relay (1:36.63) with teammates Jake Coggins, Cole Farwell, Jericho Peters and Dylan Marr finishing fourth.
“We dominated that event,” Moody said.
Coggins, Jericho Peters, Farwell and Marr also placed fourth in the 4x100 Relay and Madsen, Even, Hobbs and Lund were fifth.
Madsen, Hobbs, Lund and Cole Gomes teamed to take third in the 4x400 Relay. Gomes went on to add third in the 1500 M (4:58.26) and sophomore Jacob Falk a ninth in that event.
Peters, Farwell, Kyler Winn and Falk teamed for fourth in the SMR 100-100-200-400 M relay.
Blaze Lepper continued his stellar performances in field events capturing second in shot put (46-02) and third in discus (105-02). Teammate Ethan Birkmaier finished fourth and Ethan Burns fifth in shot put and Falk finished ninth in discus.
Burns also picked up second-place in the javelin with a 159-00 toss.
“Not bad for his first time ever throwing a javelin in competition,” Moody added.
Joe Robb added a third in high jump and long jump and Marr placed sixth in high jump.
Paul Stangel, Birkmaier, Hafizh AlFariza and Drew Widener captured third in the 4x100 Throwers Relay.
Next up for the Outlaws is the La Grande Invitational Saturday at La Grande High School.