Wallowa County Chieftain
Enterprise High School walked away with its share of medals in the State Track Meet last week in Eugene.
Among the gold finishers was the boys 4x400 Relay. The team of Shane Lund, Foster Hobbs, Justus Even and James Madsen streaked across the finish line in 3:33.26, more than two seconds ahead of the second-place Bandon team.
It was their best time of the year, a good example of peaking at exactly the right moment, according to coach Dan Moody.
“It was truly a team effort as each leg set of the next one going faster and faster,” Moody added.
The finish time was eight seconds faster than their district meet time.
The girls 4x400 Relay team of Eliza Irish, Shelby Moncrief, Karli Bedard and Riley Gray also came hold with gold medals. They narrowly edged out second-pace St. Paul posting a 4:13.29.
Moody said the team has performed well all year and was expected to do well.
Moncrief and Bedard are juniors and will be returning for next season.
Ethan Burns, a student from Wallowa High School, nabbed first in the javelin with a toss four inches better than the second-place throw. Burns posted a 162-6.
Burns also placed 11th in the shot put.
Moncrief placed seventh in the 200 M and Gray was second in the 400 M. Kyla Hook added a third in the Girls 3000 M and fourth in the 1500 M.
Bedard was 7th in high jump.
The 4x100 Relay team of Hero Peters, Dezaria Bathke, Gray and Moncrief placed third behind Central Linn and Grant Union.
Lund finished fourth in the 100 M, and Hobbs and Madsen were sixth and eighth, respectively, in the 200 M.
Madsen also added a fifth in the 400 M.
The 4x100 M team of Madsen, Even, Lund and Hobbs placed fourth.
Other boys who placed included Brett Greenshields, ninth in long jump and 10th in triple jump; Dylan Marr, ninth in high jump; and Blaze Lepper, fifth in shot put.
Moody said he was pleased with the performances turned in. He noted a good number of state participants will be back next year as seasoned veterans.
“We should be sitting pretty good,” he added.
Photos By Tom Nordtvedt