Bailey claims javelin title, JHS team takes third

<I>Blair J. Parker/Chieftain</I><BR>On his first javelin throw at the Jo-Hi Invite on Saturday, Lane Bailey recorded a personal best toss of 178 feet eight inches. Bailey finished first in the event.

Bailey comes close to breaking school record

Joseph senior Lane Bailey has been throwing since the beginning of the school year.

In the fall, he lead the Eagles' football team as the quarterback, in the winter he was the point guard who was notorious for throwing great passes to his teammates on the basketball court and now he is setting personal bests and trying to qualify for the state meet in the javelin.

On Saturday morning, with his first throw of the day, Bailey heaved the javelin 178-8, a personal best.

The second-place finisher's mark was 30 yards shorter then Bailey's. On his next two throws he was not able to equal the length of his first, but it didn't matter because he was already a winner of the event and the day.

The Joseph school record for the javelin is 185 feet.

Jo-Hi's 4x400-meter relay team of Bailey, Tristan Patton, Chris Harshman and Kenny Lathrop beat Elgin's squad in the last event of the day by more than one second to take first place.

Bailey also helped the 4x100 relay team - made up of same people on the 4x400 team - finish in second place behind Elgin with a time of 46.84.

The Joseph Eagles continued to show improvement at the Jo-Hi Invitational on Saturday as the team works towards its goal of a district championship.

It took about 10 minutes after the meet had ended to sort out the final team standings, but the end result was that the Elgin Huskies, with 116 points, edged Union (99.5) and Joseph (98) for the team title. Enterprise finished seventh with 40 points and Wallowa, which had 39, took eighth place.

Harshman and Long post personal bestsFor Wallowa junior Geoff Long, it has been years since he stepped on a track for serious competition.

The rust that should have been in effect was nonexistent as he leaped his way to a first-place finish in the high jump, clearing 5-10.

"This was a personal best for me and I think it's great since I haven't done it since junior high school," Long said.

Long also pulled off a second-place finish behind Elgin's Kelby Witherspoon in the long jump, springing his way to a jump of 18-2 3/4.

Jo-Hi's Harshman also got into the act of setting a personal best. His accomplishment was in the pole vault, where he finished in first place after clearing 12 feet.

Harshman was able to make the height on his second attempt, while teammate Cody Graning bowed out the competition at 11-6.

The only first-place finisher for the Outlaws was Travis Morgan, wo won the 100-meter dash in 11.50 over Elgin's Tom Lund.

JHS senior Patton, who participates in four different events, took home first-place honors in the 400-meter dash and second in the 200.

During the 200-meter race, Patton came out of the blocks very quickly and as he made the turn for the final 100 meters he found himself behind Union's Kaleb Thurston.

He pulled even with him at the 50-meter mark, but Thurston edged him for the victory by leaning at the finish line.

Field events a strong suite for the Outlaws and EaglesLeading the way for Joseph in the field events was Ben Garnett, who took third-place in the shot put with a throw of 40 feet. Mychal Butterfield of Enterprise rounded out the top three in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet. Butterfield also took fourth place in the triple jump with a leap of 34-10 3/4.

In the 800, Enterprise's Patrick Baird finished first in his heat and third overall with a personal best time of 2:15.34. Jo-Hi's Lathrop finished with fourth-place honors in 2:18.96.

On Thursday, Enterprise and Joseph travel to Union for the Union Invite. The meet starts at 4 p.m. On Saturday Joseph and Wallowa travel to John Day. Meet time is at noon.

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