At a windy, blustery track meet in Umatilla last Friday where finding exact team scores defied Internet research, Enterprise/Wallowa Coach Dan Moody said his boys’ squad scored about 120 points and easily outscored a field of 20 teams.

In competition where in excess of 50 athletes competed in some events, runners and jumpers from Moody’s boys’ squad garnered six first places—including firsts in the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays—and four second places.

Possibly the most impressive showing of Ent/Wal’s athletic domination came in the 200-meter race where, among 47 runners, senior Austin Burns won the event in a time of 24.09, only ticks better than teammate and second-place finisher Alex Tyler, a junior, who sprinted the half-lap in 24.14.

And yet Moody, who could have shared praise in myriad directions, felt the need to champion the effort of senior Elsa Steen who, in only her second attempt at running the 100-meter hurdles, bucked a strong headwind and placed second among 18 competitors there in a time of 17.39.

Too, running with Mary Beth Hulse, Brandi Smith, and Gwen Nohr, Steen was part of a 5th place finish in the 4 x 100 relay and earned a sixth place finish at 100 meters.

Moody said the team score for the girls’ team was low because nine team members were absent, attending a state Family, Career and Community Leaders of America event in Portland.

Burns picked up first place honors in both relays and 200 meters but, like Tyler who ran on the winning 4 x 100 relay as well as placing second to Burns at 200 meters, was pulled from the 400-meter race because of the inclement weather.

Junior David Ribich won the 1500-meter race in 4:22.25 and placed second at 800 meters in a time of 2:09.62.

Other Enterprise/Wallowa first place winners were Falk Thieme, who long jumped 20’1/2”, and triple jumper Dustin Dean who led all hop, skip, and jumpers with a meet best of 39’8”. Both Thieme and Dean are seniors.

Notching the final two second places for Moody’s boys’ team was senior Jordon Widener who was runner-up in javelin competition with a throw of 141’11” and runner-up in the discus, tossing the plate 119’10”.

All points scored by the Joseph girls’ team came through the efforts of senior Linsey VanDoozer. VanDoozer not only won the 3,000-meter race in a time of 12:30.15, but crossed the finish line more than 27 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Too, VanDoozer earned an additional solitary point for JHS by placing eighth at 400 meters in a time of 69:77.

On the boys’ side of competition, junior Wyatt Warnock placed fourth in the javelin with a throw of 139’2” and fifth in the shot put, tossing the orb an even 40’.

Gage Jarman, another junior, claimed fifth place by clearing the pole vault bar at 9’ and junior Ben Smallen earned one team point by placing eighth in the triple jump, covering a distance of 33’6”.

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