Competing against more than 20 schools at the season-opening Carnival of Speed track meet in Milton-Freewater, the Dan Moody-coached boys and girls teams from Enterprise/Wallowa placed second and fourth respectively.
Large Southridge High School, from Kennewick, Wash., more than doubled the scores of each opposing team in competition for both genders, still the showings of the coop Ent/Wal teams were impressive.
Senior Falk Thieme grabbed the boys teams only blue ribbon with a winning long jump of 21 ½, and also finished second in the high jump, scaling the bar at 61.
In girls competition, senior Marta Stangel bested all shot put throwers with a heave of 34 and junior Hannah Schaafsma topped everyone in the discus throw. Schaafsmas best throw was 922. Stangel also placed seventh in the 100-meter race at 13.68, while Schaafsma was fourth in the shot put behind Stangel and two others with a toss of 295.
Competitors on Moodys boys squad earned a total of 85.5 points by placing within the top eight finishers in 14 of the 18 events. In doing so, the team scored 85.5 points, only bested by Southridges team total of 185.5 points.
Junior David Ribich placed second in the 1,500 and 800 meter runs in times of 4:29.6 and 2:13.2 respectively. One more second place was earned by the coop teams 4 x 400 meter relay team comprised of Austin Burns, Eric Schwendiman, Nathan Perren, and Alex Tyler who rounded the track a total of four times in 3:39.79.
Jordan Widener, a senior, placed third in both the discus and javelin with tosses of 1187 and 14511, while other thirds were earned by Burns who ran the 400 meters in 52.96 and the squads 4 x 100 meter relay team of Dustin Dean, Burns, Tyler, and Perren, who were timed in 45.92.
Other EHS/WHS place winners included Tyler at 200 meters, Perren and Kaden Lathrop in the 300-meter hurdle race, Dean at 100 meters, and Daniel Kohlhepp in the shot put.
One additional high finisher in the girls competition was senior Hannah Graf who crossed the finish line in third place at 800 meters in a time of 2:41.74.
Also earning points for the girls team that tallied a total of 43.75 points were Parker Spear, Sarah Madsen, Dawn Mist Movich-Fields, and Graf in the 4 x 400 relay; Zoe Mathias at 400 meters; Taylor Jenkins in the high jump; and Movich-Fields in the 1,500-meter run.
Joseph track coach John Roberts said he took seven girls and five boys to compete at the Carnival of Speed.
His boys team notched a total of 15 points and the girls 11 points.
The pole vault was an event where JoHi athletes showed their wares with three boys placing among the top eight finishers at the sizeable track meet, and two girls doing the same.
For the boys, Wil Story placed fifth with a vault of 96, with Gage Jarman and Raymond Seal earning sixth and eighth places behind him. For the girls, senior Omega Thiel and sophomore Sarah Thiel each cleared 66 and tied for sixth place.
The boys scoring for Roberts Eagle team was rounded out courtesy of Wyatt Warnockwho chucked the shot put 4010½ for fifth place and placed seventh in the javelinand by Seals seventh place finish at 800 meters.
Senior Linsey VanDoozer was the top individual point producer for the Joseph girlss squad. She placed fifth at 800 meters in a time of 2:50.97 and sixth at 1,500 meters in a time of 5:51.012.
The schools 4 x 400 meter relay team earned one point for the Eagles by claiming an eighth place.