Although some commendable times and distances were recorded Friday at the JoHi Invitational, in Joseph, the longest-lingering memory will be the weather which had athletes huddled under blankets between throws, jumps, and runs.
The weather fluctuated from rain to snow flurries to sleet to wind; the only constant being that it was a cold day in early May.
As theyve been doing much of the season, the Enterprise-Wallowa boys won the mens meet with 173.5 points and Joseph placed second with 161.5 points.
Far behind them in a tie for third place with 68 points were Imbler and McLoughlin.
Joseph senior Trevor Lewis, performing before the cold, home crowd, had a perfect day as a track athlete by winning all four events he could participate in.
Lewis won the 400-meter race in 52.99, the 300-meter hurdles in 44.11, the triple jump in 3911, and ran a leg in the winning 4 x 400-meter relay along with mates B.J. Warnock, Wyatt Warnock, and Lucas Staigle in a time of 3:39.71.
Wallowa County sprinters claimed the first five spots in the 100-meter dash with Dustin Dean and Josh Higginbotham, of Enterprise-Wallowa, finishing 1-2 in times of 12.2 and 12.29. Also placing behind them were B.J. Warnock (JHS), Eric Schwendiman (Ent-Wal), and Gage Jarman (JHS).
Enterprise-Wallowa sophomore David Ribich had no competition in the distance races. He ran 4:34.54 while winning the 1,500-meter race by 16 seconds, and then ran the longest race available at the high school level, the 3,000 meter, where Ribichs time of 10:18.97 was one minute and four seconds faster than the second-place finisher.
Another two-event winner, for Enterprise-Wallowa, was junior Austin Burns who not only ran a fast 2:03.21 800-meter race on a soggy track, but also was on the coop schools winning 4 x 100-meter relay team along with Dustin Dean, Alex Tyler, and Jordan Widener. They ran the race in 46.81. Burns also ran the leadoff leg in the 4 x 400-meter relay race where EHS-WHS placed second.
As they did in the 100-meter dash, the schools from Wallowa County stole the top five places in the javelin.
Enterprise-Wallowa senior Erich Roepke dominated the field of 24 throwers by heaving the spear 1742. Thirty feet behind Roepke was teammate Jordan Widener, followed by a trio of Warnocks from Joseph; Cole, Wyatt, and Tyrel.
Enterprise speedster Marcus Lynn and teammate Eric Schwendiman went 1-2 in the 200-meter race, Lynn recording a time of 23.25.
In the shot put, Ent-Wal senior Stephen Quarrey topped 23 competitors with a heave of 3910 ½. He also placed second in the discus.
Although he won no individual events, JoHi freshman Kaden Lathrop did himself proud by earning seconds in the 300-meter hurdles, high jump, and running the fourth leg for Josephs second place 4 x 100-meter relay team.
Among the nine teams that participated in the girls meet at Joseph, Enterprise-Wallowa finished second with 107 points and Joseph 8th with 11 points.
The only EHS-WHS girl winning two events was junior Ashley Sidoti who won the 400-meter race at 1:05.97 and ran a strong first leg in the teams winning 4 x 400-meter relay team that included Hope Shaw, Parker Spear, and Sydney Spear. They won that event in a time of 4:36.83. Sidoti also ran a leg on the 4 X 100-meter relay team that placed third.
Two other local lasses who earned first places were Linsey VanDoozer, easily winning the 800-meter run in a time of 2:41.9; and Elsa Steen, who won the 300-meter hurdle race in a time of 53.23. Both of those girls perform for Ent-Wal.