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Sisters Outlaws track teams complete busy week

The Outlaws track teams finally started the competitive season with two meets last week - a three-way meet at Mountain View on Tuesday, April 2, and the 10-team Sisters Invitational Saturday, April 6.

While most schools in Oregon had meets in March, the Outlaws delayed the start of competition until after the two-week spring break.

Tuesday's sunny warm weather resulted in some strong early season marks for a number of athletes and the strong competition Saturday, despite cold weather, also produced some notable performances.

Saturday's meet included teams from North Lake, Santiam, Madras, Creswell, Siuslaw, Pleasant Hill, Elmira, Ridgeview, La Pine, and Summit.

Mae Roth opened her junior season with a personal record in the pole vault with a clearance of 9 feet 6 inches to win the pole vault. Her mark ranks sixth among 3A vaulters. In addition, in her first season of trying the 100-meter hurdles, Roth has proven to be competitive, finishing third at Mountain View and lowering her personal best on Saturday to 18.53, where she finished fourth. She won the pole vault Saturday as well with a clearance of nine feet.

Brooke Duey took first place in the 300 hurdles at Mountain View (50.95) and set a personal best in the open 400 on Saturday (1:04.59), good enough for fourth place.

Freshman Althea Crabtree has begun to make her mark as well, clearing a personal best of 8 feet 6 inches in the pole vault (9th among 3A vaulters) to place second. In addition, she cleared 4 feet 8 inches in the high jump, as did her classmate Shanitah Few. On Saturday, Crabtree posted a very respectable time of 51.76 in the 300-meter hurdles, where she placed third. Another freshman, Audrey Corcoran, posted a quick 13.16 100-meter dash at Mountain View, finishing second by .01 second. Her inaugural high school race ranks seventh among 3A sprinters. She placed sixth in the 200 (28.31). On Saturday, she leapt 15 feet 9 inches in the long jump, which earned her fourth place.

Senior Ella Bartlett won the 3,000 at Mountain View (12:00.9) and fellow senior Gracie Vohs, the reigning 3A 400-meter champion, placed third in the 200 at Mountain View (27.62) and won the high jump (4 feet 10 inches). She did not compete Saturday.

Lilly Sundstrom placed second in the 100 hurdles at Mountain View with a time of 18.41.

Top performances for the boys team included a new personal best for Reid Woodson in the triple jump (40 feet 8 inches), an improvement of nearly three feet. Spencer Tisdel added six inches to his best in the pole vault (11 feet) and George Roberts smashed his personal best in the 1,500 meters (4:42.12). Spencer Davis and Charlie Moen lowered their best 200 times to 25.61 and 26.76 respectively, while John Berg ran his fastest ever open 400 in 55.23.

Sisters is scheduled to compete in the Philomath Relays on Saturday, April 13, at which all running races are done relay fashion, including non-typical events like the distance medley, sprint medley, and 4x800.


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