The Lions track and field team has resumed competition after some time off during spring break. Cottage Grove took around 30 athletes to the Martist Invitational over the weekend which included a field of eight teams in total. The boys finished third with 102 points and the girls fifth with 52.
“I think the kids were really excited, we went about five weeks with just one competition, so that’s a lot of practice,” said head coach Ricky Knutson. “And so to have good conditions and good competition, I think the grades at all levels for almost everyone were huge improvements. It was a solid performance at all levels for the kids.
Cottage Grove showed strong performances in all jumps, sweeping the high jump both ways with Gracie Arnold winning with a 4’10 high and Isaac Stere winning with a 6’2 jump. Arnold also took first place in the javelin and finished third in the long jump. Stere also performed well in the long jump finishing second, and Ty Kishen rounded out the boys’ jumps taking second place in the triple jump.
“On the guy side, we had, I think, probably three of the top six teams in the state going into this meeting with Marshfield, Siuslaw and us,” Knutson said. “I kind of expected us to be in the game there, it was pretty close. So I think it was a solid day for the guys and on the girls side, it just showed us where lies our depth, but overall it was a solid day for both boys and girls.
In the distance and sprint events, Brennen Murphy was second in the 400m with a time of 53.17, Ethan Peterson in the 1500m was third with a time of 4:33.23 and Jaden Owens and Carter Bengston in the 3000m who finished second and fourth respectively.
The men’s hurdles runners continued to be strong with Tyler Russell finishing second and fifth in the 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles, followed by teammate Brycen Cameron who finished third and second in the 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles. First-year girls’ sprinter Abby Hemenway finished in the top five in the 100m and 200m sprints and the girls also saw top six finishes from Rylan Leach in the 300m hurdles and Taylor Bentley in the shot put and disk.
“It’s nice to see the kids competing at such a high level early on,” Knutson said. “Because it means we’re sort of picking up where we left off last year. And we still have a lot of season to improve, so that’s encouraging. Next up for the Lions track team will be two JV meetings, with the first ending on Tuesday, April 5 before The Sentinel press time. Followed by a JV meet in Marshfield on April 12 and the varsity team will be back in the morning on April 14 at the Philomath Invitational.
1-6 finishers in individual events (measurements in feet and seconds):
1st place Isaac Stere – High jump/6’02
2nd place Isaac Stere z- Long jump/20’0.5
2nd place Ty Kishen – Triple jump/40’4.5
2nd place Tyler Russell – 110m hurdles/17.24
2nd place Brycen Cameron – 300m hurdles/44.03
2nd placeJaden Owens – 3000m/9:30.12
2nd Brennen Murphy – 400m/53.17
3rd place Ethan Peterson – 1500m/4:33.23
3rd place Brycen Cameron – 110m hurdles/17.56
4th place Carter Bengston – 3000m/9:30.41
5th place Brennen Murphy – Long Jump/19’0
5th place Tyler Russell – 300m hurdles/47.34
6th place Hayes Valley – Triple jump/36.6’5
1st place Gracie Arnold – High Jump/4’10
1st place Gracie Arnold – Javelin/106’11
3rd Place Gracie Arnold – Long Jump/14’0
4th place Abby Hemenway – 200m/28.89
5th place Abby Hemenway – 100m/13.87
6th place Rylan Leach – 300m hurdles/1:00.18
6th Place Taylor Bentley – Shot Put/30’4