Mac-Hi tracksters have busy couple of days

The girls place fourth at Union Thursday, and Mac-Hi athletes also have solid scores in the LaGrande Invite Friday.

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MILTON-FREEWATER - Mac-Hi had busy days in track and field Thursday and Friday.

The boys won the Union Invite and the girls placed fourth Thursday, and many athletes had good days at the LaGrande Invite Friday.

Emily Childers finished first in the 400 meters in 1:00.68 and second in the 200 meters at 26.81 for Mac-Hi at the La Grande Invite Friday. Childers also finished fifth in the 100 meter at 13.40.

"Emily got the chance in the 100 meters to see what it was like against true sprinters for the first time," Mac-Hi coach John Milleson said. "She did well, but she is a strength runner and excelled at her best events, the 200, where she made up time, and the 400, where she dominated throughout."

Lucas Simpson led the boys side with two fifth-place finishes, at 19.32 in the 110 hurdles and 47.37 in the 300 hurdles. Simpson also finished sixth in the pole vault with nine feet, 6 inches.

"Lucas continues to get better," Milleson said. "We are pretty happy with what he is doing and as he gets better, it makes us look good."

Katleen Hopkins finished first in the 300 hurdles in 51.40, and third in the 400 behind teammate Childers with 1:03.10

Kendall Brown had a pair of fourth-place finishes Friday, at 23.77 in the 200 and 52.62 in the 400.

Team finishes weren't tallied with 12 schools, ranging from 1A to 5A, participating.

On Thursday, the boys placed first and the girls fourth in the eight-school field at the Union Invite.

"We ran hard in Union," Milleson said, "we didn't go there to win it, though. We wanted to give the younger kids a chance to compete. Soon, we will be limited to just the top three competitors in each event to compete at the meets. We took 47 kids that got to compete in Union."

Brown finished first in the 200 at 24.40.

Tony Ng won the 110 meter hurdles at 19.02.

Simpson had a pair of second place finishes, in the 110 hurdles with 20.22 and 300 hurdles at 46.1.

Zach Conlee finished second and Chris Brown third in the 12-pound shotput. Conlee went 44-11.5 and Brown 44-5.5.

"Conlee and Brown both started out throwing the shot put at 35, 36 feet," Milleson said. "They just keep getting better. They are now right around the 45-foot distance."

Childers won the 800 in 2:27.05 for the girls.

In the 4x400 relay, the team of Childers, Mica Epifanio, Hopkins and Erica Torres finished with a first-place time of 4:21.53, now ninth best for 4A Oregon schools.

Hopkins finished third in the discus at 70-03.

Sierra Burchell and Epifanio tied for second in the long jump with 14-02.00.

Epifanio took first with 31-11.50 in the triple jump and Burchell fourth at 28-03.00.

"Burchell and Epifanio are two of the premier jumpers in the Greater Oregon League conference," Milleson said. "It was Epifanio's first time at the triple jump and she did well, but can improve to become competitive at the state level. Burchell was competitive at the state level last year."

Milleson was happy with both the boys and girls performances at the two events.

"Both teams, both days, had good performances," he said. "They are coming through at the big events, not letting the competition faze them, stepping up and having great days."

The next meet is the WWVA Invitational at Spokane Field in Milton-Freewater Wednesday.

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