Mac-Hi tracksters prepping for state next week

The Pioneers participated in the Hermiston Twilight competition Thursday.

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HERMISTON - Mac-Hi's track and field teams tuned up for next week's District meet with stellar performances at the Hermiston Twilight competition here Thursday.

"It was an outstanding meet for us," Mac-Hi coach John Milleson said. "The kids had some outstanding performances. We're definitely getting prepared for the district meet."

Emily Childers won the girls 800 meters with a time of 2:22.75, which places her third in the state in Class 4A, Milleson said.

"She had an insurmountable lead on the first lap," he said. "She was clicking on all eight last night. She ran beautifully."

Childers was also fifth in the 100 in 13.22.

Kathleen Hopkins was fifth in the 300 hurdles in 50.76 and fifth in the 400 in 1:04.10.

"It was a strong race for her against stiff competition," Milleson said. "She figures to be (among the top) at districts in intermediate hurdles."

The Pioneer girls' 1600 relay tam of Childers, Mica Epifanio, Hopkins and Erica Torres took fourth in 4:26.26.

"They're putting things together to put a run at the state meet," Milleson said.

And news got better on the Mac-Hi boys' side, he said.

Rick Sandoval had a three-foot improvement in the triple jump to take fifth at 39-9, which puts him in the hunt at the district meet, Milleson said.

Sandoval placed second in the 400-meters in 54.45.

Kendall Brown returned from an ankle injury to have a personal best in the 100 at 11.85, which placed him sixth, as well as a third in the 200 in 23.88.

Kaleb Taylor finished sixth in the 800 in 2:09.15, and Tony Ng was fifth in the 110 hurdles in 17.75, fifth in the long jump at 17-11.75, as well as eighth in the 300 hurdles in 47.13.

The boys' 400 relay of Ng, Lucas Simpson, Dylan Wagoner and Sandoval took fourth in 48.27, with the 1600 relay team of Taylor, John Lonai, Brown and Sandoval taking fourth in 3:41.29.

In the shot put, Zach Conlee was third with a throw of 45-1, and Chris Brown was fourth at 44-1.

Dylon Wagoner took third in the discus with a toss of 128-6, and Conlee followed his shot put with a fifth in the discus at 126-9.

Milleson said the highlight of the meet was Christian Zaragosa's third in the 3000-meters. Zaragosa's 9:46.38 puts him 10-15 seconds ahead of anyone else in the Greater Oregon League, he said.

"It was a great night to be a Pioneer for us," he said. "Every time you turned around, someone was having a PR. We're making progress everywhere. District is coming at the right time. "

The top two finishers at Friday and Saturday's District meet at Baker advance to the State meet in Eugene the next weekend.

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