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Sailors land high marks at LCC

Modified: Friday, Apr 20th, 2007

Mapleton’s Tessa Spurk prepares to throw the shot put as teammate Rachel Miller looks on.

Both teams had a strong showing at the multi-team invitational.

With 12 schools on hand for the Oak Hill Track Invitational at Lane Community College in Eugene on Tuesday, the Sailors had a tough field of competition made up mostly of Mountain West League title contenders, including Lowell, Triangle Lake and McKenzie.

By the time the last starting gun was fired, Mapleton had shown that, in spite of having one of the smallest teams in the league, it was capable of getting big results.

Sailor sophomore Tessa Spurk, one of only four girls making up the Mapleton girls’ team roster, had a stellar day, winning the shot put and placing among the top in three other events. Spurk started with the shot put, where she launched the steel ball 34-2 for the title. From there, she landed second in the long jump at 16-2.25. Spurk then moved on to the track, where she placed second in the 100M with a time of 13.75, and third in the 200M in 29.50.

In the distance races, senior Meghan Harry garnered third place with a time of 6:32.37.

Overall, the Mapleton girls finished fourth, 12 points away from third-place Alsea and six points ahead of Mohawk. Triangle Lake was sixth (24), Lowell was seventh (20), followed by Lifegate and Falls City (15 points each), and Eugene Christian (11). Crow won the meet with 184 points. McKenzie was second with 146 points.

On the boys’ side, Thomas Boggs and Kerry herring led Mapleton with multiple top-three placements, including a combined total of four wins.

In the throws, Boggs won the discus with a mark of 123-3.5, and placed second in the shot put at 42-0. Herring, meanwhile, placed second in the javelin (124-11), with Mitchell LaChappelle finishing out Mapleton’ scoring in the throws with third place in the discus (104-1).

Geoff Houck claimed the Sailors’ best mark in the jumps with third place in the triple jump at 32-.25.

On the rack, Herring and Boggs dominated the hurdles, with Herring winning the 110HH (18.52) and Boggs finishing first in the 300IH (47.28).

Houck added a second-place finish in the 1500M with a time of 4:55.71.

The Mapleton boys’ team finished second overall with 90 points, followed by OSD (81), McKenzie and Mohawk (67), Lowell (57), Triangle Lake (50), Alsea (22), Lifegate (16), oak Hill (10), Falls City and Eugene Christian (7).

Crow won the meet in team scoring with 104 points.

Mapleton will be back on the track April 26, when the Sailors host the Mountain West League Meet, beginning at 4 p.m.

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