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Track Dawgs persevere through ‘classic’ weather, meets

It was a “Classic” week for Creswell Bulldogs track and field athletes, who also battled “classic” stormy Oregon weather as they competed in the Frank Good Preamble Classic in Sutherlin on April 4 and the Marist Track Classic on April 6.
The Bulldog boys won three events at the 13-team Preamble Classic – which was called midway through “because of close lightning,” noted Creswell head coach Jonathan Ferguson.
Gauge Smith won the boys’ 100 meters in 11:20 for the Bulldogs; Cam Nguyen won the 1500 meters in 4:51.70 and Nick Bronson won the 110m high hurdles in 16.10.
Nguyen also placed second in the 800m with a PR of 2:21, Jackson Parker placed third in the event in 2:29.32, and Josiah Lee and Trevor Harrold tied for sixth in 2:40.80 – a PR for Harrold.
In the 1500m, Brandon Moehlmann placed second with a PR of 4:51.90, Lee placed third in a PR of 4:58.20, Jackson Velarde placed fifth in 5:02.80 and Parker placed seventh in a PR of 5:10.90.
In the long jump, Payden Criddle placed third at a PR of 18-01.50, Mathew Steele placed sixth at 16-09 and Jude Layton was eighth at a PR of 16-03.
Criddle also placed third in the triple jump at a PR of 37-01 while Steele was seventh at a PR of 34-09.75.
The Bulldogs placed fifth in team standings.
While no Creswell girls won their events, Hannah Bettis placed second in the 100m high hurdles in 17.60 while Kendyl Seiber placed sixth in 19.20. Seiber, a freshman, also placed sixth in the javelin at a PR of 84-01, while another freshman, Harmony Goodman, placed third in the 1500m in a PR of 6:24.20. Shelby Lamm tied for eighth in the 100m in 13.90.
Events cancelled because of lightning included the boys’ 200m, 3000m and 300m hurdles, and the girls’ 200m, 3000m, 300m hurdles and 4x400m relay.
Ten teams – mostly from larger schools – were represented at the competitive Marist Classic, where the Bulldog boys placed sixth.
Smith again won the 100m, in 11.46a; he also placed second in the 400m in a PR of 51.61a and fourth in the 200m in 23.38.
Bronson placed second in both the 110m high hurdles in a PR of 16.24a and the 300m intermediate hurdles in a season’s best time of 43.47a.
The boys’ 4x400m relay team of Smith, Bronson, Christian Tucker and Steele placed fifth in 3.44.15a; Bettis placed sixth in the 300m intermediate hurdles in a PR of 17.48a; Lamm was seventh in the 200m in a season’s best 28.31a; and Devin Johnson was eighth in the 200m in a PR of 24.67a.
“A lot of our Creswell athletes showed great improvement during both our meets this week,” Ferguson said. “We had to battle some bad weather, but it did not seem to have an effect on our performances.”



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