Oroville Track finishes near top at Tonasket Invite

CJ Mathews won the 110 hurdles at the Tonasket Invitational Track meet last Friday. Photo by Terry Mills

CJ Mathews won the 110 hurdles at the Tonasket Invitational Track meet last Friday. Photo by Terry Mills

TONASKET – The Oroville track team traveled to the Tonasket Invitational Track & Field Meet Friday April 15 and finished in second in the girls division and third in the boys division.

For the boys, CJ Mathews won the 110 hurdles, pole vault, triple jump and was a member of the second place 400 relay with Tanner Smith, Luke Kindred and Preston Iverson. Caleb Haney won the discus and finished fifth in the shot put, while Iverson was third in the 100 and 200 and was member of the fifth place 1600 relay with Ronel Kee, Scotty Frazier and Connelly Quick. Kindred was fourth in the short hurdles and fifth in the discus and Smith was fifth in the 100 and fifth in the triple jump.

On the girls’ side, Emily Mills was first in the 200, third in the 100 and was a member of the second place 800 relay with Callie Barker, Naomi Peters and Briana Moralez. Mills was also fifth in 400 relay with Barker, Peters and Fernanda Perez. Senior Catie Arrigoni won the 3200 and was second in the high jump and was fourth in the 400, while Barker won the pole vault. Sierra Speiker won the 1600 and was third in the 400 and Madison Hatch placed second in the pole vault. Peters was fourth in the 300 hurdles and Katie Tietje added points with a fourth place in the javelin and sixth place in the discus. Kaitlyn Grunst finished fourth in the high jump and Perez placed fifth in the triple jump.

“I was very pleased as many athletes improved on their heights, times and distances despite a very cold and windy day,” said Hornet Head Coach Harold Jensen. “We had some pleasant surprises with many of our athletes who didn’t place but showed tremendous improvement.

Currently in the District 5 2B Track and Field division Mills, Barker, Kelsey Hughes, Speiker and Mathews are all seeded in first place in their events and many more athletes are ranked in the top four places.

“Every week we must continue to improve in order to be ready for the state qualifier where four places will move onto the State meet in the girls’ division and three places in the boys’ division.’ Coach Jensen adds.

This upcoming Saturday the team travels to the Quincy Invitational.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are the Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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