LA PINE — Kelsey Swenson’s top two events are the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs, but Saturday the Mountain View senior showed she can be a threat in shorter distances, anchoring the Cougars 4x400 relay to first place in 4 minutes and 35.06 seconds.
“I’m used to doing longer events but I really like the 4x400 because all the teams come together and cheer so loud,” said Swenson after leading the victorious relay at the La Pine Invitational. “It’s a really fun experience.”
Swenson also won the 1,500 in 4:57.77 as Mountain View’s girls scored 175.33 points to easily win the 10-team meet.
“I wanted to get much faster today,” said Swenson. “I just felt like I didn’t have it in me but I tried to stay positive and tough. I’m proud of how I was mentally.”
Mountain View coach Matt Collins said running the 400 should only make Swenson stronger in her other events.
“She’s a special athlete,” Collins said of the University of Idaho-bound Swenson. “She’s been good all of her career. She’s a hard worker. We needed her today and it’s good training for her. Ultimately the faster you are in the 400 the faster you’ll be in the 1,500.”
Mountain View’s girls won four other individual events. Jasmine Martin placed first in the high jump and long jump, clearing 5 feet 2 and leaping a season-best 17-63⁄4. Olivia Carpenter won the 3,000 in a personal-best 11:52.90, and Alicia Welker finished first in the 100 hurdles in 17.42.
Martin, Welker, Elle Givens and Aliyah Gardner also won the 4x100 relay in 51.87.
“That was exciting,” Collins said. “Their handoffs were great, still room for improvement but really good stuff from them.”
The Cougars boys also had the top team score, finishing with 195 points.
Summit, the only other 6A school at the La Pine Invitational, split its squad Saturday, sending a number of its top athletes to the Crater Classic in Central Point.
“The victory is great,” Collins said. “It’s not quite legitimate (in light of Summit’s split roster), I guess is the best word to say it, but a win is a win, so I’ll take it. It’s good to boost the morale of our athletes. They understand what it’s like to be in competitive races and do well in them.”
Mountain View’s boys won eight individual events and one relay — the 4x400 in 3:44.78.
Parker Hopfer took first in the 200 in a season-best 24.03 and Nathaniel Cannon ran a season-best 2:06.99 to win the 800. Wyatt Goff (1,500, 4:22.34), Chase Schermer (3,000, 9:29.08) and Trey Fowler (110 hurdles, 16.45) all ran personal bests to win their respective events.
Titus Schulz threw a season-best 150-10 to win the javelin, and Mario Alvarez recorded a personal record of 18-03 to win the long jump.
Also for Mountain View, James King won the high jump, tying his best mark of 6-4.
The Sisters boys and girls teams both finished second behind Mountain View, recording 128.5 and 103 points, respectively.
“We were tired coming into the meet,” said Outlaws coach Jeff Larson. “We had a big week. The kids stepped up. We had numerous field-event kids that exceeded expectations.”
Garrett Kersavage won the boys pole vault, clearing 12 feet. Shelby Larson took first in the girls pole vault at 8-6.
Also for Sisters, Ben Johnson won the 100 in a PR 11.32 and Brody Anderson ran a personal-best 53.40 to win the 400.
“Our guys, we definitely have some speed that we haven’t had in past years,” Larson said. “On the girls side, we’re much more of a field-event team and distance.”
Emma Singleton won the 800 for the Outlaws in a PR 2:33.80.
La Pine’s boys and girls both placed third, finishing with 76.5 and 84.33 points.
The Hawks recorded most of their points in the field events.
Daniel Underwood won the discus with a season-best 130-05. Dakota Underwood placed first in the girls shot put with a mark of 33-91⁄2, and Autumn Gerard won the discus at a PR 102-8.
“Our discus and shot put did well today,” La Pine coach Brian Earls said. “We’ve got some potential and some places where we can get to the state meet.”
Irma Retano gave Culver its only victory of the day. The senior won the girls 400 in 1:05.31.
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