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April 19, 2014

Arabians mount another county title


Shaelee Roy finished fifth in the 100 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles to score valuable points for Pendleton. “I was confident in our distance group and I have one hundred percent confidence in Kiawna,” Pendleton coach Melissa Hagerman said. “It’s when people step up, like Shaelee Roy. She scored for us in the hurdles and high jump which I did not expect. Our number one high jumper is out with mono and we pulled Shaelee out of hurdles. She has not high jumped for a year she just started back in it last week.” Pendleton’s best was arguably saved for last as Buck scorched the Argyll track in the 3200. “She wanted the record and she knew she could get it,” Hagerman said. “But just watch her, because that’s not her best.” The points were enough to secure the Arabians’ seventh straight county title. Anderson finished the event in third with 85 points.

The boys’ competition was close all night as Pendleton, Anderson and Lapel swapped the lead after nearly every event. Pendleton did not close out their third straight county title until the final event, the 1600 relay. Going into the event, Pendleton held a slim four point edge over Lapel and the Bulldogs had strong runners ready to contend. But the foursome of Zach Taylor, Kaid Hutchinson, Chandler and Ashton Wilson pulled out the win, defeating Anderson and Lapel, setting a blazing record in the process.

With the title on the line, the Arabians covered the 1600 meter distance in 3:29.3 seconds, besting the old record by more than a second. “It was a crazy night,” Pendleton coach Ryan Potter said. “We didn’t have the lead until the 3200 was over. It was not how I thought the meet would go, Lapel showed up and ran really strong. We had an off four by eight and didn’t run as we thought we would. But Zach Taylor stepped up in the 100 meter dash and we were back.” Pendleton was able to pull the win out despite strong performances by Anderson and Lapel.

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