Hounds tree seven medals in Oregon
What an ideal place to end your summer track and field season – Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore, home of late distance runner Steve Prefontaine.
That was the fortune of the Lake Tahoe Hounds Track Club, who responded to their historic surroundings by collecting seven medals, six ribbons and five personal bests.
“Every kid did a great job of training and competing well,” said Hounds coach Anthony Davis. “If it wasn’t for local sponsors, the athletes would have never had the chance to go to Oregon.”
Midget girls competitor Ashley Bratton and young men’s weight man Bob Linkul led the Hounds with second-place medals.
Bratton, competing in her first big meet with 11- and 12-year-old girls, was runner-up in the 3,000 meters with her time of 14 minutes, 29 seconds.
“She kicked off our day very well in her first big-time meet,” Davis said.
Bratton also improved her best times in the 800 meters to 3:14.25 and 1,500 meters to 6:24.35.
Linkul, the oldest member of the Hounds, showed the young members of the team how to perform in a big meet by placing second in the discus. The Whittell High grad topped his previous best by a foot with a fling of 164-5.
The record made Davis reach for his wallet.
“Every time he throws a PR until the season ends, I’ll buy him a hamburger meal. But I’d be a poor man if I did it beyond the season,” Davis said.
Scott Rotrock of Team Oregon outdistanced Linkul with his mark of 180-2.
Linkul also finished seventh in the shot put (39-7 3/4) and tossed the javelin 126-10.
Ben Johnson secured the club’s other top-three performance by coming in third in the 2,000-meter steeplechase with a personal-best time of 7:11.96. Johnson also ran the 800 meters in 2:14.05.
Other Hounds leaving their paw prints at the meet were: rookie Megan Pankratz, seventh, bantam girls (10 and under) shot put, 13-6; Colleen Sheehan, coming off a knee injury, seventh, midget girls (11-12), 800, 2:44.95; Katie Sheehan, youth girls (13-14), 3,200 meters, sixth-place medal, 13:38.10; 1,500, 5:51.42; and 800, 2:54.58; Chris Cosmi, youth boys (13-14), 800 meters, seventh, 2:24.67; 1,500, eighth, 4:54.26; and 400, 64.10; Joe Suder, youth boys (13-14), sixth, discus, 104-10; and shot, 31-8 (4-kilogram ball); Dan Wexelblatt, youth boys (13-14), ninth, shot put, 36-1 1/4; Adam Wexelblatt, intermediate boys (15-16), eighth, shot put, 33-10 1/4 (12-pound ball); and a personal-best of 97-2 in discus for a sixth-place medal; and Jeff Cosmi, young men (17-18), sixth in first 3,000-meter racein 30 months, 11:00.81; 1,500 meters, 11th, 4:44.78; and 800 meters, 2:15.17.
Linkul and Johnson are competing this week at the junior nationals in Omaha, Neb.
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