Newport dusts rivals at Junction City

Izabella McLane, right, was well on her way to first place in the Women’s 300 Meter Hurdles with a time of 49.22 as third-place Natalie Jajieh cleared the 30-inch bar. Michaela Wagner, off her best season time by two seconds, followed in sixth-place.

JUNCTION CITY — The Newport track team blistered the brand-new oval surface and pits at Junction City High School Saturday, earning championship status for both men’s and women’s squads in a legendary 18-way invitational.

It was a gender-iffic display of athletic talent that dotted the Newport scores with personal bests as the boys dominated the team totals by more than 260 points. Moreover, the lady Cubs came away in first place with new confidence off their best performance in several years.

The Wisconsin-style scoring, a point system based on the number of contestants which compels every athlete to score, fit nicely with Coach Kurt Hargett’s push for individual progress. The Junction City Invitational “is designed to make sure every athlete contributes to your team score,” said a meet official.

Remarked Hargett, “Even if you’re not at the top of the state brackets, you’re valued as much as anyone else if you’re trying to improve. This is not an elitist sport.” By claiming some events and placing among the Top 5 in most, Newport’s egalitarian approach paid off.

JUNCTION CITY INVITATIONAL

Saturday, April 6

TOP 10 MEN’S VARSITY

  1. Newport, 1621.5
  2. Philomath, 1359.5
  3. Junction City, 1219.5
  4. Estacada, 1107
  5. Elmira, 983
  6. Sweet Home, 849
  7. Central Linn, 761.5
  8. Crow, 714
  9. Pleasant Hill, 606.5
  10. Harrisburg, 577

TOP 10 WOMEN’S VARSITY

  1. Newport, 1549
  2. Philomath, 1485
  3. Estacada, 1041
  4. Central Linn, 977.5
  5. Junction City, 662
  6. Waldport, 622
  7. Monroe, 574.5
  8. Crow, 476
  9. Elmira, 431.5

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