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Banks athletes hold their own against bigger schools

Lady Braves earn a sixth-place finish at the 50th annual Centennial Invitational


Little Banks certainly made its presence known Saturday.

Competing in the prestigious Centennial Invitational in Gresham, the Braves more than held their own against large-school competition. The boys recorded two top-six results, while the girls racked up 23 points to take sixth place as a team.

“I was so impressed with how they did, because every one of them ran and jumped and threw well,” Banks coach Rob Frank said. “It’s nice when a couple of them do it, but it’s really nice when they all do it.”

Leading Banks, Amy Hilger continued to cement her status among the state’s elite, picking up a win in the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 4 inches.

The senior entered the competition at 5-0 and breezed early before needing all three tries at 5-4. On her final attempt at 5-5, Hilger was “way, way over” Frank said, but hit the bar with her heels.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Hilger, the state’s co-leader in the event. “I love jumping against bigger schools and having the competition.”

Kindel Bailey also came up big with a runner-up finish in the javelin. The junior threw 133-1 on her first attempt, which only Walla Walla’s Madison Doepker topped (138-8). Bailey set a personal best and new school record by nine inches.

“I’ve been working a lot on my last three steps, just a lot of repetitive stuff, and I think it is helping me increase a lot, and I hope to keep increasing,” Bailey said. “I’m really glad that I beat my PR.”

Annie Victor contributed a fourth-place result in the discus (119-5) behind Walla Walla’s Katarina Tonhdavong (131-8), South Eugene’s Ana Richardson (120-5) and Doepker (120-4).

Also for Banks, Maddison King finished 18th in the preliminaries of the 100 meters (13.26) and the 200 (27.47).

For the Banks boys, Dallin Shurts took second in the discus, helping the team tie for 20th with 11 points.

Only Bailey King of Union (Wash.) bested Shurts’ mark of 161-2 — by just eight inches. Estacada’s Justin Rich, the reigning Class 4A state champion, was third (160-9).

A junior, Shurts has already set personal bests three times this season, including the school record of 169-4. That might not last long, as Frank said Shurts put up a throw close to 180 feet during his warm-up Saturday.

Devin King also scored, finishing sixth in the 400 in 52.84 behind Newberg’s Jonathan Bos (50.31). King posted a 52.04 in the preliminaries.

For Forest Grove, Shannon Hammond cleared 4-10 for eighth place in the girls high jump. Murimi Nyamu took 10th in the boys 3,000 in 8:58.23, a PR by a fraction of a second.




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