Gervais boys track team places second at Dayton
It didnt take long for Gervais Jordan Milkovich to get back to mid-season form.
The junior athlete for the Cougars track and field team competed at the Canby All Comers Meet on Wednesday over the spring break holiday and nearly broke the school javelin record he set one year ago.
Milkovich finished the meet with a throw of 153-6, a measurement that was just 15 inches off his record-breaking mark of 154-9 he set at the Regis Twilight Meet on May 10, 2013.
It was the second time in as many track meets this season that Milkovich has eclipsed the 140-foot mark in the javelin after doing it just twice as a sophomore last season.
His throw of 143-11 on March 20 at the West Valley League Icebreaker in Dayton helped the Gervais boys team place second out of eight teams at the annual spring season opener. Milkovich placed second at the event with his throw, joining a number of Cougar teammates who opened the season with top-three finishes in Dayton.
Gervais top day belonged to junior Ben Goumy who placed among the top three in four events. Goumy was one of two athletes to represent the Cougars at the 3A State Championships last year in Eugene, where he placed ninth in the triple jump.
In his season-opener, Goumy took first place at Dayton with a mark of 39-9, the third-highest jump of his high school career. He placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.00, a personal record that cut 0.21 seconds off his previous best at the West Valley District Championships last year. He also placed second in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.10 and placed third with a PR jump of 18-4 3/4 in the long jump.
Goumys fellow Gervais representative at the 2013 state championship, Cody Tesch, also had a solid debut to the season. Tesch placed ninth in the 1,500 at state last year and opened his senior season with a first-place time of 4:33 just shy of eight seconds off his personal record time of 4:25.76.
The Cougars enjoyed further success in the field with Henry Fleener and Lazaro Villegas joining Milkovich as top-placing athletes in the throwing events.
Fleener eclipsed the 40-foot mark in the shot put for the first time in his high school career with a mark of 41-4 to place second overall. The junior enjoyed a career day by picking up another PR in the discus with a throw of 101-0 to place fourth. He was just barely beaten by his senior teammates, Villegas, who took third in the event with a throw of 102-1.
The girls team was paced by a familiar face in Beverlyn Stott, the two-time state qualifier for the Cougars in the 100 and 200. Stott took first place in the 100 with a time of 13.15, just a fraction of a second off her PR of 13.07 she hit at the district championship meet last year. The senior sprinter placed second in the 200 with a time of 27.74 and was third in the long jump with a mark of 14-3.
Senior Lily Chavez placed seventh in the 1,500 with a time of 6:00, and freshman Yheira Crus Baracio made her debut in the mid-distance events with times of 2:58.1 in the 800 (5th) and 1:12.04 in the 400 (7th).
After a long break between competitions, the Cougars track and field team will be back in action in a week when the team hosts district rivals Horizon Christian, Sheridan and Willamina at Chemawa High School on April 9.
Results from the West Valley League Icebreaker
March 20 at Dayton High School
1. H. Christian, 121.5
2. Gervais, 107
3. W. Christian, 97.5
4. Colton, 84
5. Amity, 65
6. Sheridan, 62.5
7. Dayton, 52
8. Willamina, 43.5
1. Dayton, 105
2. W. Christian, 104.5
3. Sheridan, 98
4. Colton, 90
5. Amity, 61
6. Willamina, 59.5
7. H. Christian, 43
8. Gervais, 39