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Medical Lake track keeps turning in solid numbers


The road treated the Medical Lake track team pretty well last week. While they didn’t emerge with team victories in either a Northeast A League meet last Wednesday or the Undeberg Invitational at Ritzville, Saturday, the Cardinals continued to put together impressive individual performances.

The Cardinals first traveled to Suncrest to compete against Lakeside and Kettle Falls. Lakeside scored an 82-63 boy’s victory while Medical Lake got a 91-44 win over Kettle Falls. ML’s girls fell 117-29 to Lakeside, but got an equally one-sided win, 92-20 over Kettle Falls.

Saturday at the transplanted Undeberg, the Cardinal boys were third while the girls were 14th. The Undeberg, primarily a small school event, had been hosted by Medical Lake for a number of years but moved to Ritzville when the school installed an all-weather track.

“I thought we competed really well,” co-head coach Gene Blankenship said. ”Originally I had it scored 69-73. We got our 69 all right but they scored in the 80s.”

In their NEA boys’ event, Medical Lake got first-place finishes from Tellas Johnson (100 and 400 meters), Domenic Rehm (800), Tyler Garrett (200), Cameron Peake (110, 300 hurdles), Elijah Farmen (javelin) and in both the 4 x 100 and 4x400 relays.

“Domenic Rehm ran the 800 and he had a personal best,” Blankenship said. Farmen breezed in the javelin with a throw of 162 feet, 4 inches, nearly 30 feet better than second place.

In the relays, Jackson Tappero, Tyler Garrett, Jared Wright and Peake teamed to win the 4 x 100

The girls got wins in the 100 from Lexi Rolan, Mariah Pena in the 800, Maleeka Wegner in the 3,200 and Nyirenda Ross in the shot put.

Pena won the 800 meters in 2:33. Maleeka Wegner led a 1-2 finish for the Cardinals Wednesday at Lakeside in the 3,200, finishing with a 12:31 while Kaylin Sattler was second at 12:59.

As predicted, Rolan, running in her first high school competition scorched the field with a time of 13.35 seconds in the 100 meters.

Saturday in Ritzville, Johnson won in the 100, Rehm the 1,600 and Farmen, Johnson, Wright and Garrett in the 4x100 relay. Pena, a freshman, collected a runner-up finish in the 3,200.

Medical Lake competes Saturday at Central Valley’s Strandberg Invitational beginning at 10 a.m.

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