Youngsters compete in Hershey’s Meet

By ADAM LAPIERRE

News staff writer

May 27, 2006

A handful of youngsters braved the weather this week to compete in the local Hershey’s Track and Field Meet. The annual event is a country-wide series of competitions that start at the community level and advance to the state and national levels. Winners from Tuesday’s meet, held at Hood River Valley High School, qualify for the Oregon Hershey’s Meet next month at Hayward Field in Eugene. Winners at that meet will qualify for a seven-state regional team that will travel to Hershey, Pa., for the national meet in August.

With Hood River County Community Education running the show, the following youngsters qualified for the state meet (one boy and one girl qualified per age group):

Standing long jump —

Patrick Crompton 5’4”

Abby Oswald 5’3”

Cade Scroggins 6’8”

Sophie Oswald 5’8”

Ben Iremonger 8’2”

Ian McNaughton 8’0”

Softball throw —

Ryan Ward 94’7”

Abby Oswald 43’3”

Cade Scroggins 118’1”

50 meter dash —

Ryan Ward 8.1

Taylor Simonds 8.6

100 meter dash —

Dan Kuechmann 17.9

Sophie Oswald 20.2

Ian McNaughton 15.4

200 meter dash —

Dan Kuechmann 37.0

Taylor Simonds 39.6

Ian McNaughton 30.1

Lauren Gray 37.4

400 meter run —

Dan Kuechmann 1:31.3

Taylor Simonds 1:38.4

Brodie Sutherland 1:25.9

Lauren Gray 1:34

800 meter run —

Cade Scroggins 3:21

Ben Iremonger 2:32.4

Sean Crompton 3:36.7

Marie Miller 2:41

1600 meter run —

Ben Iremonger 6:02

Sean Crompton 7:59

Marie Miller 8:08

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