Runners blaze trail at Sparks Invite

By BEN MCCARTY

News staff writer

September 20, 2006

Taking part in their first conference meet of the season, the Hood River Valley cross country teams were anxious to prove they could compete in the Mt. Hood Conference. The message has been sent.

Erin Jones and Leo Castillo both clocked in second place times in their races, and Melissa Kaufmann finished sixth on the girls’ side.

Overall, the girls’ varsity team finished third behind Hermiston and Mt. Hood Conference rival Reynolds, while the boys’ varsity finished sixth.

Both teams will a chance for a closer look at Reynolds when they take on the Raiders in a head-to-head match up today.

Jones dueled with Hermiston’s Kimberly Macias for the early part of the race before Macias, who finished second in state last season, pulled away down the stretch. Castillo ran neck and neck with Franklin’s Bryce Burgess before Burgess stretched his lead to 17 seconds.

Alex Van Slyke on the boys’ side and Boo Lucas on the girls’ side also posted good times for the Eagles.

For the JV teams Brandon Nakamura was the top finisher for the Hood River boys while Kelsey Griffith led the girls.

With their first meet out of the way, the Eagles can now have something to build on over the course of the season.

“They have now established their personal records for the season,” Coach Kristen Uhler said. “Each meet they’ll improve on that time.”

After the head-to-head match up with Reynolds, the Eagles head to Seaside for a meet there Friday and Saturday.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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