College track prepping for conference championships

The college track and field season is entering its final weeks with athletes looking to make their mark and qualify for league championship meets.

In that mix are several former Hood River Valley competitors.

n At Cornell, Lauren Lloyd has already punched her ticket the ECAC league championship meet.

Lloyd finished sixth in the 800 at the Bucknell Invite with a time of 2:10.20, good enough to qualify for the ECAC meet.

In the run up to the ECAS championship May 12-13, the team will compete at the Penn Relays and then host its own invitational meet April 29.

n A couple of former Eagles had standout days at the Oregon Relays last weekend.

Rachel Perry finished 10th in the javelin throw for Oregon with a top distance of 127-01. Her best mark this season is a 143-04, set at the Pepsi team invitational on April 7.

n In the 1500 meter race, Oregon State’s Erin Jones won the “B section” race with a time of 4:42.24, edging out Megan Batty of Gonzaga by .28 of a second.

n In the 400 meter dash, Ian McNaughton, running for Lane Community College, placed fourth in the first section of the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.03. He also led off for Lanes’ 4x400 relay team, which finished fifth.

n Track and field is not the only sport coming down the home stretch. Brothers Parker and Elliott Sherrell have 10 games left to go this season for Lane Community College, which is currently in second place in the NWAACC south region standings. Elliott is currently posting a .246/.304/.316 (Avg/Slg/OBP) slash line with five RBI and Parker is 2-2 on the mound with a 3.38 ERA over 11 games, one of them a start.

n Finally, for your trivia: Who was the all-time goals scored leader in the Major Indoor Soccer League in the U.S.?

A: Steve Zungul, who, in addition to sporting the glorious bald top/mullet in the back hair combo, scored 652 goals over a 12-year indoor career for the New York Arrows, Golden Bay Earthquakes, Tacoma Stars and San Diego Shockers.

That is reason No. ∞∞(+1) to be glad I am your local sports reporter.

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