Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Last week, Hood River Valley track and field coach Donnie Herneisen referred to Friday’s East County Classic meet at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham as HRV’s “first official test” of the season.
Boys top five finishers
Wyatt Webber, 5th
Parker Irusta, 3rd
Justin Crosswhite, 3rd
Ricardo Castillo, 4th
Parker Kennedy, 3rd
Sebastian Barajas, 4th
Parker Kennedy, 2nd;
Patrick Compton, 3rd
Parker Irusta, 3rd
Girls top five finishers
Jestena Mattson, 1st (12.6)
Jestena Mattson, 1st (25.96); Emily Viuhkola, 4th
Anna Schlosser, 1st (61.16); Kassidy Davidson, 2nd
Lauren Robinson, 1st (5:07.69)
Sascha Bockius, 1st (10:48.33)
Kassidy Davidson, Emily Viuhkola, Zoe Peterson, Jestena Mattson, 1st (50.79)
Emily Viuhkola, Jesten Mattson, Anna Schlosser, Kassidy Davidson, 1st (4:11.76)
Zoe Peterson, 2nd;
Kimberlee Boquist, 8th
If it was indeed a test, then HRV passed it with flying colors.
HRV girls team took first in the meet with a score of 100.5 points, edging out Clackamas by just a single point. The boys team scored 67 points and finished fifth out of a field of 12, buoyed by what Herneisen called, “many solid individual performances.”
Herneisen believed this was the first time in history that the girls had ever taken first at the East County Classic as he stated that “none of the coaching staff could remember a team finish higher than fifth place before.” He noted there were many athletes who won their events, but categorized the win as team effort.
“We had many first-place finishers, but this meet was won by the many girls finishing in fourth through eighth place,” Herneisen said. We had many girls finishing with [personal records] and placing really well. It would be really unfair for me to single out one, two, or even three girls for recognition — as we really had girls scoring all over the place.”
However, one of the highlights of the meet Herneisen did mention was the girls 4x400 relay event, which HRV won despite its seeding in the slower heat. The HRV team, — comprised of Emily Viuhkola, Jestena Mattson, Anna Schlosser and Kassidy Davidson — blew the doors off their competition, completing the event in 4:11.76, which was nearly four seconds faster than the next closest team, Reynolds. Herneisen added that “maybe the most exciting performance” was that of Kimberlee Boquist, whose eighth-place finish in the pole vault gave HRV half a point and “secured our margin of victory.”
“Otherwise, we’d be talking about our team’s second-place finish,” he noted.
For the boys team, Herneisen said Parker Kennedy and Patrick Crompton finished second and third, respectively, in pole vault, with vaults of 13-6 and 13 flat. He added that though those were the highest finishes for any HRV boy that meet, “we had many guys establishing solid marks and multiple athletes finishing in third place in many different events.”
Next up: HRV travels to Centennial High School in Gresham this Wednesday for a double-dual against Centennial and Reynolds at 3:30 p.m.
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
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