UMATILLA - Mac-Hi's Casey Smith was 15 one-hundredths of a second from winning four events Friday at the River's Edge track meet in Umatilla.
Smith was second in the 100-meter dash (11.28 seconds), but took home victories in the 200 (22.92) and 400 (51.97). He also ran anchor for the 1,600 relay team, which won by more than seven seconds (3:42.29).
Smith was so exhausted after running the relay, which was his final event, he spent a few minutes crouched on the ground in pain before he could speak.
"I think I did pretty good," Smith said after recovering. "I think I decreased my times by two or three seconds."
Halfway through the relay, Mac-Hi was trailing, but Smith and No. 3 runner Andy Hetterley each made up about four seconds to come away with a convincing victory.
"They're coming around," Mac-Hi coach John Milleson said about his relay team. "They're starting to learn and gel, so things are going pretty good right there."
Mac-Hi was the top local team on the boys side, finishing second (65) behind South Wasco County (87).
Umatilla and Heppner finished in a third-place tie with 55 points apiece. Stanfield took fifth (47), Echo took sixth (42), Pilot Rock and Mitchell tied for seventh (39), Ione finished 11th (26.5), Riverside was 12th (24), Helix was 16th (13) and Arlington placed 17th.
Umatilla won the 400 relay (46.29), Kyle Humphreys took the 100 (11.14) for Pilot Rock and Matt Fillarski won the high jump (6-1), beating out Echo's Curtis Bodewig (6-0).
Jason Flemmer won the discus (132) and shot put (45-10) for Stanfield.
Sherman County ran away with the girls side, scoring 133 points.
Umatilla was a distant second at 59, but the performance of both Viking teams left coach Kelley Swarat very happy.
"I was very pleased," Swarat said. "My boys tied for third, and my girls were second. Out of 21 schools, that was awesome."
The Mac-Hi girls finished third with a score of 47.
"Everybody performed well," Milleson said about his team. "I can't fault any of my kids.
"We had a great meet."
Riverside was fourth (46), Pilot Rock placed sixth (39), Echo and Stanfield were tied for seventh (37), Arlington placed ninth (31), Ione was 10th (27), Helix finished 12th (23), Heppner placed 13th (18), Wheeler was 15th (15) and Condon finished 17th (11).
Kelsey Walker won the long jump (15-71/2) and the triple jump (34-21/2) for Pilot Rock. Kisha Lomen won the 100 hurdles (16.41) and 300 hurdles (50.05) for Riverside, Heppner's Shanna Rietmann won the 100 (12.89), Umatilla's Austin Harvey won the shot put (34-51/2), Stanfield's Rosa Bautista took the 3,000 (12:44.25) and Wheeler's Alicia Hankins won the discus (104-21/2).
Umatilla's Alma Garcilazo set a school record in the 400 (1:00.55) a few days after setting the school record in the 800, but finished in second place in the 100 (13.09), 200 (26.99) and 400.
"It's not OK, but I guess it's fine because I was very close every time to the girl in front of me," Garcilazo said about her tough-luck day. "And I'm just a freshman."
If Garcilazo continues at her current pace, more Umatilla records could fall.
"She works hard and she's hungry, and she wants it," Swarat said.
Umatilla was not the only school seeing fast times, and Smith attributed it to what he called a very soft track. Others said the fair weather helped the runners, as well.
"(The track is) a lot softer than Riverside's," Smith said, referring to last week's meet, where he won the 100, 200 and the 400.