BOARDMAN - The younger kids took center stage Tuesday, along with several others who were getting in a little bit of work before a big weekend of track meets, at the Riverside junior varsity meet in Boardman.
The larger schools, Riverside, Hermiston and Pendleton, used their junior varsity kids extensively, but also managed to get in a little cross-training as well.
Riverside's Josh Kegler, who has been bothered by some nagging injuries, made his return to the track and cruised to the win in the 400 meters, an event that he normally doesn't compete in. The race gave Kegler the opportunity to run a race over a track prior to Saturday's Kiwanis Invitational.
Several members of the Pirates' girls team, Esmeralda Leon and Kisha Lomen, each were multiple winners, with Leon capturing the javelin and the 800 and Lomen taking the 200 and the high jump.
Hermiston's Laura Von Arx had a good day, winning both hurdle races and the long jump.
The Arlington Honkers put in a brief appearance to get in a little more experience in pole vault during meet situations.
"It was the only event our Athletic Director would let us compete in," Honker coach Alan Cunningham said.
One person to took advantage of the trip to Boardman was Mike Sallee, who finished fifth by clearing 9-feet in his first attempt at pole-vaulting in a meet.
"I think by the end of the season he can make 12- or 13-feet," Cunningham said of Sallee. "There's a big jump from 9-feet to 12-feet, but for his first try he did great."
Arlington wasn't the only Class 1A school at the meet. The Ione Cardinals also participated and held their own.
Natalie McElligott won the triple jump and Kelly Thompson won the high jump and the 800, although he bypassed the 400, which may very well be his best event.
"He's coming along," Ione coach Del LaRue said. "I'm hoping he's under 52 seconds before districts."
Ione and Arlington will both be competing at the Cascade Locks Invitational Friday.
The Heppner Mustangs won both 400-meter relay races and also ran one-two in the girls 3,000, as Susan Southworth pulled away from teammate Sandra Krotzek down the stretch to earn the victory. Peter Geer added a win in the discus for the Mustangs.
Chandra Harvey, of Umatilla, had a good tune-up for Friday's River's Edge meet by winning the girls discus.
The Bulldogs had a trip of multiple winners in the boys events - Nick Teraberry, Sergio Samaniego and Kyle Warren.