Hilanders Compete Against Nation’s Best

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John L. Braese

EUGENE – The high school track and field season may be over for most student athletes around eastern Oregon, but three Burns competitors recently returned from a showcase of national talent, taking part in the Nike Outdoor Nationals at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Participants are invited to the meet based on qualifying marks met during the regular track and field season.

3A state shot put champion Caitlyn Horrell competed in the Emerging Elite Division in three events. Returning to Hayward Field after winning state in the shot put, Horrell’s throw of 35 feet, 1.25 inches at the Outdoor Nationals placed 17th in the final standings. Horrell continued her meet with a 13th place showing in the discus after a mark of 117 feet, 0.75 inches. Horrell had her best showing of the meet in the javelin, finishing eighth with her best throw measuring in at 112 feet, 11.5 inches.

3A District 6 long jump champion Akylah Kaino made the trip, also competing in the Emerging Elite Division. Qualifying in both the long jump and high junp, Kaino took part in the long jump competition only, finishing 29th after a mark of 15 feet, 9.5 inches.

Representing the Hilander boys, Caren Volle used a qualifying time in the 300-meter hurdles during the season to run in the 400-meter race. Racing against the nation’s best in the Emerging Elite Division, Volle posted a time of 59.55 seconds, a 35th place showing.

Burns also qualified their 4-by-400 boys relay team as well as Lucian Miller qualifying in the freshman mile event. Due to a busy summer schedule, neither were able to make the trip.

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