With 12 seniors participating in their final home track meet, Cottage Grove wanted to have a strong performance at the 2017 Ciochetti Invitational. The annual event is one of the great track meets in the 4A that honors former legendary Lions coach Wally “Chick” Ciochetti, who coached Cottage Grove to the 1956 and 1960 Hayward Relays Class-A championships, was part of Mexico’s 1964 Olympic team, and was a coach for the 1972-73 Pan American Games.
“Overall it was another successful meet, lots of teams come from a long way to participate in this meet. This is one of our favorite meets of the season, we are lucky to have it at home,” Lions Track coach Ricky Knutson said.
Out of the 17 schools participating, the Lions men’s team finished with 70 points, good enough for 2nd place behind Newport, who led the way 91 points. The Lions women’s team finished 11th with a score of 30 while Scappoose finished 1st with 74 points, just ahead of Sisters who had 73.5.
The Lions men’s team preformed particularly well on the track led by Jacob Woods who won the 200 meter final with a PR of 23.07 and also came up big in the 100 meter Final, finishing 2nd behind North Valley’s Hunter Comyford. Tucker Porter finished in 2nd in the 400 meter for the Lions with a PR of 52.69 while later in the evening in the 3000 meter Konrad Raum’s time of 9:26.71 was good enough for a second place finish and James Talley finished 4th in the same race. In the field events Erick Giffen had a PR of 6’0 in the high jump finals, finishing 2nd for the Lions men’s team, while in the long jump finals Tucker Porter also finished second.
For the Lions women’s team Hannah Albrecht had a strong performance in the 200 finishing 6th with a time of 27.35 and shortly after that finished 2nd in the 400 at 1:01.29 for the Lions women’s team. Sabrina James also came up big for Cottage Grove when she finished 2nd in the 1500 with a 5:12.80 time. But the Lions women’s team struggled in the field events.
How the Lions preform in Sutherlin this Thursday and Saturday in the Sky-Em districts will then determine who advances to the 4A state championships in Eugene that take place May 19 and 20, but first Cottage Grove must focus on repeating as district champions.
“We have a little bit of work to do. Junction City is pretty tough on the boy’s side and sisters, as we saw today is going to be pretty strong too. Overall if we have a good couple days the girls and boys have a shot, but everything has to come together,” Knutson concluded.