Lions track shows off depth at JC Meet

Jaden Owens, Carter Bengston and Ethan Peterson went 1-2-3 in the boys 1500m.

Following a solid showing at the Marist invite in the first weekend of April, the Lions track team was able to show off their depth at a meet in Junction City against three other teams. Cottage Grove took their full complement of athletes and racked up 14 event wins between both teams to finish first on the boys’ side (104 points) and second on the girls side (62.5).

“It was fun to see some kids and so many different events,” said Head Coach Ricky Knutson. “Especially a couple of the girls, Bella Keating ran her first 300m hurdles and she ran well in that. Piper Youngmyr did the triple jump for the first time and she’s ranked third in the league right now in the in the triple jump. So that was a pretty cool surprise and sometimes in the lowkey meets you see some kid’s breakthrough with some solid performances in events they don’t normally compete in.”

Cottage Grove again showed their muscle in the field events with Isaac Stere winning high jump and long jump, with teammate Ty Kishen also winning triple jump with a season best 40’10 mark. Edith Gibson Baker and Piper Youngmyr both finished top four in the long, high and triple jump on the girls’ side while Taylor Bentley finished second in both the shot put and discus. Gracie Arnold rounded out the girls’ throwing events with a win in the javelin with a throw of 98’7. 

“It’s a testament to how hard our kids have been working in the offseason and early this season,” said Jumps Coach Jayden Tucker. “The athletes have had a good attitude this season and I’m excited to see how we can continue to progress this year.”

On the track, Abbi Hemenway, Brennen Murphy and Jaden Owens all took first in their events with Murphy winning two events (200m and 400m). Junior Tyler Russell finished second place in three events and teammate Wyatt Pepiot also taking second in the 800m.

Cottage Grove also performed well in the relays finishing first in the 4x100m and 4x400m relay on the boys side and finishing first on the girls 4x400m relay to close out the meet. Other event winners include, Bella Keating (300m hurdles), Rogelio Soto-Cruz (Shot put) and Elijah Williams (Javelin). 

The Lions will have finished out another meet before The Sentinel’s press time and now will set their sights on the Philomath Invitational with the first events starting at noon. 

1-4 finishers in individual events (measurements in ft and seconds):


1st place Brennen Murphy - 200m/23.45

1st place Brennen Murphy - 400m/51.89

1st place Jaden Owens - 1500m/4:30.82

1st place Rogelio Soto-Cruz - Shot put/37’9

1st place Elijah Williams - Javelin/127’3

1st place Isaac Stere - High Jump/5’10

1st place Isaac Stere - Long Jump/20’2 

1st place Ty Kishen - Triple Jump/40’10

2nd place Tyler Russell - 100m/12.17

2nd place Tyler Russell - 110m hurdles/17.19

2nd place Tyler Russell - 300m hurdles/46.51

3rd place Jaden Owens - 800m/2:14.06

3rd place Ethan Peterson - 1500m/4:33.50

3rd place Daniel Hernandez - Shot Put/34’3

3rd place Elijah Williams - Discus/95’7

4th place Terran Stewart - 100m/12.25

4th place Ty Kishen - 200m/24.90

4th place Carter Bengston - 800m/2:17.33

4th place Hayes Valley - Discus/94’9.25

4th place Gabriel Evans - Triple Jump/31’3


1st place Abby Hemenway - 100m/13.85

1st place Bella Keating - 300m Hurdles/56.81

1st place Gracie Arnold - Javelin/98’7

2nd place Abby Hemenway - 200m/29.06

2nd place Taylor Bentley - Shot Put/30’1.5

2nd place Taylor Bentley - Discus/84’6.5

3rd place Abby Hemenway - 110m hurdles/21.01

3rd place Abby Hemenway - 300m hurdles/56.81

3rd place Piper Youngmyr - Triple Jump/28’0.75

4th place Allison Palluck - 800m/2:41.50

4th place Helen Leal-Coronel - 1500m/6:41.50

4th place Bella Keating - 110m hurdles/21.04

4th place Rylan Leach - 300m hurdles/1:00.42

4th place Taylor Bentley - Javelin/75’11

4th place Edith Gibson Becker - High Jump/4’0

4th place Edith Gibson Becker - Long Jump/13’7.5