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Hells Canyon ourna Mareh 31, 1993 i I II I med Track Grace Gulick, Pine Eagle High School's girls track coach, is getting excited. Gu- lick, who is entering her 22nd season as track and field men- tor for Pine Eagle's girls, is always eager to see how the kids respond to the unique challenges of competition on the track team. "Only the brave kids come out for track," Gulick says. ' Fhere's no one else to de- pend on. It's all up to them, and it's fun to see how they respond." This year should be par- ticularly fun, as eight mem- bers of last year's team re- turn, six of whom competed in the State Track Meet. And this year, Gulick begins the spring sports season having been named Track Coach of the Year in Who's Who in Oregon Track, 1993, a publi- cation of the Oregon State Activities Association. The honor took her by sur- prise. '2 owe it all to the kids," she says modestly, but with some reason. Pine Eagle's 1993 track team is rated the top dual-meet, Class LA girls' squad in the state, based on returninggirls'best times and distances from last year. Gulick has coached three girls to state championships, one in the javelin and two in the 800-meters. '2 like that race, because it's so predict- able. You look for a kid who runs a good 100, and then work on conditioning, be- cause you already know what GRACEGUUCK they can do." Gulick says she finds track a rewarding sport to coach because of the individual na- ture of the events. "Kids can become good friends with the kids who are next to them in the blocks before a race," she says, con- trastingtrack to other sports. "there's no pushing or shov- ing, and they don't get mad at each other." Returning Seniors Anchor Boys' Track Team When Pine Eagle's boys Returningseniorsinclude: include senior Scott Wright, take to the track on Saturday distance runner Ned Ham- junior Casey Rowen, and for their first official track mar (1,500 and 3,000-meter freshmen Justin Curtis, meet of the season, it will be races, including a trip to the Maitri Honeyman, Tim only the secondtime on a real State Track Meet last year); Collier and Rory Huff. track all spring;, a practice WayneChastain (800-meters"A good blend of older kids meet has been scheduled for and relays, including State and younger kids coming tomorrow (Thursday, April 1, TrackMeetlastyear); Steven along," is how Miles assesses in Baker City). The first full- Farley (javelin, relays, sprints his squad. Although his team fledged track meet of the sea- and middle distances); Tom is rated 10th in the state as a sen will be the Morrow County Gunn (shot put and discus), dual-meet team, among Or- Invitational, Saturday, April The one returning junior egon Class 1A high schools, 3, 11 a.m. from last year's team is he expects competition to be "So far we've been work- Arthur Baker (hurdles andtough at the meets.' it willbe ing with weights and run- relays), hard to compete as a team ning on the highways," said Sophomores returning with the larger schools," he boys' coach Duane Miles. from last year are: Jon Miles says realistically. But the Thirteen boys are out for (relays, discus andshotput); coach expects the Spartans track, seven have previous Ty Vaughan (discus and shot to finish well in his team's varsity track experience and put). stronger events. six are in their first year. First year team members Girls' Track Prospects Are Good Fourteen Pine Eagle High School girls are out for track, as of Monday, March 29. Eight of those return from last year's team which claimed both league and district championships and finished sixth as a team at the State Track Meet. ' With our returning nucleus," veteran coach Grace Gulick commented, "we should place well at most meets. And we should do well toward the end of the season, if the new kids can pick up Keelie's points," she said, referring to high jump and hurdles standout Keelie Keown, who transferred to Oakridge after last season. 'The returning girls should do better in their events, too," she added. Seniors returning to the team include: Angie Tucker (800 and 3,000-meters, went to State Track Meet last year); Melissa Gulick (javelin and hurdles); Laurie Gu- lick (discus, triple jump and 1,600 relay--went to State Track Meet last year). Juniors returning from last season include: Didi Elgu- ezabal (discus, 200-meters and both relays -- went to State Track Meet last year); Lorrena Thompson (sprints and long jump); Michelle Curtis (last year's first place finisher in 800-meters at State Track Meet, fourth-place finisher in 1,500-meters and 1,600 relay team competi- tor); Cambria Curtis (last year's fifth place finisher at State Track Meet in the long jump, and 400 relay, 100 and 200-meter competitor). The only sophomore returning from last year's team is Venus Butler (both relays, and 400-meters -- went to State Track Meet last year). First year participants include: seniors, Julie Brown (distance and/or middle distance events) and Amber Bledsoe (sprints); sophomores, Teddi Van Hooser (high jump, hurdles) and Melanie Brown (distance and/or middle distance) and freshmen Pauli Elguezabal (throw- iing events) and Nicole Dumars (middle distances). Spartan Nine Open at Home Despite the late snow in Pine Valley, first year Pine Eagle baseball coach Mark JoUey said the Spartans' pros- poets to be able to host their first game of the season with Va e this Saturday on their home field in Halfway are improving. "We may have to go to Rich- land," he admitted, '%ut the field looks good, and if we get a few more days like the last couple, we should be able to play here." The game is sched- uled for Saturday, April 3, 1 p.m. Jolley is starting the sea- son with twelve ballplayers. A couple more may become eligible after the season starts. 'eWe only have three or four with any experience," Jolley said. Pine Eagle did not compete in baseball last year, and the coach admitted this will be a rebuilding year. '2VIaybe the next two years will be rebuilding years," he said. ' rhey're out there having fun," he said, "and they're going to play to the best of their ability." CLARKE_ .... ' - 2 NswANcEp 0 SEe.US.' 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