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Monte track sweeps meet

Montesano’s distance runners proved impervious to miserable weather conditions, helping the Bulldogs sweep a four-school track meet April 17 at Elma.

The Bulldogs received distance wins from three different athletes — Gabrielle Rudolph, Andrea Ostwald and Sydney Potter — in winning the girls meet with 76 points.

With Connor Lovell capturing the 1,600 meters and high jump, Montesano’s boys also prevailed. With 78 points, they finished 16 ahead of runner-up Hoquiam.

None of the teams were at full strength in this meet. Hoquiam and Elma limited many of their top performers to one or two events. Some of Montesano’s key performers also saw limited action. A heavy rain caused coaches to withdraw some of their runners from certain events as a safety precaution.

“It just rained and rained and kept raining,” Elma coach Bill Zwarun reported. “When it wasn’t raining, the wind blew. Then, when the meet was over the sun came out. That seems to be the pattern this season.”

Myranda Floch was a double winner for Montesano’s girls, in the 400 meters and triple jump. Elma’s Cheyanne Jines, took home two titles placing first in the girls 300-meter hurdles and long jump.