The Athena-Weston Tiger Scots had a great showing at the 26th Annual Buck Track Classic on Thursday, March 23 in Pendleton. Twenty-five high school track teams from across eastern Oregon and southeast Washington competed at the meet, the largest group of athletes in the event’s history.
The Weston-McEwen boys’ team placed third overall in the meet. The girls earned sixteenth place.
One of the more exciting events of the afternoon came in the boys 200 meter dash, where Weston-McEwen junior Jacob Speed outlasted a late charge down the stretch from Pendleton’s Soren Wolf by a nose — winning with a personal-record 23.45 to Wolf’s 23.50.
“I came off the corner really well,” Speed said of his run, “and then about the 75-meter mark down the stretch I started dying a bit and I could hear him coming and I just tried to tough it out.”
Speed lived up to his last name throughout the day, also winning the 400 meter dash and bringing home a fifth place finish in the 100 meter dash, as well as anchoring Weston-McEwen’s fourth-place 4x400 relay team. Speed said that coming from a 2A school and competing against the likes of 5A/4A/3A schools and competing well is a big confidence boost for him.
“It feels really good, especially to do good against them,” Speed said with a smile. “It makes us feel better for the rest of the season and everything going forward.”
Here are results for Weston-McEwen athletes:
5. Jacob Speed (Weston-McEwen) — 11.71
1. Jacob Speed (Weston-McEwen) — 23.45
- Jacob Speed (Weston-McEwen) — 52.95
- Hayden Scott (Weston-McEwen) — 2:04.42
- Hayden Scott (Weston-McEwen) — 4:19.20
- Weston-McEwen (Scott, McGil, Rudolph, Speed) — 3:45.36
- Kirk Scott (Weston-McEwen) — 121-07
2. Kirk Scott (Weston-McEwen) — 154-03
- Khai Robertson (Weston-McEwen) — 37-03.50
5. Ellie Scheibner (Weston-McEwen) — 28.70
This story was written from portions of an East Oregonian article on March 23, 2017.