SEASIDE - The Astoria girls were racking up all kinds of points Thursday afternoon, on the first day of the Cowapa League Track & Field Championships at Seaside High School.

The meet concludes today on the Gulls' home track.

Through four events completed, the Fishermen girls (52 points) hold an 18-point edge over second-place Tillamook (34), while the Astoria boys hold a very slim edge as they gun for another league title.

The boys' side of the meet could literally come down to the wire, as the Fishermen currently lead the standings with 52 points, followed by the Gulls (51) and Scappoose (48).

Five finals took place Thursday, with the Fishermen and Gulls already qualifying several athletes for next week's state meet.

Astoria's Josimar Macareno took second in the 3,000 meters (9 minutes, 21.95 seconds) behind Jesse Cronin of Scappoose (9:18.13).

Seaside's Marcus Juste captured the long jump final, sailing 20-101?2 feet to top Kyle McMullen of Astoria (19-71?2). The top two finishers in each event qualify for state.

Elsewhere, the Gulls went 1-2 in the discus, Kai Watts winning with a toss of 126-11 over Bjorn McCord.

Astoria's Chris Meyer cleared 5-10 to take second and qualify in the high jump.

On the girls' side, Fishermen freshman Charlene Harber had the highlight of Day 1 with a winning long jump of 18-31?4. The short flight was a school record and broke a meet record, which had stood since 1983 (Tami Lesh, Neah-Kah-Nie, 17-91?2).

As expected, Astoria's Laura Bobek and Jamie Coggins finished 1-2 in the shot put, with Bobek's winning mark 38-13?4.

Astoria's Abby Chesimet added a win in the 3,000, running 10:50.90.


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