GLADSTONE Once again, the local throwers are proving their worth in big track meets, as athletes from Astoria, Seaside and Warrenton competed Saturday in large invitationals.
Astoria and Seaside sent athletes to the Dick Baker Invitational, held Saturday at Gladstone, where Seaside senior Danielle Fitts placed second in the shot put with a toss of 32 feet, 7 inches (teammate Jordan Cleary was fifth at 27-11).
Seaside senior Lucas Clark took second in the discus with a toss of 139-3, and Astoria senior Levi Iverson was second in the shot put with an effort of 47-10.
Another second place finish went to Seasides Zack Hofmann in the javelin, with a toss of 156-1.
The Seaside girls scored 34.5 points to place seventh in the team standings, while Gladstone won the team title with 166.5 points.
North Bend (135.5) won the boys team championship, with Seaside (61) fifth and Astoria (27) 10th.
Brett Willyard highlighted the day for the Gulls, running the 400 meters in 50.58 seconds, edging Westside Christians Jacob Sturtevant at the tape. Willyard was also the winner in the 3,000 meters, finishing in 8:59.43. Astorias Nicholas Long and Bryce Nurding were fifth and sixth, respectively.
Astorias Mack Hunter placed fourth in the 800 meters in 2:04.42, while Seasides Cameron Sorter (4:23.98) and Jefferson Farmer (4:25.19) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 1,500 meters.
Seasides Charlotte Blakesley finished second in the girls 1,500 in 5:08.70, behind Molallas Emily Bever (4:53.60).
Seaside teammate Allison Kilday took third in the 100-meter hurdles (16.58), then tied for third in the 300-meter hurdles (47.90).
Competing almost exclusively against athletes from bigger schools in the Dean Nice Invitational at Gresham, Warrenton senior Jordan Hollaway was third in the discus (140-1), and teammate Jordan Cain was eighth (142-7) in the javelin.