Boys win division at Willamette Falls Invite

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School boys varsity track and field team wasted little time in making a statement this season. The Celtic boys won the the big-school division of the Willamette Falls Invitational on Saturday, April 12. “Especially in the sprinters, we have a lot of depth,” said senior Garrett Hittner. “We’ve got Kyle Torres, Brett Hildebrand, Anthony Nguyen and Austin Brown in the varsity team, but we’ve also got a lot of young runners who know what they are doing.” At the invite, Torres won the 200 and 400 meter sprints in 22.81 and 51.14, respectively; Daniel Brattain won the 110 hurdles in 14.81, the 300 hurdles in 39.91 and the pole vault clearing 13-00; and Brown, Torres, Nguyen, and Hittner won the 4×100 relay in 43.15. “It was kind of a goal for the guys to win one of the invites this season. It’s been a long time since they have and you could tell just by watching them how much they wanted it,” said Frank Gauntz, McNary head coach. While Brattain is no stranger to the top spots in hurdling events (he owns the school and district records in the 110), he’s added the pole vault to his repertoire this season at McNary. He’s not new to the event, however. During summer breaks, the senior competes in decathlons. His low...

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