Day: May 14, 2014

Celts take down Saxons in track

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes As big as the athletes might talk about whose events are the toughest, it’s a sense of family that reigns in McNary High School track and field competition. “The character of the team is different this year,” said Celt Evan Rummerfield. “We motivate each other and it means everyone is involved in seeing how everyone else is improving.” While it’s not uncommon for some teams to self-segregate according to the type of events each athlete competes in, intermingling means the Celts rise as one. It translates into more inspired performances for Celtic distance runners like Rummerfield, Aisha Amaitsa and Rebekah Maddox. “This is my first year as part of the team, and I just wanted to see how it compared to cross country, but it’s so cool to hear people screaming for you as you go around the track,” Maddox said. “It really makes a difference when you’re on the last lap,” Amaitsa added. All three runners won events at the team’s most recent meet with South Salem High School Wednesday, April 30. The boys coasted to an overall 84-56 win while the Lady Saxons kept thing much closer. The McNary girls won 73-72. For the girls, Maddox took the top spot in the 3,000 meter with a time of 13:42.81; Amaitsa took first in the 1,500 with a time of 5:25.66...

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Positive campaign pledge being ignored in heated HD 25 race

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes One candidate wants the other to agree to a positive campaign pledge. The other candidate, however, emphasizes he hasn’t been engaged in negative campaigning. Thus goes the latest chapter in the House District 25 Republican primary contest between radio talk show host Bill Post and retired state employee Barbara Jensen. Last week, Jensen wrote a letter to Post’s campaign about the pledge. “As someone who cares deeply about respecting the will of voters in House District 25, I am announcing today that my campaign will take a pledge to run a positive campaign,” Jensen wrote in a letter dated May 1. “In addition, we are calling on all parties concerned with an interest in the race to join us in running a positive campaign. We, as a campaign, will actively work to ensure that no outside group runs a negative attack in this race.” In an interview with the Keizertimes on Monday, Jensen explained her rationale behind the pledge. “I’d been feeling it for some time to let voters hear issues and how we feel on issues,” Jensen said. “When we get wrapped around tearing each other down, it doesn’t let voters hear and do their assessment. I was hoping we could get to a better place. Let’s call a truce and move on.” Jensen noted she hadn’t heard back from Post and...

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