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Tribe track has nine finish in top-5

Lio Tunai had the second-best shotput throw of his career and The Dalles Wahtonka track and field team had nine tracksters end up in the top-5 during Friday’s Dean Nice Invitational in Gresham.

Tunai, who set his personal best with a distance of 54-feet, 11 inches on April 23, threw out a 54-06.75 to grab top honors against a field of 28.

The Eagle Indian junior added a toss of 139-10 for fourth place in the discus, and teammate Harris Farr chalked up fifth place in the long jump with a measurement of 22-00.

Zach Nerdin ended up ninth with a time of 16.19 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles, Blake Diede was good for 10th in the 200-meters where he crossed the line in 23.67, and junior Elijah Kohltfarber notched 11th in his try at 1,500 meters with a marker of four minutes and 31 seconds.

Nerdin and Farr finished eight and ninth, respectively in the high jump, with Nerdin capturing his best height of 6-0, to Farr’s 5-10.

Junior standout mark Johnson added an 11-06 in the pole vault for ninth place, leading the boy’s team to 12th place in the standings with 20 points.

The girl’s team had six athletes claim top-5 recognition, including second-place outcomes by Maya Barnard-Davidson in the pole vault and Britt Babb in her 200-meter try.

Barnard-Davidson had a height of 9-06 in her vault, while Babb stopped the watch in 26.5 seconds for her preliminary run, before going fifth in the finals at 27.27.

The junior worked a 13.14 in the 100-meters for fifth place, Katie Conklin tallied fifth in her 110-hurdle final-round rally for 17.19 and she uncorked a 4-10 for sixth in the high jump, and then capped her afternoon at a 34-00 for fourth place in the triple jump.

Emily Morin had a 12:07.9 in the 3,000-meters, Yasmin Hill secured ninth in long jump at 15-10.50 and Hannah Schechtel moved for 14th in discus at 79-00.

The girls had 28 points for 10th place out of the 13-team girl’s field.

TDW hits the track again at 4 p.m. Friday for the Columbia River Conference Last Chance Meet in Hermiston.

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