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Tunai, Hill set PRs, 2nd place in Gresham

Tunai, Hill set PRs, 2nd place in Gresham

The stakes were raised Friday for The Dalles track team while facing four 6A schools, nine 5A programs and a 3A Clatskanie in the Dean Nice Invitational Meet in Gresham.

The Eagle Indians posted six top-5 finishes, as Yasmin Hill and senior Lio Tunai picked up the two best finishes for the day.

Tunai shattered his personal record in the shotput with a distance of 56-feet-2.5 inches, a throw that was more than four-feet better than his previous best this season.

Hill kept her surge on a high note with a silver-medal performance in the long jump, where she hit the dirt in 17-0, another personal record by nearly six inches.

Hill added a fourth in the pole vault with a 9-6, and teammate Katie Conklin notched fourth-place status in the high jump with a height of 4-10.

Conklin rattled off a time of 16.63 seconds for seventh place in the 100-meter high hurdles, and junior Maddie Wood strutted out to 11:30.21 for seventh place in the 3,000-meters.

Liz Tunai placed 10th in the discus with a throw of 93-3, and Avery Cardosi scored 11th in the long jump at 15-3.5.

Another long distance runner who has stepped up her game of late is Emily Morin.

The sophomore clocked in at 5:26.36 in the 1,500 and she added a marker of 11:44.39 in the 3,000.

Zach Nerdin notched sixth in the 110-meter hurdles in 16.22, grabbed fifth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.91 and capped his day in sixth for the high jump at 5-10.

Sant Strassheim was fourth in the 300 hurdles with his 42.46, Riley Bardes cracked the top-8 in discus with a 123-5 and Mark Johnson tied his personal record of 12-6 to finish in a seventh-place tie.

The Dalles hits the track again starting at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Wahtonka High for the Columbia River Conference Last Chance Meet.

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