Pirates find top marks at Dean track invitational

Neah-Kah-Nie’s Jackie Elligsen goes over a hurdle during the 100 meter hurdles in the Mark Dean Invitational in Tillamook. The sophomore placed fifth with a time of 20.56a seconds.

By Brad Mosher

Neah-Kah-Nie Pirates set personal records or matched them at the Mark Dean Invitational in Tillamook.
The only problem was they were competing against much larger schools like Banks, Tillamook and Woodburn.
Tristan Bennett set a personal record in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, nine inches. But that was only good enough for fourth. Among the Northwest League teams, Bennett’s mark puts him atop the leagues shotputters by almost two feet. He also has the best NWL javelin mark.
He did better in the javelin with a second-place finish with a 136-7 toss, less than a foot behind the winner.
But only two Pirates were able to claim an individual win in Saturday’s meet.
Senior Max Halverson won the high jump at 5-8 with fewer misses. He also had a season best in the 100 meters of 12.6a (automatic timing) seconds and threw 114-9 in the javelin, another seasonal best.
Senior Katie Clifford won the long jump with a 14-8.75 effort. She also placed third in the 100 meters with a time of 13.75a (automatic timing).
But the final hundred meters of her leg of the 1,600 meter relay had her holding a narrow lead over the Banks runner when her headband started to slip down over her eyes.
Clifford had to take one hand, while sprinting, to pull the headband back up from her eyes to the top of her head.