ASTORIA - Kelly Freese won both the 1,500 and 3,000 girls races and Stephen Berglund won the boys 3,000 and was second in the 1,500 to run away with athlete of the meet honors at the annual Daily Astorian Invitational track meet in Astoria Monday. Co-coach Ned Bittner said, "Kelly and Stephen both ran extremely well in difficult conditions because of the cold. They have worked hard and their times are improving." There were four teams from Washington and five from Oregon at the meet and no team scores were kept.

Freese breezed to victories in both distance races with times of 5:25 in the 1,500 and 12:01.2 in the 3,000. Berglund's winning time in the 3,000 was 9:39.6 and he ran the 1,500 in 4:27.7 to place second behind Tom Benson of Seaside. Freese bettered her best time in the 1,500 by four seconds and held off Clara Broderick of Seaside by .62 seconds to win the distance event. Berglund lowered his best time in the 3,000 by 7.5 seconds as he defeated Ross MacDougall of Astoria by a mere .36 seconds.

Cameo Ulbricht was third in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:34.1 and she anchored the Ilwaco 4x400 relay team that also placed third. Annika Wolters, Marin McDonnell, and Kelly Freese ran the first three legs of the event and the quartet also placed seventh in the 4x100 relay in the girls' division. Bittner said, "Cameo's time is the 800 is the best in our district so far and Annika is showing improvement after a knee injury held her back early in the season."

McDonnell was sixth in the high jump, clearing four-feet, four-inches and Monica Millner was eighth with a jump of four feet. Anna Gerke claimed sixth place in the discus with a toss of 79-10 and she was eighth in the shot put with a throw of 25-7. Bittner related, "Marin had her personal best in the high jump and she is steadily getting better. Anna has been very consistent in her throws and is doing especially well in the discus."

For the Fishermen Eddie Knick was fourth in the 100 with a time of 11.7, his best mark this season in the sprint and Evin LaPlatney also came in fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:11.4, which was also his best effort in that event. Josh Schenk, LaPlatney, Tyler Starks, and Taylor Odneal teamed up to place sixth in the 4x100 relay in 51.8 and Knick, Odneal, LaPlatney, and Berglund were seventh in the 4x400 in 4:01.5. Knick was seventh in the high jump, clearing 5-6 and Schenk was seventh in the long jump with a leap of 17-8.

"Our freshmen have been able to get some 'big meet' exposure. Josh and Taylor have run well, Kenzi Wirkkala has thrown the javelin consistently, and Mitchell Mortenson is improving his strength in the distance races," Bittner explained. "Eddie has stepped it up in the sprints and he's working hard to make a run at doing well the remainder of his senior season," Bittner added.

"Stephen's best race may be the 3,200 and he has a chance to place at state if he continues to improve his times," Bittner said. "Evin has done well in the 800 and if he can drop his time five or six seconds he could have a chance to make it to state." He concluded, "What we need now is a little sunshine. We have been in training mode for the first part of the season and even though the weather has been cold and wet, our times have consistently come down. With some good weather we should really improve."

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