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Dukes get it done in the end

Dixon edges Erie-P’town for Gebhardt-Worley team title

Published: Saturday, April 12, 2014 11:59 p.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, April 13, 2014 8:46 p.m. CDT
Dixon's JD Gieson clears a hurdle during the 110 hurdles race Saturday at the Gebhardt-Worley Invitational in Oregon. Gieson lost the 110 race, but won the 300 hurdles, and the Dukes won the team title.

OREGON – What the Gebhardt-Worley Invitational lacked in outstanding performances, it made up for in a heated competition between Dixon and Erie-Prophetstown for the team title.

The Dukes put the meet away with a first-place finish in the 1,600-meter relay.

That race typified the competition between the two teams, as E-P anchor Grant Ames ran a 51.6-second split to nearly catch Laron Carr of Dixon, after taking the baton 30 meters behind. Dixon’s time was 3:38.93 and E-P’s 3:39.23, allowing the Dukes to pull out a 151-140 win over the Panthers.

“That’s a good time for us for this early in the year, and with all the wind,” Dixon coach Bruce Luther said.

Carr was a fill-in for Evan Grady, who had just finished second in the 1,600 run to teammate Austin Trevino (4:39). Another regular missing on that relay was Simon Thorpe, who was in Arcadia, Calif., competing in the 1,600 run against some of the best milers in the country.

Besides Carr, Kylian Lally, Nate Gascoigne and Alex LaMendola ran on the relay.

After getting upset by E-P sophomore Dylan Binion in the 110 high hurdles, Dixon’s JD Gieson won the 300 hurdles over Binion and Lena-Winslow standout Tristan Fox. Gieson finished at 40.63, compared to 41.43 for Fox.

“It helped me in the 300, knowing [Binion] was right next to me,” said Gieson, still fighting a hip injury. “I handed him the 110 highs on a sliver platter.”

In the high hurdles, Gieson stumbled between the fifth and sixth hurdles, allowing Binion to win, 15.23 to 15.53.

“Dylan works really hard and has a lot of talent,” E-P coach Jon Schlagheck said.

Dixon dominated the long, triple and long jumps, taking first and second in each. Kyle LeBlanc went 5 feet, 10 inches to edge Carr in the high jump, while Carr beat Gieson in the triple, 42-0 to 41-8. In the long jump, it was Gieson going 20-9 to 18-10 for Quinton Douglas.

“I’m excited, because Carr and LeBlanc are in their first year,” Luther said.

The team of LaMendola, Lally, Grady and Trevino won the 3,200 relay for Dixon with a time of 8:32, beating second-place E-P (8:48). Lally ran a 51.42 to beat a decent field in the 400.

Chris Bauer (22.70) and Dvaree Thompson (23.12) took second and third in the 200 meters, and led the Panther 800 relay to first, along with Kyle Pannier and Ames. Lucas White won the 800 run with a time of 2:09.

“We graduated quite a senior class,” Schlagheck said. “The guys we have this year, they want to carry on that tradition. We’re excited where we’re at right now.”

Oregon got wins from Troy Pudlas in the discus (141-3) and Ashton Rutherford (13-0) in the pole vault. After being in the background for 2 years, Rutherford is looking to fill the shoes left by 3-time vault state qualifiers Mark Schmidt and Austin McCourt.

“Troy and Ashton were definitely the bright spots for us,” said Oregon coach Jim Spratt, whose team scored 64 points to place fourth.

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