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ABOVE: Oregon’s Abi Hopkins clears a hurdle en route to winning the 100 meter hurdles at the Landers-Loomis Meet on April 18. BELOW: Oregon’s Lydia Cermak long jump. Photos by Earleen Hinton “It was good for them to throw with (Lindeman),” veteran Hawk throwing coach Doug Engel said. “She is stronger than everyone else and very quick.” Lindeman broke her own meet record in the shot on her last effort of 46-1. There was more than a meet record at stake, as in actual steak. “I was promised we’d go eat at the Roadhouse here if I broke the record,” said Lindeman, looking forward to a family meal. The 2019 New Balance indoor national champion in the 17-18 age group is still looking to improve on the 49-8 personal best at Westwood in Fulton’s first meet of the year. With a scholarship offer to Wisconsin awaiting her and a chance to break the all-time state record of 51-0 3/4, Lindeman is hitting the weight room more diligently and participating in more throwing camps, forcing her to give up basketball and softball at Fulton. In the 1,600, Oregon’s Katlyn Ramirez was fifth (6:18). Lyndi Kenney had a pair of fifths in the pole vault (8-6) and 400 (1:09). DeHaan was sixth in the 800 (2:49) and Easley fourth in the 100 (13.94).

• Friday, April 26, 2019

Chalk up another win for the Oregon girls track and field team. At its own Landers-Loomis Invitational on April 18, the Hawks went 2-3-4 in the 200 meters with Lydia Cermak (28.34), Erin Schmidt (28.75) and Jadyn Bothe (28.94) and then won the 1,600 relay to pull away from Winnebago in the final two events for a 141-122 win in the 11-team meet. “This could be a special year,” Oregon coach Nick Schneiderman said. “The difference between now and the past few years is we have depth. In the 1,600 relay, there are seven different girls we could have used.” Bre DeHaan, Elizza Easley, Lyndi Kenney and Abi Hopkins ran a 4:24 in the 1,600 relay besting Winnebago by 6 seconds. It was sweep of the sprint relays, with Cristina Tranchina, Bothe, Schmidt and Easley running 52.94 in the 400 relay, bettering the 53.37 by Fulton. Cermak, who took also third in the 100 and long jump, combined with Bothe, Schmidt and Easley to win the 800 relay at a 1:51.71 clocking. “That was outstanding to pull out those three relays,” Schneiderman said. “Between the field and track, it was outstanding overall. We have some good young talent.” It was a senior leading the way for Oregon, though. Abi Hopkins, who fought through a serious knee injury to make state last year for the third year in a row in the 100 hurdles, won her specialty at Oregon with a PR of 16.96. “Right now, it’s frustrating not being able to 3-step the hurdles,” Hopkins said. “A prime high-school hurdler does that. I managed to 3-step my first hurdle tonight, but ended up going 4-step the rest of the way. To have a chance a state, I can’t do that. Everyone down there 3-steps it.” Oregon also claimed the 300 hurdles, with Cynthia Nyderek in first at 50.80 and Hopkins third. Hopkins also went 32-5 for a fifth in the triple jump. It was Chloe Lindeman of Fulton dominating the throws, but Hawk freshman Jenae Bothe had a pair of PRs in the shot put (36-2) and discus (116-4) in taking third in each. Teammate Brenna Noon was second at 36-11 in the shot and fourth in the discus.

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