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COOS BAY — North Bend had a pair of athletes set meet records during the 18th-annual Prefontaine Rotary Invitational on Saturday at Marshfield High School.

Chelsea Howard soared 17 feet, 11 ¼ inches to set a new record in the long jump while Jonathan Chilcote broke the meet record in the 100 meters with his winning time of 11.15 seconds in the 100 meters.

They were honored as outstanding athletes along with teammate Hunter Bierce in the 33-school meet.

The team titles went to Crook County’s boys, who edged Marshfield by two points, and Laguna Beach, which made the trip up from Orange County to win the girls title, finishing 36 points ahead of the host Pirates.

Chilcote was named outstanding boys runner after winning the 100 and 200 (22.92) and anchoring North Bend to a win in the 4x100-meter relay (43.93).

Howard was the outstanding girls jumper. In addition to the long jump, she finished second in the 100 and third in the 200.

Bierce was honored as outstanding boys thrower after winning the discus (147-0) and finishing third in the shot put.

Pacific’s Justin Hall was named outstanding jumper after winning the triple jump (42 feet) and the high hurdles (15.89).

The other outstanding athlete awards went to athletes from outside the area.

McKinleyville’s Lizzie Dolan was the outstanding girls runner after winning the 100 (12.92), 100 hurdles (16.03) and 300 hurdles (47.05).

Crook County’s Kenna Woodward was outstanding girls thrower after winning the shot put with a 2-foot personal best of 39-3.

South Coast athletes did collect plenty of wins.

Bandon’s Sailor Hutton won the girls 800 (2:23.13) and the Prefontaine Mile (5:12.89). Marshfield got impressive girls field-event wins by Elise Martin in the triple jump (35-1 ½) and Khaley Aguilar in the pole vault (11 feet).

Brookings-Harbor’s Chloe McCrae won the discus (103-10).

For the boys, Bandon got wins by Hunter Hutton in the Prefontaine Mile (4:27.11) and Josh Snyder in the 800 (2:00.69). Hutton also was second in the pole vault behind Crook County’s Noah Chaney, who cleared 14-6, and third in the 800 behind Snyder and Laguna Beach’s Zachary Falkowski, all finishing within .15 seconds of each other.

Marshfield’s Tyler Post won the shot put (49-3) and Ammon Smith won the high jump (6-1). North Bend got a win by Ty Hampton in the javelin (181-9).

Pacific’s Josh Engdahl raced to a win in the 300 hurdles (41.62) and also was third in the 400 (51.76) and fourth in the long jump (20-9).

Marshfield’s Zach Kellar was second in both the 200, behind Chilcote, and 400, behind Taft’s Gabe Arce-Torres, who finished in 50.44.

Among the other impressive performances was the effort of Laguna Beach freshman Maija Shaw, who easily won the 200 (26.44) and 400 (58.69), and Crook County freshman Zachary Guthrie, who soared 21-4 to win the long jump.

The Coos County teams will be back at Prefontaine Track on Tuesday night for the annual Coos County Meet.


Pirates win one: Marshfield’s baseball team split a doubleheader with host Siuslaw on Saturday, beating the Vikings 10-2 in the nightcap for the Pirates’ first Far West League victory. Siuslaw won the opener 4-2.

Cameron Olson went 3-for-3 with two runs and three RBIs and Tyler Thornton was 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs in Marshfield’s win. Thornton also teamed with Henley Cleveland on a four-hitter in the win.

Tanner Wilson had two doubles and scored one of Siuslaw’s runs. The Vikings were undone by their defense, coach Tom Shinn said.

“You can’t expect to win many games with seven errors,” Shinn said.

Siuslaw won the opener by scoring all four of its runs in the fourth inning and getting a strong pitching performance by Gabe Simmington, who held the Pirates to three hits.

“Gabe was on today,” Siuslaw coach Tom Shinn said. “I haven’t seen him pitch that well in the last couple of starts. He had good velocity and the breaking ball was working well.”

Wilson had an RBI double and also scored in Siuslaw’s big inning.

Thornton had two hits and an RBI and Brady Rohlik had a double for Marshfield in the opener.

The Pirates visit North Bend on Wednesday to start the Civil War series. Marshfield hosts the Bulldogs for a doubleheader Friday. 

Both the baseball and softball games were postponed a day because of unavailability of umpires. 

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