Tatton fifth in the javelin at Jr. Olympics
Tatton, competing in the 17-18 age group, was only able to take one of his six throws in the javelin before a thunderstorm halted the competition and forced everyone in the stadium at North Carolina A&T to take cover. The delay lasted hours and Tatton eventually had to leave for the airport to make his flight home.
That one throw of 172 feet, 5 inches, was good for fifth out of 40 competitors. Tatton was one of three throwers to make the trip from the McMinnville Track Club. He placed 18th out of 42 competitors in the hammer throw (158 feet, 3 inches) and 17th out of 54 in the discus (149-5).
Amber Bonds, also a senior competing in the 17-18 division, launched a personal best 111-6 to place 17th out of 38 entered in the hammer.
Luke Mannix (15-16), who will be a junior, placed 30th out of 54 in the discus with a best of 118-10.
Lala Frketich of Newberg, competing in the 11-12 age group, won the national title in the javelin with a throw of 113-5. Her brother, Hap, was 13th out of 43 in the javelin (142-5) in the 15-16 age group.
Former Newberg High distance runner Sage Canaday added another win to his successful ultra-marathoning career by the taking the 50-kilometer Speedgoat race in Utah.
The punishing race consisted of 11,420 feet of total climbing, most of it was above 9,200 feet elevation and it features challenging rocky terrain.
Canaday, 27, completed the race in 5 hours, 8 minutes, 7 seconds and won by a minute and a half.
Jeremy Hurl, 37, of McMinnville, placed 64th overall in 7:17:56.