Lassen High School's T. J. Cowan had the race of his life at the Chico High School Invitational Friday, April 26. Seemingly a long shot to make the finals in the 110-meter high hurdles, Cowan made it with a time of 16.1.
In the final, a runner from Grant High School of Sacramento dominated the race, but Cowan took a commanding second place with a time of 15.7.
The meet hosted schools from throughout Northern California, southern Oregon and Reno.
Taylor Polan and Cody Frailey competed in the 100 and 200 meters, but ran into stiff competition and failed to make the finals.
Rebekah Retterath was the sole Lassen varsity competitor at the meet. She ran a flat 66 seconds in the 400 meters. Retterath ran the first 200 meters in 28 seconds, thus proving her potential for the event.
At the Pleasant Valley junior varsity invitational, Lassen's Chris Fisher continues to excel in the 100 and 200 meters. He also anchored the 4x100-meter relay team which won the race, but was later disqualified when Fisher stepped out of his lane at the finish line.
Seth Anderson just missed sixth place in the mile.
Adam Crowther had two personal-best times in one race by running a 5:35 first mile and finishing with a time of 11:50.
Willis Clark also ran a personal best 5:22 in the mile.
After placing second in the 400 meters, Brian Duffy anchored the third-place 4x400-meter relay team with Anderson, Dustin Peterson and Junior Jimenez.
Nathaniel Michoch placed second in the discus.
In the JV girls' competition, Riki Lowe took second in the 100-meter low hurdles. She also was a part of the fifth-place 4x400-meter relay team, including Kelly McKee, Rachel Coyle and Kara Passantino.
Freshman distance runners Valerie and Ashlie Kinman posted personal-best times in the mile and two-mile races.
Samantha Prince had a personal-best distance of 24-4 in the triple jump.
One more league dual meet remains for the Grizzlies. They travel to Orland on Wednesday, May 1.
The WSL Championships will be held on Thursday, May 9.
Lassen's junior varsity boys and girls' teams should capture league crowns.
If the varsity boys top Orland and compile the most points at the league championships, then they will grab the league title.