News Trackers: The Philomath equestrian team had two top-five finishes in team events and will send participants to next week’s regional event. And the county’s primary election results have been certified with the final numbers reported. (Photos by Logan Hannigan-Downs/Philomath News, Brad Fuqua/Philomath News, courtesy of Pat Malone and courtesy of Linn-Benton Community College)

Philomath at state equestrian

The story: High school equestrian competitors from around the state put their skills to the test at the OHSET (Oregon High School Equestrian Teams) State Championships at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond on May 12-15, including a group from Philomath that qualified in several individual and team events (“Philomath equestrian team headed to state championships,” May 11).

Qualifiers from Philomath on the team included Alyssa Kvidt (eight events), Savannah Stokes (seven) and Haley Sumners (seven). Three others on the team from Corvallis also qualified — Allie Gilmour, Brooke McKinley and Madison Lehmeyer.

The latest: Philomath’s in hand obstacle relay placed fourth and the freestyle 5-plus drill team finished fifth in the final overall standings.

McKinley, Kvidt, Sumners and Stokes participated on the fourth-place in hand obstacle relay and had a team score of 282, which was 11 points behind the winning team from Sam Barlow. The drill team that was fifth included McKinley, Gilmour, Erin Olson, Kvidt, Anya Hester, Lehmeyer, Sumners and Stokes. They had a total score of 1,945 points, just nine points out of a top-three finish.

Four team members had top-10 finishes in the individual events. Gilmour placed fifth in pole bending. Sumners tied for sixth in reining and was ninth in the in hand trail event. Stokes finished eighth in figure 8.

As a team, Philomath placed eighth in the “large school” category with 128 points. Oregon City took first place by a large margin over all other schools with 438 points.

Philomath’s in hand obstacle relay and drill team both qualified for the Pacific North West Invitational, scheduled for June 17-19 in Moses Lake, Washington. The event features top performers out of the state meets in Washington and Oregon.

Primary election results certified

The story: Benton County Board of Commissioners incumbent Pat Malone will square off against Republican Bill Currier in November after defeating challenger Helen Higgins for the Democratic nomination (“Malone wins Democratic nomination in commissioner’s seat race,” May 20). The unofficial results, published by the county elections office, showed Malone with 8,291 votes, or 61.54% of the vote, to Higgins’s 5,115, or 37.96%.

Linn-Benton Community College’s bond measure for needed facility improvements passed by a fair margin with 71.11% in favor and 28.89% against.

The latest: The county’s election results were certified earlier this week with the official results posted on its website.

The official tally showed Malone with 8,638 votes, or 61.41%, and Helen Higgins with 5,355 votes, or 38.07%. There were 72 write-in votes.

On the LBCC bond measure passed officially with 18,108 in favor (71.07%) and 7,372 against (28.93%). The bond, which will be limited to $16 million, will allow LBCC to build a new agricultural center, various needed renovations, including the reopening of a childcare center, and repairs to aging facilities.

Based on the official numbers, the county elections office reported a 45.15% voter turnout rate.

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