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North Marion 2019 4A Special District 2 League Champs!

| October 26,2019

North Marion 2019 4A Special District 2  League Champs!

How big was Friday night for The North Marion Huskies? Well let’s start with the first outright league Football title, in at least 60 years. 

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2018 Premature Playoff Predictions, Week 4

Jeff Drumm | September 28,2018

2018 Premature Playoff Predictions, Week 4

It's time for another season of Premature Playoff Predictions. Much has changed about Oregon high school football in the past year, but I got my spreadsheets adjusted, and (assuming I didn't make any typos) I'm ready to start guessing at what will happen.   Game predictions are based on the Freeman rankings...

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NM/Woodburn- It's Back!

| September 13,2018

NM/Woodburn- It's Back!

What is Football without a great rival? One of the best ever is back in Northern Marion County! Photo Brent DeLaPaz Woodburn Independent Fall 1986- Pictured Woodburns Kit Cummings, and North Marions Kevin Pearson. Two good friends, who simply wore different uniforms.    The Woodburn/ North Marion rivalry, is one that stretches...

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2018 Prefontaine Classic

 

Ryan Crouser sets Hayward Field record in shot put 

 

EUGENE – A beautiful Oregon spring day in the Willamette Valley greeted the world's best track athletes and they responded by producing world leading times across the board at the 44th Prefontaine Classic at historic Hayward Field in front of 12,667.  In what was the last Pre-Classic at Hayward Field before a demolition and new stadium is built in its place, Oregon born Ryan Crouser won the Maria Mutola Award as the meet's Outstanding Athlete by breaking his own Hayward Field and Prefontaine Classic record in the shot put with a whopping 73-11 throw.  Crouser said his warmup was the key to his success today.

 

 

“I warmed up really well, now I just have to get to the transition between meet and warmups," said Crouser.  "I’m not traditionally a warmup guy, but today I warmed up pretty big. Once I get used to throwing hard again, and comepting again, I’m really excited because there is still a lot more potential there to improve.” 

 

 

Other American record holders joined Crouser in winning their respective field events.  Christian Taylor leaped 58-2 to win the Triple Jump.  "I really wanted to go out with a bang as far as the final result," said Taylor.  "I was happy with the win, but I really wanted a big, big send off.  This place, you know, the grandstands, the energy is unlike anyplace else in the world. They really get behind the jumps, they know track and field here. Whether it’s World Juniors, whether it’s the Olympic Trials, it’s really Tracktown USA, but I think it’s even bigger than that. This is a very special place in my heart."

 

 

 

Jenn Suhr made 15-11 in the pole vault and beat New Zealand's Eliza McCartney on fewer misses. “I’ve always liked coming to Eugene, and I think this meet was really important to me because the last time I was here was in 2010," said Suhr.  "I haven’t done a Diamond League in three years, and they’re renovating the stadium so it was the last time it was going to look like this, and I just wanted good memories. I’ve had great memories here before, and I just wanted one last one.” 

 

There were some outstanding performances on the track too, all world-leading times.  Team USA's sprinters were in excellent form, even without 100-meter World Champion Justin Gatlin, who pulled out with an injured hamstring.  Noah Lyles scorched the Bowerman curve and kept steady down the homestretch, running a wind-legal 19.69 in the 200-meters.  Ronnie Baker (9.78) beat Christian Coleman (9.84) to the line in the men's 100-meters in a wind-aided 100-meter-dash.  Gazelle-like sprinter Shaunee Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas was sensational over the final half of the women's 400-meters, winning by over a second in 49.52.   

 

Shelby Houlihan unleashed a lethal kick on the home-straight to win the women's 1,500-meters in a big Personal Record time, 3:59.06.  “I was picturing that the last few weeks, and it’s kind of surreal for it to play out in my mind the way it had previously," said Houlihan.  "Going into the last 300 I was just like ‘try to switch gears every 100 meters,’ and I felt really good at that point. I was just hoping it would be enough to be able to catch them, and it was."  Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba was relentless in the women's 5,000-meters, breaking everybody on her way to an convincing win in 14:26.89  

 

Men's International Mile: The pack stayed back from the pace-setters, but still ran fast as 12 men broke 4-minutes.  Former Southern Oregon runner Eric Avila took the lead with 300-meters remaining and made it an all-out sprint to the finish.  20-year-old pro Drew Hunter made his move with 200-meters left and finally got by Avila at the 110-meter mark to take a clear lead entering the homestretch.  Hunter stayed strong, but Australia's Luke Mathews streaked past for the win in 3:57.02, becoming the 400th sub-4-minute miler in Pre-Classic history.  Hunter finished 2nd in 3:57.29, while Henry Wynne got up for 3rd in 3:57.61. 

 

18-year old Oregon Duck recruit Brodey Hasty of Brentwood, TN ran at the back of the pack and had even splits (:60, :61.5, 61.5, 61.53) to run a solid 4:04.53.  Current Duck, redshirt junior Blake Haney finished 10th in 3:58.70, while former Washington Husky Isaac Yorks was 5th in 3:58.04. Riley Masters, one of the top U.S. milers for the past decade, became the 500th sub-4-minute miler in the history of Hayward Field with his 6th place finish (3:58.12). 

 

Olympic champion Caster Semenya of South Africa dominated the women's 800-meters in the fastest time ever run on U.S. soil, 1:55.92. American Record Holder Ajee' Wilson kicked hard to finish in 2nd place in 1:56.86 and former Oregon Duck Raevyn Rogers placed 7th in a season's best time, 1:59.36.  Read the full story here.

 

Friday Night at Pre

 

Germany's Thomas Rohler sets Hayward Field record  

 

EUGENE –  One of the largest crowds to ever witness a free "Friday night at Pre", estimated at 7,500 by meet directors, showed up at historic Hayward Field to witness some impressive performances on the field and track.  Although, there were no World Records or even World leading marks set, three German javelin throwers did rewrite the Hayward Field and Prefontaine Classic record books in the men's javelin competition.  

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Johannes Vetter had two throws that beat the old Hayward Field record (289-11 and 293-1) to hold the lead early in the men's javelin competition, but countryman Thomas Rohler unleashed the winner, 294-10, in round four to unseat Vetter from the record books.  Fellow German Andreas Hofmann made it a clean sweep finishing in 3rd place with a toss of 283-7, also farther than the old Hayward field record.  Another highlight of the evening was 18-year-old Selemon Barega of Ethiopia running a blistering 54.8 final lap to win a slow 2-Mile race (8:20.01).  The pack didn't run with the pacesetters in the opening half of the 2-Mile race, leading to slow finishing times.  

Prefontaine Classic Results/Start Lists

 

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Keep reading for Friday night event recaps and story from the Press Conference earlier in the day with quotes from former Oregon Ducks Matthew Centrowitz, above, and Phyllis Francis, below, about their last time competing at this version of Hayward Field.

 

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2018 Prefontaine Classic

 

Prefontaine Classic says farewell to Hayward Field  

 

 

EUGENE – The Prefontaine Classic returns to Hayward Field for the 44th consecutive year this Friday and Saturday, and most of the top track and field athletes in the world will be on hand to compete in their specialties.  The "Friday Night at Pre" portion of the meet remains the best value in all of sports, as it has been free entry since its inception in 2008.  Don't let the "free" price tag fool you, the competition on Friday night is no mere sideshow.  A legion of crazed distance running fans have been treated to some memorable performances in Eugene's cool night air.

 

 

 Pre's Rock, a memorial to Steve Prefontaine on Skyline Blvd. in Eugene, is a popular spot during Pre-Classic weekend.

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In 2008, Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele ran 10,000-meters in 26:25.97, which is fourth fastest in world history.  Running 75 times around Hayward's oval in 2011, Kenya's Moses Mosop broke the track World Records in the 25K (1:12:25.4) and 30K (1:26:47.4).  Oregon's Galen Rupp broke the American Record in the 10K in 2014, running a wicked fast 26:44.36, finishing his last 800-meters in 1:57.  Those are just a few of the memorable performances and this year should be no different. 

 

The pole vault opens the meet at 6:37 p.m. on Friday and features France's reigning World Indoor Champion and World Record Holder Renaud Lavillenie facing off against 2017 World Outdoor Champion Sam Kendricks of Oxford, Mississippi.  Joining them will be 18-year-old Mondo Duplantis and five other vaulters who have gone at least 19-5.5.  Also, on Friday the Diamond League Men's Javelin competition features German rivals Thomas Rohler and Johannes Vetter, the 2nd and 3rd farthest throwers in history.  With both throwers having Personal Records well over 300-feet, the Hayward Field record of 286-7 is in serious jeopardy and we may see the first 300-foot throw on U.S. soil.   

 

Don't show up late on Friday or you will miss the meet, as the four running events are scheduled to last a little more than 40 minutes.  Beginning with the National Women's 800-Meter race at 7:30 p.m. and ending with a rarely run 2-Mile race at 8:06 p.m., featuring former Oregon Ducks NCAA Champions, Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins.  The former Ducks will be chasing the favorites from Ethiopia, 2017 Outdoor 5K World Champion Muktar Edris and two-time World Indoor 3K Champion, 20-year-old Yomif Kejelcha. 

 

The main portion of the meet on Saturday will be televised live by NBC, beginning at 1 p.m.  The meet is loaded in every event with former Olympic Champions, reigning World Champions and a few World Record Holders!  Familiar names include; Justin Gatlin, Christian Coleman, Allyson Felix, Thomas Walsh, Ryan Crouser, Elaine Thompson, Katerina Stefanidi and Sandi Morris. 

 

The "Pre" Classic is simply the best Track and Field meet in the United States and one of the best in the world every year.  This edition will be special, as the historic 99-year-old East Grandstands – and for that matter, the entire stadium – is scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt into a luxurious and futuristic track and field playground after the NCAA Championships in two weeks.  The $200 Million facility, to be completed in 2020 and funded mainly by Phil and Penny Knight (Nike), is proposed to hold 12,900 permanent seats with the ability to expand to more than 30,000 spectators for the scheduled 2021 IAAF World Track and Field Championships. 

 

Oregon fans will be treated to some familiar faces on Saturday, as five former Ducks that won NCAA Championships take to the track, headlined by 1,500-Meter-run Olympic Gold Medalist Matthew Centrowitz in the meet's signature event, the Bowerman Mile.  Centrowitz has been slowed by injuries over the past year, but showed his fitness a couple weeks ago, running a solid distance-double in less than an hour, (1:48 in the 800m, 3:39 in the 1,500m).  Centrowitz, who set his Mile Personal Record (3:50.53) at the 2014 Pre Classic, faces most of the world's best, including lifetime 3:47 Milers in Kenyan Silas Kiplagat and Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman.  17-year-old Norwegian phenom Jakob Ingebrigtsen is also in the field, although he seems a bit overmatched and better suited for the International Mile field. 

 

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Former Oregon Duck Matthew Centrowitz (center, in black) and Ayanleh Souleiman (far left, yellow) are two of the favorites in the Bowerman Mile.  They are pictured at the start of the 2014 Bowerman Mile, won by Souleiman in 3:47.32, the fastest ever run on American soil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Raevyn Rogers will have her work cut out for her in a women's 800-meter race featuring three runners that joined the 1:55 club last year; Caster Semenya, Francine Niyonsaba, and Ajee' Wilson.  Phyllis Francis, a surprise World Champion last year, headlines a superb field of elite women's quarter milers that includes; Allyson Felix, Shaunee Miller-Uibo, Courtney Okolo.  Zoe Buckman from Australia is entered in the women's 1,500-meter-run.  Devon Allen has been running well this season, setting a Personal Record in the 100-meter-dash (10.26) in Australia.  Allen, whose 110-hurdles PR of 13.03 is from the 2016 Olympic Trials at Hayward Field, seems poised for a breakout hurdles performance.  He faces Omar McLeod and three other runners who have dipped under 13 seconds in the deepest hurdles race in Pre-Classic history.  McLeod, the reigning Olympic and World Champion, is seeking a 3rd straight Pre-Classic title. 

 

With Bend native Ashton Eaton retired and Portland's Galen Rupp focusing brilliantly on the Marathon, the only former Oregon prep competing at this years meet is Barlow H.S. alum Ryan Crouser.  A former Texas Longhorn, Crouser set the Hayward Field record last year, throwing the shot put 73-7.25, and had the farthest in the world since 2003 when he set the Olympic Record of 74-4.75 at the 2016 Rio Games to win the Gold Medal.  Crouser and all of the former Ducks will be treated as if they are family to the Hayward Field faithful, as will anybody who performs magnificently. 

 

 

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Keep reading for full schedule and event previews. 

 

 

Northwest Track and Field - Week in Review - April 18

Astoria sophomore Darian Hageman jumps to state lead

 

Most of the top high school runners in Oregon took advantage of the grand stage of Hayward Field at the Oregon Relays in Eugene, but Astoria sophomore Darian Hageman stayed close to home and had a field day at the Daily Astorian Invitational, a 16-team meet at Seaside High School.  Hageman leaped to state leading marks in the high jump (5-7) and triple jump (38-5.5), while also winning the pole vault (10-9) and long jump (17-7.75).  Hageman is also ranked 9th in the pole vault and 4th in the long jump in Oregon.  Hageman was state champion in the triple jump as a freshman last season for the Fisherman.

 

Weekly Highlights – Oregon High School Girls

 

Deshae Wise, junior, Grants Pass – Wise ran to state leading times in both hurdles races at the Oregon Relays, finishing 1st in the 100-hurdles (14.57) and 2nd in the 300-hurdles (45.11).

 

Maddie Rabing, senior, Lakeridge – Although Rabing did not have her best day at the Oregon Relays, she won the shot put (47-5) and finished 3rd in both the discus (130-10) and hammer throw (169-08).

 

Lauren Paven, sophomore, Tigard – Paven ran to the state leading times in the 200-meters (25.31) and 400-meters (56.72) at the Oregon Relays.  Paven is also ranked No. 6 in the 800-meters in Oregon.

Grant senior Ella Donaghu – Donaghu lowered her own 800-meter state best to 2:11.56, winning the Oregon Relays by almost five seconds.  Donaghu also ran on Grant’s winning Distance Medley Relay and 2nd place 4x400 Relay teams.

The Oregon Relays saw Oregon girls sweep the distance races, as St. Mary’s senior Marissa Dobry won the girls 3,000-meters (9:51.08) and Summit junior Olivia Brooks won the 1,500-meters (4:41.73).

 

Summit Girls Relay Teams had a sensational day at the Oregon Relays; 4x100 relay 2nd place, 4x200 relay 1st place, 4x400 relay 1st place, 4x800 relay 2nd place, Distance Medley Relay 2nd place.

Central Catholic girls 4x100 Relay Team ran to a state-leading time of 48.39. (Perri (Koko) White, Zharia Hale, Olivia Gabriel, Malika Washington).

 

 

Weekly Highlights – Oregon High School Boys

 

North Medford senior Tyren Wolfe had a stellar sprint day at the Oregon Relays, winning the 100-meters (10.70) and 200-meters (21.71), while finishing 4th in the 400-meters (49.74) and running on the 2nd place 4x100 relay team (42.95). 

 

Grant senior Harrison Schrage increased his own state leading mark in the triple jump to win the Oregon Relays with a mark of 48-11.  Schrage also finished 3rd in both sprint races; 10.81 in the 100-meters and 22.01 in the 200-meters.  In addition to his state leading triple jump mark, Schrage is ranked 1st in the long jump (24-9.5) and 3rd in the 100-meters and 5th in the 200-meters in Oregon.

 

Two seniors from Eugene, Jackson Mestler of Sheldon and Michael Martin of South Eugene, staged a nice duel in the 3,000-meters, with defending state champion Mestler outkicking Martin to win 8:29.04 to 8:31.10.  They currently are the top two times in the state this year.

Defending state cross country champion, junior Ahmed Muhumed of West Salem, ran to a state leading time in the 1,500-meters, winning the Wilsonville Invitational in 3:56.41.

 

Julian Body, senior, Jesuit – Body won the 400-meters at the Oregon Relays in 48.28.  Body currently leads the state in the 110-hurdles, 300-hurdles and 400-meters and is ranked 2nd in the 200-meters.

 

Braden Lenzy, sophomore, Tigard – Lenzy ran to a 4th place finish in the 100-meters (10.90) and 2nd place in the 400-meters (48.82) at the Oregon Relays. 

Senior hurdlers Dylan Castle and Seth Andres, from Henley HS, ran to the 2nd and 3rd best times in the state in the 300-hurdles at the Crater Track Classic, in a race that saw four of the top six times in the state this year.  Castle won in 39.25, while Andres was 2nd in 39.80.  North Valley junior Hunter Cumyford finished 3rd (40.21) in and Crater sophomore Cal Duke was 4th (40.25).

 

Click here for the full article on YouthRunner.com

 

 

Northwest Track and Field Week in Review – April 10

 

La Pine’s Justin Petz joins elite 17-foot club

 

 

Weekly Highlights – Oregon High School Girls

Deshae Wise, junior, Grants Pass – At a dual meet with Willamette on Wednesday, Wise ran to a state-leading time in the 100-hurdles (15.23) and the 4th fastest 100-meters (12.35).  Later in the week Wise was dominant at the BMW Portland Ultimate Invitational, running state leading times in the 100-meters (12.08) and 100-hurdles (14.78), and the No. 2 time in the 300-hurdles (45.71).

 

Maddie Rabing, senior, Lakeridge – Rabing won two events in a meet with West Linn and Sherwood on Wednesday.  Rabing is the state leader in the shot put (48-10) and is currently ranked No. 3 in the discus (141-10).  Rabing’s shot put mark of 48-10 is ranked No. 3 in Oregon history.  Only Stephanie Horton of Tigard (52-7) and Alyssa Hasslen of McMinnville (49-4) have ever thrown farther.  Rabing is the national high school leader in the Hammer Throw with her best toss of 182-6 from March 20.

 

Weekly Highlights – Oregon High School Boys

Julian Body, senior, Jesuit – Body, the 2015 Gatorade Oregon Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year, won the 200-meter dash at a home meet with Century on Wednesday in a new state-leading 21.73 seconds.  Body is also the state leader in the 400-meters (48.16), 110-hurdles (14.18), and 300-hurdles (36.68).  Check out Youth Runner’s interview with Body after he set the All-Time Oregon State Record in the 400-meter hurdles (51.98) at the U.S. Junior National Championships last summer at Hayward Field. 

On Saturday, Body competed with some of the nation’s best hurdlers at the Arcadia Invitational in California, running personal bests to place 1st in the 300-hurdles (36.68) and 2nd in the 110-hurdles (14.18).  Body’s 300-intermediate hurdles time is 2nd best in state history, while his 110-hurdles time ranks 9th in Oregon history.  Body is chasing the oldest boys state record on the books, by Aloha’s Ken Scott, who set the 300-hurdles record of 36.10 in 1979.  Bob Gray of David Douglas set the 110-hurdles record of 13.73 in 1988.

 

Ward Rhoden Stadium in Prineville was treated to an amazing pole vault competition in a small school 6-way meet last Wednesday, April 6.  La Pine senior Justin Petz and Culver senior Corey Sledge proved you don’t have to be from a big city to vault high.  Petz increased his state lead into the stratospheric 17-foot club, while Sledge cleared 16-0 for 2nd place.  Petz becomes only the 4th pole vaulter from Oregon to clear 17-0 or higher in high school, joining Tommy Skipper, Sandy (18-3), Jay Davis, South Eugene (17-4.5), and J.J. Juilfs, Sheldon (17-2.75).  Petz also won the javelin (166-0) and ran a leg on La Pine’s 2nd place 4x100 relay team.  Sledge added a win in the 110-hurdles (16.82) and 3rd in the triple jump (39-1).

 

Beaverton junior sprinter Anthony Albright blazed to a state-leading time in the 100-meters (10.66) at the BMW Portland Ultimate Invitational on Friday night.

 

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Northwest Track and Field - Week in Review - April 3

 

Grant high school duo post impressive marks at Cotton Invitational

 

 

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Two seniors from Grant High School in Portland led the way as the Oregon high school outdoor track and field season heated up with an array of top times and distances.   Stanford-bound Ella Donaghu (left, winning the 2013 TRL District Cross Country race) won three events at the Cotton Invitational last Friday night, all in state-leading times.  Not to be outdone, Arkansas-bound Harrison Schrage won four events for the Grant boys, including two state leading marks.  They were not the only top performers of the week, as many athletes around the state took advantage of the first week of great weather to set their own top marks.

 

 

Donaghu, the All-Time state record holder in the girls 1,500 meters and 3,000 meters, ran three state leading times at the Cotton Invitational last weekend.  The Stanford-bound Donaghu won the 400-meters (57.87), 800-meter (2:11.89) and ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay team (3:58.85).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Highlights – Oregon High School Boys

 

 

Harrison Schrage, Senior, Grant HS – Schrage, headed to the University of Arkansas, was named to the USA Today Pre-Season All-American Track and Field team for the jumps.  Schrage, a three-time 6A state long jump champion, holds the All-Time Oregon sophomore class record (24-1.5).  Schrage jumped a personal best of 24-11.5 indoors this season.  Schrage won the 100-meters (11.04), long jump (24-9.5), triple jump (48-8), and ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay at the Cotton Invitational.  Schrage is the state leader in the long jump and triple jump.

 

 

 

 

Julian Body, Senior, Jesuit HS – Body is the defending 6A state champion in both hurdles races.  Body won both the 400-meters (48.16) and 300-hurdles (37.58) in a dual meet with Southridge.  Body currently holds state leading times in the 400m (48.16), 110 hurdles (14.41), and 300 hurdles (37.56).

Kyle Morris, Senior, Century HS – Morris won all three throwing events in a dual meet against Aloha; Shot Put: 59-2, Discus: 147-4, Javelin: 176-5.  Morris’ shot put mark of 59-2 is the top mark in the state this year.

Jackson Mestler, Senior, Sheldon HS – Mestler won the 1,500 meters at the Marist Track Classic in 3:58.71, a state-leading time by almost 8 seconds.  Mestler is the defending 6A state champion in the 1,500m and 3,000m.

Justin Petz, Senior, La Pine HS – Petz skied high to a state leading mark in the pole vault (16-8) at the Junction City Invitational.  Petz also won the long jump (21-10) and ran a leg on the 3rd place 4x100 relay team.

 

Weekly Highlights – Oregon High School Girls

 

 

Krissy Thomas, Senior, Hillsboro HS – Thomas won the 100m (12.25) and 200m (25.44) at a 3-way meet with Liberty and Putnam on Wednesday, while running legs on the winning 4x100 and 2nd place 4x400 relay teams.   On Saturday, Thomas won the 400m (58.91) at the Newberg Invite.  Thomas has the top times in the state in the 100m and 200m and is ranked 3rd in the 400m.

Maddie Rabing, Senior, Lakeridge HS – Rabing won the shot put (47-9) and discus (138-10) at the Titan Track Classic last weekend.  Her shot put mark leads the state by over six feet!

Shelby Moran, Sophomore, Sherwood HS – Moran won the discus (141-2) and shot put (41-2) at the Laker Invitational.  Moran leads the state with a season best of 152-11 in the discus.

Payge Cuthbertson, Senior, Sherwood HS – Cuthbertson won the javelin in a state leading mark of 155-1 at the Laker Invitational.

Ember Stratton, Freshman, Sunset HS – Stratton, 2nd in the 6A girls cross country race, won the 1,500m (4:39.49) in a dual meet with Westview last week.  Her time is ranked 2nd in the state so far this year.

Marissa Dobry, Senior, St. Mary’s HS (Medford) – Dobry won the 1,500-meters at the Medford Rotary Relays in a state-leading 4:37.52.

Darian Hageman, Sophomore, Astoria HS – Hageman won four events in a meet with Banks and Valley Catholic on Wednesday; high jump (5-4), long jump (16-9.5), pole vault (9-6), and triple jump (36-10.75).  Hageman jumped a state-leading 5-6 in the high jump on Saturday at the Tillamook Invitational.

Sophie Cantine, Junior, Lakeside HS, Seattle, Wash. – Cantine placed 3rd in the Mile at the prestigious Stanford Invitational with a personal best time of 4:51.72.  Cantine has shown great range this year, running 59.60 for 400-meters and indoors she ran 2:09.62 in the 800-meters.

 

Weekly Highlights – College Men and Women with Northwest ties

 

Malika Waschmann, Junior, Stanford, Corvallis HS – Waschmann ran a huge 12-second personal best in the 1,500-meters (4:16.53) at the Stanford Invitational last weekend.  Waschmann  ran 2:05.33 indoors in the 800-meters this season.  Waschmann has made a smooth transition to the middle distances, after winning 5A state championships in the 300-hurdles and 400-meters as senior at Corvallis.

Brenna Peloquin, Freshman, Boise State, Gig Harbor HS, Gig Harbor, Wash. – Peloquin ran 15:55.43 in the 5,000-meters at the Stanford Invitational.  Peloquin earned All-America honors by finishing 9th overall in her first NCAA Cross Country Championships last fall.



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U.S. Indoor T&F Championships - Day 2

 

 

Vashti Cunningham stars on Day 2 of USA Indoor Championships

 

PORTLAND – The second and final day of the 2016 U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships attracted a near capacity crowd to the Oregon Convention Center on Saturday and the announced 5,244 spectators were not disappointed.  18-year old Vashti Cunningham put on an unbelievable performance in the women’s high jump, breaking numerous records and thrilling the boisterous crowd, on her way to her first senior national title.

 

Cunningham did not disappoint a near capacity crowd that had gathered for the final day of competition, breaking her own National High School and American Junior records twice on her way to her first U.S. National senior title with a clearance of 6-6.25.   It is the No. 1 mark in the world this year and a new World Junior indoor record, making Cunningham the favorite for the World title next week.  Cunningham gave one good attempt at another record height of 6-7, but called it a day after a miss.

 

“It is a blessing,” said Cunningham as she accepted her first place award.  “It’s great to be representing my family. I’m very honored to be representing the U.S.A.  I hope I can do well next week and be up here again.”  Portland will host the IAAF World Indoor Track and Field Championships next week from March 17-20 at the Convention Center.  You can read all about Cunninghams victory and see photos and video here.

 

 

Former Oregon Preps in action on Saturday:

 

Mckayla Fricker, Canby High School, Brooks – Fricker ran another great race to gamely hang with the best middle distance runners in the U.S. to finish 4th in her first ever U.S. National Championship final in 2:02.84. Ajee Wilson won the event going away in 2:00.87.  The race for the second spot on Team USA was close as Fricker battled all the way to the line with 2nd place finisher Laura Roesler (2:02.44) and 3rd placer Phoebe Wright (2:02.51).  Fricker, a former Division II champion at Seattle Pacific, had a breakout season last year, lowering her outdoor 800-meter PR to 2:00.81.  Fricker ran superbly in the first round on Friday, almost outkicking two former NCAA Champions (Roesler, Wright) in the final 50 meters.

 

Daniel Winn, Cleveland High School, University of Oregon, Boston Athletic Association – Winn broke out in a big way last year, earning All-America honors indoors and outdoors, while lowering his Personal Bests to 3:57.62 (Mile) and 3:37.56 (1,500m).  Winn was never a factor in the race at U.S. Indoors, finishing 11th in 3:52.13 in the men’s 1,500-meter finals.

 

Alexa Efraimson, Camas High School, Nike – While not technically an Oregon prep, Efraimson is close enough in SW Washington to deserve mention here.  Efraimson left too much of a gap in the early part of the women’s 1,500-meter finals and couldn’t make up the ground later in the race, finishing 6th in 4:13.44.

 

Erin Gray, South Eugene High School, Bowerman Track Club – The former South Eugene standout prep runner is now one of the best race-walkers in the U.S.  Gray raced to a 3rd place finish in the women’s 3,000-meter race-walk in 13:00.03.

 

 

 

2016 USA Indoor Track and Field RESULTS link

 

World Indoor Championships Website - #Portland2016

 

World Indoor Schedule (March 17-20)

 

MEDAL CEREMONY INFO. (Pioneer Courthouse Square)

 

U.S. Indoor T&F Championships - Day 1

 

 

World bests highlight day one of USA Indoor Championships

 

PORTLAND – A very sparse crowd showed up at the Convention Center to kick off the USATF Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday afternoon.  People trickled in throughout the afternoon, but by the time the national anthem was played at 3:45 p.m., the stands were still basically empty.  The facility looks great once you get into the seating area; the track is a gorgeous shade of green and the stands are placed close to the action.  But, as far as the meet organization and operations are going, as the meet announcer said on multiple occasions, “they are still working out the kinks.”

 

By the time the 3,000-meter finals were getting close to starting, the lower portion of the stands were filling up and a noticeable buzz was filling the arena.  The fans were treated to a plethora of excellent performances on the day, including two World-leading marks.  In the men’s long jump finals, former Florida Gator Marquis Dendy flew out to a world-leading mark of 27-7.25 to win the event by over a foot.  American record holder Michelle Carter unleashed the farthest shot put in the world this year with a heave of 63-11.5.

 

Other outstanding performances on day one included; Former LSU runner Vernon Norwood looked smooth in the men’s 400-meter prelims, running 45.81 for the top time of the day.  Janay Deloach had the top time of the day in the women’s 60-meter hurdles prelims with an outstanding 7.88 to edge out world leader Keni Harrison (7.89).  Sam Kendricks cleared an indoor personal best 19-4.25 to win the men’s pole vault and move to No. 4 in the world this season.  Nike Oregon Project runner Shannon Rowbury sped to a final lap of 61.51 to run away with the women’s 3,000-meter finals in 8:55.65.  Bowerman Track Club’s Ryan Hill held off a late charge from Paul Chelimo to win the men’s 3,000-meter final in 7:38.60.  Masters runner, 41-year old Bernard Lagat looked good finishing with the youngsters, placing 4th overall in the 3K in 7:41.25.

 

Former Canby High School runner Mckayla Fricker was very impressive in the first round of the women’s 800-meter run, putting herself in perfect position on the final lap and then almost outkicking former NCAA Champions Phoebe Wright and Laura Roesler down the final straightaway.  Roesler had to literally hold off Fricker with her right arm in the final 20-meters and Fricker still almost edged ahead as both athletes stumbled to the line.  Less than a tenth of a second separated the top three runners.  Roesler was credited with the win in 2:03.77, with Wright 2nd in 2:03.81 and Fricker 3rd in 2:03.82.  Fricker ended up with the 3rd best time overall out of four heats, qualifying for the women’s 800-meter finals on Saturday at 5:24 p.m.

 

Bend native Ashton Eaton was active on day one, running the first round of the 60-meter dash against the best in the U.S. and then immediately jumping into the long jump finals.  Eaton, formerly of Mountain View High School and the University of Oregon, was blown away by three-time U.S. Indoor Champion Mike Rodgers (1st in 6.54 seconds) in heat one of the 60-meters, finishing 8th in 6.80 seconds.  Former Barlow HS and University of Oregon sprinter, Arthur Delaney finished 6th in heat one in 6.71 seconds.  Former McKay HS sprinter Ryan Bailey false started in heat three and was disqualified.

 

Eaton fared a little better in the men’s long even though he was competing with his head wrapped after getting gashed by the pole vault crossbar while warming up.  The long jump runway and pole vault mat are situated very close and were going on simultaneously, and somehow the crossbar ended up on Eaton's head.  Eaton’s first attempt in the long jump of 23-9.5 was weak, but he fired out to 24-11.25 on his second attempt.  Eaton passed on his final three attempts, finishing in 6th place.  Eaton tweeted afterwards that he is ready for the World Indoor meet next week.  "Got jacked up tonight. Got owned in 60m. Sub par LJ, & hit with the PV crossbar; 6 stitches! Ready 4 #Portland2016 ," tweeted Eaton.

 

Galen Rupp, Central Catholic High School, Nike – Rupp was never a factor in the men’s 3,000-meter finals, as a group of Bowerman Track Club runners broke away with a fast early pace, allowing Ryan Hill to hold off Paul Chelimo for the victory.  Rupp hung tough, but couldn’t match the speed of the lead pack over the final laps, finishing 8th in 7:48.34.   McKenzie Warren, Sandy High School, Mt. Hood CC, Concordia University – Warren threw a best of 53-1.5 to finish in 11th place in the women’s Shot Put Finals.

 

 

Current Oregon preps got a chance to run on the same track as the pros after the meet, during the Portland Indoor Track Classic from 7 - 10 p.m.  Some highlights from the meet.

 

 Grant's Ella Donaghu won the seeded HS girls mile convincingly in 4:49.44 with a fast final 400-meters. Monta Vista's Brooke Starn finished 2nd in 4:56.51, the only other girl under 5-minutes.

 

West Linn's Roman Ollar outkicked everybody, including his brother Grayson and Eastlake's Nathan Pixler, to win the HS boys seeded mile in 4:19.83.

 

Juanita's Salvon Ahmed, 6.97, edged Jesuit's Kasin Pendergrass-Anderson, 6.98, for the top time in the boys HS 60-meter dash.

 

Hillsboro's Krissy Thomas, 7.72, had the top time in the girls HS 60-meter dash, over Grants Pass' Deshae Wise, 7.81.

 

 

 

 Check out all of the High School Results from the Portland Indoor Track Classic.

 

#USATFindoors Schedule

 

USATF INDOORS RESULTS

 

 

 

Portland to host U.S. and World Indoor Track and Field Championships

 

U.S. Indoor Track and Field Championships

Oregon Convention Center, March 11-12

 

Galen Rupp and Ashton Eaton headline Oregon contingent at U.S. meet

 

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PORTLAND - The top track and field athletes in the world are coming to Portland for the IAAF World Indoor Championships from March 17-20 at Oregon’s Convention Center.  But first, the best in the United States will compete at the 2016 U.S. Indoor National Track and Field Championships this weekend, March 11-12.  The top two finishers in each event at the U.S. meet will qualify for World Championships.  More than 600 athletes from 200+ countries will be in Portland for the World meet.  The World Indoors will be hosted in the U.S. for the first time since the inaugural meet in 1987 in Indianapolis, exactly 29 years ago today.

(Arthur Delaney, pictured at left winning the 6A Boys 200-meter dash for Barlow HS in 2010, is one of 8 former Oregon preps competing at the U.S. Indoor Championships.)

 

 

As you can imagine, with Eugene (aka Track Town, USA), the epicenter of Track and Field in the United States, and the University of Oregon, the premier collegiate destination for T&F athletes, Oregonians literally fill the entry lists in some events.  (Distance events full of Oregon connections: 5 of 12 entrants in men’s 1,500-meters, possibly 8 entries in the men’s 3,000-meters and 7 in the women’s 3K.)

 

Former Oregon prep athletes will not be in short supply either, as World Record holder Ashton Eaton and American Record Holder Galen Rupp, headline a field of eight athletes that competed as preps at Oregon high schools.  Bend native Eaton is aiming for a 3rd straight World Indoor Heptathlon title.  Eaton has a bye into the Heptathlon at the World meet as the defending champion, so he will get some practice by competing in the long jump and 60-meter dash this weekend.

 

 

Portland native Rupp, a Central Catholic grad, is fresh off an incredible debut marathon performance, winning at the US Olympic Trials in Los Angeles last month.  Rupp will be facing a completely different beast now, as he is entered in the 3,000-meters, the longest distance contested at the World Indoor Championships. The men’s 3,000-meter final, scheduled to end day 1 on Friday night at 5:50 p.m., is one of the most loaded fields in the meet. (Entrants include Ryan Hill, Garrett Heath, Hassan Mead, Evan Jager, Eric Jenkins, Lopez Lomong.)

 

 

Many of Oregon’s current high school athletes will get a chance to compete on the same track as the pros during the U.S. Championships.  High School athletes are scheduled to run, jump and throw on Friday, March 11th from 7-10 p.m. and Saturday March 12th, from 9 a.m.–Noon.  Read more about the Portland Indoor Track Classic here.

 

 

Keep reading for a list of 8 former Oregon prep athletes scheduled to compete and pertinent informational links for the meet.

 

 

2014 Oregon Prep Cross Country

 

Summit's Maton, Grant's Donaghu headliners in Oregon cross country

 

Late-Season Update / State Meet Preview

 

 

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Summit HS senior Matthew Maton (left in blue) and Grand Blanc, Michigan senior Grant Fisher (in white) compete in the 1,500-meter prelims at the U.S. Junior National Track and Field Championships, July 5 at historic Hayward Field in Eugene. Fisher and Maton are the top 2 ranked prep cross country runners in the nation this season.  Maton is coming off of a historic season on the track and is looking to put his name into the All-Time Oregon record books this season.

 

 

 

Even though the top runner in Oregon just started racing this season, most prep Cross Country runners in Oregon are in midseason form.  There are less than two weeks remaining until District meets begin and three weeks until the all-classes State meet descends on Lane Community College in Eugene on November 1.  Summit’s sensational senior Matthew Maton made his season debut a week ago on Oct. 3, winning the Oxford Classic at Bend’s Drake Park by 33-seconds in 15:25 for 5K, leading the nationally ranked Storm to the team title.  Bend native Maton is starting to race later in the season, as he hopes to peak in December and January.  Maton was 3rd last year in the Foot Locker National Championships in December and was the top U.S. runner (3rd overall) on the Junior National team that competed in Scotland at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country race last January.  Maton hopes to improve upon those finishes this year, as he is coming off a tremendous track season, where he moved to No. 3 All-Time in Oregon history at 1,500-meters (3:49.38) and  No. 2 All-Time in the Mile (4:03.23). Here’s a good profile of Maton from last summer by RunnersWorld.com.

 

 

 

 

Oregon’s top female distance runner, Ella Donaghu, a junior from Portland’s Grant High School, has also raced sparingly, but she has impressed mightily when she has competed.  Donaghu recently raced to a solid second place showing at the prestigious Stanford Invitational in California on Sep. 27, running a personal best 17:14 for 5K. Donaghu also won the Northwest Classic for the second straight season at Lane Community College on Sep. 20.  Donaghu won this year’s race by 77-seconds in 18:02 for 5K.  Donaghu set All-Time Oregon state records on the track as a sophomore, running 4:21.21 for 1,500-meters and 9:24.86 for 3,000-meters. Read about Donaghu’s record-setting performance in the 3,000-meters from the Oregonian.

 

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Ella Donaghu (left), a junior at Grant HS, is shown winning the 2013 Three Rivers League District Cross Country Meet as a sophomore last year.  Donaghu raced into Oregon history last spring, claiming the All-Time Oregon high school records in the 1,500-meters (4:21) and 3,000-meters (9:24). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6A BoysCentral Catholic is the defending state champion and with 6 of their top 7 returning, the Rams will be very difficult, if not impossible to beat this season. Coach Dave Frank usually has his teams peaking at the right time and with his power packed lineup (5 of the top 8 6A returnees), that is a scary thought to all other 6A teams. The Rams have won 7 of the past 11 6A boys team Championships. Central Catholic has not raced to their potential this season, but if healthy, the Rams are the team to beat.  The Rams did not run their best at Nike Pre Nationals on Sep. 27 at Portland Meadows, finishing 7th as a team, but they did beat all the other Oregon 6A squads. Central Catholic (shown below) have been known to run as "a pack" in early season meets to build team chemistry and accountability.  

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Keep reading for state meet previews of all classification levels (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A) in Oregon Cross Country.