Barlow, defending champion Central Catholic win three events each Saturday
EUGENE -- It's one of those ridiculous-type goals kids often come up with, one that's often followed with laughter and really doesn't seem possible, but hey, there's always a chance.
That's how it started with Barlow's girls thinking it could finish 1-2-3 in the Class 6A 100 meter finals.
In the end, it was no joke, as the Bruins pulled it off, and they rode that momentum to their first team championship since 1982 Saturday during the state track and field meet at Hayward Field.
The trio of Danelle Woodcock, Sara Turner and Macie Allen ran 1-2-3 in the 100, believed to be a first in an OSAA state meet sprint final, boys or girls.
"I still don't know how to comprehend what took place there. I know the girls joked about it, and the coaches said last night, wouldn't it be crazy if it happened? But we didn't score it that way," Barlow coach Scott Jones said.
Woodcock won the 100 and 200, and anchored the 400 relay to victory to lead Barlow, which scored 57 points. Jesuit edged Grant 52-49 for second place, while defending champion Central Catholic was fourth with 47.
Barlow did its damage in the 100, 200 and 400 relay, where the Bruins scored 48 of their 57 team points.
The title run began with the 400 relay, where the four Bruins combined to run a scorching time of 46.71 seconds, second fastest ever in an OSAA state meet. Less than an hour later, Barlow rode that momentum to its 1-2-3 finish in the 100. Woodcock won her second 100 title in three years with a clocking of 12.01 seconds.
Clearly, the individual title was secondary to the team accomplishment. The Bruins trio wildly embraced as soon as the results were posted on Hayward's video board, and didn't stop celebrating until they came off the medals podium.
"That was our goal, to get big team points. It was our extreme biggest goal, but it's amazing," Woodcock said.
Later in the afternoon, Barlow wrapped up the team title when Woodcock won the 200 in a time of 25.08, followed by Turner in fifth.
Woodcock was among three two-event champions in 6A girls. Also claiming two state titles were Grant's Ella Donaghu and Lakeridge's Maddie Rabing.
Donaghu handily captured the 800 and 1,500, making her a two-time state champion in back-to-back meets, as she won the 1,500 and 3,000 at the 2014 meet. Donaghu is an overall six-time state champion, with two state cross country titles on her resume.
Donaghu's time weren't personal bests, but that mattered little to her. She battled an illness during the first month of the season, and ran only a handful of distance races prior to postseason meets.
"I did not need a PR today. I just wanted to repeat my title. It means so much. I overcame a lot to get back here," Donaghu said.
Donaghu's 800 win gives the family back-to-back state titles in that race. A year ago, older sister Piper won the 800.
Rabing won the shot and discus titles. The Lakeridge junior is now a two-time state champion in shot, this time with a winning throw of 45 feet, 3 inches.
In shot, Rabing came into state as one of the heaviest favorites in any 6A event. She has a lifetime best of 47-10 -- posted during last week's Three Rivers League meet -- and didn't lose to a competitor in Oregon this spring.
Losing wasn't an option.
"It was a little pressure, probably. Last year it was a closer, and wouldn't have been an upset," Rabing said.
Two returning champions walked away with another title in Central Catholic's Olivia Gabriel and Glencoe's Courtney Vacek. Gabriel was moved up from second to first after Tigard's Lauren Paven was disqualified for running out of her lane. Vacek captured her second consecutive triple jump title.
Sheldon's Geneva Lehnert claimed her second high jump title in three years after winning a jump-off against Grants Pass' Aubree Esterline. Also winning her second title in three years was North Medford's Halley Folsom in 300 hurdles.
Central Catholic won three events, including Riley Ford (100 hurdles) and the 1,600 relay.
Barlow senior Danelle Woodcock continued her dominance in the Class 6A short sprint events by taking the 200-meter state championship in a time of 25.08 seconds. Woodcock also won the 100 meter dash, and was the anchor on the Bruins' championship 4x100 meter team. Woodcock's big day helped Barlow claim the 6A girls team title, as well. Watch the...
Barlow senior Danelle Woodcock continued her dominance in the Class 6A short sprint events by taking the 200-meter state championship in a time of 25.08 seconds. Woodcock also won the 100 meter dash, and was the anchor on the Bruins' championship 4x100 meter team. Woodcock's big day helped Barlow claim the 6A girls team title, as well.
Watch the full 200 meter dash in the video above.
EUGENE -- With one event remaining, Barlow has clinched the girls Class 6A team title, its first since 1982. Barlow has 57 points, comfortably ahead of second-place Jesuit (44), Grant (43) and Sheldon (40). Jesuit and Grant are entered in the final race, the 1,600-meter relay, but cannot score enough team points to catch the Bruins.
EUGENE -- With one event remaining, Barlow has clinched the girls Class 6A team title, its first since 1982.
Barlow has 57 points, comfortably ahead of second-place Jesuit (44), Grant (43) and Sheldon (40). Jesuit and Grant are entered in the final race, the 1,600-meter relay, but cannot score enough team points to catch the Bruins.
Barlow scored the preponderance of its points in three events, the 100, 200 and 400-meter relay. The Bruins' highlight was a historic 1-2-3 finish in the 100 meters, where Danelle Woodcock won the first of two events for Barlow.
Barlow takes the first three places in the girls Class 6A 100 meters, believed to be a first in an Oregon state track meet
Barlow accomplished what is believed to be a first when the Bruins ran 1-2-3 in the girls Class 6A 100 meter final Saturday at Hayward Field.
Senior Danelle Woodcock led the parade of Bruins over the finish line, winning her second 100 state title in a time of 12.01 seconds. Barlow sophomore Sara Turner was second, and Bruins teammate Macie Allen was third, as he nipped Jesuit's Lena Colson by .01 of a second.
Oregon Schools Activities Association officials believe it is the first time a team has captured the first three places in a 100-meter state final, boys or girls.
For that reason, Woodcock was far more excited about the team accomplishment, than her personal state title.
"That was our goal, to get big team points. It was our extreme biggest goal, but it's amazing," said Woodcock, who embraced with Allen and Turner for about 100 meters on the way to the medals' podium.
Woodcock, the 2013 6A 100 champion, said the Bruins got energized earlier in the day when they won the 400 relay in the state's second fastest time ever.
"We were so excited about how we got a huge PR. It pumped us up for this race," Woodcock said.
The 1-2-3 finish wasn't assured until Allen nailed Colson at the finish line, but Woodcock felt it was possible early in the race. The Barlow runners ran side-by-side, racing in lanes four, five and six.
"It started our really good. I felt all three of us girls come out in front of everybody else. I knew we were all driving to the finish," Woodcock said.
Barlow wins Class 6A girls relay in 46.71 seconds, second fastest ever in Oregon
EUGENE -- Barlow girls kicked off their assault on the short races in Class 6A girls Saturday with a sensational performance in winning the 4 x 100-meter relay at Hayward Field.
The Bruins' four-girl team of Macie Allen, Sara Turner, Renick Meyer and Danelle Woodcock won the 400 relay by more than a second, with a clocking of 46.71 seconds. Jesuit was a distant second at 47.79 seconds.
It is the second fastest girls 400 relay time ever posted in Oregon. The record is 46.53 seconds, set by Benson in 2003.
Coming up for Barlow is the 100, where the Bruins have three runners in the eight-girl finals, plus Woodcock and Turner in the 200.
With Class 6A girls the latest starting of all the classes at state track Saturday morning, thought it was a good time to throw out a quick form chart in regards to the team title. If form holds, the championship is Barlow girls to win.
With Class 6A girls the latest starting of all the classes at state track Saturday morning, thought it was a good time to throw out a quick form chart in regards to the team title.
If form holds, the championship is Barlow girls to win.
We're projecting Barlow with 56 points, Sunset with 51, Grant with 42 and Sheldon with 39.
Barlow into Saturday with six points, but should mop up in the sprints. Led by Danelle Woodcock, the Bruins are loaded in the 100, 200 and 400-meter relay. It's possible Barlow wins those three events, and picks up additional placing points as the Bruins have three runners in the 100 finals, and two in the 200.
Sunset's best chance to pick up big points is the 1,500, where it has three runners, and shot. The Apollos come into Saturday with 18 points.
Grant, led by Ella Donaghu, is likely to win the 800 and 1,500, but probably a few upsets to pull it off. Sheldon, the Friday's points leader with 24 points, has a state title contender in high jump but little else.
Also of note: The Portland Police have cleared the area around Airport way and I-205.
PORTLAND, 7:00 p.m.: Interstate 5
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TriMet's WES Commuter Train is now experiencing 15 minute delays due to mechanical issues.
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Please avoid the entire area of Airport Way, 112th to 122nd due to a tactical incident. #pdxtraffic
Welp...it is looking like a nasty Friday commute out there to start Memorial Day weekend.
TriMet has mechanical issues and a separate medical issue delaying Blue, Red lines between City Center and Gresham. 20 minute delays expected through 4 p.m. with that one.
Portland police are out at Airport Drive/Marine Drive east of I-205 for a shooting. Marine Drive is closed to traffic from 122nd to 33rd Ave.
A crash on southbound Highway 217 near Denny was just cleared, but traffic is slow in that direction.
Heavy congestion is everywhere. Major trouble spots include I-5 south from Multnoman to Wilsonville, I-205 from Clackamas to Vancouver, I-5 north from Multnomah to Vancouver and Highway 26 east from Highway 217 to the Vista Ridge tunnel.
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Friday's Class 6A girls track and field winners were Roseburg's Gabrielle Kearney in javelin, Sheldon's Elizabeth Prevedello in long jump, Sunset's Nicole Griffiths in 3,000 meters and Tigard's Liz Prouty in pole vault
Roseburg's Gabrielle Kearney became a two-time javelin champion Friday and was one of four Class 6A girls event winners at Hayward Field.
As she has all season, the Oklahoma-bound Kearney dominated her competition to win with a throw of 157 feet, 11 inches. Other winners were Sheldon's Elizabeth Prevedello (long jump), Sunset's Nicole Griffiths (3,000 meters) and Tigard's Liz Prouty (pole vault).
The bulk of the 6A finals take place Saturday, where the team competition figures to significantly heat up. Barlow took a big step toward winning its first state title since 1982 with a dominant performance in sprint preliminaries.
Led by Danelle Woodcock, the Bruins qualified three runners in the 100 and two in the 200. Woodcock figures as the favorite in both races, and Barlow will have the team to beat in the 400 relay.
Grant, Sunset and possibly Sheldon also figure prominently in team competition. Grant has competitors sprinkled throughout the meet, and has a dominant point producer in Ella Donaghu, who is expected to win the 800 and 1,500 races. Sunset got off to a strong start Friday when the Apollos scored 14 points in the 3,000.
Sheldon, which finished 1-2 in long jump, leads the 6A standings following Friday's competition with 24 points, followed by Sunset with 18 and West Salem with 16.
Kearney came to Eugene not only to win, but set a personal best. That didn't happen, as Kearney's longest career throw is 166-0, set during her junior season.
"I've been working on some stuff, and I did alright today," Kearney said. "I wish I would have had a little more speed on my other throws. On my last throw, I definitely had more speed, but I didn't stay back long enough. I think if I would have had one more throw, I felt like it would have been a PR."
Kearney never cracked 160 feet this season, a distance she broke several times as a junior.
"My season has been kind of up and down," said Kearney, who signed with Oklahoma in November. "Last year I had a really good ending, but then I broke my foot. I've come back from that, but it's been an adventure."
Friday's most competitive event figured to be long jump, which included four jumpers who exceeded 18 feet this season. In the end, only the winner cracked 18 feet, as Prevedello won with a mark of 18-1 1/4.
A troublesome ankle kept Prevedello out of track and field competition until deep into the 2015 season. But the Sheldon senior came back just in time to qualify for state, and ultimately improved upon last year's runner-up performance.
"I love track and field. I've been running here at meet since I was really little, so it's really nice to end my career like this in Eugene," Prevedello said.
Griffiths erased a poor 3,000 performance in the 2014 meet with a runaway win Friday. The Sunset junior won by nearly six seconds, her time 10 minutes, 11.35 seconds.
Griffiths didn't make the medals podium in 2014, finishing ninth in the 3,000.
"I did not finish how I wanted to. It was a really bad race for me. It was good coming back and redeeming myself," Griffiths said.
Not that she had the 3,000 targeted this spring. Griffiths says she was leaning toward running the 800 and 1,500 at state. But those races Donaghu, and the 3,000 didn't.
"I kind of realized I could have a really good chance to win the 3,000. I thought this would be a good year to do it," Griffiths said.
Prouty claimed the pole vault title by clearing 11-9 on her second attempt.
EUGENE – Grant junior Harrison Schrage and Sheldon junior Jackson Mestler narrowly won their personal duels to highlight the first day of the OSAA Class 6A boys track meet Friday at Hayward Field. Schrage edged West Salem senior Tristan James to win the long jump for the third year in a row and Mestler won a furious finish against...
EUGENE – Grant junior Harrison Schrage and Sheldon junior Jackson Mestler narrowly won their personal duels to highlight the first day of the OSAA Class 6A boys track meet Friday at Hayward Field.Schrage edged West Salem senior Tristan James to win the long jump for the third year in a row and Mestler won a furious finish against his nemesis, South Eugene senior Reilly Bloomer, to take the 3,000 meters.It was a less-than-stellar performance for Schrage, who leaped 23 feet, 1 3/4 inches, nearly one foot off his personal best. But it was just enough to hold off James, who went 23-0 1/2.An ankle injury that has plagued Schrage all season continued to bother him, possibly contributing to him failing to qualify for the 100-meter finals in Friday’s preliminaries.“After my ankle injury, my running form has been off,” Schrage said. “I’m not able to hit top speed on the runway, so I wasn’t able to get out that far.”Schrage hit his winning mark on his second attempt and held on as James steadily improved throughout his series, getting his best jump on his second-to-last try.“He was pressing me the whole time,” Schrage said. “I thought he was going to pull it off.”Schrage was not satisfied with his winning mark but said he wanted to keep his performance in perspective.“The state meet for me is more about placing than distance,” Schrage said. “To me, the state meet has always been about winning state championships.”Schrage, runner-up to James in the triple jump last year, will meet him again in the event Saturday.Mestler outsprinted Bloomer, the reigning champion, down the stretch to win the 3,000 meters.Mestler, who lost to Bloomer in both 3,000 meetings this season, turned on the jets in the final 100 meters to separate from Bloomer and West Salem sophomore Ahmed Muhumed and win in a personal-best 8:34.80.Mestler said that holding his lead position on the final curve was key to setting up his sprint to the finish. Bloomer finished second in 8:35.38 and Muhumed was third in 8:36.76.“I knew if I could hold until the last 100, he’d have to go around and make it a little longer,” Mestler said. “So I was like, ‘Go, go, go, go,’ looking up at the scoreboard the whole time. … With 100 meters to go, I was like, ‘This is mine, this is mine.’”Mestler lost to Bloomer, the Class 6A cross country champion, by three seconds at the Oregon Relays on April 18 and by .34 seconds at the Southwest Conference district meet. But his win over Bloomer in the 1,500 at district gave him a boost for state.“He’s finally believing,” Sheldon distance coach Brayce Forsha said of Mestler. “I think Reilly kind of had him mentally there for pretty much his whole career. Each time he’s raced him, he’s gotten a little closer. He finally got back at him in the 1,500 at districts and I think that stigma was gone.”Bloomer said he felt he wasn’t aggressive enough Friday.“I tried to push with four laps to go, but I don’t know, I was scared or something,” Bloomer said. “I had more in me.”The Mestler-Bloomer rivalry will continue in the 1,500 on Saturday.“He’s a great guy,” Mestler said of Bloomer. “It makes us both better. We both go faster because of each other.”Gresham senior Caleb Dalzell, who entered with the No. 5 mark in the discus, was in fourth place until coming through with a personal-best throw of 155-10 on his second-to-last attempt to win by more than three feet. His previous best was 152-9.“Just being relaxed,” said Dalzell, who was 11th in the meet last year, when he threw 126-6. “In the state meet last year, I got really tense, so I was just trying to redeem myself. I was looking forward to this the whole year.”Thurston senior Grant Shurtliff completed his quick ascent in the pole vault by winning the title.Shurtliff -- who began competing seriously in the event as a junior, when he finished eighth in his district meet – cleared a school-record 15 feet, 7 inches to win by more than a foot over sophomore teammates Nathan Wirth (14-3).“I’ve been looking for that for a while now,” Shurtliff said of the record. “It came when I needed it the most. I wanted to get 16 (feet), it just didn’t happen today.”Barlow senior Kobie Ham won the shot with a throw of 51-7 3/4, beating Tigard’s Derek McMurray (50-9 1/4). It was the first state appearance for Ham, who finished fifth in his district meet last year.In preliminaries, Jesuit junior Julian Body had the top qualifying time in both hurdles races. Other top qualifiers were Grant senior Julius Shellmire (200), North Medford junior Tyren Wolfe (100), South Medford senior Kaizer Gillispie (400) and Sheldon sophomore Jenner Higgins (800).
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EUGENE -- Gresham senior Caleb Dalzell entered the OSAA Class 6A track meet as a darkhorse in the discus and left as a champion Friday. Dalzell, who entered with the No. 5 mark in the field, was in fourth place until coming through with a personal-best throw of 155-10 on his second-to-last attempt to win by more than three...
EUGENE -- Gresham senior Caleb Dalzell entered the OSAA Class 6A track meet as a darkhorse in the discus and left as a champion Friday.
Dalzell, who entered with the No. 5 mark in the field, was in fourth place until coming through with a personal-best throw of 155-10 on his second-to-last attempt to win by more than three feet. His previous best was 152-9.
“Just being relaxed,” said Dalzell, who was 11th in the meet last year, when he threw 126-6. “In the state meet last year, I got really tense, so I was just trying to redeem myself. I was looking forward to this the whole year.”
Dalzell credited his first-year throws coach, Scott Halley.
“If he could stay relaxed the entire time, he could do it,” Halley said. “It was a long throw because he was relaxed. The last two weeks, that’s all we’ve been working on. We knew he could do it, but that he could do it under pressure, it’s just amazing.”
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