Saturday, April 26, 2014    Centennial HS, Gresham 

     The fiftieth edition of the Centennial Invitational was held last Saturday with the performance of the meet being turned in by Anna Maxwell of San Lorenzo Valley.    Maxwell, a three-time Foot Locker National Finalist, ran away from the field with a dominant performance, which resulted in a stellar time of 2:08.84.  That mark is the fastest run in Oregon this year & it took nearly eight seconds longer before Beaverton’s Allison Mueller crossed the line in second with 2:16.  Chloe Jensen of Jesuit placed third in 2:16.90 and Bryn McKillop of Cleveland followed in 2:17.   Piper Donaghu of Grant took fifth in n 2:18.   

       Sophie Cantine of Lakeside had a relatively easy time in the 1500 Meters, when she rolled to victory with a seven second margin over Piper Donaghu.  Her winning mark was 4:33.61.    Alexis Fuller of Union (Wa.) followed in third with 4::41 and Nicole Griffith of Sunset took fourth with 4:44.  Justine Feis of Corvallis clocked 4:48 to take fifth and Abby Sherman of SLV was the last to get under 4:50 with her time of 4:49.

      Without Maxwell entered in the event or Alexa Efraimson of Camas, whose entire team was sadly MIA. Ella Donaghu was left to romp in the 3200 Run.   Ella sped home in 9:50 with Erin Gregoire of Beaverton finishing a distant second in 10:15.   Shaylen Crook of Marshfield ran 10:19 placing third, while Audrey Huelskamp of Sunset was fourth in 10:19.   Emma Wren of Cleveland edged Olivia Stein of Wilson by a second by clocking 10:22.   Seventh went to Charlotte Corless of Sunset in 10:25 and Abbey Meck of San Lorenzo Valley nipped Olivia Powell of Creswell for eighth with both sharing 10:28 and Dylan Hite of Jesuit rounded out the top ten with 10:29.

       Central Catholic, which won both the girls’ and boys’ team championships, was aided by the triumph of Olivia Gabriel, who won the 400 Meters with 57.34.   Karisa D’Arpino of North Valley (58.02) & Michelle Chandler of AMA (59.43) were the only other runners to break a minute.    Other winners included Elise Conroy in the Shot Put with 41-01, Katarina Tonhdavong in the Discus with 131-08 (she also placed second in the Shot) plus Madsion Doepker of Walla Walla in the Javelin, who won with a fine throw of 138-08.   That event had six gals top 125 and Kindel Bailey (133-01) & Madelyn Simon of Walla Walla  (133-00) were a strong second and third.   Natalie Peterson of Newberg, Tuilesisu Anderson of Union & Rebecca Wenz of Wilsonville all deserve mention for their efforts, however.   Amy Hilger of Banks cleared 5-04 to win the High Jump by -01 over Tori Johnson of Estacada & Avery Cottle of Willamette, while Laura Taylor of Tualatin and Abby Weiler of R A Long both clearer 12-00 in the Pole Vault with Taylor having fewer misses.

      Michael Godbout of Jesuit scored in the 1500 Meter run with a time of 3:58, which is the second fastest time for an Oregon prep this spring.   Brandon Pollard of Sisters finished alone in second with 4:000 and Grayson Ollar of West Linn followed in third with 4:07.   Zach Lavier of Central Catholic ran a PR right behind Ollar, as they recorded the 4th & 5th best times in the state this campaign.  James Breen of Heritage placed fifth in 4:08 with Gabe Collins of Lincoln taking sixth a second later.   Ram sophomore Daniel Thompson finished seventh in 4:10, while Jacob Hicks of San Lorenzo Valley ran 4:11, which was good for eighth.

      Kyle Thompson and Sam Truax of Central Catholic went 1 -2 for the rams with the winner recording the third fastest time in the state at 8:37.   Ahmed Ibrahim of Reynolds ran 4:43 to take third a second in front of Roman Ollar of the Lions & Reilly Bloomer of South Eugene was just a tenth back in fifth.   Running versions of 4:46 were Mack Marbas of Siuslaw & Ray Schireman North Medford.   Zack Bellew of Creswell earned 8th in 8:58.  

      Roba Sultessa of Cleveland dueled down the stretch before edging Justin Kellebrew of David Douglas with both sharing 1:53 & change.  Thomas Morrell of Centennial finished third with 1:54.   Jonathan Bos claimed the 400M in 50.31 to best Jesus Ortiz of Reynolds by .35.   Ransom Norquist of Barlow nipped Andre Dorn of Centennial for third with both sharing 51 seconds.  

     The competition in the Shot Put boasted nine efforts above the barrier of fifty with Brian Salgado of Gresham leading the way with 56-02.  Mitch Moe of R A Long took second with 53-05.5 and Bailey King of Union was third with 52-10.75.   The next three places were taken by Ken Onyima of Gresham, Justin Rich of Estacada & Drace Mueller of Nestucca, who all topped 51.  Jason Bracken of Prairie & Charles Button of Centennial also surpassed fifty.    The Discus provided a tight finish between Bailey King and Dallin Shurts of Banks with both going beyond 161.  Justin Rich took third with 160-09.   John Nizich revived memories of Sean Keller in the Javelin when the tossed the spear 209-01, which is easily the top distance in Oregon as well as Washington this spring.   Lexington Reese of Mountain View earned second with 183-01 & Jacob Meek of La Salle tossed 180-08.   Tristan Anastas of Wilson recorded another of the prime efforts of the day – in this case the High Jump by clearing 6-10.  

     It is nice to see continued support for a meet that has meant so much to high school track for half a century & it was wonderful of Coach Rob Collins to bring his runners from San Lorenzo Valley.  This meet has great tradition and deserves continued support & it a concern that Mead, which has the finest tradition in the Northwest, had almost always attended & missed this year.