The CYO MEET OF CHAMPIONS once again lived up to it's name as competitors finished up their season with some great performances.
Story of the meet was Jean Baptiste Tooley who pushed the limits and competed in four events. While he was at it he busted the record in the 400 and the 800. The 800 meter race was incredible with a winning time of 2:01.81. Jean's 400 meter win was no less impressive at 52.93. He also won the 1500, there was no one even close to him at 4:31.01 but just didn't have enough legs left to beat Kevin Kavanaugh's standing record of 4:16.84 from 2009. That was another incredible CYO race to remember. Mark Sussman was 2nd, followed by Sam Truax, Wilder Boyden and Daniel Thompson in 5th who all had great races.
Another runner who we enjoyed watching last year was Logan Phillips in the Cub 1500 meter run. The crew of Logan, Phillip Quinton, and Cameron Parker pushed through the race with Logan leading most of the way. Towards the finish Quinton made a gutsy move but Logan pulled it out for the win and a meet record of 4:46.35 One of the most inspirational finishes of the meet. Following up were Austin Migchelbrink, Alex Harbert, Samuel Johnson, and Cameron Thompson. Keep your eye on these boys next year and through the summer at Junior Olympics. In the 3000 Logan broke another record in a time of 10:14.24.
In the Boys Cadet 3000, Mark Sussman pushed through with 10:00.57, followed by Daniel Thompson, Sam Truax, and Jason Rae. Kyle Thompson's record from last year of 9:43.59 may be there for awhile.
In the Cub Girls Long Jump Amaia Harrington jumped 14-08, Maria Kraus was 2nd with 14-06.75. Keep on eye out next year for Audrey Bright who was 7th with a mark of 13-01.50.....she jumped about 18 inches behind the line so if she stays with it she may be really good.
Saturday morning there was a surprise visit by former CYO All Saints Runner (and Olympian) Galen Rupp, who was on hand to hand out the girls 3000 meter awards.
As a bonus, former U of O Track Coach Bill Dellinger and Pat Tyson were on hand to watch the meet. There were many other great performances. Thanks to Mark Lee, Sister Krista, Mike Bergmann and all the volunteers.