Matthew Maton of Summit was a double-winner at the Oregon Relays and his times left little doubt that he will be a force to reckon with at State. The Foot Locker national finalist raced to victory in the 1500 Meters and only Idaho’s Elijah Armstrong could really challenge him. The Pocatello star, who also is a Foot Locker finalist, made it close before falling 3:55.85 to 3:56.35. Both times are impressive at this point in the campaign. Washington runners took the next four places with Garfield’s Cameron Stanish leading the way with 3:38.11 and Logan Carroll of Gig harbor taking fourth with 3:58.30. Jack Yearian of Bellarmine Prep came in fifth with 4:00.22 and Tristan Peloquin of Gig earned sixth with 4:03. T J Wright of Sheldon was right behind in seventh, also in 4:03, while Reid Muller of Pitt meadows was the third runner to share the time. Michael Williams of Richland and Mack Marbas of Siuslaw rounded out the top ten with times of 4:04 and change.
Maton came back later to secure the title in the 3K with 8:18.66, as Logan Carroll took second with 8:22. Cameron Stanish of Garfield earned third with 8:23 and Tristan Peloquin garnered fourth in 8:25. Elijah Armstrong edged Wolfgang Beck of Gig Harbor with both sharing marks of 8:26 and Michael Williams of Richland followed in seventh with 8:32. Zach Bellow of Creswell ran 8:42 for eighth, Ray Schireman of North Medford placed ninth in 8:43 edging Nicholas Colyn of Langley Christian and John Gay of Okanagan Mission was eleventh in 8:44. Dwain Stucker of Idaho (Meridian) completed the top dozen with 8:48 and Nathan Wadhwani of Terry Fox finished thirteenth in 8:49.
They ran a 3000 Meters for freshman guys, which was won by Malachi Armstrong of Pocatello in 9:14. Chanse Gilbert of Skyview annexed second with 9:23. The Roseburg quartet of Ben Rodriguez, Bryan Bergold, Nic Feldkamp & Kenny Freeman triumphed in the Distance medley Relay with 10:29 with Lincoln & Sheldon taking second & third with 10:32 & 10:35. Aaron Schlossman of Garfield triumphed in the 800 Meter in 1:54 and a trio of runners followed in 1:55. Dean Ellenwood of Langley Christian edged Nic McDaniel of McMinnville & Liam McKay of Lord Tweedsmuir.
Alexa Efraimson of Camas continued her romp through challengers this spring: this time in the 800 Meters. Her time of 2:09.36 gave her almost a four second advantage over Hannah Derby of Bellarmine Prep, who ran 2:13. Tess Michaelson of Lincoln took third with 2:14, while Isabelle Olive of Garfield & Lauren Perry of Richland both ran 2:15 and change. Efraimson also anchored Camas’ victorious DMR team over Grant with a time of 11:54.19. The team included Alissa Pudlitzke, Jordan Davis & Maddie Woodson. Grant was just a bit more than half a second behind with the team of Piper Donaghu and her sister Ella, who anchored, plus Thea Foulk & Libby Kokes.
Brenna Peloquin of Gig harbor raced to a solid victory in the 3000 Meter with her clocking of 10:20.59. Gracie Todd of Sheldon was second in 10:29 and Capital’s Lauren Pierson took third in 10:30. Fourth went of Calli Charlton of Lady Byng in 10:34 and fifth went to Olivia Powell of Creswell, who ran 10:35. Alyssa Foote of Aloha claimed sixth in 10:38 and Piper McDonald of Summit placed seventh in 10:41.
Ella Donaghu of Grant topped the filed in the 1500M with a solid 4:31. Lauren Perry of Richland finished alone in second with 4:33. Alissa Pudlitzke secured third with 4:42 to have a three second margin over Brenna Peloquin and Miranda Ross of Bellarmine Prep followed in fifth with 4:46. It was only a second back to Mahala Norris of Roseburg and then Jenna Phipps of Sands earned eighth with 4:48. Kacey Kemper of King’s nipped Gracie Todd as they both ran 4:49 and Kaely Gordon of Summit came in at 4:50 as the tenth runner.