The OSAA 4A-5A-6A Track and Field Championships offered some great competition and thrilling action again this year down at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. If you missed the meet here are a few highlights........more coming.
OSAA T&F Championships 2012 - 6A Girl's 3000m
For the 6A Girls 3000 this year it was Paige Rice, St. Mary's Academy, 9:49.77; 2. Erin Clark, South Eugene, 9:51.51; 3. Paige Kouba, South Eugene. Rice took a commanding lead early on but you could see her glancing at the big screen on the turn as Clark and Kouba were closing in on the last couple of laps. Nice race girls.
Dylan Johnson from Jesuit broke the school record held since 1967 with a vault of 15-03, a PR, and the State Championship. Awesome!
In the 6A Boys 3000 it was not only a strategic race but the finish couldn't be much closer with Dan Oekerman of Beaverton over the line in 8:40.16, Lakeridge's Julian Heniger 8:40.17...to me it looked like Lakeridge across first but it was Dan, then Brian Eimstad from South Eugene right behind in 8:41.18. Exciting finish.
The 5A Boys came down with Eric Alldritt of Summit, 8:44.38; 2. Akiharu Kitagawa, Wilsonville, 8:44.82; 3. Ryan Byrd, St. Helens, 8:46.35
4A Boys went Brett Willyard, Seaside, 8:38.14; Paul Adams, Mazama, 8:47.33;
and Zorg Loustalet, Henley, 8:53.48
A few highlights from Day 2
Boys 5A Javelin had David Barnett throwing 192.02 in his last throw but Garret Snow stepped up and threw a 205.08 destroying the old meet record of 200.08
The 6A Girls 1500 was a little tougher for Paige Rice than Day 1 in the 3000. Sarah Tsai and Erin Clark gave her a run but she won in 4:31.99 with Sara at 4:32.94 and Erin at 4:33.39.
In the 4A Boys 1500 Willyard from Seaside was back after a great race in the 3000 with a PR of 8:38.14 on Day 1, after the first lap he sat back in 5th....as Chris McMurray from Estacada led in first lap but Paul Adams quickly took over. At the bell Willyard pulls up to 2nd and takes the lead around the turn running 64 on the 3rd lap and runs away to win in 3:56.20 with another PR.
5A Boys 1500 it was a pack until Zach Hammon of Marshfield made a move in the 3rd lap then took the lead at the bell with Franklin pulling up in 3rd. On the backstretch Ryan Bird takes the lead and brings it home in 4:01.50
5A Girls Pole Vault is Sara Small with a height of 11-03.
6A Boys 1500, the first lap was 61 flat with Jackson Darland of Sheldon leading then 59.9 on 2nd lap with a strung out group on runners. 2:47.98 at the bell with a huge lead but Lizier-Zimensky from Forest Grove passes on the final turn to win in 3:53.75. Not too far off of Rupp's record of 3:49.76. Got to say quite a gutsy run for Jackson.
100 for the 6A Boys running into the wind it was Prince from Aloha in 10.93 then Coulter from Sunset 11.15.
Morris from Mazama takes Girls 4A 400. In 5A Sophomore Cameron Lewis, Crescent wins in 56.83.For the 6A Girls Horsley moves up on the straightaway for the win.
The 4A Boys saw Austin Baker blow by the pack on the backstretch and kept it up through the line in 49.06. Taft's Flynn gets 2nd in 50.04. Wilson from Summit edges out Steelhammer of Bend in 49.17 for the 5A. In the 6A Boys 400 meter Brown from Century goes out fast but gets passed by the group and Halvorsen from Grant wins in 49.59 with Kennedy in 2nd.
100 Hurdles....4A, Whoa Molalla's Claire Thomas screams to a finish in 15:11 over Henley 15:89. 5A goes 14.95 with Lebanon's Hallock. 6A, Crouser from Gresham gets it in 14:58.
Boys 110 Hurdles 4A 14:83 by Ontario's Delgado. 5A it's 14:86 for Holmes from Eagle Point. 14:68 for Tigard's McGetrick in 6A.
Girls 800 4A had four contenders coming into the home stretch, but it was Emily Bever in 2:15.7.
The 5A race Tanya Rawlings of Wilsonville runs 2:12.25 6A South Eugene's Paige Kouba comes around the outside for a fantastic finish and the win in 2:13.49.
Boys 4A 800 Shaffner 1:55.29, 5A, Wow...Colin Bates made a huge surge on the back turn to take the lead but Sam Jackson blows by at the end in 1:56.27, Bates gets 1:57.13.