By Rockne Roll • Multimedia Journalist • 

Amity girls win WVL track title

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Amity’s Maddie Worthington throws the discus at the Class 3A West Valley League track and field championships at Dayton High School Friday.
Rockne Roll/News-Register ## Amity’s Maddie Worthington throws the discus at the Class 3A West Valley League track and field championships at Dayton High School Friday.
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Sheridan freshman Ronni VanZant qualified for the OSAA Class 3A State Track and Field Championships by finishing second in the girls’ 100 meters (13.21 seconds) at the Class 3A West Valley League championships Friday.
Rockne Roll/News-Register ## Sheridan freshman Ronni VanZant qualified for the OSAA Class 3A State Track and Field Championships by finishing second in the girls’ 100 meters (13.21 seconds) at the Class 3A West Valley League championships Friday.
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Dayton junior Zach Spink won the boys’ 110-meter hurdles and finished second in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles at the West Valley League championships, which were held at Dayton High School.
Rockne Roll/News-Register ## Dayton junior Zach Spink won the boys’ 110-meter hurdles and finished second in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles at the West Valley League championships, which were held at Dayton High School.
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Amity senior Jordan Butler won the boys’ 400 meters at the WVL track and field championships.
Rockne Roll/News-Register ## Amity senior Jordan Butler won the boys’ 400 meters at the WVL track and field championships.

DAYTON – For the first time in more than 30 years, the Amity girls are track and field district champions.

Amity took 150 ½ points to beat second place Westside Christian in Friday and Saturday’s Class 3A West Valley league meet at Dayton High School. Dayton was third with 72 points, Willamina took sixth and Sheridan placed eighth. Amity was tops among local teams on the boys side with 92 points and fourth place while Dayton, in fifth place, scored 73, Sheridan took sixth with 69 and Willamina was eighth with 38.

“It was nice to be able to finally get the depth to get the league title,” Amity head coach Joel Magill said. On the first day, we had all three high jumpers PR, we had a couple throwers score higher. Our three 3,000 girls finished fourth, fifth and seventh.”

Of Amity’s 40 ½ point margin of victory, 30 came just from Lindsay McShane. The junior thrower won all three of her events (shot put, 40 feet, 4 ½ inches; discus, 140-02; javelin, 138-8) and goes into the state meet holding the best mark in the state in 3A this year in discus and shot put.

Magill didn’t want to comment on the possibility of McShane sweeping the throwing events in Eugene.

“I would love for that, and she would love it more than anyone else,” he said. “However she places is however she places. I don’t want to make any predictions. She’s throwing great.”

She’s not the only Warrior girl headed for Hayward Field in Eugene for this week’s state championships. Meghan turned in a 27.57-second finish in the finals of the girls 200-meter dash to punch a ticket to Hayward and just missed qualifying in the 400-meters (1:03.32, third place.) Amy Kraemer took second in her signature event, the 100-meter hurdles, in 16.90 for second place and a state berth. Drader tied for third in the long jump (15-7 ½) and Kraemer was fourth in the triple jump (33-5). Maddie Worthington was third in both the shot put (32-2 ¾) and the discus (98-11).

For the Amity boys, Lance Nelson went both the highest and the farthest to win a pair of events, posting a 20-7 mark in the long jump and clearing 6-2 in the high jump. Amity’s Kolton Rohde beat the field by eight inches to win a district title in the triple jump (41-8 ½); Nelson was third with a 40-9 ½. Rohde will enter the state meet with the best triple jump mark in any 3A district meet.

“All five of his jumps were over 40 feet,” Magill said of Rohde. “His form is really consistent.”

On the track, three Warrior boys will lack up their spikes on Hayward’s hallowed ground in individual events – Brady Baughman’s 2:05.55 was good for second in the 800-meters while Jordan Butler won the 400 in 52.20 and took second in the 200 with a 23.89. William Keen rounds out the bunch – his 11.74 in the 100-meters was good for second place  Amity’s 4x100-meter relay team will also race in Eugene, taking second in the WVL with a 43.35.

“The calmer he runs, the smoother he runs and the better he runs,” Magill mentioned of Butler.

For the hosting Pirates, superstar senior Maddie Shirley closed out her final district meet with a bang, winning the 100-meters (13.10), the long jump (16-2 ¼) and the triple jump (33-11) as well as taking second in the shot put (37-1 ½).

“She could have gone to state in three other events. We kind of looked at what we felt she would do the best at in state,.” Dayton head coach Spink said. “If she jumps well at state, she has a great chance to do extremely well. “

Sierra Bowlin was third in the long jump (15-7 ½) and the 100 (13:24) and Nancy Arroyo took third in the 800-meters (2:28.75). Bethany Shirley was third in the 3000-meters (13:26.65) but will still head to Hayward after the race winner withdrew from the event to focus on other events in Eugene. Dayton’s short relay team is also headed for the state meet after winning the WVL in 52.97.

For the Dayton boys, Zach Spink qualified for state in both hurdles races, winning the 110-hurdles in 16.53 and taking second in the 300-hurdles with a 42.47 finish.

“We were happy that he was able to win the 110. He probably won by three or four inches,” Scott Spink said. “He’s hurdling really well right now. His form is getting better, his speed is getting better.”

Jacob Aguiar’s discus mark of 105-3 was just four inches short of a state qualification; he had to settle for third.

“Third place is the worst place at a district track meet. You’d almost rather get fourth,” Spink lamented. “He had a good year.)

The top three in the boys shot put was an all Yamhill County affair, with Willamina’s Riley Boardman winning the district title with a 43-8 ½ toss, Tony Alvarez of Dayton qualifying for state with a 40-11 3/4 and Nathan Walker of Amity just coming up short with a 39-8 ½. Boardman also won the discus (131-09) and took third in the javelin (140-03), while Dakota Rock was fourth in the shot (38-3).

“We knew he had a chance, he went into it ranked fourth,” Spink said of Alvarez. “That was really a cool thihg for him. He was a really good football player; he tore his ACL in the first quarter of the first game and hasn’t done anything since then and had never done track. I went and found him in the hallway a couple weeks into the season. It was a rough year for him.”

“Nathan was really discouraged, he was throwing really well in the last few weeks,” Magill said of Walker’s near miss. “You can’t have a shoo-in; you have to do well that day.”

For the Bulldog girls, Kasey Anderson cleared 5-3 in the high jump to earn a district championship and a trip to state. Brooke France earned a state qualification in the javelin with a throw of 106-04 for second place; She was also fourth in the discus (95-02) and the shot (30-7). Carissa Koblentz was third in the javelin (88-10).

For Sheridan, Payton James beat the field by three feet to win the pole vault and match his season’s best mark of 12-6 – teammate Jake Graham (9-6) will join him in Eugene. Ronni VanZant took second in the girls 100-meters (13.21) and third in the 200 (27.77, while Miguel Diaz De Leon took third in the boys 3,000-meters with a 9:33.96.

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