By Jerod Young • Jerod Young • 

Amity track sweeps home WVL meet

How dominating was the overall performance? On the boys side, the second-place team, Gervais, came in at 153 point, and the girls from Gervais came in second at 100. Dayton boys and girls came in third with126 and 84.

Amity coach Joel Magill said it was a great day for the program.

“Yeah we talked about protecting our home field,” Magill said. “This is the deepest group I’ve ever had here at Amity. These guys come to practice early and stay late to work out.”

The hard work is paying off. The Warriors had seven first-place finishes on the boys side and six from the girls. The Amity girls had a big afternoon from Holly Worthington and Aimee Herubin. Worthington took first in the javelin with a throw of 110 feet. Her teammate, Lindsay McShane, finished in second with a throw of 108.

“I was happy that I got it over 100, but I know I could do a lot better,” Worthington said. “I am always looking to break my marks in every meet. I want to win every meet.”

Herubin had the most surprising day for Amity. She’s running the 1500-meter hurdles — for the first time in her career. Herubin said her one event is typically the 3,000 but said it has become boring. Herubin said Magill has been trying since she was a sixth grader to talk her into running the hurdles because of her tall stature, and Herubin had always refused. Until now.

Herubin said she began working on jumping hurdles last spring. Thursday, she took first in the event with a time of 54.34 seconds. She also took second in the 400 relay.

“It’s scary jumping over those things,” Herubin said. “Distance running is really boring, and the hurdles are short on me, so I figured it could be a good idea.”

Notes: Delaney Cruz (1) triple jump; Cali Jones (1), high jump; Lindsay McShane (1), discus and shot put. Riley Moore (1), 200; Jordan Butler (1), 400; Taylor Miles (1), 110 hurdles, Kyle Hayes (1), shot put and discus.


What a difference 15 minutes makes

Before their race in the 300 hurdles, Dayton’s Luke Wildhaber and Amity’s Taylor Miles could be seen on the track stretching, joking and laughing together.

When those 15 minutes were up, the two got serious, shook hands and lined up for the race. Moments later, it was Wildhaber coming from behind on the last hurdle to upset Miles’ sure win in a photo-esque finish. Wildhaber won with a time of 43.56.

His good friend Miles came in right behind him at 43.66.

It was the first time Wildhaber ever competed in the 300 hurdles.

“That felt good, it was pretty close,” Wildhaber said. “First time running those 300s and really enjoyed it.”

Wildhaber said because it came down to him and a close friend, he found himself pressing to come from behind to win.

“I was definitely pushing to catch him,” Wildhaber said. “We were both stutter-stepping at the end, and I knew I had more energy to give.”

Miles admitted he has struggled with stutter-stepping for quite some time. He said running next to a friend and serious competitor is nice because it pushes both athletes.

“You have someone pushing you,” Miles said. “We’ve known each other since freshman year, it’s fun.”

For Dayton, Kodee Koch took first in the 800 and high jump. Micah Cisneros took first in the pole vault. Katey Harris took first in the 400 and 800.

“We’re really focused on training at this point,” Dayton coach Scott Spink said. “They weren’t going to come out and get PRs, but we had good marks today. It was nice to see.”

Notes: Harris, Wildhaber, Kevin Castillo, Sydney Mohler, Maddie Shirley and the girls 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams competed Saturday at the Meet of Champions in Salem. Shirley had the highest finish for the Pirates, finishing 10th in the discus.

Fifty teams were on hand at the Meet of Champions, including Amity, Sheridan, Willamina and Dayton. Castillo was Dayton’s highest boys finisher in 10th place in the shot put.

For Amity, Miles finished second in the 300 hurdles in 41.95. He was eighth in the 110 hurdles.

Briana Potter was sixth in the girls shot put for Sheridan.

Brook Wilson competed for Willamina in Salem. She finished in 12th in the girls shot put.

Yamhill-Carlton was also in action over the weekend, look in Friday’s paper for full results.

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