Big marks, big wins at WVL districts
DAYTON – Fifteen individuals and three relay teams from Class 3A West Valley League schools in Yamhill County qualified for the OSAA Class 3A State Track and Field Championships, held Thursday and Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene, during the WVL Championships Friday at Dayton High School.
Westside Christian swept the team championships, scoring 155 points in the boys’ competition and 173 points in the girls’ competition. Amity finished second to the Eagles in the girls’ team race (94 points) and scored 68 on the boys’ side for fourth place, behind Westside, Horizon Christian (118 points) and Gervais (114 points).
“I thought the kids did really well, the girls especially,” Warriors coach Joel Magill said. The team stuff is real hard with Westside Christian in our league. If you get second, it feels like a league title.”
Dayton narrowly missed out on second place in the girls’ team standings, finishing third with 93 points; the Pirates’ boys finished sixth (58 points). Sheridan scored 77 points in the girls’ team race and 46.5 in the boys’ team race for fourth place and seventh place, respectively.
“They tried to compete well and we had more kids into the finals than I thought,” Spartans coach Barb Justen said.
The Willamina girls scored 55 points for sixth place, and the Bulldogs scored 32 points in the boys’ team standings for eighth place.
Amity sophomore Lindsay McShane won three events, the only individual athlete to do so. McShane set personal records in the girls’ javelin throw (121 feet, 6 inches) and the girls’ discus throw (123-10) and narrowly missed a personal best in the girls’ shot put (38-6.25).
Dayton senior Sydney Mohler won the girls’ long jump (16-6) and the girls’ 100-meter hurdles (16.44 seconds; a personal best) and added a second-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles in a personal-best 48.70. Mohler is the reigning Class 3A state champion in the long jump and will compete at state in all three events.
“She battled a few injuries about two, three weeks ago,” Pirates coach Scott Spink said of Mohler. “She’s been taking it a little bit easier. She’s healthier now, definitely feeling good.”
Dayton senior Kevin Castillo won his second consecutive league title in the boys’ shot put (46-2), and Micah Cisneros cleared 12-0 to win the boys’ pole vault. In the boys’ high jump, Amity sophomore Lance Nelson and Sheridan junior Jacob Hertel tied for the championship with clearances of 5-11; both are on their way to state.
Amity qualified a pair of relay teams for state. The Warriors’ 4x400-meter boys relay team of Ryan Kraemer, D.J. Trunde, Riley Moore and Jordan Butler finished second in 3:40.88, and Amity’s 4x100-meter girls relay team of Aminata Huber, Meghan Drader, Cali Jones and Julia Upshaw finished second in 53.19 seconds. Butler will add the boys’ 400 meters to his state agenda after finishing second in 52.29.
Dayton junior Maddie Shirley finished second to McShane in the girls’ javelin throw (107-10), discus throw (122-1), and shot put (36-6.25); Shirley’s shot put was a personal record. Pirates senior Katey Harris was the runner-up at 1,500 meters (5:10.54) and at 3,000 meters (11:25.09); Harris joined up with Mohler, Nancy Arroyo and Mireya Vazquez on Dayton’s second-place girls 4x400-meter relay team (4:24.79).
On the boys side, Pirates sophomore Zack Spink qualified in the 300-meter hurdles, taking second in a personal-best 42.52.
Sheridan junior Mackenzie Hall won the girls’ high jump with a leap of 5-3. The Spartans will send a pair of pole vaulters to state in junior Peyton James (second in boys’ competition, 11-6) and Biina Ashida (second in girls’ competition, 6-6).
Willamina will be represented at the state championships by senior Riley Boardman and sophomore Kasey Anderson. Boardman won the boys’ discus with a throw of 123-5, while Anderson finished second in the girls’ high jump, clearing 5-1.