By Ben • Ben Schorzman • 

Tigers set school records in Eugene

The girls 4x400-meter relay team of junior Kaylie Boschma, sophomore Teagan Roberts, junior Suzanne Van De Grift and junior Sarah King broke the Yamhill-Carlton girls record in 4 minutes, 1.32 seconds and finished third.

“We’re so excited,” Boschma said after the race was over, her jubilation and smiles barely contained. “This track gives you like 10 times the amount of energy.”

Boschma led off the race and ran a best split of 61.4. She handed off to Roberts, who also ran her fastest split ever in 62.2

“Kaylie and Teagan did exactly what we needed them to,” Yamhill-Carlton coach Adam Howard said. “Those are PR splits. We knew at that point with two to come we would be in really good shape.”

Van De Grift came third, and also turned in the fastest 400 of her life. She finished in 59.7 and handed off to King. The Tigers were in second place but were overtaken in the back stretch. King tried to pass on the last turn and almost did, but instead she finished just a few steps behind in third.

“I was thinking I just had to finish for the team,” King said.

“She just really gets a lot of energy from the 4x400,” Howard said. “She ran a great race.”

King had a busy meet for the Tigers. She made the finals of the 200, and finished in seventh. The time, though, was what stood out. King crossed the line in 25.96, which was a Y-C school record. She became the only Tigers girl to turn in a time sub-26 seconds.

“Running that is an incredible time,” Howard said.

Van De Grift made the finals of the 400 and finished sixth in 1:00.41.

Boschma ran in the finals of the 100 hurdles. She was fifth in 16.28 seconds.

The Tigers were 10th in the 4x100 relay. They finished in 51.16.

Roberts competed in the girls long jump. She finished in 15th place with a mark of 13-11 ½.

Cheyenne O’Loughlin was 12th in the girls triple jump with a mark of 31-5 ½.

Howard said ending with the high of the 4x400 was a great way to wrap up the meet. The five athletes that competed at state for the Tigers all return next season in what should be a year of high expectations.

“The way they battled, they’re absolute competitors,” Howard said. “They bring it to every race. It showed a lot of grit there to finish it out the way they did after two long days and a lot of races.”

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