By Jerod Young • Jerod Young • 

Yamhill-Carlton girls track wins Cowapa League

Submitted photoThe Yamhill-Carlton girls track and field team poses with coaches with the first-place Cowapa League trophy after winning the league championship meet by one point over Banks.
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The Yamhill-Carlton girls track and field team poses with coaches with the first-place Cowapa League trophy after winning the league championship meet by one point over Banks.

The Tigers won the Cowapa League district title Friday at Seaside by one point. The Yamhill-Carlton 163-162 win over Banks meant a new league champion for the first time in five years. Banks has won the league title the last four years.

For the Tiger girls, a district title has been a long time coming. The close victory gave Yamhill-Carlton girls their first league championship since 1993.

“Banks was leading by a bit after the first day,” Yamhill-Carlton coach Adam Howard said. “They (the girls track athletes) came in really focused again on day two. We just got off to a really great start.”

Howard said one of those focused athletes was junior Cheyenne O’Loughlin. O’Loughlin competed in the triple jump for the Tigers and made a jump of 32 feet, 2 inches to take second place in the event, which earned a spot in the state championships. In all, the Tigers qualified five individual athletes and both relays for the state track meet, which begins Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

“What helped is that we had some unexpected points that came from a couple different girls,” Howard said. “Cheyenne was one. We knew she’d get points for us, but her moving up that many places was really big for us.”

The final day came down to Banks and Yamhill-Carlton, and the day came down to the final event, the 4x400 relay. The Tigers’ team of Kaylie Boschma, Suzanne Van De Grift, Sarah King and Teagan Roberts took first with a time of 4 minutes, 8.25 seconds. Banks finished in third with a time of 4:21.53.

Because of the third-place finish and the points Yamhill-Carlton received from the win, the Tigers eased past the Braves for the districts win.

“The cool thing about this league championship is that it feels like every girl that we brought to the meet played a factor,” Howard said. “It wasn’t just a handful of kids. It was a complete team effort.”

King started the Tigers’ final day with back-to-back second-place finishes. The first was in the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.37. The second was in the 200. King finished in 26.96. In all, King will compete at state in four events: The 100, 200, 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay.

Boschma will also go to the state championships in four events, including both relays. Boschma took second in the 100 and 300 hurdles with a time of 16.22 and 47.26 respecitvely.

Van De Grift will go to state in three events and Roberts in two. Both will compete on a relay team. Van De Grift won the 400 with a time of 1:00.23, and will run both relays.

Roberts took second in the long jump with a distance of 14 feet, 8 inches, and will run the 4x400.

Howard said the biggest surprises over the two days were Boschma qualifying for four events at the state meet and senior Lexi Webb.

“I think Lexi and Cheyenne were really pleasant surprises,” Howard said. “They really did exactly what they were capable of doing. Those girls had some big moments for us.”

Webb will head to state as a runner on the 4x100 relay team. She finished sixth in the 100 and fifth in the 200.

Howard said the five girls that earned a trip to state all met the expectations needed at a district meet in order to make it to the state championships.

“As the season went on the expectations grew,” Howard said. “By the end of the season, I think the girls realized we had a really good shot at winning. I think they met the expectations.”

The state championships start Friday at Hayward Field.

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