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by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Jesuit's Max Dordevic celebrate his win in the 400-meter dash at the 6A state championships on Saturday. Dordevic was a key cog in Jesuit taking its second straight 6A state championship.

Overwhelming waves of talent.

Ceaseless speed in the sprints. Brawn in the throws. Unwearying endurance in the long distance. Unduly depth.

The Jesuit boys’ track team had it all this season. It was a juggernaut in every sense, a runaway locomotive steamrolling every foe in its path with such potent force that no program could come close to converging on. Programs that dared test the Crusaders and their team mentality were promptly shown the door and kicked to the curb.

On the hallowed grounds of Hayward Field at the 6A State Championship meet on Friday and Saturday, all that the defending state champions strived for this season came together in a crowning cavalcade of versatility, teamwork and outright aptitude against the 6A’s best.

Smashing the likes of Sheldon and Grants Pass, Jesuit scored a prodigious 97 team points, nearly doubling up the Irish (55.5) and clocking the Cavemen (33 points) for its second straight crown. Jesuit put 12 competitors in the 6A finals including individual titles from Henry Mondeaux in the shot put (56-10), Michael Godbout in the 1,500 and Max Dordevic in the 400 and 300 hurdles.

“We have so much depth, it’s incredible,” said Dordevic. “We have so many guys that put in so much work. We get guys to come out to track that might only be a soccer or football guy. But we say, ‘Hey, there’s something for you to do’. We find the guys who are willing to work hard and have the competitive drive to succeed.”

Inflamed by the dissatisfaction of taking second at state in both the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles last year, Dordevic domineered the state scene on Saturday, winning the 400 (48.64), the 300 hurdles (37.93) and anchoring the Crusaders’ 4x400 relay to close the day. After sitting out most of the season with a torn hamstring, the future University of Texas track athlete was itching not only to run competitively again, but make amends for what Dordevic characterized as a disheartening junior season.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Jesuit's Max Dordevic and Carlos Coleman celebrate Dordevics win in the 400-meter dash at the 6A state championships on Saturday. Dordevic and Coleman were key cogs in Jesuit taking its second straight 6A state championship.

“Looking back, you work so hard and get second it’s really frustrating,” said Dordevic. “After the 300 hurdles I was thinking how thankful I am to comeback and still perform as well as I did. Last year, I felt so much differently. I was sad and disappointed in myself, but now I’m stoked about everything.”

Jesuit all but locked up the team title after Dordevic and teammate Carlos Coleman (48.83) finished first and second in the 400-meter dash with Dordevic fending off the much-improved teammate at the tape. As the two crossed the finish line, Coleman let out a jubilant screech, as the two Crusaders shared a long embrace — two winter training partners reaping the rewards of their 40-degree December marathon training sessions when no one was watching, and it was just them and the oval.

“It was pure adrenaline,” said Coleman. “It’s the state championships, so it’s no ordinary race. I really put it all on the line. At the 300-mark I thought, ‘Wow, I’m really close to Dordevic so maybe I can go get him.’ But, it’s alright. At the beginning of the season I couldn’t have imagined getting second next to my teammate. One-two is insane.”

Running in memory of his grandmother, Remy Lacuna, who passed away in January, Coleman was a key cog in the Crusaders’ championship, taking second in the 400 and running the first leg of the 4x400 relay.

“When I was warming up before the race I was like ‘I’m doing this for you’,” said Coleman. “I was thinking about her a lot today. I knew she’d want to me to win, and I think I made her proud.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Jesuit senior Sahil Doshi closed out his career with a strong third leg of the 4x400 relay to help the Crusaders clinch their second straight 6A state championship.

Dordevic beat Crusader sophomore Julian Body in the 300 hurdles, treating each barricade with extra care, after nicking the second-to-last hurdle last season, which ended up costing the senior a state title. Body backed his second place in the 300 hurdles with a bronze in the 110-meter hurdles (14.67).

“I was surgically precise going over those,” said Dordevic. “I didn’t want to hit any of them. I didn’t have to run the fastest time, but I had to be clean and get to the finish line.”

Watching himself on the Hayward Jumbotron and seeing that he had a big enough cushion with 40 meters left in the 1,500, Godbout wagged his tongued in Jordan-like fashion and held his right fist high in the air over the finish line, as a state champion (3:52).

“It was a really surreal moment,” said Godbout. “I didn’t even realize I threw my fist up in the air. Today, I had no clue I was going to win. There were so many guys in this race that could’ve won it on any given day. I was really happy and ecstatic to get the win.”

With 200 meters to go in the 1,500, Godbout said he didn’t have much left. But, seeing Forest Grove’s Geremia Lizier-Zmudzinski lag behind the pace gave the Crusader senior “a big adrenaline rush” to push ahead of the Viking coming down the homestretch.

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Jesuit senior Sam Remington made the final heat of the 800-meter dash and took fifth to help the Crusaders clinch their second straight 6A state championship.

“I knew it was my race of my season, the last time repping my school, so I wanted to go out with a bang,” said Godbout. “I was lucky enough to come out with a win. It feels amazing. I’m really happy. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the season. Last year I didn’t even know if I’d win a Metro title. To win two (Metro titles in the 1,500 and 3,000) and win a state title is awesome. It took a lot of hard work, countless miles and training, but it was worth it.”

Witnessing Godbout bolt to the outside of Lizier-Zmudzinski and unfold his limbs into all-out sprint, the Hayward gathered collectively roared as one, acting as the wind behind the Crusader’s sails as he crossed the finish line.

“Normally I don’t hear things during races,” said Godbout. “I usually tune everything out. But, today Hayward got so loud. All the fans were everywhere, it was awesome. It really pushed me that last 50 meters.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Jesuit senior long distance runner Michael Godbout pumps his fist in celebration as he crosses the finish line of his 1,500 win at the 6A state championship meet on Saturday.

Coleman, Body, Dordevic and Sahil Doshi took first in the 4x400 relay (3:21). Mondeaux placed third in the discus (156-10) and Nate Alvey was sixth in the same event (143-07). Zachary Grubb threw 170-06 for ninth in the javelin. Sophomore Tanner Tropio was fourth in the 200 (21.99) and sixth in the 100 (11.04). Senior Sam Remington took fifth in the 800 (1:58).



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