Molallas Claire Thomas soars 18-8 in the long jump

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Molalla senior Claire Thomas leaped a states best 18-8 in the long jump at last weeks dual meet with Gladstone.Gladstone’s defending state champion girls track and field team closed out the dual season strong, despite adversity, dropping Molalla 80-65 in last week’s final Tri-Valley Conference dual meet of the season.

With the win over the Indians, the Gladiators finished 7-0 in league dual meets.

The adversity came in the pole vault, where McKenna Streed, the state’s top pole vaulter, no-heighted; and in the high jump, where Alisa Bradshaw, who holds the state’s second best mark in Class 4A, did not compete.

But even without Streed and Bradshaw, the Gladiators had too many horses for the Indians to keep up with.

Fans got a treat in the long jump, where they got a preview of the state meet. Molalla senior Claire Thomas won the event with a Class 4A state’s best leap of 18-8. Gladstone senior Madison Cronin placed second with a lifetime best jump of 17-9; and Gladstone freshman Tieara Norman placed third with a leap of 16-11-3/4.

Cronin had a tremendous meet, winning the triple jump with an effort of 35-2, a mark just off her state’s best for that event; and she led a Gladiator sweep of the 100-meter dash (13.19).

Gladstone had a double winner in the sprints, with junior Kelsey Hathaway setting the pace in both the 200 (26.80) and 400 (1:00.46).

Norman (16.40 and 50.84) finished second to Thomas (15.11 and 44.16) in the high and low hurdles. Thomas’ mark in the low hurdles was a 4A state’s best by nearly three full seconds.

Gladstone senior D’onna Robinson continued tough in the throws, winning handily in both the shot put (41-4) and discus (126-10). Gladstone sophomore Claire Bailey tossed the javelin 105-6 for another easy win.

Gladstone juniors Elena Otteson and Ellery Pearson came through in the pole vault in Streed’s absence. Otteson cleared 9-0 for the first time in competition to win the event and Pearson cleared 8-6 for the first time to claim second place.

Gladstone girls got outscored 27-0 in the three distance races, but they more than made up for it in the field events, where they outscored the host Indians 48-15.

Gladstone boys (4-3) dropped a heartbreaker in their TVC dual meet with the Indians, 73-70.

Gladstone boys won first place in eight events and senior Dakota Hollingsworth (11.63) led the Gladiators to a sweep of Molalla in the 100.

Senior Michael Stoutt beat Molalla’s top athletes in the triple jump (42-2) and long jump (18-11), but he was the only double winner for Gladstone boys. His mark in the triple jump was a lifetime best.

Other Gladstone winners included: senior Bradley Hall in the 1,500 (4:47.55), sophomore Harrison Jarrett in the 3,000 (10:32.78), junior Andrew Conway in the pole vault (12-0), and the team of Hollingsworth, Eric Prom, Tyler Bitter and Conway in the 4x100-meter relay.

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