Gladstone boys excel in the relays

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - GLADSTONE SENIOR KELSEY HATHAWAYKelsey Hathaway was a standout for Gladstone at the 2014 Class 4A High School State Championship Track and Field Meet, held May 23-24 at Hayward Field.

The Gladiator senior placed in three events, earning second place in the long jump (17-1), third place in the triple jump (35-5) and fifth place in the 400-meter run (59.11).

Hathaway came as close as you can come to winning a state title, losing out in the long jump to Crook County junior Laken Berlin (17-1-1/4) by just one-fourth of an inch.

Hathaway also finished just three-fourth of an inch out of second place in the triple jump. Her mark in the long jump was a personal record.

The only other placer for Gladstone girls was senior Elena Otteson. she cleared 10-0 and placed third in the girls pole vault.

The Gladiators were without defending state pole vault champion McKenna Streed, who missed the state meet because of an ankle injury that she suffered just days before the state meet.

Gladstone girls scored 24 team points and placed 12th in the team scoring, the highest placement of any Tri-Valley Conference girls team.

Gladstone girls track coach Joan Kintz was honored by her coaching peers as the 2014 Class 4A girls coach of the year for her success at bringing Gladstone's girls team a state title in 2013. Kintz was also “coach of the year” in 1998, 1999 and 2013.

Gladstone boys had some sprinters make some noise at the state championships.

The Gladstone boys 4x100-meter relay team of senior Trevor Browning, juniors Eric Prom and Armand Jayne, and freshman Juesse Pummel placed fourth in that event with a 43.83 clocking.

And the Gladiator 4x400-meter boys relay team of Prom, Jayne, Browning and junior Mac McCaslin was clocked at 3:29.29 and placed sixth.

“The 4x400 relay team did great,” said Gladstone coach Greg Hess. “They ran a four-second PR. They came into the meet with the 13th-best time. They ran an amazing race.”

Browning also placed eighth, with an effort of 51.94 in the open 400.

Gladstone junior E.J. Penn came through with a personal record leap of 42-3-3/4 and earned fourth place in the boys triple jump.

The top Class 4A girls teams were: North Valley (65), Crook County (46), Marshfield (40), Ridgeview (37) and Sisters (34).

The top 4A boys teams were: North Bend (51), Hidden Valley (50), Scappoose (48), Central (46), Siuslaw (44), La Salle (34) and Newport (34.

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