Forest Grove, Banks, Gaston track athletes heading to state
The Forest Grove and Banks track teams may not have triumphed at last week's Greater Valley Conference and Cowapa League District Track & Field Championships, but despite not coming out on top, there was plenty to be proud of.
Both the Vikings and Braves qualified a handful of athletes for this week's OSAA State Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
The Vikings qualified four boys and two girls from the GVC championships at West Salem High School, including Quincy (1500m, 3000m) and Max (3000m) Norman, junior Dominic Funk (javelin), and Andrew Stephen in the pole vault. Quincy Norman won the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:04.68, Funk won the javelin with a throw of 168-09, and Stephen cleared 13-00 to win the pole vault by six inches over second-place finisher Matt Jager of McMinnville.
Forest Grove girls to qualify were juniors Hannah Aguirre (10:22.33) in the 3000 meters and Elizabeth Khoury, who won the 800 meters with a time of 2:18.83.
West Salem won both the boys' and girls' team events, while Forest Grove's boys placed third and the girls finished fifth in the nine-team event.
Banks qualified five boys for state, including Brendan Dreyer, Blake Markham, Aiden Wise, Jacob Slifka and Johnathan Dudley.
Dudley and Dreyer won their events, Dudley winning the pole vault with a vault of 11-06 and Dreyer winning the 400-meter dash in 52.15. Markham finished second in the 400 meters, just 0.02 seconds behind his teammate Dreyer, while Slifka qualified with a second-place finish in the discus (143-05) and Wise, a freshman, placed second in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.10.
The Braves boys finished third in the six-team event, scoring 105 points. Scappoose handily topped the field with 180 points, while second-place Astoria scored 126.
The Fishermen and Indians' order in the girls' event was flipped, as Astoria scored an impressive 201 points, 68 points ahead of second-place Scappoose's 133 and a whopping 138 points clear of fifth-place Banks, which finished with 63 points.
Yamhill-Carlton, which has a cooperative program in track and field with smaller Gaston, will also be sending some athletes to Hayward Field this week.
Gaston's Brett Fox qualified for state as part of the Tigers' 4x400 relay team, along with Jaime Garcia, Chandler Morris and Shane Davis. The Yamhill-Carlton relay team finished second to Newport in the Oregon West Conference Championships, which were held Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, at Newport High School.
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