Rasor grabs two silvers, one bronze, while McCoy takes fourth in 300m hurdles

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS  - Colton junior Evan Rasor (left) and senior Rachel McCoy pose for a photo with their medals at the state
track and field meet last Friday.

While Colton had just two athletes representing the school at the OSAA state track meet this weekend, they represented big.

Junior Evan Rasor took home two silver medals and one bronze as he set new personal record in all three of his events.

He grabbed second in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.25 seconds, just behind Harrisburg's Alonzo Ranch, who finished .05 seconds faster. Rasor broke his PR of 11.37 – set at last year's PacWest district meet – in the preliminary round of this year's state meet with an 11.35, and then broke that PR in the finals race the next day.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS  - Colton junior Evan Rasor takes off from his block in the 400m dash finals race to take second at state Friday.

Rasor also took second in the 400 meter dash as he clocked a 50.42 behind Catlin Gabel's Juma Sei with a 48.15 as he repeated as champion in the event. Sei broke the state meet record of 48.65 seconds that was set back in 1985 by Mike Wisnovsky of St. Mary's, and then tied in 2005 by Andrew Perri of Oakridge. Rasor's previous PR in the 400m dash was a 50.78 set at the Meet of Champions at Willamette University on April 29.

Rasor's bronze came in the 200 meter dash as he set a new PR of 22.73 seconds, just .01 seconds behind Salem Academy's Wilson McLean in second. Rasor broke his PR of 23.14 seconds – set at last year's state meet – in the preliminary round, which he then broke again in the finals round this year.

Rasor looks to be a strong contender next year as well, and he said he hopes to be help put together a 4x400 relay team to make a run in that event too.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS  - Colton junior Evan Rasor crosses the finish line in the 400 meter dash to take second at the state meet Friday.

This was Rasor's third trip to the state meet, and he said he wanted to take top two in all of his events, and he was just one one-hundredth of a second away from doing that.

"I'm proud of all of it, Wilson [McLean] barely got me in the 200, but I'm proud of all of it," Rasor said.

Senior Rachel McCoy made it to the finals on Friday night in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles as she took fourth place with a time of 48.24 seconds, smashing her old PR of 50.25 seconds – set at the Sheridan meet this season – by more than two seconds. She also broke her PR in the preliminary round as she clocked a 49.22 as the seventh seed, and that finished nearly a second faster than that in the finals.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS  - Colton senior Rachel McCoy takes off from her block in the 300m intermediate hurdles to take fourth place in the event last Friday.

McCoy was unable to make the finals as she finished ninth in the 100 meter high hurdles preliminary round, though she did set a PR in that event as well as she clocked a 16.93, beating her old record of 17.45 set at the Meet of Champions.

This was her first trip to the state meet, and she was overjoyed at being able to represent Colton over the weekend.

"It is a huge goal of me to get here, I've been pushing every year, and finally being here was almost a relief, and I was so happy and so lucky," McCoy said. "I have so many people rooting for me, I have such a great team, and it just felt so good to get here, I was on cloud nine."

McCoy said her expectations coming into the meet were to get PRs and end on a good note.

PIONEER PHOTO: CONNER WILLIAMS  - Colton senior Rachel McCoy leaps over the final hurdle in the 300m hurdles race to take fourth place at state Friday.

"Then I got here and I was like 'You know what, this isn't as big and scary as I thought it was going to be, and I exceeded my expectations, I was so happy," she said. "I just set a lot of little mini goals I wanted to accomplish and so I couldn't be happier with the outcome."

Colton graduates several seniors this year in addition to McCoy, including Abby Syvinski, Haley McCoy, and Hunter Poet.

Conner Williams
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