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TRACK: Molalla boys' 4x400 relay makes the podium

The team of Scott Chance, Payton Dobbs, Fortino Medina and Brody Olson finished in a season best 3:30.07 and placed eighth to earn one team point in Saturday's OSAA Class 4A track and field championships Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene


by: JIM BESEDA/MOLALLA PIONEER - Molalla's Payton Dobbs takes the baton from Scott Chance for the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay during Saturday's OSAA Class 4A track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. The Indians finished eighth in a season-best time of 3:30.07.Molalla’s Scott Chance closed out his high school athletic career on a high note Saturday.

The senior sprint specialist ran the first leg on the Indians’ 4x400-meter relay team with Payton Dobbs, Fortino Medina and Brody Olson that placed eighth in a season-best time of 3 minutes, 30.07 seconds during the OSAA Class 4A track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

“It’s probably the best feeling I’ve had so far this season,” Chance said. “This is great to have a team like I do. I’m just proud of everything we’ve done all season.”

Molalla reached Eugene with the state’s eighth fastest qualifying time after winning the Tri-Valley Conference district title in a time of 3:31.02.

The Indians bettered that time Saturday, and the one team point they picked up, coupled with the four points Darian Baughman scored Friday with his fifth-place finish in the long jump, gave Molalla a total of five points in the two-day meet.

Molalla had hoped to score more, but missed on opportunities for points in the 110 high hurdles with Drew Vandenbroeder, the 400 with Chance, and the 4x400 relay with the team of Gavin Thrower, Chance, Dobbs and Olson.

“Nerves, honestly,” Chance said. “That’s all. Nerves got me. It was a crazy, amazing experience, and nerves just got to us. I ran here last year and the same thing — nerves.

“The atmosphere is amazing. With everyone here watching you and seeing everything that you do, the atmosphere just gets to you. But I don’t care. It’s all an amazing experience. I’m proud of everything my team has done this year.”

-- Jim Beseda / jbeseda@molallapioneer.com