Linnaea Kavulich's school-record 3,000 state championship sparks Scappoose girls' best-ever finish
Linnaea Kavulich set out from the Class 4A track and field state girls' 3,000-meter run championship starting line in Friday, May 19's first event and, in a school-record 10 minutes, 26.40 seconds -- 10.18 seconds faster than Tillamook freshman Solace Bergeron (10:36.58) -- became Scappoose High's first 3,000 gold medalist and the 24th state track and field champion in school history at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene.
The junior is the Tribe's first state heroine since Charlie Davidson won the 1,500 in 2014, and the girls' best-ever 45 team points rose to fifth behind Astoria's third state title in a row (57), Phoenix and Molalla (tied at 48) and North Valley (47).
"It's surreal standing up there [on the winners' stand] with no one above me," said Kavulich, who went fifth last year and third as a freshman and received her gold medallion from Indians coach Dave Harley. "I didn't make my move til 400 [meters left]: I had a lot of energy left, and it turned out on that day to be good for first."
The top-seeded junior also went second in the 1,500 (4:49.81) behind Phoenix senior Danielle Jantzer (4:48.57) and helped Tess Conway, Emma Jones and Alyssa Spang to a new school 1,600 record (4:08.09) for third behind Hidden Valley (4:04.22) and Valley Catholic (4:06.47) on Saturday.
"I was really proud with how our girls team did, and it feels great that all the hard work finally paid off," said Spang, a senior who made her third state trip. "I loved being on the 4-by-4 relay with Linnaea, Tess and Emma -- Our goal was to beat the school record this year, and we did it. ... We didn't know if we got it at first, but when we found out we were so excited."
The all-time achievement improved on Elise Harley, Julia Grabhorn, Ariel Viera and Davidson's 4:08.59 set in 2012.
Spang also set a new school 400 dash record of 58.52 -- improving on Lucy Davidson's 58.83 set on the very same track last year -- for second to North Valley sophomore Baylee Touey's 58.52, and bounded to fifth in the 300 hurdles (47.80).
Tess Conway sped to fourth in the 800 (2:26.15) to Phoenix senior Danielle Jantzer (2:20.96), Junction City senior Shayla Solomon (2:23.76) and Tillamook junior Kara Putman (2:24.85).
"It's crazy knowing in my freshman year I got to be part of something that cool," said Conway, a freshman. "I liked the competition and the vibe, and it was fun to be with the team."
Mackenzie Ela threw fifth in the shot put (37-3.5) next to Siuslaw senior Carissa Oliver (41-7.75), Seaside sophomore Gretchen Hoekstre (41-5), Molalla senior Rachel Bring (40-2.5) and Douglas senior Darian Mitchell (39-4.25).
"Seeing everyone in the stands is so overwhlelming, but I liked the adrenaline it gave me," said Ela, a junior who made her state premiere.
Jones leapt to ninth in the long jump (16-.5) and Kyrah Harrison sprang to 10th in the triple jump (32-9.25).
The girls' fifth-place 45 points is their best-ever state finish and followed back-to-back-to-back champion Astoria (57), Phoenix and Molalla (tied at 48) and North Valley (47).
For the new seven-time defending Cowapa League champion boys, John Kavulich raced to second in the boys' 3,000 (8:51.43) to North Bend's senior defending champion Michael Brown (8:49.04) and came up fourth in the 1,500 (4:09.68) to first-time winner Brown (4:06.87), Astoria senior Lucas Caruana (4:06.92) and North Bend senior George LaGesse (4:08.75).
"Not many people have had this experience [of making the medal stand twice], and here I am, where freshman year I didn't think I could," said Kavulich, a junior who went second to Brown in the 3,000 last year in his first state trip. "It's a lot of fun to run at Hayward because of the history."
Nate Maller put his back into third in the javelin (a personal-best 177 feet to North Bend sophomore Ty Hampton (208-9) and Siuslaw junior Trent Reavis (181-11), and ninth in the triple jump (a personal-best 40-8.25).
"I think that it was definitely a better experience this year rather than the poor performance [157-9 for 11th] I had last year in the same event," said Maller, a junior in his second such venture. "[Coaches] Brandon Malloy and Harley had been telling me all week I was looking better and better, which boosted my confidence. I've been on winners' stands before, but this one was a little more prideful and awesome. I'm looking forward to summer track and next year."
Brennan Cox, Tevin Jeannis, Michael Gift and David Fazio teamed up for fifth in the 400 relay (44.03) behind Junction City (43.68), Crook County (43.78), Molalla (43.85) and Mazama (43.89).
The efforts lifted the Indians gentlemen to 23 points and 13th in the standings as Marshfield (62) broke Henley's two-year reign, ahead of Newport (55) and North Bend (47).
"[The boys] competed very well and were physically and mentally prepared," Harley said.
Spang, Emily Marquardt, Grace Rieman, Kristen Brewer, Lizzette Gonzalez Salcedo, Nicole Nicholas, Ranay Laird are the girls scheduled to graduate in June, as are Gift, Fazio, Alex Langlais, Antonio Guasjardo, Cameron Allen, Christisan Sterling, Daniel Tull, David Leader, Dylan Detroy, Kevin Bachman, Nico Roses ands Scotty Redpath for the boys.
Class 4A Track and Field State Championships
Friday and Saturday, May 19-20
Hayward Field, University of Oregon, Eugene
1. Michael Brown, North Bend, 4:06.87 PR
2. Lucas Caruana, Astoria, 4:06.92
3. George LaGesse, North Bend, 4:08.75 PR
4. John Kavulich, S, 4:09.68
1. Michael Brown, North Bend, 8:49.04 PR
2. John Kavulich, S, 8:51.43
3. Bradley Rzewnicki, Seaside, 8:51.86 PR
1. Junction City, 43.68
2. Crook County, 43.78
3. Molalla, 43.85
4. Mazama, 43.89
5. Brennan Cox, Tevin Jeannis, Michael Gift, David Fazio, S, 44.03
1. Ty Hampton, North Bend, 208-9 PR
2. Trent Reavis, Siuslaw, 181-11 PR
3. Nate Maller, S, 177-0 PR
1. Elijah Castro, Hidden Valley, 43-3.25
2. Christian Wytcherley, North Valley, 43-1.5 PR
3. Ulises Vargas, North Marion, 43-.25 PR
9. Nate Maller, S, 40-8.25 PR
1. Baylee Touey, North Valley, 57.47 PR
2. Alyssa Spang, S, 58.52 PR
3. Hannah Peterson, Henley, 1:00.08
1. Danielle Jantzer, Phoenix, 2:20.96 PR
2. Shayla Solomon, Junction City, 2:23.76
3. Kara Putman, Tillamook, 2:24.85
4. Tess Conway, S, 2:26.15
5. Tess Garrett, Marshfield, 2:27
1. Danielle Jantzer, Phoenix, 4:48.57
2. Linnaea Kavulich, S, 4:49.81
3. Solace Bergeron, Tillamook, 4:55.63 PR
1. Linnaea Kavulich, S, 10:26.40 PR
2. Solace Bergeron, Tillamook, 10:36.58 PR
3. Hannah Hernandez, Philomath, 10:38.57 PR
1. Desirae DesRosiers, Molalla, 45.70 PR
2. Logan Davila, Ontario, 46.53
3. Megan Hoback, North Valley, 47.25
4. Jazmine Ware, Ontario, 47.27
5. Alyssa Spang, S, 47.80
1. Hidden Valley, 4:04.22
2. Valley Catholic, 4:06.47
3. Linnaea Kavulich, Tess Conway, Emma Jones, Alyssa Spang, S, 4:08.09
1. Carissa Oliver, Siuslaw, 41-7.75 PR
2. Gretchen Hoekstre, Seaside, 41-5 PR
3. Rachel Bring, Molalla, 40-2.5
4. Darian Mitchell, Douglas, 39-4.25 PR
5. Mackenzie Ela, S, 37-3.5
1. Grace Campbell, Gladstone, 17-8
2. Darian Hageman, Astoria, 17-4.5
3. Desirae DesRosiers, Molalla, 17-3 PR
9. Emma Jones, S, 16-.5
1. Darian Hageman, Astoria, 38-5.5
2. Kalulu Ngaida, Cascade, 37-2 PR
3. Molly Klipfel, Philomath, 35-.5 PR
10. Kyrah Harrison, S, 32-9.25
1. Marshfield 62
2. Newport 55
3. North Bend 47
4. Crook County 40.33
5. North Valley 39.5
6. La Grande 36.5
7. Tillamook 34
8. Hidden Valley 31
9. Molalla 27
10. Seaside 25
11. Junction City 24
12. Sisters 23.33
13. Scappoose 23
1. Astoria 57
t-2. Phoenix 48
t-2. Molalla 48
4. North Valley 47
5. Scappoose 45