Sherwood throwers shine at state meet
EUGENE — The throws.
It's been the bread and butter of the Sherwood High School girls track and field team all season.
In fact, that's been the case the past few years for the Lady Bowmen.
So, it should be no surprise that the Sherwood girls were able to flex their muscles at the Class 6A state meet.
And that's just what the Lady Bowmen did.
Sherwood senior Calahan Crawford and juniors Clair Johnson and Shelby Moran all powered their way to a spot on the award stand at the Class 6A state track and field championships, held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field.
"We have a great group dynamic," Johnson said of the Lady Bowmen throwers. We all support each other. They're my favorite people."
Crawford, competing in last Thursday's girls javelin finals, placed sixth with a throw of 130 feet, 4 inches. It was the second-straight year that Crawford placed sixth in the javelin event at state.
"It was my goal all year to do better than last year," she said. "But that's OK. It's better than nothing."
Crawford finished the meet strong, having her best throw in her last attempt of the competition.
"I was still working," she said. "It was better than all the others."
It also topped off an enjoyable year for Crawford, who also was a basketball standout at Sherwood.
"This year was a lot of fun," she said. "I like the whole team. I'm going to continue throwing over the summer. I'm hoping to do this in college."
Johnson earned her first trip to the award stand at the state meet by placing sixth in Friday's shot put finals with a mark of 38-1.5.
"It's huge," she said with a smile. "It's only my second year throwing. I was excited to throw with my team. I'm just really excited. I came in and didn't expect to be here (on the award stand.)"
Johnson's top throw came in her second attempt in the finals.
"It felt really good," she said. "I listened to the clapping for the triple jump, and that got me hyped up."
Johnson is now looking for even better things during her senior season.
"I'm excited for it," she said. "I'm throwing year round now."
Moran took second place in the shot put with a personal-best throw of 42-7.25.
Moran, the defending Class 6A state champion in the discus, failed to get a mark in her three preliminary attempts in that event this year. But she still set an all-time state record in the discus earlier this season with a throw of 170-6.25. As of Tuesday, that mark stood as the fifth best in the country this season.
The Sherwood girls finished in 19th place in the team standings at the state meet with 14 points.
For the Sherwood boys at the state meet, junior Payton Churilla cleared 13-0 to take 10th place in the pole vault.
Bowmen junior Carsen Christensen was 11th in the shot put at 47-11.5. Sherwood senior Brady Pierce was 15th in the shot put at 43-1.75.
The Oregon City boys and the Jesuit girls claimed the Class 6A state team championships.