Tigard senior Sean McGetrick runs to victory in both hurdles events at the state meet
EUGENE - Sean McGetrick seemed to be a bit overwhelmed.
He just stepped off the top of the award stand at the Class 6A State Track and Field Championships and he wasn't quite sure how to express his thoughts at the moment.
'Words can't describe how I'm feeling right now,' he said with a smile.
Well, how about these words to describe McGetrick's state meet?
No, make that two-time champion.
McGetrick, a Tigard High School senior, ran to gold-medal glory in both the 110-meter high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles events at the state meet, held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field.
'It's a dream come true,' McGetrick said. 'I've worked four years for this. I thought it was a possibility and I wanted to believe it could happen, but I didn't know it would come out perfect.'
McGetrick's perfect Saturday started with the finals of 110 high hurdles. He won that race in a time of 14.68 seconds, just edging his Pacific Conference rival, Newberg senior Jacob Petrie, who was second at 14.73.
'That was amazing,' McGetrick said after that race. 'It was close with Petrie the whole way. It was really close in the middle of the race, but I stuck with it and didn't give up - it's just an amazing feeling.'
There was some more amazement for McGetrick later in the day.
In the 300 intermediate hurdles finals, McGetrick got off to a strong start, powered through the curve and then sprinted strong to the finish, winning that race in a time of 38.97. Sunset junior Eric Zechenelly was second with a mark of 39.26.
'I was able to focus back up for the 300 hurdles,' McGetrick said. 'I got the monkey off may back earlier (with the win in the 110 hurdles), so that took the pressure off. I'm just really happy right now.'
That happiness is a result of a lot of hard work and some marked improvement from last year, when McGetrick was fourth at state in the 110 hurdles and didn't qualify for state in the 300.
'I put in a lot of hard work in the offseason - and it's just believing,' he said. 'I'm faster between hurdles and my steps are way more consistent. Overall, I just feel faster.'
And he showed off that speed to the rest of the state.
But, which one of the two state championships is more special?
'Maybe the 110s, because it's been me and Petrie all year,' McGetrick said. 'But I love both races.'
McGetrick's two state titles provided just some of the highlights for the Tiger competitors at the state meet.
Tigard powerhouse Jeremy Moore capped off his big senior year by placing second in Friday's shot put finals with a distance of 58 feet, 5¾ inches. He finished just five inches behind winner Beau Brousseau of Oregon City, who had a mark of 58-11¼.
Moore also placed 10th in Friday's discus finals with a throw of 138-0.
Tigard junior Cameron Bremner sprinted to seventh place in the 100 finals in a time of 11.33.
'That was pretty good,' Bremner said. 'Everyone in the finals was fast, and it was tight at the end.'
Also for the Tigard boys, senior Jarrad Schulte was 10th in the shot put with a mark of 49-7.
The Tiger boys finished in eighth place in the team standings at the state meet with 30 points.
Sophomore Lindsey Rosette led the way for the Tiger girls at the state meet. She ran to fourth place in the 100 high hurdles in a time of 15.41.
'That was really exciting,' Rosette said after the race. 'I just wanted to go out and have fun. I was hoping to finish in the top four, so this feels really good.'
Rosette, running next to Gresham standout Haley Crouser, got off to a strong start and was up with the leaders for most of the race.
'It was one of my best starts of the year,' she said. 'And my whole family was in the stands cheering me on.'
Tigard sophomore Megan Franz finished in 13th place in the 1,500 in a time of 4:57.70.