And the Gladiators are the talk of the Aloha Relays

by: DAVD BALL - Gladstone sophomore McKenna Streed, shown here competing in the pole vault at the 2012 State High School Track and Field Championships, is having a great spring. Last week she cleared a school-record 11-8, a states best for all classifications. She placed second at state with a vault of 11-3 last season.Gladstone High School’s defending state champion girls track and field team continued to make noise last week, recording some monster marks in a Tri-Valley Conference league meet with La Salle and Madras and in a relay meet at Aloha.

The most outstanding performance came during the April 24 league meet at Gladstone, when Gladstone sophomore McKenna Streed cleared 11-8 in the girls pole vault.

Her “monster” vault broke Gladstone’s school record for the event, beating the old mark of 11-6, set by Alli Dittmar at the 2005 state meet. It’s the highest vault by any female athlete in the state this spring.

“She barely missed at 12 feet,” said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. “She’s on a 13-foot pole and she’s ready to go to 13-6. She’s on a boys pole now. I’ve never had a girl on that big of a pole.”

The Gladiators also had a freshman make waves. Tieara Norman leaped a personal best of 17-8 in the long jump in last week’s league meet, and she ran the high hurdles in a personal best of 15.78 at Aloha. Norman won the events with her marks and the marks rank her No. 2 in the state in both the long jump and hurdles.

Gladstone senior Madi Cronin and Norman placed first and second in the long jump at Aloha, with respective marks of 17-5 and 16-4. Cronin’s mark ranks her third in the state in the long jump.

Gladstone senior D’onna Robinson, who this season has the state’s best Class 4A discus throw, won the shot put at Aloha with a lifetime best heave of 41-5, a mark that ranks her third in the state in that event.

Gladstone senior Courtney Pardee figured things out in the javelin at last week’s league meet, launching the spear 129-0, for an easy win. The throw was an 18-foot PR and it ranks her third in the state in Class 4A.

Gladstone senior Alisa Bradshaw continued consistent in the high jump, clearing 5-4 for first place at Aloha and for a win in the league meet.

“She barely missed at 5-6 [at Aloha],” Kintz said. “She was five inches over the bar, but she came down on the bar.”

Bradshaw is second in the state only to Banks junior Amy Hilger (5-5) in Class 4A in the high jump this spring.

Gladstone girls won the 10-team Aloha relay meet handily, outscoring the runner-up team from Silverton 149-94-1/2.

“I think the girls performed great [at Aloha],” Kintz said. “Coaches were coming up to me all through the meet saying, ‘You have a really good team.’ Even the announcer said we had a good team. All of the other teams there — except for one — were Class 5A and 6A. We did great!”

Gladstone girls won every field event except the javelin at Aloha. Winners included: Robinson in the shot put (41-5) and discus (132-9), Streed in the pole vault (11-0), Cronin in the long jump (17-5) and triple jump (34-2), and Bradshaw in the high jump (5-4).

Streed’s 11-foot vault tied the Aloha Relays meet record.

The Glad gals also had winners in the high hurdles (Norman, 15.78), 4x100-meter relay (50.73) and 4x200-meter relay (1:48.93).

The team of Cronin, Mikaela Simac, Kelsey Hathaway and Taylor Plunkett won the 4x200-meter relay by 40 meters, and the same four girls got the job done in the 4x100-meter relay, completing the race in a season’s best time that ranks them fifth in the state.

Although they were missing three of their top scorers to outdoor school — Cronin, Hathaway and Kendall Schumaker, Gladstone girls still came out on top in last week’s league meet, defeating La Salle 86-71 and Madras 118-20.

Gladstone coed event winners included: Norman in the high hurdles, low hurdles (49.37) and long jump (17-8), senior Taylor Plunkett in the 400 (1:02.84), Robinson in the shot put (39-10-1/4) and discus (127-7), Pardee in the javelin (129-0), Bradshaw in the high jump (5-4) and Streed in the pole vault (11-8).

Gladstone boys were tough at the Aloha Relays, rallying around their sprinters to score 63.8 points and finish fourth in the 10-team field — back of Aloha (104), Silverton (79.5) and Sherwood (69).

“I knew we had a good sprint crew, but I certainly didn’t expect us to win three events [and finish fourth in the meet],” said Gladstone boys track and field coach Greg Hess. “We had five or six guys that ran really well. It was fun to watch.”

The Gladstone boys 4x100-meter relay team of Eric Prom, Armand Jayne, Tyler Bitter and Dakota Hollingsworth nosed out Mountain View (44.82) with a 44.72 clocking for first place in that event.

The Gladiator 4x200-meter relay team of Bitter, Hollingsworth, Jayne and Mac McCaslin won that event in 1:34.34, finishing just ahead of Jefferson (1:34.84).

And the Gladiator 4x400-meter relay team of Bitter, Prom, Jayne and Trevor Browning won that event in 3:34.23, a 12-second season PR. They crossed the finish line more than four seconds in front of the runner-up team from Jefferson.

The top individual finish for Gladstone boys came in the pole vault, where Andrew Conway cleared 11-0, good for third place.

In last week’s league meet, Gladstone boys defeated Madras 106-38, but lost to La Salle 99-46.

Winners for Gladstone boys included: Hollingsworth in the 100 (11.57), McCaslin in the intermediate hurdles (44.08) and Michael Stoutt in the triple jump (40-7).

The Gladiators travel to North Marion this afternoon for a TVC meet with the Huskies and Estacada.

And the Gladiators host a big meet on Saturday, when they hold the annual Dick Baker Invitational. Twelve teams are scheduled to take part this year, with the field events starting at 11 a.m. and the running events getting underway at 12:30 p.m.

Among teams invited to take part are: Astoria, Central, Estacada, Molalla, North Bend, Seaside, Putnam, Cleveland, Westside Christian, Rainier and Corbett.

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