Ben Hortaleza is state champion in the high hurdles

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - La Salle Prep senior Ben Hortaleza celebrates his state-championship victory in the Class 4A boys high hurdles.Seniors Ben Hortaleza and Jacob Meek were the top performers for La Salle boys at the 2014 Class 4A State Championship Track and Field Meet, held May 23-24 at Hayward Field.

Hortaleza won a state title with an effort of 14.82 in the high hurdles, winning handily. He crossed the finish line nearly four tenths of a second in front of the runner-up, Philomath senior Chris Houck (15.21).

Hortaleza also leaped 21-0, good for fourth place in the long.

Meek placed in all three throwing events, finishing fourth in the javelin (175-1), fifth in the shot put (48-10-3/4) and seventh in the discus (143-8).

La Salle boys also had placers in the high jump (sophomore Michael Loeffler, 6-2, fourth place) and 3,000-meter run (junior Jason Rae, 9:05, sixth place), and the Falcons tied for sixth place in the team scoring, with 34 points.

Senior Courtney Crain, junior Claire Primack and sophomore Talya Holenstein placed for La Salle girls.

Primack (16-9-1/2) placed third in the girls long jump, Holenstein (58.73) placed fourth in the 400-meter dash and Crain (47.35) placed seventh in the 300-meter low hurdles.

La Salle girls also placed in both relays. the team of Crain, Primack, Holenstein and freshman Sarah Minsker placed fourth in the 4x100-meter relay (50.89); and the team of Crain, Minsker, Holenstein and junior Kate Christoferson placed eighth in the 4x400-meter relay (4:11.04).

North Bend (51), Hidden Valley (50), Scappoose (48), Central (46) and Siuslaw (44) were the top Class 4A boys teams; North Valley (65), Crook County (46), Marshfield (40), Ridgeview (37) and Sisters (34) were the top Class 4A girls teams.

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