Oregon City girls second at 6A state track; Wilsonville eighth in 5A
They were the best.
Competing at the girls state track meet at Hayward Field in Eugene on Friday and Saturday, May 20-21, the stars came out to shine big time, with Oregon City taking second and West Linn fifth in the Class 6A meet, while Wilsonville grabbed eighth in Class 5A.
Class 6A meet
Oregon City's girls chased the Class 6A state title with all they had for two days in Eugene, pushing eventual champion Lake Oswego to the limit before finally finishing second.
The complete team scoring included: Lake Oswego 77, Oregon City 62, Jesuit 50, South Eugene 43, West Linn 42, Central Catholic 35, Tualatin 30.5, Mountainside 30, Lincoln 25, Tigard 23, West Salem 22.5, Summit 22, Clackamas 18, Bend 18, Sandy 17, Roosevelt 16, St. Mary's Academy 16, Franklin 16, Ida B. Wells 14, Adrienne Nelson 12, Sheldon 10, McDaniel 10, David Douglas 9, Westview 8, Grant 5, Glencoe 5, Grants Pass 5, Sunset 5, Barlow 4, Southridge 4, North Medford 3, Jefferson 3, South Salem 2, Sherwood 1.
No one did more for the Pioneers than senior Harley Daniel and junior Sophia Beckmon, with Daniel winning both hurdles races and finishing third in the long jump, while Beckmon topped the long jump and finished third in both the 100 and 200 meters. Both Daniel and Beckmon also ran on the Pios' runner-up 4 x 100-meter relay team.
"I'm glad that I was able to end this way with my amazing team," said Daniel, who will compete next year at the University of Utah. "It's awesome."
"It's nice having competition (with Daniel and West Linn's Anika Sukumar) — it's nice to have the competition," Beckmon said.
Daniel did her thing in the 100 high hurdles to win with a time of 14.06 seconds, just 0.02 off her personal best and just 0.01 behind the new state meet record she set in preliminaries a day earlier.
"My goal was to try and break 14 (seconds), but I ran the best I could and I can't complain about it," Daniel said. "It was really clean. I'm still proud of what I did."
She came back later in the meet to win the 300 intermediate hurdles at 42.25, and in the process, set another new state-meet record, breaking the previous mark of 42.58 set by Milwaukie's Janelle Joy in 2001.
Adding that second record meant a lot to the OC senior.
"I wanted to break the state record, so I'm happy I got that today," she said.
She also placed third in the long jump at 18 feet, 5 inches.
Beckmon was nearly as impactful for the Pioneers, soaring to victory in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 1 inch and — like Daniel — setting a new state-meet record in the process. The previous state-meet record was 19-8.50 set in 1988 by another Pioneer, Karen Alcorn of Oregon City.
Beckmon — who won a Junior National title and broke the Oregon state record last year, then set a personal best of 19-11 at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays a month ago — saved her best for last at state, hitting the winning jump on her final attempt.
"I heard people go 'whoa,' and when you hear that, you know it's probably a big jump," Beckmon said, admitting she didn't really believe it when the mark was announced. "I couldn't really hear the first time so I turned around and went 'What was that?' And it was 20 feet 1 and I immediately started crying. My coach said 'What was it?' And I shouted 20-1 and everybody started screaming. It was amazing."
In her other events, Beckmon ran to third in the 100 with a PR of 11.74, third in the 200 with a PR of 24.08, and teamed with Daniel, sophomore Samara Lugo and senior Grace Leasure to place second in the 4 x 100 relay at 47.69. Leasure also took third in the triple jump with a PR of 38-1.25.
For West Linn, Sukumar set the pace for the Lions, winning the triple jump at 39-11.5 and also grabbing fourth in the long jump with a mark of 18-3.25.
Her win in the triple jump was particularly dramatic after McDaniel sophomore Megan Canaday took the lead at 39-0.25 on her third jump. Sukumar, after a foul on her fourth try, made good on her final jump, flying 39-11.5 to win the title.
"I had some really great competition this meet," Sukumar said. "The nerves were kind of piling up right until the last jump, but I was able to focus and the energy was so good today. The crowd was amazing so it all just came together. It's crazy."
Other top-five finishers for the Lions were: senior Olivia Iverson, third in the 400 at 57.82; junior Kaia Schmidt, third in the 800 at 2:14.47; senior Daramfon Udoh, fourth in the shot put at 39-7.0; and junior Raynah Cheng, fifth in the pole vault at 11-3.
For Clackamas, senior Deshanae Norman made her final state meet one for the memory books, breaking through to win the 6A title in the high jump in a new state-meet record and PR of 5-10.25. She also took second to Beckmon in the long jump with a mark of 18-5.75.
"It's what they say — Hayward magic," Norman said. "It's great to represent."
Other local top-five finishers were: the Nelson 4 x 100 relay team of freshman Grace Bach, freshman Maniah Marcella, freshman Sophia Gradwahl and junior Emelia Puerta, fifth at 49.61; and Nelson freshman Yazmeen Williges, fifth in the discus in a PR of 130-7.
Class 5A meet
Wilsonville's girls saw their success highlighted by strong efforts in the field, led by freshman Kylie Fox and — despite dealing with the aftereffects of a back injury — her runner-up finish in the javelin at 137-0.
"I think my throwing overall was good. I was able to throw mostly in the 130s which is quite good for me," Fox said. "I'm a little bummed out that I got second because I went to state in first place, but I'm so grateful and happy I even got the opportunity to go.
"I had an amazing experience at Hayward. Watching my teammates run and compete was a highlight of my track season. It's truly a beautiful facility, and I hope I get to go again next year."
Other top-five finishers for the Wildcats came from: sophomore Caroline De la motte, third in the long jump at 16-9.75 and fourth in the triple jump at 34-6.75.
Other top-five area finishers were: La Salle sophomore Jasmine McIntosh, fifth in the 100 with a PR of 12.81; Putnam freshman Grace Flowerday, fifth in the 300 with a PR of 10:48.18; and La Salle junior Madeline Obuchowski, third in the pole vault at 10-0.
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