Sherwood was the favorite heading into the Pacific Conference Track & Field Championships and they lived up to their billing, sweeping the boys and girls competitions held May 10 & 12 at Linfield College in McMinnville.
The Bowmen boys scored 211 points, 47 points clear of second place Newberg (164), with McMinnville placing third (100), Glencoe fourth (81.5), Forest Grove fifth (46.5), Liberty sixth (27), and Century seventh (26).
Led by a deep attack that saw Sherwood claim 18 of the meet's state qualifying spots, including 11 event champions, Bowmen head coach Terrel Smith was thrilled—yet not surprised—by his team's performance, and is excited for the prospect of both his boys and girls at the state meet May 19-21 at Hayward Field in Eugene.
"I'm very proud of the way our athletes competed in the district meet," Smith said. "One of the reasons for our success in the district meet was all three of our athletes made finals in most of the running events. We are taking the highest number of athletes to state in 40 years and likely ever for Sherwood High School, and are hoping that the boy's team can finish in the top four at the state meet."
The Sherwood girls too won going away, scoring 210.5 points, 88.5 points ahead of second place Glencoe (122), third place Newberg (113), McMinnville 82, Forest Grove 81, Liberty 25.5, and Century 24.
The Bowmen girls claimed 12 qualifying spots, with four winners and eight runners-up.
Sherwood boys winners included: Dylon Lovely 100 Meters (11.26), Davyon Sanders 400 Meters (51.24) and High Jump (6' 0), Jeffery Rogers 800 Meters (1:57.88), James Crabtree 1500 Meters (3:58.50) and 3000 Meters (8:38.48), Nick Zaubi 110 Meter Hurdles (16.57), 4x400 Relay (Davyon Sanders, Jeffery Rogers, Evan Morris, Ethan Sturdivant), Suliasi Laulaupeaalu Shot put (45' 8), Austin Milton Discus (135' 1), Christopher Gallinger-Long Pole Vault (14' 0). Sherwood girls winners included: Grace Johnson 400 Meters (1:02.34), 4x100 Relay (Macy DeMeyer, Petyon Foster, Amanda Gribble, Katelyn Morris), Tali Kozma Shot Put (35' 2), Katie Rice-Whittingham Long Jump (17' 0.75).
Glencoe's second place finish on the girl's side was paced by three individual champions and a first in the 4x400 Relay team.
Senior Devon Evenson won the 100 Meters (12.79) and was joined on the first place podium by Brooke Bowden who won the 800 Meters (2:22.38) and Hannah Willard who won the Javelin (123' 6), along with the 4x400 Relay team consisting of Bowden, Evenson, and sophomores Emma Townsend and Ada West.
Tide head coach Ian Reynoso said he was very pleased with his entire team's performance, especially due to being undermanned from a pure personnel standpoint.
"We are one of the smaller teams out there trying to trade punches with programs like Newberg and Sherwood that have two times the number of athletes that we do," Reynoso said. "Our kids always do such a great job trusting us and coming into this week ready to compete. As a team, we did very well."
On the boys side, junior Austin Stampflee stood out for the Tide, winning the 200 Meters and Long Jump, while helping Glencoe's 4x100 Relay (Stampflee, Steven Hagen, Austin Nelson, Durham Huson) to a second place finish and qualifying spot at state.
Reynoso believes Stampflee proved he can hang with the state's best with his performance at districts.
"There are some fantastic athletes around the state, but I feel Austin can hang with any one of them when taking into account his range of events," the coach said. "I'm really excited to see what he can do at state next week."
In all, the Tide claimed 10 state qualifying spots and will be sending the following athletes to state: Stampflee, Nelson, Hagen, Huson, Colby Stampflee (Shot Put), Evenson, Willard, Bowden, Townsend, West, and Elisabeth Levick (High Jump).
Reynoso said his athletes are excited to compete at state and he can't wait to watch them do so at historic Hayward Field.
"These seniors competed at or watched State at Mt. Hood Community college three years ago and haven't been able to have this experience, and now that it's at Hayward Field they are so excited," Reynoso said. "We have a few track nerds that have been there as spectators and are having a hard time wrapping their head around the fact that they will actually be on the track."
Forest Grove too will have athletes on that track, including senior Ally Hammond who won the girl's 200 Meters (26.86) and 100 Meter Hurdles (16.10), while finishing second to Evenson in the 100 Meters.
"I'm very happy with my overall performance, not many people get the chance to go to state for all their events," Hammond said. "I feel like I am peaking at the right time. My coaches and I have been putting a lot of work into my hurdles and block starts, which definitely showed at districts."
Like Reynoso and his Glencoe athletes, Hammond said she can't wait to compete at state—and at Hayward.
"I'm so excited to compete at Hayward," she said. "My freshman year was the last time I could compete in a state meet, and I'm most excited for the atmosphere of this meet compared to my last one."
Forest Grove junior Jacob Friesen, senior Lily Everson and freshman Kennedy Blanton too qualified for state, with Friesen finishing second to Crabtree in the 1500 Meters (4:01.00); Everson winning the girl's 300 Meter Hurdles, edging Sherwood's Rice-Whittingham by .43 and finishing with a time of 47.54; and Blanton winning the girl's Pole Vault, clearing 10' 0.
Liberty freshman Kaliyah Chronister finished second in the girl's Long Jump, qualifying for state with a jump of 15' 5.
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