Damascus Christian girls track and field wins state championship
As the dust settled on Hayward Field, the Damascus Christian girls stood alone atop the podium with beaming smiles and a trophy hoisted toward the sky.
The Eagles won the 1A OSAA Girls Track & Field Championship thanks to a group effort and gold-medal performances from senior and freshman stars. Damascus scored 105.5 points, followed by Adrian (82) and Crane (64) during the two-day meet Thursday and Friday, May 19-20, in Eugene.
For much of the day all eyes were on springy Damascus freshman Ava Mai, who had a heavy burden around her neck with all those medals. Mai started the day with a victory and personal record of 15-10.75 in the long jump, besting second-place Julie Roth of North Lake by just an inch in what turned into a back-and-forth affair. Mai followed that with a pair of strong performances on the track, winning the 300 hurdles (49.88) and taking third in the 100 (13.16).
Elsewhere, senior leader Emily Powers was winning the javelin with a roar. She tossed it 118-01 feet for the gold, took third in the 800 (2:33.35) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.96 PR). Her junior teammate, Sierra Hale, took third in the javelin (115 feet).
Senior Alysha Colburn won the pole vault, easily besting the field by clearing 9 feet.
Mai and Powers weren't the only Damascus speedsters celebrating.
Fellow freshman Ayla Pontius finished second in the 400 (1:02.50), while senior Andrea Bogdan was hot on Mai's heels in the 100 (13.26 PR). The pair also placed in the finals of the 200 — Bogdan was fifth (27.72) and Pontius sixth (27.85).
The Eagles then combined to claim a pair of silvers in the relays. First a team of Hale, Bogdan, Colburn and Mai running anchor finished the 4x100 in 52.38; then Pontius, Colburn, Powers and Bogdan teamed up to finish the 4x400 in 4:22.62.
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