Hillsboro's Taube paces Spartans at state track and field meet
The OSAA 5A State Track and Field Championships were for the most part the Summit High School show, as the school from Bend dominated both the boys and girls divisions in Eugene last weekend. But from a Hillsboro perspective, the Spartans' Kennedy Taube headed the marquee, winning the 200 meters, finishing third in the 100, and placing 5th with teammates Juliet Raabe, Promise Saechao, and Reagan Reed in the 4x100 relay.
"Kennedy is one of our top-three female athletes since I came to Hilhi in the early 1980's," said Hillsboro Athletic Director Steve Drake. "I'd put her up there with Tiffeny Milbrett and Anna Dean."
The senior sprinter's state title is the cherry atop an outstanding Spartan track career which includes a 2015 state title and meet record in the 4x100 relay, 11 league championships, 11 places in the state meet, and two team most valuable awards. She was also awarded the top newcomer award and the Randy Feitish Sportsmanship Award.
"She's also a tremendous student and leader," said Drake. "Her success is well deserved."
Taube wasn't the only Hilhi athlete standout either. Other notable performers included sprinter Daekwon Mitchell who finished fourth in the 200 meters, fifth in the 100, and was part of a 4x100 relay team with Kobie Mendoza-Daniels, Trevor Fernstrom, and Isaiah DiRienzo that placed third. Mendoza-Daniels finished seventh in the 110 meter hurdles; and Daniel Popovych, Imani Jamali, Josh Jones, and DiRienzo finished 10th in the 4x400 relay.
On the girl's side, Raabe placed eighth in the 300 meter hurdles; Naomi Johnson placed sixth I the discus; Savannah Weight tied for seventh in the high jump; and the sophomore Reed placed 11th in the long jump.
Behind Summit – who scored 71 points – on the boy's side was Crater with 55, Sandy 48, Eagle Point 41, and Hermiston rounding out the top-five with 39. Hillsboro finished with 17 points for 18th place.
Summit scored a whopping 189 points on the girl's side, with Bend finishing second with 74, Hermiston third with 53, Sandy 36, and Marist 33. Hillsboro scored 25 points and finished seventh.
The following were the top-two finishers from the boy's division in addition to Hilhi finishers: 100m – Anthony Gray Eagle Point 10.79, Jacob Sanders Milwaukie 10.94, (5th) Daekwon Mitchell Hillsboro 11.25. 200m – Brayden Durfee Summit 21.81, Anthony Gray Eagle Point 21.86, (4th) Daekwon Mitchell Hillsboro 22.56. 400m – Brayden Durfee Summit 49.22, Nick Marshall Eagle Point 50.32. 1500m – Jantz Tostenson Crater 4:04.07, Jesse Wiley Hood River Valley 4:04.74. 3000m – Andy Monroe Crater 8:37.28, Niklas Sjogren Summit 8:38.26. 110m Hurdles – Brock Rogers Silverton 14.47, Tyler Rohrman Hermiston 14.68, (7th) Kobie Mendoza-Daniels 15.83. 300m Hurdles Cal Duke Crater 38.21, Jacob Deming Dallas 38.53. 4x100 Relay – Sandy 43.19, Hermiston 43.30, (3rd) Hillsboro (Daekwon Mitchell, Kobie Mendoza-Daniels, Trevor Fernstrom, Isaiah DiRienzo) 43.35. 4x400 Relay – Summit 3:24.33, Crescent Valley 3:25.00, (10th) Hillsboro (Daniel Popovych, Imani Jamali, Josh Jones, Isaiah DiRienzo) 3:34.84. Shot Put – Brent Yeakey Ridgeview 59-11.50, Spencr Tatafu Parkrose 54-10. Discus – Brent Yeakey Ridgeview 181-03, Spencer Tatafu Parkrose 179-02. Javelin – Jacob Opdahl St. Helens 178-07, Sean Hamel La Salle 178-01. High Jump – Dakotah Camberg St. Helens 6-06, Hiram Maciel Hermiston 6-05. Pole Vault – Brady Petz Bend 14-06, Tristan Scott Mountain View 14-00. Long Jump – Ryan Tennant Summit 7.02m, Anthony Gray Eagle Point 6.96m. Triple Jump – Samuel Jackson Churchill 47-00.50, Daniel Luhano St. Helens 45-03.25.
The following were the top-two finishers from the girl's division in addition to Hilhi finishers: 100m – Maya Hopwood Bend 12.06, Gabi Crouch Ridgeview 12.32, (3rd) Kennedy Taube Hillsboro 12.35. 200m – Kennedy Taube Hillsboro 12.35, Gabi Crouch Ridgeview 25.41. 400m – Bethanie Altamirano Central 57.67, Sarah Reeves Summit 57.77. 800m – Emma Stevenson Summit 2:17.75, Isabel Max Summit 2:18.45. 1500m – Olivia Brooks Summit 4:30.71, Fiona Max Summit 4:41.64. 3000m – Olivia Brooks Summit 9:50.94, Fiona Max Summit 10:09.47. 100m Hurdles Camille Weaver Summit 14.69, Madison Wilson Hermiston 15.12. 300m Hurdles – Tara Crosswhite Thurston 44.71, Quin Fraley Summit 44.72, (8th) Juliet Raabe Hillsboro 51.72 4x100 Relay – Summit 48.51, Hermiston 48.83, (5th) Hillsboro (Juliet Raabe, Promise Saechao, Reagan Reed, Kennedy Taube) 49.99. 4x400 Relay – Summit 3:58.64, Hermiston 4:04.65. Shot Put – Morgan Hopkins Lebanon 38-08.50, Hannah Gillies Sandy 37-07.75. Discus – Haley Smith Summit 142-08, Kayla Rambo Bend 128-00, (6th) Naomi Johnson Hillsboro 115-09. Javelin – Madeline Thompson Sandy 137-04, Megan Cornett Summit 133-02. High Jump – Camille Weaver Summit 5-05, Katie Kennedy Hood River Valley 5-04, (7th) Savannah Weight Hillsboro 4-10. Pole Vault – Emily Showers Bend 12-06, Delaney Fields Churchill 11-09. Long Jump – Jasmine Martin Mountain View 18-05, Camille Weaver Summit 18-00, (11th) Reagan Reed Hillsboro 15-09.50. Triple Jump – Camille Weaver Summit 37-09.50, Emma Brooks Summit 37-02.25.