Glencoe girls one of many local winners at district track meets
I'm not sure anyone saw this coming — except perhaps the Glencoe track and field coaches.
The Glencoe girls got a little bit of everything, but primarily made hay in the field events en route to winning the Pacific Conference Track and Field Championships Wednesday and Friday, May 15 and 17, at George Fox University in Newberg. The Tide got seven wins and four seconds to tally 155 points, edging Sherwood (142.5) for the girl's title.
"Coming into the season we were trying to figure out how we could be successful because we had a number of girls who had decided not to come out for track," Glencoe head coach Ian Reynoso said. "So, as a whole, our coaching staff and girls team took it as a challenge. We knew we couldn't beat some of the better teams head-to-head because of the numbers game, but when we ended up winning the Elden Kellar, we thought we had a chance due to our high level of talent."
The Tide got wins from Madison McGlasson in the 100 (15.21) and 300 hurdles (45.89), Jenna Gaskin in the discus (116-07), Sydney Larrison in the javelin (116-02), Jayda Lee in the high jump (5-00), Gabriella Justen in the pole vault (11-03), and in the 4x100 relay (49.98) with a team comprised of McGlasson, Madison Acosta, Avery Jensen, and Devon Evenson. But just the wins that delivered this title, it was as much about exceeding expectations to create point opportunities at the back end of the finals — something the Tide did well in this meet.
"When it came down to it, it was about how many girls we could get into the finals," Reynoso said. "After the prelims day, we thought we had a chance, and we exceeded expectations in a few different events."
Sophomore Elbereth Ragsdale was eying a seventh- or eighth-place finish in the long jump, but finished second. Maggie Gerber was expected to get a point or two, but placed fourth in the triple jump. And Kylie Tidwell finished fifth in the shot put, despite projecting out as a single point-getter prior. It was that type of effort that elevated the Tide to a winning level, and one that didn't go unnoticed by Reynoso.
"It really was a heck of a team performance."
Glencoe's Jayda Lee was selected as the Field Athlete of the Meet, winning the high jump, while finishing second in the discus and sixth in the shot put.
On the boys side, the Tide's Justin Lazenby qualified for state by placing second in both the high jump (6-00) and pole vault (13-03).
The Tide weren't the only standouts however, as all four of the local Pacific Conference schools, Liberty, Century, Forest Grove and Glencoe put kids in this week's state meet.
The Vikings had 11 automatic qualifiers, including four district champions.
"I can't say enough about the performances of the team," Forest Grove head coach Adrian Shipley said. "We had 22 personal bests, nine season bests, four district champs and 27 all conference performances. The kids showed up to compete and represented our team at a high level."
Forest Grove got wins from Dominic Funk in the javelin (183-05), freshman Allyson Hammond in the long jump (16-06.50), Elizabeth Khoury in both the 800 (2:17.35) and 1500 (4:44.23) meters, and Hannah Aguirre in the 3000 (10:32.42) meters. Hammond also qualified in the 100 (12.76) meters and triple jump (33-06), while Aguirre qualified with a second to Khoury in the 1500 (4:45.00), and Quincy Norman qualified with seconds in both the 1500 (4:02.75) and 3000 (8:37.59). Senior Andrew Stephen also received a wild card selection after finishing third in the pole vault with a vault of 12-09.
Shipley was especially pleased with the performance of Khoury and Aguirre, who the coach said have left an indelible mark on Vikings track.
"I can't put into words the mark Ellie and Hannah have left on the track and field and cross country programs at FGHS," he said. "It's fitting for them to dominate the distance races their senior years at their last district meet."
Liberty was led by Aidan Maloney, who won the 110 (14.62) and 300 (38.92) hurdles, along with the high jump (6-06). The Falcons also qualified junior Jacob McDaniel who won the 400 (51.85) meters, Jaxson Lake who won the pole vault (13-09), and Emma Parish who placed second in the 400 (1:00.73).
Century qualified two athletes for state, led by senior Kayla Rueber who won the shot put with a throw of 37-05.50. Dawson Uecker is also headed to state, finishing second in the discus (145-06).
Behind Glencoe (155) in the girls competition, Sherwood had 142.5, Newberg 104.5, Forest Grove 100, McMinnville 72.5, Liberty 52.5, and Century 34.
On the boys side, it was Sherwood winning with 185 points, Newberg second with 117, McMinnville 114, Liberty 86, Forest Grove 70, Glencoe 54, and Century 34.
At the 5A Northwest Oregon Conference championships at held at Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, the Hillsboro Spartans girls were third behind first-place Wilsonville, while the boys tied for fifth behind Wilsonville who — like their girls — reigned supreme.
The Spartans qualified 10 automatic qualifiers, including five district champions: junior Daniel Popovych in the 400 (52.30), Jacob Cooke in the high jump (5-11), James Gutierrez in the pole vault (12-09), Alison Okorie in the 100 hurdles (15.81), and Rena French in the pole vault (9-03).
Both the 6A and 5A state championships will be held this Friday and Saturday, May 24-25, at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.