Throwers McGrath, Sandberg make the awards stand
There was a group of athletes that went down to Eugene to compete in the state track and field meet, and a pair of them made it to the podium on May 18 and 19.
In the shot put, two Molalla athletes made the podium. In fourth place, senior Meghan McGrath took fourth place with a throw of 38 feet, 7.25 inches. Right behind her in fourth place was junior Katie Sandberg with a throw of 37 feet, 6.25 inches. McGrath also placed in the discus, taking fifth with a throw of 35.43 meters, or 116 feet, 2 inches.
Sandberg also made the podium again, taking seventh place in the javelin with a throw of 35.33 meters, or 115 feet, 10 inches. That throw was a personal best for the Molalla junior.
Molalla's David Sumpter finished in eighth place in the 110-meter hurdles. The Molalla senior ran a 16.22, less than four hundredths of a second away from his personal record, and less than a second away from the first place finisher, senior Cade Reed of La Grande. In the 300-meter hurdles, Sumpter placed 12th in the prelims with a time of 44.33 seconds.
Molalla junior Nick Lucas was unable to post a height in the high jump. This was a tough outcome for the TriValley Conference runner up in the event. Prior to the state meet, Lucas had landed a 5'10" jump in three consecutive meets.
In the 100-meter dash, Molalla senior Anna Farner placed 15th in the prelims with a time of 13.64 seconds and was unable to make it to the finals. Farner placed ninth in the state meet last year with her personal record of 12.80 seconds.
Freshman Alexandra Snigoriv placed 13th in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 5 minutes, 28.30 seconds. The time was four seconds slower than her personal best which she set at the Dick Baker Invitational.
Junior Emma Andrews took eighth place in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.46 seconds.
The 4x100-meter relay team finished ninth place at the state meet. Consisting of Andrews, Farner, Sarah Phillips, and Audriahna Greer, the team finished with a time of 51.44 seconds. It was the best time for the team this season.
Junior Sarah Phillips placed 11th in the high jump with a bound of 4 feet, 10 inches. Junior Hannah Allegretto-Wolf finished in 14th place in the triple jump with a jump of 31 feet, 4.75 inches.