Thurby, Anderson, Symons claim firsts for Madras
The Madras track and field team traveled to Molalla for districts Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12. Both the girls and boys came away with one or more district champions.
Senior Chad Thurby took first place in the 100-meter dash (11.29), beating out Crook County athlete Zachary Guthrie (11.43).
"Halfway through, I knew I was well in front of Spencer Boyd (Gladstone) — he was my marker — so from there I just had to finish it off," Thurby said.
Tyler Anderson became a two-event, district champion, winning both the 1,500-meter run (4:16.39) and the 3,000-meter run (9:15.82). Anderson ran his fastest and hit PRs in both events. He beat out Cade Anderson, of Crook County, in both the 1,500 (4:25.87) and the 3,000 (9:20.47).
Adam Griffith, of Estacada, sprinted through the gates of the 1,500. Griffith took a lead of about 30 yards in the first two laps, but Anderson was not worried.
"He did the same thing when I raced against him in the 800 earlier this season," Anderson said. "It didn't really affect me much. I knew I was a little behind my pace, and I could go faster."
While Anderson was speeding up his clip, Griffith was faltering. Anderson overtook him in the next half-lap and ran away with the easy win in 4:16.39 — nearly 10 seconds ahead of anyone else. Griffith staggered through the final 50 meters of the race and came in ninth.
"I just tried to stay consistent after I passed him — I kept running like they were right behind me," Anderson said.
On the giris' side, freshman Olivia Symons became district champion, placing first in the 100-meter dash (13.32). Anna Farner, of Molalla, finished in second (13.51).
The men's track team finished in third place and the women's track team finished in fifth place.
Crook County (223), Gladstone (115.5), Madras (99.5), Estacada (97), Molalla (57) and Corbett (24) competed in the 4A-2 Tri-Valley Conference boys district meet on Friday and Saturday.
Gladstone (164), Crook County (162), Molalla (98), Estacada (76), Madras (45) and Corbett (33) all competed in the 4A-2 Tri-Valley Conference girls district meet.
Dalton Waldow placed second in the men's 200-meter dash (23.12) and freshman Leo Gutierrez finished in sixth (24.16). They were beaten by Victor Ramirez (22.80), of Crook County.
Gutierrez also finished fourth in the 400-meter dash (52.48) and Omar Diaz finished in seventh (54.51). Crook County's Ramirez took first (50.14)
Genesis Lucei and Stefaughn Jackson finished side by side in the 800-meter run. Lucei finished in fifth (2:11.31) and Jackson in sixth (2:11.78); both times were PRs.
Lucei placed fourth in the 1,500-meter run (4:32.57) and Israel Tapia placed eighth (4:38.20). Tapia also placed seventh in the 3,000 (10:06.43).
The 4x100-meter relay race, run by Thurby, Waldow, Gutierrez, and Treyvon Easterling, finished in fourth (45.41). Gladstone (43.90) finished in first.
The 4x400-meter relay race, run by Gutierrez, Anderson, Diaz and Cataino LeClaire, placed third (3:38.66). Crook County took first place (3:30.07).
In the shot put, both Alex Hernandez and Allen Jackson threw PRs. Hernandez finished in eighth (38-09) and Jackson in 13th (34-10.50).
Hernandez hit another PR, this time is the discus, placing fifth (180-00). Donnie Bagley threw a PR (103-11) placing 10th.
In the javelin, Amial Rhoan placed fourth (145-00) and Bagley (132-08) finished in seventh.
Jackson and Waldow both participated in the high jump. Jackson jumped to fifth place (5-8) for a PR and Waldow finished in sixth (5-6).
Erick Boynton had his best leap in the pole vault (10-06), placing fifth.
In the long jump, Waldow finished in fourth (20-05.50), Derrek Main placed eighth (19-00.75) and Easterling finished in 12th (18-06).
Easterling placed fifth (38-04) in the triple jump, Main placed 10th (36-01) and Mason Leach-Richardson, 13th (34-06).
For the women's team, Laisha Alvarez finished sixth in the 200 (28.97), third in the 400 (103.84) and eighth in the 800 (2:43.91).
Vanessa Culps (2:53.14) and Eryn McCourtney (3:07.89) also participated in the 800, finishing in 10th and 11th.
Culps placed sixth in the 1,500-meter run (5:41.73) and McCourtney finished in 11th (6:21.15).
The 4x100-meter relay race team of Symons, Alvarez, Alesha Freeman and Teagan Lantz, finished in sixth (54.23).
In the shot put, Allyson Dominiak finished in seventh (29-05), Anona Francis in 11th (25-04.50) and Halei Manu in 12th (24-01).
Freeman placed fifth in the discus (97-07), Dominiak seventh (90-05) and Abigail Evan in 10th (82-09). Freeman also placed eighth in the triple jump (27-11.50).
In the javelin, Freeman placed fourth (106-06), Wynema Wolfe, ninth (88-07), and Noelia Melgarejo, 13th (76-04).
Freshman Symons jumped a PR in the long jump (16-06.75), finishing in second place.
David Ball, sports editor for the Gresham Outlook/Sandy Post/Estacada News, contributed to this report.