Watchmen enjoy the state stage
EUGENE – For most of the C.S. Lewis Academy track and field team, the OSAA 1A State championships last week represented a preview of better things to come.
Senior star Elizabeth Warren, on the other hand, enjoyed her swan song at Hayward Field and closed out her prep career with a runner-up finish in the 400 meters Friday at Hayward Field.
"I think it's a pretty good cap," Warren said. "It turned out pretty well and I'm really happy with the times I've been running the last week or so."
Warren also qualified for state in the 200, but opted to focus solely on the 400 after finding it too draining at previous state meets to run multiple events.
After setting a new PR (1:00.36) to win the district meet, Warren was one of the top seeds heading into preliminaries, where said she took it a little too easy in qualifying seventh in 1:02.97.
That put Warren in lane one for the finals, but it didn't faze her as she emerged from the turn in a battle for first with Kya Nelson of Hosanna Christian. Nelson pulled out the victory in 59.83, but Warren was comfortably second in 1:00.46.
"I didn't accomplish everything I wanted to, but it was a good race," Warren said. "I'm really glad that I got close to my PR again."
The rest of the Watchmen contingent were making their debut at the state championships and are hopeful for the future, but enjoyed what might have been their only opportunity to compete at a state meet held historic Hayward Field, which is set to be completely rebuilt.
Freshman Dylan Stroup had the strongest showing, placing seventh in the triple jump by clearing a new personal-best 39 feet 11.5 inches on his second jump.
"My goal was just to PR," Stroup said. "I didn't set too high of a goal coming in. Just placing is great."
CSLA coach Jacob Graham said he expects Stroup to be one of the top jumpers in the state regardless of classification in years to come.
Although neither Micah Grobey or Trevor Ambrose advanced to the finals in the discus or javelin, respectively, Graham also anticipates big growth from both as seniors next fall. Grobey placed 12th at 99-2 and Ambrose was 11th at 126-4.