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St. Mary's Academy heads to Eugene this week with four competitors in the Class 6A girls state track and field meet -- and after a strong, second-place team performance in the Three Rivers League district meet.


"It was a great showing by our girls," Blues coach Michael Bojorquez says of the TRL championships last week at Canby.

St. Mary's scored 102.5 points to take second behind Tigard (138). Newberg was third with 88 1/2 points. Then came Tualatin (87), Lake Oswego (71), Sherwood (64), Lakeridge (57), West Linn (31) and Canby (24).

"We are a young squad. Our coaching staff is looking forward to next season to see what we can accomplish," Bojorquez says.

First, however, is the Oregon School Activities Association meet at Hayward Field. The 6A competition is Friday and Saturday.

The Blues will be represented by junior Lacey Conner in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters, sophomore Bendu Yeaney in the 100, sophomore Michelle Chandler in the 400 and junior Bridget McCarthy in the 300 hurdles.

Conner won both distance races at district, and Yeaney was first in the sprint.

Chandler and McCarthy qualified for state as wild-cards, earning spots by the quality of their marks. Chandler, who has battled injury and illness this year, took fourth in the TRL 400 in 59.68, and McCarthy placed third in the 300 hurdles in 46.70.

Chandler also scored TRL points with her fifth-place finish in the 200.

Conner has run the ninth-fastest 6A 3,000 and the 12th-fastest 1,500 this season.

"She will compete in both" events at state, Bojorquez says.

At district, St. Mary's got other points from a variety of athletes.

McCarthy high jumped to third place.

Nina Mundy, a junior, and Dyanna Allen, a senior, made it to the finals in the long and triple jump. Mundy wound up fifth in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump. Allen placed eighth and fourth.

"Our jumpers did an outstanding job," Bojorquez says.

In the pole vault, seniors Annalise Helm and Lia Messinger were fifth and tied for eighth, respectively.

Chandler, Yeaney, Hannah Argento-McCurdy and McKenzie Phillis ran third as a 4x100 relay.

Sophomore MaryCatherine Morgan was fourth in the 300 hurdles and eighth in the 100.

Sophomore Lara Rix took third in the 3,000 and fourth in the 1,500.

Freshman Rowan Halsey was fifth in the 1,500.

And senior Molly McCullough finished fifth in the 3,000, ending her Blues career with a season-best 11:09.88 for four of the team's 20 points in that event.

"I was extremely happy to see her make it to the podium," Bojorquez says of McCullough, who plans to compete next year at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

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