The Pioneers score points across 10 events to move among the team contenders

SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Sandy coach Anouxa Vixathep embraces Dallin Thomas after the team received its first-place medals following its win in the 400-meter relay.

State championships

Team (top-five) Score
1. Summit
2. Crater
3. Sandy
4. Eagle Point
5. Hermiston

EUGENE — The Sandy High boys track team started Saturday's championship finals with a bang at Hayward Field, leading start-to-finish to claim the 400-meter relay title.

Dallin Thomas got the team out of the blocks quick before moving the baton along to teammate Glynne McGaughey. But that didn't mean he was done running, as Thomas chased his teammate partway down the backstretch to offer encouragement.

McGaughey maintained the lead into the final turn, handing the baton to Nolberto Perez-Aguilera, who was intent on keeping the edge as he approached Maxwell Shannon in the final exchange zone

"I got halfway around the corner and could see how far out front we were — it was a perfect handoff and Max just took off," Perez-Aguilera said. "I knew right then that we had it won — I could just see it."

Shannon got a bit of a challenge from league foe Hillsboro down the stretch, but maintained his spot clearly in front of the Spartans.

The only thing left was to watch the times on the scoreboard.

Hermiston had put up a solid number out of the first heat of slower qualifiers, but Sandy's was quicker. The Pioneers timed in at 43.19 seconds — 0.11 hundredths ahead of the Bulldogs.

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