Sherwood's Moran unleashes state record throw
NEWBERG — Shelby Moran has been waiting.
And waiting. And waiting. And waiting.
She's been waiting to unleash a big throw — a really big throw.
Well, that wait came to an end. And the timing couldn't have been much better.
Moran, a Sherwood High School senior, finished competition at the Three River League district track and field championships by coming up with a state-record performance in the discus.
Moran bettered her own previous state-best mark of 170 feet, 6.25 inches, which she set last year as a junior, with a throw of 179-7.5 at the TRL district meet, which was held May 9 and May11 at George Fox University. And according to Athletic.net, as of Tuesday, that is the top high school mark in the country this season in the discus.
"I haven't smiled like that before at a meet. I'm really happy," a gleaming Moran said after celebrating with friends, coaches and fellow discus competitors. "I hadn't (set a personal best) all season, and I've just felt good all season. I've been waiting for that big one, and I threw it today."
Moran will get another chance at a big throw at the OSAA Class 6A state track and field championships. The top two finishers in each event at the district meet, as well as those competitors and relay teams that meet state-qualifying standards, and those who earn wild-card bids, advance to compete at the Class 6A state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.
"I'm looking forward to it," Moran said, still smiling.
The record-setting throw at district should give Moran plenty of momentum going into state meet — she already has plenty of motivation.
That's because of what happened at the state event last year. Moran entered last year's 6A meet as the prohibitive favorite in the discus, only to have all three of her attempts in the preliminaries sail out of bounds, leaving her with no mark.
"Oh, it's big motivation," Moran said. "I've trained my butt off even harder because of that. I want to go big. It's my last meet of high school. Got to send it."
During Friday's district meet, Moran had a throw of 169-11 during her second, of three, throws in the discus finals. That helped set up her record-breaking final throw.
"I was very excited. I was hoping for this today," she said. "Going into finals, I didn't think it would happen, because I was only throwing 150. But the one before was pretty good, and I knew what to do after that. It just felt amazing. I put my arm up in the beginning, to set the orbit a little more, and it just went."
Moran also won the district title in the shot put with a mark of 43-4.25. Sherwood senior Clair Johnson was second in the shot put with a distance of 38-8.75.
Also for the Sherwood girls, freshman Nora Hagan sprinted to second place in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.57 seconds, putting her just .01 behind winner Maddie DeBorde of Lake Oswego.
"It's been a goal. It's my first year in high school, and I'm really excited," Hagan said of going to the state meet. "I'm just really glad that I could get this far, and race with such nice girls."
Hagan also bettered the state-qualifying standard in the 200 with her third-place time of 25.23.
The Sherwood girls finished in sixth place in the team standings at the district meet with 76.5 points.
The Sherwood boys placed second in the team standings with a score of 119.25. That put the Bowmen behind only Tigard, which had a score of 126.83.
Junior Henry Giles helped lead the way for the Sherwood boys at the district meet. He ran to victory in the 3,000 in a time of 8:41.41, and he took second place in the 1,500 in 4:00.58.
Bowmen senior Carsen Christensen won the shot put event with a mark of 53-10.
Sherwood sophomore Caleb Hagan sprinted to second place in the 100 in 11.04 and he was second in the 200 in 22.19. Freshman Noah Culbertson earned a state bid with his fourth-place throw of 49-3.25 in the shot put and senior Payton Churilla bettered the state-qualifying standard in the pole vault with his fifth-place mark of 13-9.
Action at the Class 6A state championships is set to start at 9 a.m. on Friday and at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.