Sherwood's Moran triumphs twice at state
EUGENE — Sure, Shelby Moran had some high aspirations going into the OSAA Class 6A state track and field championships.
But, her first goal for the state meet, when it came to the discus competition, was a simple one — she just wanted to get a throw that counted.
And, after reaching that goal, there was simply no stopping her.
Moran, a Sherwood High School senior, ended up finishing her high school track and field career in championship form, triumphing in both the shot put and discus events at the state meet, held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field.
"It means a lot to me," Moran said of winning the two titles. "It's pretty cool. They weren't the marks I wanted, but I'll take the place."
Moran, two years ago as a Sherwood sophomore, won the Class 6A state title in the discus with a throw of 148 feet, 8 inches. Last year, as a junior, she went into the state meet as the overwhelming favorite to repeat at champion in the discus. However, all three of her throws in the preliminaries sailed out of bounds, outside of the sector lines, ending her chances at a repeat.
And, while that may have provided her motivation, it also may have had her a bit apprehensive going into this year's state discus competition.
""I wasn't nervous going into it, but, once I started warming up, I got kind of nervous," Moran said. "And, on my first throw, all I wanted was one in the sector, I didn't care how far it was. That was the big goal. Seeing it go right in the middle of the sector, oh, that was good."
Moran's first throw of the competition sailed 154-11 and, more importantly, it was clearly inbounds.
In her second throw, Moran had a meet-record mark of 163-3. She topped that with her third throw, which was a toss of 165-3, which turned out to be her best attempt of the meet, as well as nother meet record.
"It was flawed, but it was fine," Moran said of the winning throw, which gave her two state discus titles in the past three years. "I think I was more excited the first time, but this was still pretty cool."
Meanwhile, while Moran had previously won a state crown in the discus, she was going for her first title in the shot put.
"It means a lot, because I've been wanting this for awhile," Moran said of winning shot put gold.
She ended up having a winning throw of 42-11, which came on her third attempt of the competition.
"It's not the distance I wanted, but I'll take the place," she said.
In addition to ending her season with a pair of state championships, Moran's senior campaign also included a state record throw of 179-7.5 in the discus event, coming at the Three Rivers League district track and field championships.
"It's a decent way to finish up," Moran said with a smile. "It's been a fun four years. The teams have been amazing and the coaches have been great."
Moran will continue her scholastic track and field career next year at Arizona State University, where she'll compete in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.
"I'm real excited for that," she said.
Also for the Sherwood girls at the state meet, Freshman Nora Hagan ran to seventh place in the finals of the 200-meter dash in a time of 25.61 seconds, and she was 13th in the preliminaries of the 100 with a mark of 12.77. Senior Clair Johnson finished ninth in the shot put with a throw of 38-11.
The Sherwood boys had some strong performances at the state meet.
Junior Henry Giles was first on the award stand for the Bowmen, as he ran to seventh place in Friday's 3,000 in a time of 8:43.42.
"It's cool, definitely an honor to be in the top eight, but I could have done better," Giles said. "I think I ran pretty good. It was no (personal record), but it was the state meet, and I didn't expect much."
In the race, Giles reluctantly found himself in the lead in the early going.
"It was awful at the beginning," he said with a laugh. "These guys are all faster than me in the 800, and most in the 1,500, so I knew they could go faster in me toward the end. I had the lead at first, but I didn't want to. I didn't know what I was doing. I knew that there were faster guys behind me, that were going to pass me any second, and it was just nerve-wracking."
Giles also finished 11th in Saturday's 1,500 finals in a time of 4:03.99.
In the boys shot put, Sherwood senior Carsen Christensen finished in fourth place, with a throw of 52-9, and Bowmen freshman Noah Culbertson was fifth with a mark of 51-4.5.
"I wasn't as explosive as I needed to be, so it was an average day" Christensen said. "But fourth is good, compared to 11th last year. It was a big step up. It was because of coach Lindsay's (Walker) time and effort."
"It means a lot to me," Culbertson said of his fifth-place finish. "It's cool to be able to do this as a freshman. At the beginning of the season, my goal was to throw 45 feet. I ended up needing to reset my goals. Today was good for a big meet."
Also for the Sherwood boys, senior Payton Churilla cleared 13-0 to tie for third place. Bowmen sophomore Caleb Hagan sprinted to fifth place in the 200, at 22.09, and he took sixth place in the 100 at 10.92.
The Sherwood boys finished in ninth place in the team standings at the state meet with a score of 23.5 points. The Lady Bowmen had a 10th-place finish with a score of 22.
The Jesuit girls and West Salem boys won the Class 6A state team championships.