Sherwood's Hagan sprints to pair of state titles
GRESHAM — To put it simply, Caleb Hagan is the fastest high school sprinter in the state.
The Sherwood High School junior proved it — twice.
And the Sherwood boys track and field squad may not be the best team in the state, but the Bowmen are close to that — and they proved it.
The Sherwood boys, with the ultra-fast Hagan, along with the powerful group of Bowmen throwers, helping to lead the way, claimed the second-place trophy at the Class 6A state track and field championships, held under cold, rainy skies Friday and Saturday at Mount Hood Community College.
"That's phenomenal," Hagan said of the second-place finish. "It's a good team accomplishment."
Sherwood finished in second place in the team standings with 47 points, putting the Bowmen behind only Tualatin, which scored 74, and two points ahead of third-place Jesuit.
"We came out hungry," Hagan said. "We wanted to win district and win league, and we accomplished that. Now we're doing this. And to just to see all of my friends doing well, is really great."
Hagan definitely played a big part in that team accomplishment, as he sprinted to victory in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
"It feels good," Hagan said about his two championships. "The titles feel good. I wish Micah Williams (Benson sprinter, who was injured before the PIL district meet) was running with me, though. But winning always feels good. I just come out hungry, and try to beat whoever is out there."
Hagan picked up his first title in Saturday's 100 finals. Using a strong start, Hagan won that race in a time of 10.66 seconds, putting him just ahead of Tualatin senior Kwabena Lynn, who was second at 10.79.
"That's my weaker event, so I went into that race more hungry," Hagan said. "I knew I had to get out fast, because (Tualatin's) Dom (Loggins) and Kwabena (Lynn), and all those people, had strong finishes, so I had to come out faster. Crossing the line felt good. All that hard work from winter, until now, feels good when it pays off like that."
Later in the day, Hagan triumphed in the 200 with a mark of 21.68. Grant's Marcus Harris was second at 22.15.
"I was just trying to win," Hagan said of that race. "It was pretty cold out, and that curve is a little slippery, so I just tried to run my race, and then just turn it on at the end. I could feel the weather pulling me back, but to come off .02 off my PR (personal record) feels great. It would have been nicer getting down to 21.2, but it was OK."
Sherwood High School sophomores Bryan Cuthbertson and Noah Culbertson picked up some big points for the Bowmen in Friday's shot put event, finishing second and third in that competition.
Cuthbertson placed second with a throw of 55 feet, 10.75 inches, putting him behind only Tualatin senior Nano Kis, who triumphed with a mark of 57-11.
"It means a lot," Cuthbertson said. "It means all of my work in the weight room and on the field is paying off. If we work hard, it will pay off."
Culbertson took third place with a throw of 52-9.5.
"It's pretty good," Culbertson said. "My throw didn't go that well for me, but I'll get ready for next year and get going, and get it out there way farther."
And, with Cuthbertson and Culbertson both being only sophomores, their future looks to be bright.
"It's not only that I'm a sophomore, but my teammate, Noah, is also a sophomore," Cuthbertson said. "We've got two more years of this, battling at it. Hopefully, we'll just keep improving and be the top in the state."
"Being sophomores, this is good," Culbertson said. "Sometimes, I have to tell myself that, that I'm just a sophomore, so I can't get too mad at myself."
In Saturday's discus competition, Cuthbertson took second place in the discus event with a personal—best throw of 164-9. For Cuthbertson, who also took second place in the 220-pound weight class at the Class 6A state wrestling tournament back in February, it was his third runner-up finish of the year.
"I'm tired of getting the second place," Cuthbertson said. "It's a lot of motivation for next year. Now I know what that second-place medal looks like. Now, I have to get first, in wrestling, or in shot, or in discus. It will be a lot of work, but, if I keep working hard, it will all pay off, and good things will happen."
Culbertson finished in ninth place in the discus with a toss of 140-2.
Sherwood freshman Ethan Sturdivant ran to sixth place in the 800 in a time of 1:56.79. Bowmen sophomore Asher Krauel took seventh place in the javelin with a throw of 174-5.
Also for the Bowmen boys, junior Sam Findtner was 12th in the triple jump with a distance of 41-11.5, senior Dylan Blue was 13th in the preliminaries for the 110 high hurdles in 15.96, senior Michael Klapp was 13th in the preliminaries of the 300 intermediate hurdles and the 4 x 400 relay team of Charles Verkamp, Matthew Roelle, Blue and Klapp finished 16th in 3:32.12.
Sophomore Joley Sproul helped lead the way for the Sherwood girls at the state meet, as she finished in sixth place in the finals of the 300 low hurdles in a time of 46.91.
Sophomore Nora Hagan sprinted to eighth in the 100 in 12.50. She was also ninth in the preliminaries for the 200 with a time of 25.77.
Also for the Lady Bowmen, senior Korynn Bowers finished 16th in the shot put with a mark of 32-11 and junior Claire McGill was 26th in the preliminaries for the 200 with a time of 26.47.
The Sherwood girls finished in 35th place in the team standings with four points. South Eugene won the Class 6A girls team championship.
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