Tully, Hildebrand win state track titles for Westside
No one went higher than Grace Tully.
Tully, a Westside Christian sophomore soared to victory in the girls pole vault event at the Class 3A state track and field championships, held May 17-18 at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham.
Tully won the pole vault event by clearing a height of 10 feet, 9 inches. But she had to come through in the clutch, a couple of times, to get there.
Tully cleared both 10-0 and 10-3 on her third, and final, attempt at each of those heights. At 10-6, it was just Tully and Pleasant Hill senior Stephanie Loop still going in the competition. Loop, who hadn't missed to that point, failed in all three attempts at 10-6. Tully got over the bar at 10-6 on her first attempt at the height, giving her the state title.
Tully then went on to clear 10-9, again on her third attempt, before going out at 11-0.
In addition to her victory in the pole vault, Tully also teamed with Lauren Demaris, Gabriela Sears and Natalie Fagen to take sixth place in the 4 x 100-meter relay in a time of 52.43 seconds.
Tully also had the fastest time in the 100-high hurdles preliminaries with a mark of 15.61, but she was disqualified in the finals.
Fagen, a Westside Christian freshman, sprinted to second place in the 400 in a time of 59.75. Sears, a senior, cleared 5-1 to take second place in the high jump. Senior Eva Lammers took third place in the javelin with a throw of 123-11.
In the 4 x 400 relay, the Eagles team of Sydney Packman, Sears, Morgan Petersen and Fagen finished in eighth place with a time of 4:19.53.
The Westside Christian girls finished in seventh place in the team standings at the state meet with 36 points.
The Westside Christian boys also had a state champion in freshman Caden Hildebrand, who ran to victory in the 3,000 in 9:16.99. Hildebrand also took fourth place in the 1,500 in a time of 4:17.17.
Eagles senior Jack de la Motte finished in fifth place in the 300 intermediate hurdles in a time of 42.89. Senior Kellen Petersen was sixth in the 3,000 in a time of 9:31.93, and he was 11th n the 1,500 with a mark of 4:27.94.
Westside Christian senior Mason Lunz finished in eighth place in the triple jump with a distance of 37-5. Senior Grant Gardner sprinted to ninth in the 400 in a time of 53.88.
In the 4 x 400 relay, the Westside Christian team of Alvin Lai, de la Motte, Davis Raz and Gardner placed 10th with a time of 3:35.87.
The Westside Christian boys finished in a tie for 13th place in the team standings with 23 points.
St. Mary's of Medford won both the Class 3A boys and girls team state championships.
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