Woodburn's Doman punches ticket to state meet
The Woodburn Bulldogs track and field program will send a lone athlete to the 2019 4A State Championship Meet.
On May 17-18, Senior Tyson Doman will represent the blue and black of Woodburn High School at the Bulldogs' first state competition at the 4A level after placing second in the high jump at the Oregon West Conference Championships on Friday and Saturday at Sisters High School.
Doman cleared 6-01 to qualify for his first state meet, marking the third consecutive meet in which he broke the 6-00 barrier and the fourth time this season, counting his personal-record height of 6-02 to open the season.
Doman was in a three-way fight for the two state qualifying positions, battling with Sisters senior Skyler Larson and Newport senior Justin Plechaty.
The trio were the only athletes left in the event after the rest of the field was unable to clear 5-10. All three were able to move ahead to 6-00 and again to 6-01, where Doman cleared the height in less attempts than Plechaty, giving him the edge for second place when both athletes were unable to match Larson's meet-winning 6-02 attempt.
But Plechaty was able to qualify for state anyway, meeting the minimum threshold to make it at the 4A level, and giving the Oregon West three athletes at the state meet.
Doman joins an incredibly tight field, where 10 of the state qualifiers are all grouped together between 6-00 and 6-02.
He was nearly joined by teammate Giovanni Bravo, who fell short of a second consecutive state championship bid after placing third in both the 800- and 1,500-meter races.
In his final high school competition, Bravo placed third with a time of 4:22.83, falling behind state qualifiers Ben Kirby of Stayton (4:17.71) and Leo Johns of Newport (4:13.51).
Bravo was unable to match the blistering pace he set for himself last year, when he won the Mid-Willamette Conference 1,500 championship with a PR of 4:04.41, only to improve on it with a sixth-place finish at the 5A State Championships with a time of 4:00.55.
Bravo came even closer in the 800, where he placed second in the preliminary race with a time of 2:05.58 to qualify for the district finals on Saturday.
The finals came down to a seven-man race over the final 200 meters, where everyone finished with two seconds of each other.
Sophomore Grant Hellesto of Philomath won the district title with a time of 2:02.47, followed closely by Kirby (2:03.08), who barely beat out Bravo (2:03.80), and Austin Sills of Sweet Home (2:03.83).
Newport's Will Kunde (2:04.12), Sweet Home's Tristan Saultz (2:04.52) and Philomath's Justin Enghauser (2:04.60) finished fifth-through-seventh, respectively.
On the girls side, freshman Myranda Marquez came closest to qualifying for state, placing third in the 800 with a PR-time of 3:35.07, missing out on a state berth by less than a second to runner-up Madison Bushnell (2:34.12) of Philomath.
2019 4A State Track and Field Championship
May 17-18 at Mt. Hood Community College
The Woodburn track and field team will send one athlete in one events to this weekend's state championship track meet in Gresham.
2:30 p.m. 4A Boys high jump — Tyson Doman