Woodburn roundup: Hilaria Trevino earns girls golf district title
While the Bulldogs were unable to field a full team, they were able to send a pair of representatives to the state competition at Eagle Crest Ridge Course in Redmond on May 16-17.
Sophomores Hilaria Trevino and Neyda Segura both made the cut as individual golfers to throw their hats in the ring for a state title. Trevino was the 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 2 champion, taking first place in the district tournament with scores of 84 and 78.
"(Hilaria) led the tournament wire to wire, with a two-stroke lead after day one and ultimately winning by 10 strokes over the field," Woodburn golf coach Neil Wilhelm said. "The way she handled the pressure of being the leader and having everyone chase her was phenomenal. She shot a season low 78 on day two and that included an even par 37 on the front nine, which all but sealed her win after 27 holes.
"All of her work during the season and in the off season has really paid off for her," Wilhelm continued. "She is really making a name for herself on the golf scene and is playing her best golf of the year as she heads off to face the stiff competition at the state tournament."
Segura meanwhile finished seventh in the qualifying cut, lowering her average score by 20 strokes from last year. According to Wilhelm, Segura made the most improvements in the mental aspects of the game.
"Golf is such a mental game, and it takes a special person to face the mental and emotional challenges it throws at you, and I am proud to say Neyda has embraced the challenge and grown so much as a person and as an athlete," Wilhelm said. "As a sophomore, she is gaining valuable experience."
The tournament will conclude after the Woodburn Independent goes to press.
Woodburn will send a representative to the state competition at Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks on May 16-17.
Junior Ty Beyer was the lone Woodburn golfer to qualify for the state tournament, doing so as an individual by taking third place with scores of 79 and 78 in the district tournament.
"Ty was our rock all year long," Wilhelm said. "He had a ton of pressure at every match, knowing that we absolutely needed him to go low all the time to have a chance, and he did just that. His scoring average was 77, and he never was higher than 80 and got down to 73 on multiple occasions. … He is really striking the ball well, and playing better than his scores reflect."
The boys team as a whole finished 11 strokes behind third-place Marshfield on the second day of the district tournament, coming up just shy of state qualification. Wilhelm was happy with the way his team performed over the course of the season, given the relative inexperience of his athletes.
"I was very proud of our boys' performance," Wilhelm said. "We had to replace some very important seniors from last year, with some kids who didn't have a lot of experience playing varsity golf. Our team scores early in the year were close to 400, and our final team score yesterday was 344, an improvement of nearly 60 strokes. All of our athletes improved so much over the course of the year, nearly enough to qualify for the state tournament which would have been amazing."
Track and Field
The Bulldogs competed against the rest of the Oregon West Conference on May 13-14 in Sweet Home and brought back one district championship as well as three additional berths in the state championship.
Junior Caitlynn Spencer won the 100-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 17.10 seconds to qualify for the state meet. Joining her will be senior Tomas Veliz, who placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.72 seconds.
Sophomore Carter Pickett will be competing at the state meet after taking second in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 6 inches. Pickett also will be competing with junior Yahir Romero Garcia, senior Andres Sandoval and junior Kaleb Robles as a part of the 4x100-meter relay team. The quartet claimed second place in the district meet with a time of 45.97 seconds.
Woodburn's seasonlong skid continued into the final weeks of the season. The Bulldogs were outgunned 20-5 against Stayton on May 9 and then defeated 18-0 by Cascade on May 11. Woodburn (0-17) has just two games left, a doubleheader against Sisters (4-14) on May 17.
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