Freshman Makayla Long finishes fourth twice and qualifies for state in the discus

TIDINGS PHOTO: MILES VANCE - West Linn freshman Makayla Long throws the discus during the Three Rivers League district meet at George Fox University on Friday.The challenge had never been steeper for the West Linn girls track and field team.

But the Lions, facing the Three Rivers League's best teams and athletes at the 2018 district meet, stepped up and took their best shot.

In the end, West Linn's girls fought to seventh place with 37 points at the district meet, held May 9 and 11 at George Fox University in Newberg. The complete team scoring was: Tualatin 126.5, Tigard 106, Newberg 88.5, St. Mary's 85, Lake Oswego 84, Sherwood 76.5, West Linn 37, Lakeridge 32.5 and Canby 26.

While the Lions didn't win an event at district, the Lions finished third in two events and fourth in three to stay competitive. The third-place finishes came from senior Cailee Ito in the pole vault and junior Sophie Conrad in the long jump.

In the vault, Ito cleared 9 feet, 2 inches to place third behind Lake Oswego's Madison Richardson (10-2) and St. Mary's Sydney McCann (9-8).

In the long jump, Conrad leapt 16-3 to set a new personal best and finished behind only Lake Oswego's Maddie DeBorde (16-9.50) and St. Mary's Mira Eagan (16-6).

Freshman Makayla Long came through in the throws to score big in her first district meet, finishing fourth in both the discus (a PR of 130-8.50) and shot put (another PR of 37-8.50).

"I was able to PR today so I feel pretty good about it," Long said after the discus. "I also was going for the school record, but hopefully, at state, I'll get it."

Long's mark in the discus also qualified her for this week's Class 6A state meet, set for Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

"It was definitely good competition," she said. "It's part of the sport, all the adrenaline. That's what makes it so fun is just being able to compete with all these people."

The Lions also saw their 4 x 100 relay team take fourth at district, with Jordyn Selleh, Estella Darrow, Conrad and Gabriella McVicker posting a 50.55.

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