Girls bring home fourth-place trophy in track

Scott Swanson

Maria Kropf, Devyn Makin and Annie Whitfield combined efforts to lead the Sweet Home girls to their second straight fourth-place trophy at the state 4A track and field championships at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field Friday and Saturday.

Kropf, a senior, won the 100 and 100 hurdles for the fourth straight time and anchored the Huskies to a close second-place finish in the 4×100 relay, in which Makin and Whitfield ran legs together with Jessika Stewart.

Makin placed second in the long jump and Whitfield was second in the javelin to give the girls 46 points, one ahead of Gladstone and two ahead of Sisters, to bring home their second straight piece of hardware.

Meanwhile, the boys finished 16th. Sprinter Alex Santana, anchor on the 4×100 and a favorite in the sprint events until he injured his hamstring two weeks before state, was able to get the Huskies into the final in the short relay, in which they were ranked second prior to Santana’s injury. But on Saturday morning the Huskies finished sixth in 44.03, half a second off their season’s best, as Scappoose won in 43.53.

“I feel we did everything to prepare as good as we could,” Santana said. “It was just one of those days. You have to go through it, I guess.

That seemed to be the theme of the day for the Huskies – both the boys and the girls. The overachievement that typified the boys’ last three state meets, in which they won championships, wasn’t quite there for this meet.

The Huskies performed well, but so did everybody else.

“In track and field, especially at the high school level, you’re always going to have some ups and downs,” Coach Billy Snow said. “Even in the meet where (two years ago) we scored 77 points, we had some bad things happen. That kind of showed this weekend.”

The girls short relay team fell victim to a poor baton exchange and lost to archrival Philomath by 11/100 of a second, in 49.71, still their best of the season and Sweet Home’s second-fastest time in history.

“I told them that that was the second-fastest time ever,” Snow said. “They just got beat by a better team. I think it goes back to, having won (the state title in the hurdles) twice in a row, all of a sudden your standards are set a lot higher than normal. Two years ago, if they’d run that, they’d be ecstatic. I don’t have any qualms with the way those kids competed.”

Kropf, who has rewritten the record book during her four years at Sweet Home, won the 100 (12.19) and the 100 hurdles (14.83) after the runner-up finish in the 4×100.

“I was a little disappointed but I had to let that go,” she said. “You win some and you lose some.”

Kropf’s times would have been meet records had the wind been slightly less.

In her hurdles final, Molalla sophomore Claire Thomas moved up beside her midway through the race and Kropf responded with a burst that threw Thomas off her rhythm and appeared to cause her to crash into the final hurdle.

“I felt someone coming up and I said to myself, ‘I’d better put the hammer down,’” Kropf said.

Snow noted that Kropf finished with seven individual state titles and, counting two relay wins, nine total.

“That’s pretty impressive,” he said. “The only one in school history who can top that is Dakota (Keys). I know a lot of people are saying they’re glad she’s gone and they don’t have to deal with her.”

Makin, who was injured as a sophomore last year and was unable to compete in the state meet after running on the 4×100 relay as a freshman, opened her long jump competition with a leap of 17-1 and then followed that up, two jumps later, with a wind-aided 17-2 ¾. Estacada senior Chancey Summers jumped 17-8 ½ on her third effort to win the event, then went on to win the high jump (for the fourth time in a row) and the triple jump to earn female Athlete of the Meet honors.

“I wasn’t expecting to get second, but now I’m really hungry for first,” said Makin, who also finished sixth in the 100. “I know we just have more to work for next year.”

Whitfield, who reset her own school record in the javelin twice during the season, the final one at the district meet with a throw of 142-4, found herself in a competitive state final Friday after she took the lead at 130-9 on her third throw but tweaked her throwing arm with that effort.

“I hurt my elbow and after that it was hard to do anything because my elbow was shot,” she said. “I think I could have gone further but I don’t know because I got hurt.”

Molalla’s Michaela Farmer threw 131-5 on her first effort in the finals, her fourth throw of the day, and squeaked by for the win.

Zach Jackson was the top finisher for the boys, taking third in the javelin with a throw of 171-5 – short of the 176-11 he threw a week earlier at the district meet and his season’s best of 177-5 from earlier in the season.

Jackson said he “had a bad day.”

“I was throwing really good in practice the week before,” he said. “Every throw I threw was a PR. I threw my PR (at state) last year. I’m not sure what happened.”

Also scoring for the boys was Nick Hall, who ran the third leg of the short realy and then took sixth in the 400 (51.01) and followed that up with fifth place in the 300 hurdles, in 40.22.

Jake Johnson, the other competitor on the boys side, finished ninth in the discus with a throw of 126-10, well below his season best and PR of 140-10, which he threw at the Meet of Champions.

The boys 4A discus turned out to be a battle of underclassmen as Hidden Valley’s Jefferson Jarvis beat two-time champion Oshay Dunmore of Newport, both juniors, with a heave of 178-4, to Dunmore’s 153-4.

Dunmore had a good weekend, though, winning the triple jump in 44-1 ¼ – the second time he’s competed in the event this year after winning it at the Oregon West district competition – and placing second in the pole vault (15-3) and the long jump (22-1 ½) to take male Athlete of the Meet honors.

Jackson said the competition was “exciting and intimidating.”

“It was definitely a big challenge,” he said. “It definitely reminds me that every meet next year I have to go hard because state’s out there. I want to give Jefferson Jarvis a run for his money. I’m going to start training Monday (after state) and get ready for next year.”

In the distance events, Snow said, he believes the warm conditions at the state meet affected not only Sweet Home’s four runners, but most of the other runners in those events. Olivia Johnson finished her high school career with an 11th-place finish in the girls 3000 (11:27.11), her first trip to state, while freshman Nicole Rasmussen ran by her at the end of the race to place ninth (11:24.42). Senior Carissa Swanson was 10th in the 1500 (5:09.10) and 13th in the 800 (2:27.85).

Daniel Danforth, also in his first appearance at state, was 12th in the 3000 in 9:35.39.

“That heat played havoc on a lot of kids, not just ours,” Snow said. “A lot of kids did not PR. Carissa PR’d (in the 800) and Nicole PR’d, but Daniel and Olivia didn’t, although they ran well.

Snow said the addition of former 5A schools Klamath Union and Crook County to the 4A division made the competion, particularly in the girls distance events, “even tougher.”

Klamath Union sophomore Alisha Luna led wire-to-wire in the 3000, while Crook County’s Kellie Foley was second in that race, ahead of Sierra Brown of Hidden Valley and Ally Manley of Brookings-Harbor, who would have been prohibitive favorites coming out of last year’s girls state distance events.

Snow said the senior group leaving the Huskies is notable in that they have been key contributors to four straight trophy years for Sweet Home – three firsts for the boys in 2008, 2009 and 2010, and a fourth place for the girls in 2009, a third last year and a fourth again this year.

“They’re the ones who’ve been able to be there for those trophies all four years,” he said. “They’ve been a great group. I’ve coached for a long time and you don’t get a group like that coming through every year. They’ve been the backbone of the whole thing.”



(Events with Sweet Home competitors)

Finalists/top eight and Sweet Home finishers (P=Prelims Finish)

Team Scores – 1. Newport 63; 2. Philomath 61; 3. Estacada 50; 4. Sweet Home 46; 5. Gladstone 45; 6. Sisters 44; 7. Hidden Valley 40; 8. Molalla 34; 9. Cottage Grove 31; 10-tie. Klamath Union, La Salle Prep 22; 12-tie. Banks, Cascade, Scappoose 21; 15. Henley 18; 16-tie. Brookings-Harbor, Siuslaw 14; 18. Crook County 13; 19-tie. Central, McLoughlin 11; 21. North Valley 10; 22. Douglas 9; 23-tie. Madras, Astoria 8; 25-tie. La Grande, Elmira 6; 27. North Marion 5; 28. Stayton 3; 29-tie. Junction City, North Bend 2.

100 – (w: 2.6) 1. Maria Kropf, Sweet Home, 12.19; 2. Alisha Rowlee, Newport, 12.28; 3. Audrey Taylor, La Salle Prep, 12.57; 4. Genna Settle, Estacada, 12.58; 5. Venessa D’Arpino, North Valley, 12.75; 6. Jessica Thompson, Cascade, 12.93; 7. Devyn Makin, Sweet Home, 12.97; 8. Alex Jellison, Douglas, 12.98.

800 – 1. Zoe Falk, Sisters, 2:21.02; 2. Emily Childers, McLoughlin, 2:21.64; 3. Emily Bever, Molalla, 2:21.80; 4. Charlie Davidson, Scappoose, 2:22.18; 5. Megan Combe, Hidden Valley, 2:23.02; 6. Annette Marinello, Philomath, 2:23.30; 7. Linda Parades, Siuslaw, 2:23.42; 8. Morgan McNeely, North Bend, 2:26.38; P11. Carissa Swanson 2:27.85.

1500 – 1. Charlie Davidson, Scappoose, 4:46.49; 2. Ally Manley, Brookings-Harbor, 4:46.96; 3. Sierra Brown, Hidden Valley, 4:47.47; 4. Alisha Luna, Klamath Union, 4:48.13; 5. Annette Marinello, Philomath, 4:49.83; 6. Kellie Foley, Crook County, 4:50.82; 7. Zoe Falk, Sisters, 4:54.94; 8. Katie Romanko, North Bend, 4:55.87; 10. Carissa Swanson, Sweet Home, 5:09.10.

3000 – 1. Alisha Luna, Klamath Union, 10:17.50; 2. Kellie Foley, Crook County, 10:23.85; 3. Ally Manley, Brookings-Harbor, 10:33.76; 4. Sierra Brown, Hidden Valley, 10:49.34; 5. Ani Graves, Astoria, 10:57.13; 6. Carissa Hill, Stayton, 11:00.30; 7. Sierra Grunwald, Philomath, 11:20.75; 8. Tia Carnahan, Scappoose, 11:23.60; 9. Nicole Rasmussen, Sweet Home, 11:24.42; 11. Olivia Johnson, Sweet Home.

100 Hurdles – (w: 2.2) 1. Maria Kropf, Sweet Home, 14.83; 2. Sam Moore, Newport, 15.79; 3. Ali Rodgers, Hidden Valley, 15.99; 4. Ashley Amick, Scappoose, 16.09; 5. Meesha Baldree, Elmira, 16.25; 6. Alysa Castle, Henley, 16.66; 7. Hannah Whittet, Gladstone, 17.09; 8. Claire Thomas, Molalla, 23.77.

4×100 Relay – 1. Philomath 49.60; 2. Sweet Home (Devyn Makin, Jessika Stewart, Annie Whitfield, Maria Kropf), 49.71; 3. La Salle Prep 50.08; 4. Gladstone 50.39; 5. Cottage Grove 51.05; 6. Newport 51.56; 7. 51.71; Brookings-Harbor DQ.

Long Jump – 1. Chancey Summers, Estacada, 17-08.50, w:2.1; 2. Devyn Makin, Sweet Home, 17-02.75, w:2.5; 3. Kaitlyn Mason, Central, 17-01.50, w:3.0; 4. Genna Settle, Estacada, 16-11.75, w:0.9; 5. Kellie Skofstad, Gladstone, 16-07.50, w:1.4; 6. Zoe Falk, Sisters, 16-06.50, w:1.7; 7. Sam Moore, Newport, 16-04.50, w:1.0; 8. Gabby Williams, Klamath Union, 16-04.50, w:3.7.

Javelin – 1. Michaela Farner, Molalla, 131-05; 2. Annie Whitfield, Sweet Home, 130-09; 3. Bailey Bars, Hidden Valley, 130-09; 4. Cherilyn Bunker, Newport, 122-01; 5. Chelsey Olson, Astoria, 121-07; 6. Kacie Hargett, Newport, 121-00; 7. Kelsey Shaw, Junction City, 119-11; 8. Ashley Beykovsky, Gladstone, 115-07.

Triple Jump – 1. Chancey Summers, Estacada, 36-07.50, w:+0.0; 2. Sam Moore, Newport, 36-02.75, w:2.2; 3. Jordin Scholer, Henley, 35-00.25, w:0.5; 4. Kaitlyn Mason, Central, 34-08.75, w:1.6; 5. Rylee Marshall, Philomath, 34-06.50, w:2.0; 6. Elizabeth Venzon, Hidden Valley, 34-06, w:1.7; 7. Madison Cronin, Gladstone, 34-03.50, w:1.6; 8. Anna Reitman, Douglas, 33-00.25, w:-0.6; 13. Kaitlin Keenon, Sweet Home, 31-05, w:1.9.

Boys results

(Events with Sweet Home competitors)

Finalists/top eight and Sweet Home finishers (P=Prelims Finish)

Team Scores – 1. Philomath 60; 2. Banks 54; 3. North Bend 51; 4. Crook County 44; 5. Newport 40; 6. Scappoose 36; 7. Cottage Grove 35; 8. La Salle 34; 9. Hidden Valley 28; 10. Phoenix 23; 11-tie. Douglas, Ontario 22; 13-tie. Central, Sisters 20; 15. Klamath Union 17; 16. Sweet Home 16; 17. North Marion 14; 18. Henley 13; 19. Seaside 12; 20-tie. Gladstone, Junction City 11; 22. North Valley 10; 23-tie. South Umpqua, Molalla 9; 25-tie. Brookings Harbor, Siuslaw, La Grande 8; 28-tie. Baker, La Pine 6; 30. Sutherlin 5; 31. Cascade 4; 32. Stayton 3; 33. Estacada 2; 34. Taft 1.

100 – (w: 2.6) 1. Adonis Siscoe, Scappoose, 11.00; 2. Colby Seyferth, Banks, 11.20; 3. David Guthrie, Douglas, 11.32; 4. Jaden Davis, North Marion, 11.33; 5. Jon Harris, North Bend, 11.42; 6. Colin Meisner, La Salle Prep, 11.43; 7. Zach Trask, Philomath, 11.49; 8. Connor Gibson, Junction City, 11.55; P14. Alex Santana, Sweet Home, 11.97, w:2.4.

400 – 1. Linus Norgren, Banks, 49.72; 2. Colby Seyferth, Banks, 50.03; 3. Wyatt

Cunningham, North Bend, 50.31; 4. Austin Baker, Douglas, 50.63; 5. Logan

McClanahan, Central, 50.92; 6. Nick Hall, Sweet Home, 51.01; 7. Mitch Van

Domelen, Crook County, 51.84; 8. Gavin Flynn, Taft, 59.58.

300 Hurdles – 1. Jordan Reeher, Crook County, 38.59; 2. Joe Delgado, Ontario, 38.93; 3.

Kevin Accinelli, North Bend, 39.45; 4. Zach Trask, Philomath, 40.20; 5. Nick Hall, Sweet Home, 40.22; 6. Ted Wogan, Klamath Union, 40.64; 7. Nick Chisman, Molalla, 41.79; 8. Josh Wilson, Gladstone, 42.35.

3000 – 1. Taylor Steele, Sisters, 8:49.03; 2. Zorg Loustalet, Henley, 8:49.33; 3. Jorge Gil-Juarez, Phoenix, 8:53.25; 4. Sean O’Hollearn, La Salle Prep, 8:55.78; 5. Josh Seekatz, Philomath, 8:56.37; 6. Mitchell Butler, Siuslaw, 8:58.66; 7. Matthew Campbell, Siuslaw, 9:02.58; 8. Theo Puentes, Newport, 9:03.92; 12. Daniel Danforth, Sweet Home, 9:35.29.

4×100 Relay – 1. Scappoose 43.54; 2. Crook County 43.59; 3. La Salle Prep 43.77; 4. North Marion 43.86; 5. North Bend 43.97; 6. Sweet Home (Alex Coakley, Chris Carpenter, Nick Hall, Alex Santana), 44.03; 7. Douglas 44.42; 8. La Grande 44.73.

Discus – 1. Jefferson Jarvis, Hidden Valley, 178-04; 2. Oshay Dunmore, Newport, 153-04; 3. Jordan Osborn, Baker, 141-09; 4. Jake Lucero, North Bend, 139-02; 5. Lucas Clark, Seaside, 136-05; 6. David Mayo, Scappoose, 133-09; 7. Zachery Farner, Molalla, 132-06; 8. Cody Smith, Crook County, 129-04; 9. Jake Johnson, Sweet Home, 126-10.

Javelin – 1. Kerrick Roach, Philomath, 187-06; 2. Zach Borrelli, Cottage Grove, 176-01; 3. Zach Jackson, Sweet Home, 171-05; 4. Aaron Mateski, North Bend, 170-09; 5. Mike Kelly, Henley, 170-08; 6. Henry Lilly, La Salle Prep, 165-06; 7. David Mayo, Scappoose, 160-10; 8. Hamilton Mateski, North Bend, 157-10.