Huskies Notch Best District Track Finish in Years

The biggest surprise of the Oregon West Conference’s district meet at Newport on Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, was the girls Pole Vault results, in which Sweet Home sophomore Delainie Pratt rose out of the pack to snag a berth in this weekend’s state championships.

But there were a lot of other big performances by the young Huskies, who finished second, tied with Philomath, on the boys side with 134 points, behind Newport (173), the best finish for Sweet Home in years. On the girls side, Sweet Home finished fifth, which was projected, but with more points – 65.5 – than the Huskies were expected to produce. Philomath’s girls won the district title with 208.5 points.

“They did good. They did really well,” said Head Coach Nathan Whitfield of his athletes. “Pretty much all of the kids we thought could qualify did.

“The girls, as whole, ended up in the same place I thought they would, but they gained 15 to 20 points more than I expected. They performed better across the board than I expected.”

Coaches said that temperatures in the mid-80s on Friday in Newport had a big impact, particularly in the distance races, though things cooled off Saturday.

“Day One was super hot, considering that three or four days before it was dumping rain and super nasty,” Whitfield said. “It was 85 degrees. Saturday cooled off a bit, but the wind came up, though it was not a headwind.”

“It is nice participating on hot days, but Friday was too hot and Saturday was almost too cool,” said senior Lydia Wright, who is arguably the most experienced member of the team. “But we made it work.”

Sweet Home finished with two individual district champions and the boys 4×100 Relay team won a  district title, but the Huskies qualified athletes in a total of eight events for the boys and one for the girls.

Senior Colin Nicholson finished first in the High Jump and junior Dylan Sharp in the Shot Put to win those titles, and the boys 4×100 Relay team of Conner Stevens, Kyle Sieminski, Dillan Davis and Chase Cameron cut nearly a second off their seed time to win in 45.39. .

In addition to qualifying in the High Jump, Nicholson finished second in the Triple Jump to secure a state berth in that event.

The other qualifiers were Sieminski, a senior who made state in both the 400 and the 300 Hurdles; junior Kasey Kast, who notched a return trip to state in the 800 after battling the heat and Newport’s Noah Larson down the stretch; and the boys 4×400 Relay team of Cameron, Kast, Davis and Sieminski, which finished second to Philomath – giving the Warriors enough points to tie Sweet Home, which was ahead by two points going into the final event.

Pratt, the only qualifier for the girls, placed second in the pole vault with a 4½-inch PR, clearing 7-4¼, and edging  Philomath’s Kyah Weeber on misses.

“Nobody saw that one coming,” said Assistant Coach Dave Martin, who along with fellow assistant Spencer Hart, coached vaulters this year. “Spencer and I both talked to her earlier in the week about making sure she cleared her first attempt. She did and the girl who got third didn’t. Delainie executed the plan.

She cleared 7-4, and then she had to run the short relay. Then she had to jump 7-10.”

He said going to state will be a great experience for the sophomore, who won’t have to compete in a 100-meter sprint in the middle of the vaulting competition.

Whitfield said that he was most excited by “just the performances from the younger athletes. We had, I think, 59 PR’s over the weekend. You can’t complain about that.”

Some of those were the distance crew, which in recent years haven’t scored a lot of points at districts.

This year’s group of two sophomores, three freshmen, and one senior, produced points in all three distance events, Martin noted.

Sophomore Mckenzie Miller showed she’s getting closer to the league’s top runners, placing third in both the 3000 in Friday’s heat in an 11-second PR of 11:16.60, then following that up on Saturday with an even bigger personal best in the 1500, finishing third again in 5:05.13, a massive 14-second which put her ninth on the high school’s all-time list for that distance.

Martin noted that Miller just missed qualifying for state on a wildcard entry.

“She was the second-fastest wildcard in both events,” he said. “She PR’d by 11 seconds in the 3K under miserable conditions. In good weather, she might have run 11 flat. She followed her race plan to perfection. She ran the second half of both races by herself because she was behind the front two and nobody else could stay with her.”

In the 3000 on Friday, freshman Kason Koenig-Walters finished sixth in 10:29.30, ahead of a Philomath runner who came in with a much faster time, Martin said. Sophomore Keagan Vogel was eighth. Though neither ran a PR, they ran “tough” in the  “miserable” heat, he said.

On Saturday in the 1500, Koenig-Walters and fellow freshman Hunter Clark were the top ninth-graders in the race, finishing seventh (4:42.63) and eighth (4:44.46) respectively, both personal bests.

Clark also made final in 800 with a 3½-sec PR (2:11.95) on Friday, the second time he’d run the race in high school, though  he was about five seconds slower in Saturday’s final. But he still was on the podium as a freshman.

Another freshman who shined was Nick Larson, who was second in the 110 Hurdles on Friday with a PR of just over half a second (17.58), breaking the 17-second barrier. He then finished third in Saturday’s final, half a second short of making a trip to state.

Larson, who also scored a 1½-second PR in the 300 Hurdles on Friday (45.39), finished sixth in that final on Saturday.

While Miller was a big scorer for the girls in the distances, junior Amelia Sullens also put points on the board in the 800, posting a 1-second PR of 2:41.10 in Friday’s prelims, then cutting two more seconds on Saturday to finish fifth in 2:39.58.

Also in the distances, freshman Miu Simmons, a true rookie to track, posted a PR of 40 seconds in the 3000 (13:34.73), then followed that up with a seven-second PR on Saturday in the 1500 (5:48.21). She then followed that up with a 2-foot PR to go 27-11 in the Triple Jump, which she took up midway through this season.

Whitfield noted that the Huskies’ 400 runners also had a good day. All three of the boys – Sieminski, sophomore Davis and freshman Landon Murry, made the final, placing second, fourth and seventh respectively.

On the girls side, Wright and junior Natiyah Koenig-Walters both posted PR’s to make the final, finishing fifth and seventh.

Also for the girls, freshmen Hannah Nicholson clocked 29.10, a 1-sec PR, and Brooke Elder a 2/10-second  PR of  29.13 to make the finals in the 200. Elder scored another personal best, 28.93, to finish sixth and  Nicholson finished seventh Saturday.

Wright said the Huskies have made progress in her four years in the program.

“We have a lot of new kids, a lot of freshmen, kids who had never done it before,” she said of this year’s team. “They’ve worked really hard. They’ve done a lot to get better.

“I’ve had some teammates through the years that have done a great job, but others just seemed to just want to be here. This year they’re really trying to get better. There’s a willingness to actually put in the work.”

The state championships will be held Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Events start at 9 a.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

 

Oregon West Conference District Championships (at Newport)

Top 3 Finishers and Sweet Home Competitors

*Personal Best

Note: Top two finalists and athletes who meet the state qualification time or mark will be indicated with **. Times noted are from finals; PR’s set in prelims are indicated separately, and any finisher in track events below eighth place is a preliminaries finisher.

 

Boys

Team Scores – (1) Newport 173; (2-tie) Sweet Home, Philomath 134; (4) Cascade 125; (5) Stayton 64; (6) North Marion 24.

100 – (1) Warwick Bushnell (P) 11.30**; (2) Josiah Hawkins (C) 11.52**; (3) Chase Cameron (SH) 11.62;  (10) Conner Stevens (SH) 12.11.

200 – (1) Warwick Bushnell (P) 22.54**; (2) C.D. Nuno (P) 22.99**; (3) Josiah Hawkins (C) 23.00**; (4) Chase Cameron (SH) 23.42; (5) Dillan Davis (SH) 23.68*; (9) Conner Stevens (SH) 24.81

400 – (1) Warwick Bushnell (P) 51.34**; (2) Kyle Sieminski (SH) 52.09* **; (3) Merak Krutzikoswsky (N) 52.15; (4) Dillan Davis (SH) 53.66; (7) Landon Murry (SH) 57.00.

800 – (1) Simon King (P) 2:02.53 **; (2) Kasey Kast (SH) 2:03.22* **; (3) Noah Larson (N) 2:04.93; (8) Hunter Clark (SH) 2:16.42.

1500 – (1) Finn Collson (N) 4:05.74 **; (2) Noah Larson (N) 4:10.51 **; (3) Lukas Hernandez (P) 4:15.56 **; (7) Kason Koenig-Walters (SH) 4:42.63*; (8) Hunter Clark (SH) 4:44.46*; (9) Keagan Vogel (SH) 4:45.98*.

3000 – (1) Finn Collson (N) 9:05.95 **; (2) Lukas Hernanez (P) 9:16.81 **; (6) Kason Koenig-Walters (SH) 10:29.30; (8) Keagan Vogel (SH) 10:38.69.

110 Hurdles – (1) Kaz Mitchell (N) 16.32 **; (2) Joshua Davis (S) 17.21 **; (3) Nick Larson (SH) 17.71.

300 Hurdles – (1) Riley Burns (S) 41.74 **; (2) Kyle Sieminski (SH) 43.28 **; (3) Joshua Davis (S) 44.07; (6) Nick Larson (SH) 45.94.

4×100 Relay – (1) Sweet Home (Conner Stevens, Kyle Sieminski, Dillan Davis, Chase Cameron) 45.39 **; (2) Stayton 45.93 **; (3) Newport 46. 21; (4) Philomath 49.55; (5) Cascade 49.88;

4×400 Relay – (1) Philomath 3:33.04 **; (2) Sweet Home (Chase Cameron, Kasey Kast, Dillan Davis, Kyle Sieminski) 3:35.58 **; (3) Newport 3:37.90; (4) Stayton 3:41.90; (5) Cascade 3:48.33; (6) North Marion 4:07.90.

Shot Put – (1) Dylan Sharp (SH) 46-11¼* **; (2) Bryce May (C) 45-1¾ **; (3) Gavin Tyler (SH) 44-10¼*; (15) Jackson Barringer (SH) 33-11¼.

Discus – (1) Liam Brewer (C) 141-4 **; (2) Bryce May (C) 131-6 **; (3) Jacob Gehley (C) 128-7l (5) Conner Pace (SH) 107-11; (8) Jon Hart (SH) 97-1; (9) Colton Bennett (SH) 94-4.

Javelin – (1) Josiah Peters (P) 156-11 **; (2) Brooks Ramussen (C) 154-10 **; (3) Oliver Peralta (N) 140-10; (5) Colin Nicholson (SH) 130-2; (6) Gavin Tyler (SH) 128-11; (7) Jack Simmons (SH) 128-5*.

Long Jump – (1) Josiah Hawkins (C) 20-8 **; (2) Aaidyn Bokuro (N) 20-6½ **; (3) Salvado Magana (N) 19-6; (6) Landon Murry (SH) 18-08*;  (9) Deacon Bachand (SH) 17-7; (10) Noah Valdez (SH) 17-1½*.

Pole Vault – (1) Eli Atiyeh (C) 12-8¼ **; (2) Bryce Kuezi (C) 12-2½ **; (3) Kaz Mitchell (N) 11-8½; (9) Elisha Scofield (SH) 8-9*; (10) Roman Shreves (SH) 7-9¼*.

High Jump – (1) Colin Nicholson (SH) 5-11¼ **; (2) Kaz Mitchell (N) 5-11¼; ** (3) Joshua Davis (S) 5-9¼;  (7) Elisha Scofield (SH) 4-11¼.

Triple Jump – (1) Aaidyn Bokuro (N) 42-9¾ **; (2) Colin Nicholson (SH) 40-3 **; (3) Roberto Herrera (N) 36-7; (9) Kaeson Walker (SH) 33-6¾.

 

Girls

Team Scores – (1) Philomath 208.5; (2) Cascade 170; (3) Newport 103; (4) Stayton 70; (5) Sweet Home 65.5; (6) North Marion 37.

100 – (1) Janice Hellesto (P) 12.55 **; (2) Ellie Morton (P) 12.88 **; (3) Julia Duncan (C) 13.23; (11) Loralai Mark (SH) 13.94*; (12) Hannah Nicholson (SH) 14.22*.

200 – (1) Janice Hellesto (P) 25.86 **; (2) Lillian Pickett (C) 26.38 **; (3) Allison Course (C) 26.67 **; 96) Brooke Elder (SH) 28.93*; (7) Hannah Nicholson (SH) 29.43.

400 – (1) Natalie Dunn (P) 57.36 **; (2) Lillian Pickett (C) 58.94 **; (3) Makenna Fraser (C) 1:02.55; (6) Lydia Wright (SH) 1:06.39; (7) Natiyah Koenig-Walters (SH) 1:06.93;  (9) Brooke Elder (SH) 1:07.42*.

800 – (1) Haley Butenschoen (S) 2:21.51 **; (2) Macallan Cutsforth (NM) 2:23.14 **; (3) Charlotte Gardner (N) 2:25.95 **; (5) Amelia Sullens (SH) 2:39.58*; (7) Lydia Wright (SH) 2:41.91; (11) Natiyah Koenig-Walters (SH) 3:04.15.

1500 – (1) Adele Beckstead (P) 4:51.36 **; (2) Macallan Cutsforth (NM) 4:51.55 **; (3) Mckenzie Miller (SH) 5:05.13*; (12) Rylee Markell (SH) 5:46.31; (13) Miu Simmons (‘SH) 5:48.21*.

3000 – (1) Adele Beckstead (P) 10:47.70 **; (2) Charlotte Gardner (N) 11:01.34 **; (3) Mckenzie Miller (SH) 11:16.60*; (8) Rylee Markell (SH) 12.40.08; (11) Miu Simmons (SH) 13.34.73*.

100 Hurdles – (1) Alexandra Newton (C) 17.55 **; (2) Makenna Burns (C) 17.69 **; (3) Sadie Francis (P) 17.96; (6) Delainie Pratt (SH) 18.90.

300 Hurdles – (1) Layla Newell (N) 47.12 **; (2) Evelyn Welch (S) 47.12 **; (3) Alexandra Newton © 50.47; (8) Kaylynn Mamac (SH) 53.88; (14) Beatrice Reeve (SH) 59.00*.

4×100 Relay – (1) Philomath 49.47 **; (2) Cascade 49.95 **; (3) Stayton 53.01; (4) Sweet Home (Loralai Mark, Hannah Nicholson, Delainie Pratt, Brooke Elder) 54.21; (5) Newport 54.26; (6) North Marion 54.69.

4×400 Relay – (1) Cascade 4:09.46 **; (2) Philomath 4:11.45 **; (3) Stayton 4:14.93 **; (4) Newport 4:27.40; (5) Sweet Home (Lydia Wright, Natiyah Koenig-Walters, Brooke Elder, Kaylynn Mamac) 4:34.24; (6) North Marion 4:37.17.

Shot Put – (1) Kalina Saechao (C) 36-3 **; (2) Mysti Ferguson (N) 33-2¼ **; (3) Braley Ford (C) 32-6¼; (6) Selah Wright (SH) 29-9¼; (8) Jess Martineau (SH) 29-0¾; (13) Mailey Brewer (SH) 25-4¼.

Discus – (1) Kalina Saechao (C) 115-5 **; (2) Jordyn Hood (P) 102-2 **; (3) Alexie Nussbaumer (S) 100-9 **; (9) Selah Wright (SH) 87-3; (11) Mailey Brewer (SH) 77-11*; (15) Jess Martineau (SH) 65-4.

Javelin – (1) Ahnika Tryon (P) 112-4 **; (2) Olivia Frizelle (C) 106-1 **; (3) Camille Keck (N) 103-3; (4) Peyton Markell (SH) 101-9; (7) Selah Wright (SH) 96-7; (11) Abygail Foss (SH) 83-11.

Long Jump – (1) Ellie Morton (P) 15-8 **; (2) Layla Newell (N) 15-7 **; (3) Livia Free (C) 15-5½; (9) Khloe Wood (SH) 13-7*; (10) Amara Gonzales (SH) 13-6; (14) Beatrice Reeve (SH) 12-2½.

Pole Vault – (1) Hannah McDaniel (P) 8-4 **; (2) Delainie Pratt (SH) 7-4¼ **; (3) Kya Weeber (P) 7-4¼; (4) Natiyah Koenig-Walters (SH) 6-10¼.

High Jump – (1) Anneka Steen (P) 5-1 **; (2) Hannah McDaniel (P) 4-10½ **; (3) Alexandra Newton (C) 4-8¾ ; (10) Khloe Wood (SH) 3-10¾*; (11) Sophia Stock (SH) 3-8¾.

Triple Jump – (1) Andiah Johnson (N) 34-1l **; (2) Anneka Steen (P) 32-5 **; (3) Julia Kessi (N) 31-11; (9) Miu Simmons (SH) 27-11*; (12) Mckenzie Olheiser (SH) 25-3*.

 

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