Track: Boys defeat 5A schools, focus now on district

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It’s crunch time this week for the Sweet Home track and field teams as the Huskies head for the district championships Friday and Saturday at Philomath.

Not only is the district title on the line for the boys, who will be defending the championship they brought home last year, but this meet will determine which Sweet Home athletes compete in the state 4A championships, to be held Friday and Saturday, May 22-23, at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon.

For the boys to defend the state championship they won last year, the Huskies have to deliver this weekend, Coach Billy Snow said.

“If we just do what we’re capable of doing all year long, we’ll get through to state with automatic marks,” Snow said.

Sweet Home athletes have had a good year, so far, in track and field and the depth is as good or better for the boys and is far superior for the girls this year.

The Huskies competed in two meets last week, against Lebanon and Corvallis, at Corvallis, on Wednesday and at the Stayton Twilight tune-up meet Friday.

The boys won the meet, though the official score did not include them since it was a 5A dual meet for Lebanon and Corvallis, the Huskies scoring 73 to Corvallis’ 59 and Lebanon’s 49.

On the girls side, Sweet Home finished with 50 points, right behind Lebanon (57) and first-place Corvallis (70).

Winners for the boys at Corvallis were Dakotah Keys in the 110 hurdles, javelin and long jump, Sam Macklin in the 100 and 200, Nick Hall in the 400, Rob Callagan in the 800, Marc Callagan in the shot put and James Myers in the pole vault.

Winners for the girls included Jenny Hamn in the shot put and discus, Jessika Stewart in the 100, Maria Kropf in the 100 hurdles and Annie Whitfield in the javelin.

Both the boys and girls short relay teams also finished first, though Snow said the girls passed the baton outside their zone and therefore should have been disqualified.

Big achievements for the Huskies at the meet included a big personal best by Hamn in the discus (104-9, nearly 20 feet over her previous best for a senior who’s new to track and field); a PR for Jessica Snow in the 400 (65.44); a 10 1/2-inch PR for Kelika Kaniaupio in the long jump (14-4 1/2), her first time over 14 feet; significant new marks in the 400 and 300 hurdles by the freshman Hall; Keys’ 22-9 3/4 long jump, his first over 22 feet this year; Josh Ward’s 37-8 1/2 throw in the shot put, a big PR for him; and Alex Coakley’s PR of 38-0 in the triple jump.

At Stayton on Friday, Billy Snow said his athletes looked noticeably tired and many were held out.

Philomath won both the boys and girls competitions. The Warriors scored 112 points in the 12-team boys competition, which included most of the 4A schools from the Willamette Valley, and 141 points in the girls competition, which included 11 teams.

The Huskies were missing both Rob and Marc Callagan in individual events, who could have been expected to place in the top three in three or four events, and other athletes were limited to one or two events instead of four. They also did not field a short relay team and had only Macklin in the 100 and Hall in the 400.

They still scored 88.5 points and placed third.

“I was really encouraged,” Snow said. “We put those three in and they all take second, that’s 20 points right there.

“You could tell we had a meet a couple of days earlier. We didn’t have the snap in our legs. We were a little tired, but that’s to be expected. What was good was to see how we performed against teams that were loaded up, for whom this was their only meet of the week and their final tune-up before districts, who were fresh.”

The girls were sixth, with 53 points, with several athletes sitting out who could have placed for Sweet Home and others limited to one or two events.

One of those, Kropf, made the most of it, winning the 100 and the 100 hurdles, posting a state-leading time of 15.99 in the latter. Hamn won the shot put with a throw of 35-6 1/2, four seconds short of her PR.

Other notable performances for the boys were Hall, who ran a personal best in the 300 hurdles (42.47) and was second in the 400; and distance runners Byron Sanders and Chris Thompson, who both PR’d in the 3000, Sanders by 20 seconds, and in the 1500 (4:35.29 for Sanders and 4:48.95 for Thompson).

Snow noted that those times move both into possible scoring positions at district.

The boys 4×400 relay team of Rob Callagan, Keys, Tim McDowell and Hall, who ran alone for the last three-quarters of the race and won going away at 3:29.85, well ahead of runner-up North Marion (3:36.12).

“The relay ran that after a long night and they ran about six seconds faster than the second-place team,” Snow said. “They ran entirely by themselves. I think that group could have gone 3:27 that night.”

Tim McDowell’s 6-1 high jump for second was also significant, Snow said, particularly since the sophomore was coming off a bout with illness.

“He had a heck of a night,” Snow said. “When he cleared 6-1 there was daylight all the way through. He could have cleared 6-3 on that one. At 6-3 he hit it with his foot, then with his head. I think he could go 6-4 or 6-5 if he puts it all together.”

Snow said Jessika Stewart also had “a great run” in the 100 (fourth, 13.07) and 200 (third, 26.85) along with Devyn Makin in the 200 (28.26); and Olivia Johnson ran well to finish sixth in the 3000.

The district race looks tight, between Philomath and Sweet Home on the boys side and between Philomath, Newport and the Huskies on the girls, Snow said.

“I think it’s kind of hard to figure out Central,” he said. “They’ve got big point capabilities, but they were off last week because of swine flu. They were supposed to be at the Twilight.

“I think it’s going to boil down to us and Philomath going at each other in the boys.”

Newport’s speed will make it a factor in the girls race, he said, while the Huskies may be able to cut into Philomath’s depth with the added talent in their freshman class and if their middle-distance runners can beat some Philomath runners at districts.

“Philomath has to be the favorites,” he said. “If we can get points in events where we match up with them and if we can flip-flop some points in events where they’ve been ahead, that would be a swing of three points right there. Last year we just ran out of bodies. We’ve got a few more bodies this year.

“Track is definitely a crap-shoot. You never know what is going to happen.”

Stayton Twilight Results


Team Scores: (1) Philomath 112; (2) Scappoose 91.5; (3) Sweet Home 88.5; (4) North Marion 54; (5) South Umpqua 52.5; (6) Newport 52.5; (7) Junction City 45; (8-tie) Taft, Estacada 41.5; (10) Stayton 34.5; (11) Yamhill-Carlton 23.5; (12) Molalla 8.

Sweet Home finishers

All times automatic

100 €“ (1) Adonis Siscoe (Scappoose) 11.22; (2) Cody Hanten (Philomath) 11.27; (3) Derek Braun (JC) 11:37; (4-tie) Sam Macklin (SH), Ryan Willoughby (Taft) 11.41; (20-tie) Alex Coakley (SH) 12.10.

200 €“ (1) John Roda (JC) 23.39; (2) Cody Hanten (Philomath) 23.40; (3) Jamie Thwing (North Marion) 23.41; (6) Sam Macklin (SH) 23.79; (23) Alex Coakley (SH) 25.01.

400 €“ (1) Matt Merritt (North Marion) 62.85; (2) Nick Hall (SH) 53.80; (3) Isidro Topete (Stayton) 54.53; (10) Sean Potter (SH) 56.71.

800 €“ (1) DJ Fores (South Umpqua) 2:00.04; (2) Tyler Thomas (Philomath) 2:02.64; (3) Sam Eymann (Estacada) 2:08.18; (no Sweet Home competitors).

1500 €“ (1) Josh Seekatz (Philomath) 4:19.71; (2) Jeff Schreiner-McGraw (Philomath) 4:24.25; (3) Jeremiah Koellmann (Stayton) 4:24.62; (7) Byron Sanders (SH) 4:35.29; (10) Casey Keys (SH) 4:43.53; (16) Chris Thompson (SH) 4:48.95.

3000 €“ (1) DJ Flores (South Umpqua) 9:13.43; (2) John Culver (Y-C) 9:19.51; (3) Parker Elder (Scappoose) 9:23.68; (7) Byron Sanders (SH) 10:07.82; (12) Nikki Smith (SH) 10:21.30; (13) Blake Roberts (SH) 10:22.07.

110 Hurdles €“ (1) Dakotah Keys (S) 14.81; (2) Julien Frolov (North Marion) 15.59; (3) Jake Comstock (SH) 15.61; (11) James Myers (SH) 16.97.

300 Hurdles €“ (1) Apostolis Bakouros (Scappoose) 41.36; (2) Cody Best (Estacada) 42.00; (3) Tony Dubenko (North Marion) 42.40; (4) Nick Hall (SH) 42.47; (11) Jake Comstock (SH) 44.78.

4×100 Relay €“ (1) Philomath 43.71; (2) Junction City 44.17; (3) North Marion 44.92; Sweet Home did not compete.

4×400 Relay €“ (1) Sweet Home (Rob Callagan, Sam Macklin, Tim McDowell, Nick Hall) 3:29.85; (2) North Marion 3:36.12; (3) Scappoose 3:36.13; (4) Philomath 3:36.14.

Shot Put €“ (1) Erik Calhoon (Scappoose) 40-11; (2) Justin Knott (Taft) 40-5; (3) Jim Wilder (South Umpqua) 40-2; (4-tie) Andrew Jones (Scappoose), Kaden McFarland (South Umpqua) 38-11; (6) Zach Dreilling (Stayton) 38-1; (11-tie) Josh Ward (SH) 36-3.

Discus €“ (1) Oshay Dunmore (Newport) 140-8; (2) Erik Calhoon (Scappoose) 140-3; (3) Mitch Clark (Estacada) 129-9; (27) Josh Ward (SH) 84-8.

Javelin €“ (1) Dakotah Keys (SH) 178-0; (2) Kerrick Roach (Philomath) 170-4; (3) Tyler Callahan (Estacada) 161-0; (10) Tim McDowell (SH) 137-6; (28) Josh Ward (SH) 109-8.

High Jump €“ (1) Luke Whiteman (Philomath) 6-3; (2) Tim McDowell (SH) 6-1; (3-four-way tie) 5-10;

Pole Vault €“ (1) Dakotah Keys (SH) 14-6; (2) James Myers (SH) 12-6; (3) Tyler McGanty (Y-C) 12-6; (6 three-way tie) Dustin Collman (SH) 12-0.

Long Jump €“ (1) Cody Hanten (Philomath) 22-2 1/4; (2) John Roda (JC) 20-3; (3) Ricky Verlini (Newport) 19-11; No Sweet Home competitors.

Triple Jump