• PREP TRACK AND FIELD

    Taking a stand

    Unconventional throwing technique produces winning shot put mark for Crater senior Derrick Turituri
  • CENTRAL POINT — No sooner had the heavy steel ball hit the dirt with a thud did eyes widen and heads turn.
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  • CENTRAL POINT — No sooner had the heavy steel ball hit the dirt with a thud did eyes widen and heads turn.
    "He did that standing," said several spectators at the shot put area during the 40th Crater Rotary Track and Field Classic Saturday at Crater High.
    Derrick Turituri's unconventional throwing method produced unmatched results, allowing the senior to easily capture the event with a heave of 51 feet, 71/2 inches. The mark is a personal best by nearly 3 feet.
    Grants Pass won both the boys and girls team titles in the meet that attracted athletes from 26 schools.
    The Caveman boys scored 68.5 points to edge Thurston. South Medford, with a couple of individual champions in sprinter Jacob Lowe and jumper Kyle Larson, was third with 66 points.
    The Grants Pass girls scored 89 points to easily outdistance Roseburg (60) and Thurston (59.5).
    On a day when local winners were sparse, the Cascade Christian girls turned in two event champions in distance runner Stephanie Croy, who clocked in at a state-best mark in the 3,000, and discus-thrower Michelle Kinney.
    Turituri possesses an uncommon blend of size, strength and speed — and he hasn't even shown off the latter yet this track season because of a nagging hamstring injury.
    He's 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, or 35 pounds more than a year ago, thanks to a detailed training regimen designed to prepare him for Pac-12 football. Turituri will be an outside linebacker for Arizona next fall.
    "Yeah," he laughed of his training, "it's pretty hard."
    The traditional technique for shot putters is to begin in a crouched position and with their backs to the landing grid. They glide backwards, turn and launch.
    A more complicated and difficult approach is the spin method, in which the thrower builds momentum by twirling in the ring, similar to a discus thrower, before letting loose.
    Turituri? Well, he stands at the front of the ring, bounces a time or two, then explodes into the throw.
    "It's the easiest one," said Turituri, who has thrown the shot for only two years. "I've been working on my glide. I tried the glide today and it was only 49-something. I've got to work on that so I can get better."
    The standing technique produced another throw of more than 50 feet, 51-4 to be exact, and his other attempts were short of 50.
    Nathan Bursk, who succeeded Justin Loftus as the Crater head coach this spring, marveled at Turituri's performance and expects him to only get better.
    "The impressive thing about him is, right now, he's just relying on strength," said Bursk. "Once he gets some technique and a little form down, he's going to impress a lot of people I think."
    Until Turituri is comfortable moving around more in the ring, he'll be allowed to throw from the standing position long enough to get a good mark in.
    But graduating to a glide technique, at the least, is important.
    "We have to do it," said Bursk, "because in order to crack those top few in the state, we need the extra couple of feet. And the only way we're going to get them is to get a little glide out of him or something."
    Turituri's winning throw gave him the fourth-best mark in Class 6A. His previous best was 48-91/2 last year.
    "It definitely opened my eyes a little bit to see that I could throw that far," he said. "I'm just going to work hard and see how much farther I can throw this year."
    It might not be long before he's barrelling down the track, too. When his hamstring is fully healed, Turituri will run the 100 meters and the 4x100 relay.
    His best time last year was 11.37 seconds. He'd like to crack the 11-second barrier before the season's completed, even though he's carrying quite a bit more weight than a year ago.
    "I definitely feel like I run a lot faster," he said. "I've been doing more for my lower half to get stronger for a lot of the people I'm going to be going against in college."
    South Medford's Lowe, a sophomore, races distances between 100 and 800 meters, including relays. On this day, it was the 400, and despite having recently overcome illness, he found an extra gear when he needed to.
    "Today I was just feeling a little better," said Lowe, who surged past several foes to win in a personal-best 51.29 seconds.
    With about 200 yards to go, he began to lose his breath, he said.
    "But I could see myself catching (runners ahead of him) so I pushed a little harder and won," said Lowe. "I had to pick off two guys. I usually kick at the 200; that's my strategy."
    He knocked more than a second off his previous best of 52.33 last season. Gabe Wylie of Mountain View was second in 51.88.
    Panthers teammate Larson, a senior triple-jumper, didn't expect to have much success. He's dealing with a leg injury, and his series of jumps — including the winning mark of 42-9 — took him by surprise.
    "This year, I've been right in the 42s through all my jumps," he said. "I have an injured hamstring, so I did really good today compared to what I expected. I didn't expect to come out here today and win it."
    Of his six jumps, four were farther than 42 feet, and he scratched on the other two. Kaden Culp of Yreka, Calif., was second at 42-01/2.
    South Medford also got a runner-up finish from Ethan Cannon in the 1,500. His time was 4:11.79. Roseburg's Kenny Freeman won in 4:07.12.
    Rogue River hurdler Seth Gretz captured the 110 highs (14.93) and the 300 intermediates (40.15).
    In the girls meet, Cascade Christian showed some firepower with Croy and Kinney.
    Croy took the 3,000 in 10:48.85, beating Roseburg's Jenna Anderson by less than half a second. Croy's time is a personal best by nearly 17 seconds and moved her to the top of the Class 3A ranks.
    Their race was delayed when a race official was apparently overcome by the heat and was tended to. During the delay, Croy and Anderson chatted.
    "We wanted to push each other and try to get under 11 flat," said Croy, a junior. "We didn't really care who won. I led the race the entire time and she was tucked in behind me the whole way. The last 600, we really started to kick it in. I never had a huge distance in front of her; it was a stride or two the whole race."
    Kinney, meanwhile, produced the 3A's second-best throw in the discus, uncorking a 120-6 effort.
    South Medford got runner-up finishes from Carmen Mejia in the 400 (59.52) and Sarah Kapple in the 800 (2:21.21).
    St. Mary's Hannah Graunke was second in the pole vault (10-0).
    BOYS
    TEAM SCORES — Grants Pass 68.5, Thurston 67, South Medford 66, North Valley 57, Mountain View 51, Hidden Valley 49.5, Yreka, Calif., 49, Crater 45, Roseburg 41, Bend 32, Siuslaw 31, Triad Christian 31, Rogue River 25, Klamath Union 12, New Hope Christian 10, Eagle Point 8, Cascade Christian 6, Noth Medford 6, Ashland 3, Mazama 3, Henley 2.
    4X100-METER RELAY — 1, Thurston (Kameron Lightheart, Carson Cook, Cody Warner, Robert Connor) 43.93; 2, North Valley 43.97; 3, Grants Pass 44.15; 4, Crater 44.61; 5, South Medford 44.67; 6, Hidden Valley 44.78.
    100 METERS — 1, Gabe Ovgard, TC, 11.00; 2, Cody Warner, Thu, 11.08; 3, Austin Neill, NV, 11.23; 4, Hayden Saparto, SM, 11.33; 5, Mitch Modin, MV, 11.35; 6, Bracken Sharp, GP, 11.36.
    200 METERS — 1, Gabe Ovgard, TC, 22.44; 2, Cody Warner, Thu, 22.63; 3, Austin Neill, NV, 22.99; 4, Caleb Ash, EP, 23.20; 5, Robert Connor, Thu, 23.22; 6, Bracken Sharp, GP, 23.23.
    400 METERS — 1, Jacob Lowe, SM, 51.29; 2, Gabe Wyllie, MV, 51.88; 3, Brently Sturm, Cra, 52.45; 4, David Johnson, NHC, 52.54; 5, Thomas Fate, HV, 52.59; 6, Riley Veritch, GP, 52.64.
    800 METERS — 1, Matthew Campbell, Siu, 1:56.98; 2, Dakotah Webb, HV, 1:58.73; 3, Caleb Hoffmann, Ben, 1:59.09; 4, David Neill, Yre, 1:59.77; 5, Austin Sanders, Cra, 2:00.90; 6, Daniel Stoiber, Cra, 2:01.35.
    1,500 METERS — 1, Kenny Freeman, Ros, 4:07.12; 2, Ethan Cannon, SM, 4:11.79; 3, Clayton Bunn, Yre, 4:12.44; 4, Jonathan Cornish, NV, 4:12.69; 5, Mitchell Butler, Siu, 4:13.36; 6, Hayden Schaffner, Siu, 4:13.83.
    3,000 METERS — 1, David Cornish, NV, 8:55.94; 2, Mack Marbas, Siu, 9:03.40; 3, Camden Stemple, SM, 9:06.44; 4, Clayton Bunn, Yre, 9:13.99; 5, John Martinez, Cra, 9:23.41; 6, Chris Merlos, NHC, 9:28.70.
    110-METER HURDLES — 1, Seth Gretz, RR, 14.93; 2, Isaiah McLittle, NV, 15.19; 3, Zac Hannan, GP, 15.29; 4, Hector Villa, Cra, 15.39; 5, Mike'l Andreasen, HV, 15.66; 6, Mitch Modin, MV, 15.86.
    300-METER HURDLES — 1, Seth Gretz, RR, 40.15; 2, Tyler Butler, KU, 40.86; 3, Zac Hannan, GP, 41.58; 4, Dantly Wilcox, MV, 41.87; 5, Grant Shurtliff, Thu, 42.25; 6, Imran Wolfenden, MV, 43.12.
    SHOT PUT — 1, Derrick Turituri, Cra, 51-7.5; 2, Jayce Keller, Thu, 50-5.75; 3, Cody Toller, NV, 49-5.25; 4, David Sellens III, Yre, 48-8; 5, Makai Manuwai, SM, 45-6; 6, Chance Biles, HV, 45-4.75.
    DISCUS — 1, Drake Brennan, GP, 152-3; 2, Jayce Keller, Thu, 148-10; 3, Aaron Cesaro, CC, 148-3; 4, David Sellens III, Yre, 147-0; 5, Anthony Jarvis, HV, 139-0; 6, John Player, Thu, 135-1.
    JAVELIN — 1, Austin Hutchins, Ros, 170-9; 2, Joel Johnson, Ben, 169-2; 3, Blake Knirk, MV, 163-9; 4, Nick Janakes, NM, 159-0; 5, John Player, Thu, 154-3; 6, Austin McGrew, TC, 148-2.
    HIGH JUMP — 1, Brian Sampson, Yre, 6-2; 2, Dustin Harrah, GP, 6-2; 3, Larry Cotton, GP, 5-10; 4, Kaizer Gillispie, SM, 5-10; 5, Michael Glockling, SM, 5-10; 6, Carson Cook, Thu, 5-10.
    LONG JUMP — 1, Mitch Modin, MV, 22-4; 2, Gabe Ovgard, TC, 22-1; 3, Mike'l Andreasen, HV, 22-0; 4, Dylan Strempel, GP, 21-8; 5, Tyler Butler, KU, 20-11.5; 6, Kaden Culp, Yre, 20-6.
    TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Kyle Larson, SM, 42-9; 2, Kaden Culp, Yre, 42-0.5; 3, Lake Sain-Thomason, GP, 42-0; 4, Mike'l Andreasen, HV, 41-11.5; 5, Douglas Dahl, NV, 40-6; 6, Thomas Simpson, Thu, 40-4.
    POLE VAULT — 1, Joel Johnson, Ben, 14-6; 2, Camden Stoddard, Ben, 14-6; 3, Jason Bergold, Ros, 13-6; 4, Seth Gretz, RR, 13-0; 5, Billy Jones, Siu, 12-0; 6, Orlando De Le Cruz, EP, 12-0.
    4X400-METER RELAY — 1, Roseburg (Levi Holden, Ben Rodriguez, Bryan Bergold, Kenny Freeman) 3:27.97; 2, Hidden Valley 3:28.30; 3, South Medford 3:28.95; 4, Mountain View 3:29.22; 5, Crater 3:31.16; 6, Grants Pass 3:32.78.
    GIRLS
    TEAM SCORES — Grants Pass 89, Roseburg 60, Thurston 59.5, Bend 59, Yreka, Calif., 45, Henley 45, North Valley 44, Mountain View 34, South Medford 29, Hidden Valley 27, Mazama 26, Crater 25, Cascade Christian 23, St. Mary's 16, Siuslaw 15, Klamath Union 12.5, Ashland 12, Lakeview 11, Phoenix 10, Ilinois Valley 8, Triad Christian 6, North Medford 4, New Hope Christian 3.
    4X100-METER RELAY — 1, Grants Pass (Tierra Barrett, Rachele Bedsole, Tiffany Barrett, Tarisa Olinski) 50.22; 2, Bend 50.23; 3, Mountain View 51.00; 4, Mazama 51.13; 5, Crater 51.48; 6, Hidden Valley 51.62.
    100 METERS — 1, Kerissa D'Arpino, NV, 12.12; 2, Venessa D'Arpino, NV, 12.16; 3, Aliyah Gallup, Thu, 12.56; 4, Tierra Barrett, GP, 12.63; 5, Tiffany Barrett, GP, 12.82; 6, Caity Jobanek, Thu, 12.86.
    200 METERS — 1, Venessa D'Arpino, NV, 24.86; 2, Kerissa D'Arpino, NV, 24.87; 3, Tiffany Barrett, GP, 26.60; 4, Briana Bolster, MV, 26.75; 5, Bailey Bascom, Cra, 27.03; 6, Lissette Gonzalez, Hen, 27.12.
    400 METERS — 1, Megan Morris, Maz, 59.51; 2, Carmen Mejia, SM, 59.52; 3, Jenavieve Turner, Yre, 1:00.07; Rachele Bedsole, GP, 1:00.50; 5, Sophia Cunningham, Ben, 1:00.78; 6, Monasha Goree, HV, 1:01.15.
    800 METERS — 1, Aliyah Gallup, Thu, 2:17.83; 2, Sarah Kapple, SM, 2:21.21; 3, Grace Curran, Ben, 2:24.97; 4, Andrea Theriau, GP, 2:25.44; 5, Tia Hatton, MV, 2:25.82; 6, Emma Amundsen, Pho, 2:26.20.
    1,500 METERS — 1, Mahala Norris, Ros, 4:42.19; 2, Sierra Brown, HV, 4:42.60; 3, Katy Potter, Siu, 4:46.14; 4, Gracie Tostenson, Cra, 4:55.19; 5, Nevina DeLuca, Pho, 4:59.05; 6, Stephanie Croy, CC, 5:04.11.
    3,000 METERS — 1, Stephanie Croy, CC, 10:48.85; 2, Jenna Anderson, Ros, 10:49.27; 3, Sarah Estabrook, TC, 11:16.46; 4, Madison Leapaldt, MV, 11:21.28; 5, Rylee King, Ben, 11:34.69; 6, Megan Hastings, Cra, 11:38.80.
    100-METER HURDLES — 1, Willow Charlton, Hen, 16.05; 2, Alexa Evert, Ben, 16.68; 3, Emily Lemons, SM, 16.90; 4, Ashley Ensminger, Yre, 17.07; 5, Amber Webb, GP, 17.18; 6, Mikaela Siegel, Siu, 17.37.
    300-METER HURDLES — 1, Kenzie Weston, Thu, 48.11; 2, Ashley Ensminger, Yre, 48.31; 3, Willow Charlton, Hen, 49.51; 4, Alisha Luna, KU, 49.76; 5, Cassidy Layton, Cra, 50.48; 6, Shasteena Adkisson, Maz, 50.87.
    SHOT PUT — 1, Anna Roshak, MV, 39-4.75; 2, Kristina Clark, GP, 36-11.75; 3, Katie Brummett, Yre, 35-1.5; 4, Mackenzie Cox, SM, 34-5; 5, Gabrielle Kearney, Ros, 34-2; 6, Miranda Conley, Lak, 33-8.75.
    DISCUS — 1, Michelle Kinney, CC, 120-6; 2, Katie Brummett, Yre, 108-5; 3, Kristina Clark, GP, 107-9; 4, Gabrielle Kearney, Ros, 107-5; 5, Kendell Erb, NM, 104-10; 6, Ashlee Cole, Siu, 104-2.
    JAVELIN — 1, Amira Johnson, Thu, 132-11; 2, Delany Hall, Lak, 131-5; 3, Gabrielle Kearney, Ros, 126-11; 4, Kristina Clark, GP, 125-0; 5, Kelsey McKelvey, Ash, 124-5; 6, Ashlee Cole, Siu, 120-0.
    HIGH JUMP — 1, Skylie Brummett, GP, 5-2; 2, Abby Edmonds, Hen, 5-1; 3, Sarah Curran, Ben, 5-1; 4, (tie) Kenzie Weston, Thu, Jennifer Jennings, KU, 5-0; 6, Ariana Lee, NHC, 5-0.
    LONG JUMP — 1, Aliyah Gallup, Thu, 17-11.5; 2, Jenavieve Turner, Yre, 16-4.25; 3, Sadie Bailey, Ash, 16-2.25; 4, Skylie Brummett, GP, 16-0.75; 5, Caitlin Kepple, Hen, 15-9.25; 6, Kathryn Pitts, Ros, 15-8.25.
    TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Kathryn Pitts, Ros, 34-0.5; 2, Caitlin Kepple, Hen, 33-8; 3, Elizabeth Levesque, Maz, 33-6; 4, Kenzie Weston, Thu, 32-9.5; 5, Halona Jackson, IV, 32-2; 6, Joanna Galli, GP, 32-1.5.
    POLE VAULT — 1, Emily Geddes, Ben, 10-0; 2, Hannah Graunke, St.M, 10-0; 3, Mia Harrie, St.M, 9-6; 4, Olivia Tardieu, GP, 9-6; 5, Samantha McGee, Ben, 9-6; 6, Angela Henson, Yre, 8-6.
    4X400-METER RELAY — 1, Hidden Valley (Sierra Brown, Monasha Goree, Taylor Larson, Jesse Patterson) 4:05.63; 2, North Valley 4:06.77; 3, Grants Pass 4:06.80; 4, Roseburg 4:11.71; 5, Bend 4:14.53; 6, Crater 4:16.79.
    Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479, or email ttrower@mailtribune.com
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