• PREP TRACK AND FIELD

    Victory at GP Rotary

    North's Baldovino, South's Mejia capture 800 meters; D'Arpino twins set top marks
  • GRANTS PASS — North Medford's Devyn Baldovino and South Medford's Carmen Mejia took different approaches in winning their respective 800-meter races at the Grants Pass Rotary Invitational Saturday.
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  • GRANTS PASS — North Medford's Devyn Baldovino and South Medford's Carmen Mejia took different approaches in winning their respective 800-meter races at the Grants Pass Rotary Invitational Saturday.
    Kerissa and Venessa D'Arpino, meanwhile, did things the same way, which is usually the case for the speedy twin sisters of North Valley, and they, too, were a big part of the story line in the 64th edition of the track and field extravaganza.
    Baldovino and distance teammate Ray Schireman helped North Medford to second place among boys teams. Grants Pass won with 64 points and the Black Tornado tallied 62.
    Marshfield claimed the girls crown with 83 points, followed by Grants Pass with 77.
    Other area athletes to make a splash were Rogue River's Seth Gretz, who won both hurdle races and placed third in the pole vault; South Medford victorious triple-jumper Kyle Larson; Crater's Derrick Turituri, the shot-put winner; and Cascade Christian's Levi Girardot, who took the javelin.
    Well before the boys 800, North Medford coach Piet Voskes predicted a big day for Baldovino, noting that the senior's workouts the previous two weeks had been very good.
    The coach was right.
    In only his second 800 of the season, Baldovino showed commendable patience through the first 400, then turned it on as if he'd hit a booster switch, racing to the front and building a big lead early on the second and final lap.
    "I had a plan the whole time to stay back and go like between 65 (seconds) and 60," he said of the first lap, then "see what I've got for the last lap. It hasn't always worked in the past, but I just thought I'd try it again and see if I could come back."
    Baldovino clocked a personal-best 1:58.23, beating out St. Mary's junior Tracy Salgado, whose time was 1:58.96.
    Baldovino's victory wasn't actually that close because there were two heats, and he and Salgado were in different races. The former won his race by nearly 21/2 seconds.
    Baldovino had tired of distance work and turned to training with sprinters. As a result, he felt strong on Saturday and ran away from the field.
    One person he didn't get a chance to race was teammate Blake Spencer, the No. 3 800 runner in the Class 6A ranks who stayed home because of illness.
    "I was really bummed that he wasn't here," said Baldovino.
    Salgado's time moved him to the head of the 3A class and is the third best in St. Mary's history.
    Unlike Baldovino, Mejia didn't wait on anyone. The senior, in only her second career 800, won in 2:15.17, moving into fifth place among 6A runners. She beat out Sierra Brown, a middle-distance state champion from Hidden Valley, whose time was 2:16.05.
    Mejia didn't plan to set a fast pace, and when she heard someone call out her split time midway through, she adjusted.
    "I'm not really sure what I was doing," she laughed. "I didn't think I was going that fast. Then I heard the split and thought, 'Oh gosh, I better back off a little bit. I don't want to die right before the end.'"
    Brown came up fast before the next-to-last turn.
    "I definitely felt her," said Mejia, a senior whose specialty is the 400. "But I've watched a lot of distance races, so I knew she wouldn't want to pass me on the corner. I slowed down a little bit. She wouldn't want to take the extra energy to go around. Then on the straightaway, where I knew she'd want to pass me, I tried to kick it in a little more."
    The D'Arpino sisters are among the state's best sprinters, regardless of classification, in the 100, 200 and 400.
    By the end of Saturday's event, they owned meet records at all three distances.
    Venessa had the bigger day, winning each race — including the 100 by the race judges' decision because both girls hit the finish line simultaneously in 12.27 seconds.
    Neither of the juniors knew who triumphed immediately after the 100.
    "We don't know," said Kerissa, before a verdict had been rendered. "It always comes down to the lean and the camera."
    Venessa's victories in the 200 and 400 were more comfortable but still close. She won the 200 in 24.56 to Kerissa's 24.85, and she took the 400 in 55.81 to Kerissa's 56.24. Their times in those events are Nos. 1 and 2 in Oregon.
    Kerissa has the state's fastest 100 as well at 12.07.
    A rarity happened when they lined up for the 400. Cottage Grove's Kristine Dunn had a better seed time than either of the sisters.
    "That's what pushed me, to be honest," said Venessa. "I wanted it. I don't like losing. You have to have the mindset of a winner."
    The D'Arpino tandem hit the gas hard at the outset, knowing that Dunn also runs the 800 and doesn't have their sprinter's speed.
    "It's gonna kill her if she runs my race," said Venessa. "So we came out hoping she would do that, and she did, I think."
    Gretz, a senior, won the 100 hurdles in 15.31 seconds, the 300 hurdles in 39.41 (second in 3A) and was third in the pole vault, taking over the 3A state lead at 13-6.
    The big-meet atmosphere and top competitors from larger schools brought out the best in him.
    "It's awesome," said Gretz. "It's really the competition that I love. I love having people that will push me harder. Winning is good to a point, but when there's no one to push you to better times, there's almost no point."
    Girardot was a surprise winner in the javelin. There was a question whether he'd even compete after aggravating an ankle injury in the 4x100 relay, then tweaking it further in the long jump.
    But the senior not only competed, he won with a personal-best throw of 178 feet, 10 inches to take over the top spot in 3A.
    Turituri won the shot put for the fifth time in as many meets. The senior's throw of 51-8 was just 11/2 inches shy of his best.
    Larson reset his PR with a triple jump of 44-11/2.
    Schireman didn't log a victory, but he provided a stirring finish to the 3,000 near day's end, finishing second, a half-step behind Siuslaw's Mack Marbas, whose winning time was 9:08.46. Schireman ran 9:08.52.
    The North Medford junior was third in the 1,500, clocking 4:04.57.
    BOYS
    TEAM SCORES — Grants Pass 64, North Medford 62, West Valley 53, North Valley 51, Thurston 50, Hidden Valley 49, La Pine 38, Roseburg 38, South Medford 36.5, Churchill 27, Crater 26.5, Rogue River 26, Cascade Christian 23.5, Marshfield 22, Yreka 17.5, Siuslaw 16, New Hope Christian 12, Triad Christian 10, St. Mary's 8, Coquille 7, Ashland 5, Douglas 4, South Umpqua 4, Camas Valley 4, Illinois Valley 3, Central Valley 3, Anderson 3.
    4X100-METER RELAY — 1, Grants Pass (Johnny Agbalog, Zac Hannan, Bracken Sharp, Dylan Strempel) 43.12; 2, North Valley 43.42; 3, La Pine 43.54; 4, Thurston 43.72; 5, Hidden Valley 43.95; 6, Crater 44.30.
    100 METERS — 1, Gabe Ovgard, TC, 11.22; 2, Cody Warner, Thu, 11.30; 3, Austin Neill, NV, 11.42; 4, Spenser Schmidt, Chu, 11.42; 5, (tie) Brandon Williams, CC, Hayden Saparto, SM, 11.50.
    200 METERS — 1, Cody Warner, Thu, 22.16; 2, Jeremy Desrosiers, LP, 22.25; 3, Spenser Schmidt, Chu, 22.30; 4, Austin Neill, NV, 22.81; 5, Aaron Browne-Moore, NM, 22.83; 6, Jason Thomas, Ros, 22.93.
    400 METERS — 1, Jeremy Desrosiers, LP, 50.20; 2, Austin Clark, WV, 51.10; 3, David Johnson, NHC, 51.40; 4, Jacob Lowe, SM, 51.90; 5, Johnny Agbalog, GP, 52.00; 6, Grant Davis, SM, 52.30.
    800 METERS — 1, Devyn Baldovino, NM, 1:58.23; 2, Tracy Salgado, St.M, 1:58.96; 3, Zach Blanco, HV, 1:59.46; 4, Connor Devereux, Mar, 2:00.71; 5, Hunter Tillery, HV, 2:00.75; 6, Dakotah Webb, HV, 2:00.83.
    1,500 METERS — 1, Kenny Freeman, Ros, 4:01.65; 2, Dakotah Webb, HV, 4:03.95; 3, Ray Schireman, NM, 4:04.57; 4, Matthew Campbell, Siu, 4:04.99; 5, Connor Devereux, Mar, 4:05.37; 6, Clayton Bunn, Yre, 4:06.39.
    3,000 METERS — 1, Mack Marbas, Siu, 9:08.46; 2, Ray Schireman, NM, 9:08.52; 3, Jonathan Cornish, NV, 9:23.37; 4, David Cornish, NV, 9:27.11; 5, Caleb Diaz, NM, 9:28.78; 6, Austin Murch, CeV, 9:38.50.
    110-METER HURDLES — 1, Seth Gretz, RR, 15.31; 2, Nick Putman, WV, 15.39; 3, Zac Hannan, GP, 15.62; 4, Luke Fotualli, NM, 15.64; 5, Isaiah McLittle, NV, 15.81; 6, Gavin Cowles, Chu, 15.99.
    300-METER HURDLES — 1, Seth Gretz, RR, 39.41; 2, Zac Hannan, GP, 39.43; 3, Nick Putman, WV, 40.54; 4, Grant Shurtliff, Thu, 41.36; 5, Weston Tilton, CaV, 41.56; 6, Isaiah McLittle, NV, 42.58.
    SHOT PUT — 1, Derrick Turituri, Cra, 51-8; 2, Jayce Keller, Thu, 50-1.75; 3, Cody Toller, NV, 48-9.25; 4, Colt Roberts, WV, 48-1.25; 5, Wilson Hodge, Coq, 47-8; 6, Robert Brown, WV, 46-1.
    DISCUS — 1, Drake Brennan, GP, 154-5; 2, Wyatt Woolery, WV, 151-4; 3, David Sellens III, Yre, 149-8; 4, Aaron Cesaro, CC, 146-6; 5, Jayce Keller, Thu, 142-4; 6, Wilson Hodge, Coq, 138-1.
    JAVELIN — 1, Levi Girardot, CC, 178-10; 2, Austin Hutchins, Ros, 165-10; 3, John Player, Thu, 157-8; 4, Preston Chachere, NM, 154-10; 5, Brandon Morgan, Thu, 153-0; 6, Nick Janakes, NM, 151-10.
    HIGH JUMP — 1, Dustin Harrah, GP, 6-6; 2, JJ Chirnside, NV, 6-6; 3, Mario Filippi, NM, 6-0; 4, Kaden Culp, Yre, 5-10; 5, Joshua Ramirez, LP, 5-10; 6, Mack Epple, IV, 5-10.
    LONG JUMP — 1, Spenser Schmidt, Chu, 21-7.25; 2, Jeremy Desrosiers, LP, 21-6.5; 3, Dylan Strempel, GP, 21-6.25; 4, Mike'l Andreasen, HV, 21-3; 5, Nathaniel Vosika, Dou, 20-9; 6, Hayden Saparto, SM, 20-8.
    TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Kyle Larson, SM, 44-1.5; 2, Marcus Simmons, WV, 43-10.75; 3, Lake Sain-Thomason, GP, 43-8; 4, Mike'l Andreasen, HV, 42-1.5; 5, Michael Glockling, SM, 41-10.5; 6, Aaron Browne-Moore, NM, 41-8.5.
    POLE VAULT — 1, Paul Harlow, Mar, 14-6; 2, Jason Bergold, Ros, 14-0; 3, Seth Gretz, RR, 13-6; 4, Brandon Vaughan, Ash, 13-6; 5, Josh Clark, WV, 13-6; 6, Hunter Drops, Mar, 13-6.
    4X400-METER RELAY — 1, Hidden Valley (Zach Blanco, Zachery Perrin, Thomas Fate, Hunter Tillery) 3:25.67; 2, Roseburg 3:29.59; 3, New Hope Christian 3:30.53; 4, North Medford 3:30.98; 5, Crater 3:31.73; 6, Grants Pass 3:32.05.
    GIRLS
    TEAM SCORES — Marshfield 83, Grants Pass 77, North Valley 60, West Valley 54, Cottage Grove 47, Thurston 44.5, Henley 32, South Medford 31, Churchill 27, Yreka 27, Hidden Valley 25, North Medford 16, Sutherlin 16, Douglas 15.5, Del Norte 15, Oakland 13, Roseburg 11, Crater 10, Ashland 9, Phoenix 9, St. Mary's 9, Siuslaw 8, South Umpqua 7, Eagle Point 6, Mazama 4, Anderson 3, Klamath Union 2, Cascade Christian 2.
    4X100-METER RELAY — 1, Grants Pass (Tarisa Olinski, Rachele Bedsole, Tiffany Barrett, Tierra Barrett) 48.82; 2, Marshfield 49.65; 3, Cottage Grove 50.57; 4, Hidden Valley 51.12; 5, Mazama 51.30; 6, Churchill 51.39.
    100 METERS — 1, Venessa D'Arpino, NV, 12.27; 2, Kerissa D'Arpino, NV, 12.27; 3, Madelyn Metzler, Mar, 12.70; 4, Emily Carlson, NM, 12.82; 5, Alex Jellison, Dou, 12.87; 6, Ahsha Mootz, CG, 12.94.
    200 METERS — 1, Venessa D'Arpino, NV, 24.56; 2, Kerissa D'Arpino, NV, 24.85; 3, Aliyah Gallup, Thu, 25.63; 4, Madelyn Metzler, Mar, 25.99; 5, Emily Carlson, NM, 26.25; 6, Tierra Barrett, GP, 26.36.
    400 METERS — 1, Venessa D'Arpino, NV, 55.81; 2, Kerissa D'Arpino, NV, 56.24; 3, Tierra Barrett, GP, 57.04; 4, Kristine Dunn, CG, 57.71; 5, Rachele Bedsole, GP, 57.93; 6, Aliyah Gallup, Thu, 58.51.
    800 METERS — 1, Carmen Mejia, SM, 2:15.17; 2, Sierra Brown, HV, 2:16.05; 3, Jenna Hinkle, WV, 2:18.47; 4, Sarah Kapple, SM, 2:20.69; 5, Jasmine Meline, Mar, 2:23.93; 6, Andrea Theriau, GP, 2:24.51.
    1,500 METERS — 1, Hannah Dorman, WV, 4:53.10; 2, Katy Potter, Siu, 4:54.72; 3, Jenna Storms, WV, 4:57.57; 4, Shaylen Crook, Mar, 4:58.39; 5, Nevina DeLuca, Pho, 5:03.06; 6, Emma Amundsen, Pho, 5:03.91.
    3,000 METERS — 1, Hannah Dorman, WV, 10:50.09; 2, Breanna Wright, CG, 10:56.47; 3, Jenna Storms, WV, 10:56.95; 4, Olivia Goodheart, Chu, 11:07.04; 5, Darya Trush, Chu, 11:40.41; 6, Delaney Faggard, WV, 11:44.01.
    100-METER HURDLES — 1, Lauren McGowne, Mar, 16.07; 2, Montana Logue, SM, 16.67; 3, Willow Charlton, Hen, 16.82; 4, Arianna Bowen, Cra, 16.90; 5, Ashley Ensminger, Yre, 16.97; 6, Melissa Frields, And, 17.25.
    300-METER HURDLES — 1, Jenavieve Turner, Yre, 45.36; 2, Kristina Freitas, WV, 47.18; 3, Willow Charlton, Hen, 47.67; 4, Katelynn Rowe, DN, 48.12; 5, Ashley Ensminger, Yre, 48.83; 6, Kaitlyn Clemann, DN, 49.03.
    SHOT PUT — 1, Kristina Clark, GP, 38-10; 2, Tricia Ingraham, CG, 38-3.25; 3, Christina Mac Donald, Sut, 37-7.75; 4, Katie Brummett, Yre, 36-10.25; 5, Sylvia Dean, CG, 36-9.75; 6, Savannah Swan, Oak, 34-11.5.
    DISCUS — 1, Savannah Swan, Oak, 123-10; 2, Kristina Clark, GP, 122-7; 3, Olivia Gulliford, SU, 119-0; 4, Tricia Ingraham, CG 116-0; 5, Savannah Thurman, Mar, 111-0; 6, Lindi Bradford, Thu, 109-8.
    JAVELIN — 1, Christina Mac Donald, Sut, 130-9; 2, Amira Johnson, Thu, 119-6; 3, Kristina Clark, GP, 118-8; 4, Kelsey McKelvey, Ash, 114-3; Destiny Dawson, CG, 113-5; 6, Racyne Parker, Hen, 113-3.
    HIGH JUMP — 1, Emily Moe, Mar, 5-0; 2, Abby Edmonds, Hen, 5-0; 3, Tarisa Olinski, GP, 4-10; 4, Kaitlyn Clemann, DN, 4-10; 5, Stefenie Griggs, Ros, 4-8; 6, Emily Andrus, Yre, 4-8.
    LONG JUMP — 1, Lauren McGowne, Mar, 17-2.5; 2, Aliyah Gallup, Thu, 16-10.25; 3, Emily Carlson, NM, 16-8; 4, Hannah Morris, EP, 16-1; 5, Samantha Tollerud, Chu, 16-0.5; 6, Kaila Tripp, Mar, 15-8.5.
    TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Aliyah Gallup, Thu, 35-3.25; 2, Adryana Chavez, Mar, 34-10; 3, Caitlin Kepple, Hen, 34-2.75; 4, Kathryn Pitts, Ros, 33-10.75; 5, Kenzie Weston, Thu, 33-10.25; 6, Arianna Bowen, Cra, 33-7.75.
    POLE VAULT — 1, Samantha Tollerud, Chu, 11-8; 2, Alex Jellison, Dou, 11-0; 3, Mareyna Karlin, Mar, 10-6; 4, Hannah Graunke, St.M, 10-0; 5, Taylor Mauer, Mar, 10-0; 6, Mia Harrie, St.M, 9-6.
    4X400-METER RELAY — 1, Grants Pass (Andrea Theriau, Tiffany Barrett, Tierra Barrett, Rachele Bedsole) 4:02.30; 2, Hidden Valley 4:04.62; 3, North Valley 4:05.02; 4, South Medford 4:06.22; 5, Cottage Grove 4:14.25; 6, West Valley 4:14.98.
    Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479, or email ttrower@mailtribune.com
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