• PREP TRACK AND FIELD

    Crater Classic wasn't a breeze

    Stiff wind provides a big challenge at long-standing event
  • CENTRAL POINT — It was tough enough doing battle with athletes from 22 schools.
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  • CENTRAL POINT — It was tough enough doing battle with athletes from 22 schools.
    But another challenge presented itself at the 40th Crater Classic Saturday: a stiff wind.
    "It is definitely windy today," said Crater senior Gracie Tostenson, one of only a few athletes to win multiple events. "It feels like you can't go. Coming to the home stretch is where it really was like, oh my gosh, someone turned a fan on."
    The breeze materialized about midway through the proceedings at Dutch Meyer Field and got strong enough to blow over stands used to display marks at various field events.
    South Medford's Ethan Cannon, who had a difficult enough task leading from start to finish in the boys 1,500 meters, was not a big fan of the fan ... er, wind, either.
    "It's extremely tough," he said of leading from the outset, "especially with this wind. The wind was awful."
    Almost everyone was affected, save for the shot-putters.
    It would take more than a strong breeze to knock Aaron Cesaro, or the 12-pound shot he launched, off course.
    "Just runners," grinned the winner.
    The runners fought through it as best they could, as did javelin and discus throwers, pole vaulters and all the jumpers who charged headlong into it.
    Many of the times and marks suffered, but there were a few notable exceptions.
    The Grants Pass girl sprinters, competing in one of the first track events of the day, zipped to a near-record for the meet, winning the 4x100 relay in 49.68 seconds. The team of Lindsey Bonney, Deshae Wise, Tarisa Olinski and Tiffany Barrett was just off the meet record of 49.65 set two years ago by Mountain View.
    Bend pole vaulter Camden Stoddard attempted to clear 16 feet, which would have matched Robbie Johnston's record of 2004, but settled for a mark of 15-6, 3 feet higher than anyone else.
    The strong Grants Pass girls ran away with the team crown, scoring 152.5 points. Crater was second (59.5), Henley third (57) and South Medford fourth (54).
    Grants Pass completed the sweep by taking the boys meet as well with 96.5 points. Runner-up Thurston scored 85, Bend was third with 84.5 and Hidden Valley fourth with 71.
    Tostenson, a senior who is headed to Boise State on a scholarship, cruised to victory in the 3,000, the opening track event, before the wind picked up. Her time was 10:48.69, some 37 seconds off her career and season bests, but plenty fast enough for first place. Roseburg's Jenna Anderson was second in 10:55.60.
    Tostenson wasn't overly concerned with her time.
    "Me and my coach (distance coach Justin Loftus) are just working on strategy for races," she said. "So instead of focusing on your time and being fast — which most likely will happen — you're going out there and running a good race, just strategizing and making sure you're running in the places you need to be."
    Tostenson is "more fit" than she's been in a while, she said, and it showed a while later in the 800.
    She intended to run behind or next to the leaders for the first part of the race, but found herself boxed behind Cascade Christian's Stephanie Croy and Mountain View's Tia Hatton as they began the second and final lap.
    "I ended up needing to get past them and I kind of squeezed by," said Tostenson. "But it was going to be hard to get around them. I got an open space to cut through, which was lucky."
    With about 300 meters to go, Tostenson had just enough room to duck to the inside of Croy and quickly put a bit of space between them. She finished strong down the stretch despite the head wind, winning in 2:26.22. Hatton was second (2:29.20) and Croy third (2:30.26).
    Cannon's lone race of the day was the 1,500, and he made the most of it.
    He and teammate Cody Larson were in front much of the way, but the latter was overtaken in the final stages.
    Cannon's winning time was 4:15.42, representing his season best but 11 seconds off his personal best.
    "It was a tough race," said the senior. "I had to lead it wire-to-wire, so it wasn't optimal for a lot of speed. But it was good."
    He hoped someone else would take it out so he could hang off them.
    "I was the top seed," he said, "so I think a lot of people were expecting me to lead it."
    Cannon ran negative splits, meaning each lap was faster than the previous one.
    Cesaro didn't have his best day. He scratched on four of his combined six attempts in the shot put preliminaries and finals. His best throw in the prelims, 46-51/2, held up as the leading mark until his final throw, when he let loose with a 47-111/2 put — and stayed in the ring.
    His coach, Chris George, said Cesaro tries hard to reach the 50-foot mark, which he's achieved twice this season, and momentum carries him out of the ring.
    Of his four scratches, Cesaro said, "I guess it just wasn't my day. I was falling out the front, so I have to work on that. I can do better. It's just little things."
    The Challengers senior was also second in the discus with a mark of 149-5. Grants Pass' Drake Brennan, the state leader, triumphed with a throw of 168-8.
    North Valley's Kerissa D'Arpino edged her twin sister, Venessa, in the 100 and 200, and Grants Pass' Kristina Clark captured a couple of throwing events, the shot put and discus.
    Clark's freshman teammate, Bonney, won the 300 hurdles and long jump.
    Two boys were multiple winners. Thurston's Cody Warner claimed both sprints, and Bend's Caleb Hoffman won the 800 and 300 hurdles.
    BOYS
    TEAM SCORES — Grants Pass 96.5, Thurston 85, Bend 84.5, Hidden Valley 71, Mountain View 60.5, South Medford 52, North Valley 48, Crater 41, Roseburg 27, Eagle Point 20, Cascade Christian 19, Ashland 16, Phoenix 10, Henley 10, Klamath Union 7, Lakeview 6.5, St. Mary's 4, Mazama 3, Illinois Valley 2.
    4X100-METER RELAY — 1, North Valley (Douglas Dahl, Austin Jackson, Jordan Hannah, David Walker) 43.92; 2, Bend 43.98; 3, Hidden Valley 44.04; 4, Grants Pass 45.02; 5, South Medford 45.08; 6, Ashland 45.35.
    100 METERS — 1, Cody Warner, Thu, 11.07; 2, Jordan Hannah, NV, 11.26; 3, (tie) Lane Hadley, Lak, and Christopher Adamo, MV, 11.58; 5, Tanner Berklund, Cra, 11.60; 6, Braden Bell, Ben, 11.73.
    200 METERS — 1, Cody Warner, Thu, 22.34; 2, Zachery Perrin, HV, 22.64; 3, Robert Connor, Thu, 22.71; 4, Cameron Perrin, HV, 23.11; 5, David Walker, NV, 23.15; 6, Braden Bell, Ben, 23.59.
    400 METERS — 1, Robert Connor, Thu, 52.50; 2, Dereak Albright, HV, 52.83; 3, Lucas Sabatka, Thu, 53.00; 4, David Walker, NV, 53.14; 5, Logan Blake, Ben, 53.24; 6, Andrew Merriman, SM, 53.50.
    800 METERS — 1, Caleb Hoffmann, Ben, 1:57.79; 2, Gabe Wyllie, MV, 2:00.02; 3, Sam King, MV, 2:00.22; 4, Austin Sanders, Cra, 2:03.76; 5, Garrett Wallace, GP, 2:05.61; 6; Miles Moran, SM, 2:06.68.
    1,500 METERS — 1, Ethan Cannon, SM, 4:15.42; 2, Devin Rodman, Cra, 4:20.23; 3, Cody Larson, SM, 4:22.97; 4, Brandon Baggitt, Thu, 4:25.78; 5, Randy Mena, Pho, 4:26.26; 6, Maxel Belnap, GP, 4:29.10.
    3,000 METERS — 1, Shane Crofoot, HV, 9:08.93; 2, Kevin VanDyke, EP, 9:21.78; 3, Mike Myers, SM, 9:24.00; 4, Jake Littrell, Thu, 9:25.57; 5, Branden Neville, SM, 9:37.45; 6, Nate Edwards, Cra, 9:42.85.
    110-METER HURDLES — 1, Zac Hannan, GP, 15.18; Dantly Wilcox, MV, 15.35; 3, Brandon Gilbert, Ben, 15.85; 4, Mike'l Andreasen, HV, 15.99; 5, Grant Shurtliff, Thu, 16.32; 6, Elijah Castro, HV, 16.45.
    300-METER HURDLES — 1, Caleb Hoffmann, Ben, 40.47; 2, Zac Hannan, GP, 40.49; 3, Grant Shurtliff, Thu, 40.94; 4, Dantly Wilcox, MV, 40.98; 5, Noah Haines, Ben, 42.21; 6, Austin Jackson, HV, 42.47.
    SHOT PUT — 1, Aaron Cesaro, CC, 47-11.5; 2, Ryan Davis, Cra, 46-4; 3, Drake Brennan, GP, 44-7.5; 4, Austin Holmes, EP, 44-7; 5, Duke York, HV, 44-5; 6, Caleb Rayburn, SM, 44-3.
    DISCUS — 1, Drake Brennan, GP, 168-8; 2, Aaron Cesaro, CC, 149-5; 3, Dominic Meads, Ash, 144-8; 4, Wyatt Thompson-Siporen, Ash, 144-7; 5, Calvin Claassen, GP, 142-11; 6, Javon Gill, Cra, 137-3.
    JAVELIN — 1, Keil Nicholas, GP, 167-9; 2, John Hanley, GP, 163-5; 3, Travis LaDuke, Ros, 158-2; 4, Brandon Morgan, Thu, 156-0; 5, Blake Knirk, MV, 154-6; 6, Vaughn Vallejos, KU, 149-1.
    HIGH JUMP — 1, Dustin Harrah, GP, 6-6; 2, Kaizer Gillispie, SM, 6-2; 3, Max Meade, Ben, 6-0; 4, Grant Shurtliff, Thu, 6-0; 5, (tie) Larry Cotton, GP, and Connor Scott, Ben, 5-10.
    LONG JUMP — 1, Mike'l Andreasen, HV, 21-4; 2, Cody Warner, Thu, 20-8; 3, Jace Johns, MV, 20-6; 4, Jacob Jensen, GP, 20-4; 5, Bobby Mitchell, KU, 20-3; 6, Larry Cotton, GP, 20-2.5.
    TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Douglas Dahl, NV, 42-6; 2, Stephen Patoine, Ros, 41-11.5; 3, Jordan Neelon, Ben, 41-4; 4, Grant Shurtliff, Thu, 41-0; 5, Mike'l Andreasen, HV, 40-11; 6, Jacob Jensen, GP, 40-1.
    POLE VAULT — 1, Camden Stoddard, Ben, 15-6; 2, Austin Weaver, Ros, 12-6; 3, Matthew Bishir, NV, 12-6; 4, Tyler Wanamaker, EP, 12-6; 5, Boot Clark, Hen, 12-0; 6, Spencer Cyr, Cra, 11-6.
    4X400-METER RELAY — 1, Mountain View (Gabe Wyllie, Christian VanSise, Dantly Wilcox, Sam King) 3:26.45; 2, Bend 3:29.49; 3, Hidden Valley 3:31.73; 4, South Medford 3:37.79; 5, St. Mary's 3:4070; 6, Grants Pass 3:43.47.
    GIRLS
    TEAM SCORES — Grants Pass 152.5, Crater 59.5, Henley 57, South Medford 54, Mountain View 54, Bend 47, North Valley 46, Roseburg 30.5, St. Mary's 26, Lakeview 25, Mazama 25, Klamath Union 17.5, Thurston 15, Ashland 14, Cascade Christian 13, Hidden Valley 11, Lost River 10, Eagle Point 4, Triad Christian 2.
    4X100-METER RELAY — 1, Grants Pass (Lindsey Bonney, Deshae Wise, Tarisa Olinski, Tiffany Barrett) 49.68; 2, Mountian View 50.98; 3, Crater 51.18; 4, St. Mary's 51.54; 5, Mazama 51.55; 6, Hidden Valley 52.43.
    100 METERS — 1, Kerissa D'Arpino, NV, 12.52; 2, Venessa D'Arpino, NV, 12.65; 3, Tiffany Barrett, GP, 13.15; 4, Aessa Catt, StM, 13.16; 5, Kristen Place, MV, 13.19; 6, Elizabeth Levesque, Maz, 13.45.
    200 METERS — 1, Kerissa D'Arpino, NV, 25.63; 2, Venessa D'Arpino, NV, 25.64; 3, Tiffany Barrett, GP, 26.73; 4, Bailey Bascom, Cra, 26.79; 5, Aessa Catt, StM, 27.16; 6, Kristen Place, MV, 27.60.
    400 METERS — 1, Emily Parks, LR, 59.76; 2, Tarisa Olinski, GP, 1:00.65; 3, Bailey Bascom, Cra, 1:01.29; 4, Sophia Cunningham, Ben, 1:01.68; 5, Macey Burgess, Ben, 1:02.9; 6, Laurel Watson, Ash, 1:03.35.
    800 METERS — 1, Gracie Tostenson, Cra, 2:26.22; 2, Tia Hatton, MV, 2:29.20; 3, Stephanie Croy, CC, 2:30.26; 4, Veronica Turner, Hen, 2:32.02; 5, Ciara Jones, MV, 2:32.31; 6, McKenzie Maffet, GP, 2:33.07.
    1,500 METERS — 1, Lexi Healy, Hen, 5:07.47; 2, Lela Stemple, SM, 5:08.16; 3, Sage Hassell, MV, 5:09.45; 4, Sarah Perkins, Ben, 5:10.77; 5, Tori Sigel, GP, 5:12.06; 6, Megan Hastings, Cra, 5:21.31.
    3,000 METERS — 1, Gracie Tostenson, Cra, 10:48.69; 2, Jenna Anderson, Ros, 10:55.60; 3, Maci Jokumsen, GP, 10:58.55; 4, Jordan Monroe, Cra, 11:01.66; 5, Madison Leapaldt, MV, 11:09.53; 6, Sarah Perkins, Ben, 11:17.08.
    100-METER HURDLES — 1, Willow Charlton, Hen, 16.28; 2, Montana Logue, SM, 16.69; 3, Corrine Walters, Ros, 16.94; 4, Alexa Evert, Ben, 16.95; Emily Lemons, SM, 17.00; 6, Deshae Wise, GP, 17.05.
    300-METER HURDLES — 1, Lindsey Bonney, GP, 48.06; 2, Paige Berriochoa, Cra, 48.58; 3, Willow Charlton, Hen, 48.66; 4, Emily Lemons, SM, 48.87; 5, Meagan Bakker, Ben, 49.47; 6, Kaelyn Trader, HV, 50.19.
    SHOT PUT — 1, Kristina Clark, GP, 38-2; 2, Miranda Conley, Lak, 35-11.5; 3, Mackenzie Cox, SM, 35-2.5; 4, Sara Miles, SM, 35-0.5; 5, Zoe Chagas-Jump, KU, 35-0; 6, Madison Rice, KU, 34-8.5.
    DISCUS — 1, Kristina Clark, GP, 112-8; 2, Chrstine Brown, Hen, 106-2; 3, Cheyenne Auchard, CC, 100-2; 4, Miranda Conley, Lak, 99-4; 5, Ali Laborin, Ben, 97-10; 6, Hannah Washington, SM, 93-1.
    JAVELIN — 1, Delany Hall, Lak, 130-10; 2, Amira Johnson, Thu, 128-0; 3, Sarah Maffett, GP, 125-3; 4, Sara Miles, SM, 121-9; 5, Maria Gray, Hen, 116-0; 6, Meg Jackson, Ros, 115-0.
    HIGH JUMP — 1, Skylie Brummett, GP, 5-0; 2, Logan Billi, SM, 5-0; 3, Jill Roshak, MV, 5-0; 4, Madison Rice, KU, 4-10; 5, Christine Impara, Ash, 4-10; 6, Tarisa Olinski, GP, 4-8.
    LONG JUMP — 1, Lindsey Bonney, GP, 16-7; 2, Elizabeth Levesque, Maz, 16-4.5; 3, Skylie Brummett, GP, 16-3; 4, Gabby Mathis, Hen, 15-8.5; 5, Mckenzie Davis, Thu, 15-3; Paige Davis, Thu, 14-8.5.
    TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Elizabeth Levesque, Maz, 32-11; 2, Joanna Galli, GP, 32-4.5; 3, Corrine Walters, Ros, 32-3.5; 4, Skylie Brummett 32-3; 5, Marinda Stanton, EP, 31-9; 6, Aijah Randolph, MV, 31-3.5.
    POLE VAULT — 1, Joanna Galli, GP, 10-6; 2, Teiryn Brennan, GP, 9-6; 3, Samantha Mcgee, Ben, 9-0; 4, Sage Ramsey, Ros, 9-0; 5, Victoria Lawton-Diez, Ash, 9-0; 6, Lily Harrie, StM, 9-0.
    4X400-METER RELAY — 1, Grants Pass (Tiffany Barrett, Skylie Brummett, Tarisa Olinski, Deshae Wise) 4:12.12; 2, Bend 4:12.54; 3, North Valley 4:13.03; 4, St. Mary's 4:13.54; 5, Crater 4:18.21; 6, Hidden Valley 4:18.70.
    Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479, or email ttrower@mailtribune.com
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