SPRINGFIELD — Crater junior hurdler Cal Duke set the pace for the Comets at the Class 5A Midwestern League Championships Saturday at Silke Field.
Duke posted two of Crater’s four individual wins and was part of two state qualifying relays as the Comets rolled to the boys team title on Day 2 in the eight-school meet.
Crater, which entered Saturday in third place after five events on Thursday, registered 148 points to 114 for second-place Ashland.
It was the first district title since the Comet boys won the Class 6A Southwest Conference meet in 2011.
Eagle Point sprinter Anthony Gray had a pair of individual victories and ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay to boost the Eagles to a fifth-place finish (80).
The girls side of the meet wasn’t as successful for the local teams. Crater, Ashland and Eagle Point each had one individual winner on the day.
Marist won the girls title with 134 points. Crater finished fifth (64), Ashland was seventh (59) and Eagle Point placed eighth (33).
The top two placers in the district meet automatically qualify for the Class 5A state meet May 19-20 at Hayward Field in Eugene. Also the next two best 5A district marks statewide in each event get a berth, as well as those who meet the state qualifying standard.
Duke didn’t match his 5A state-best time in the 300 hurdles (39.22 seconds) but his mark of 40.70 was a winning performance. Duke also won the 110 hurdles (15.79).
Crater received individual wins from junior Andy Monroe in the 1,500 (4:02.30) and Javon Gill in the discus (141-2).
Monroe, who has the 5A state-best time in the 1,500 (3:53.93), also won the 3,000 on Thursday, when the Comets also qualified Griff Hokanson and Jantz Tostenson.
Duke and Monroe were joined by Austin Kramer and Ryland McCullough to comprise Crater’s winning 4x400 relay team.
Crater received a bonus when the freshman McCullough qualified for state in the 800 with a next-best mark. And Duke qualified for state in a fourth event as part of the Comets’ third-place 4x100 relay, which gets a spot with a next-best time.
Eagle Point’s Gray, a senior, captured the 100 (11:05) and 200 (22.86) and teammate Nick Marshall ran a personal best in winning the 400 (49.92).
The Eagles registered a first in the 4x100 relay with Gray, Marshall, Hunter Morgan and Eric Parliment.
In girls, local winners were Maya Bradd of Eagle Point in the 400 (1:01), Crater’s Ariana Marks in the 1,500 (4:56.37) and Ashland senior Myla Norvell in the javelin (126-6).
SWC CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Roseburg, North Medford’s girls team placed third overall and automatically qualified three more individuals to state and one relay team on Day 2 of the two-day event at Roseburg High School.
The top two placers and those who reach qualifying standards advance to next week’s state meet at Hayward Field in Eugene.
North Medford freshman Jaida Ross won the shot put at 41-8, while senior Anna Lorenz won the javelin at 131-2 and sophomore teammate Kamaile Kaeo was runner-up at 123-5. For her efforts, Ross was named the female field event athlete of the meet.
In the 4x400 relay, the Black Tornado’s Courtney Denn, M.J. Hamilton, Claire Ebert and Talia Baker teamed to place second in 4:06.10 to South Eugene (4:04.14).
Placing third for North was Hamilton in the 400 (1:01.78), Emily Shaw in the shot put (37-¼) and Meghan Cowan in the triple jump (33-3¼).
On the boys side, South Medford finished third overall and added two automatic state qualifiers in junior Blaine Johnson, who was second in the 110 hurdles at 15.20, and junior Peyton Shipley, who finished runner-up on a tiebreaker after clearing 6-3 in the high jump.
Austin Boster placed third in the 400 (50.49), Ty Boster was third in the 800 (1:58.11) and Luke Ramirez was third in the 1,500 (4:06.66) for South Medford, which also saw its 4x400 relay team finish third.
North Medford’s Tre Holmes was third in the shot put (49-6).
Grants Pass swept the conference team titles, with the boys scoring 355 points and the girls 362 to edge Sheldon in each meet.
SKYLINE CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Lakeview, the Phoenix girls pulled a stunner by ending Henley’s 30 consecutive year run as Skyline Conference champion.
Phoenix senior Danielle Jantzer’s double in the 800 (2:24.86) and 1,500 (4:58.35) led the Pirates to their first Skyline title in 40 years.
Phoenix scored 153.5 points to 137.5 for second-place Henley.
The Pirates other individual win on Day 2 of the meet came from freshman Sienna Bauer in the 100 hurdles (16.13), where teammate Sofia Tringolo placed second (16.83).
Another big second-place performance for the Pirates came from freshman Jasper Cortell, whose personal-best time of 49.66 in the 300 hurdles set a school freshman record. Cortell entered the meet seeded fifth.
Phoenix senior Shayla Potratz, who won the 3,000 on Thursday, placed second in the 1,500 (5:00.61).
The Pirates got another second-place finish from Madelene Marroquin-Salazar in the discus (98-8) and two thirds from junior Emonie Snowton in the 100 (12.62) and 200 (26.59).
North Valley’s Baylee Touey, a sophomore, won the 100 (12.40), 200 (25.44) and 400 (59.29).
In boys, the Pirates lone winner was junior Robby Vos in the 1,500 (4:16.80).
Mazama won the boys title (163) while the Pirates were sixth (65).
SCL CHAMPIONSHIPS: At Lakeview, the Cascade Christian boys track team sped away with the league crown and qualified for 14 spots the Class 3A state meet while Emma Bennion of St. Mary’s was named girls athlete of the meet after leading her team to victory by winning three individual events and anchoring the winning 4x400 relay team.
The Challengers’ Zach Booker won both the long jump (19-4½) and triple jump (39-0) while the winning 4x400 relay team of Wyatt Lewis, Ben McDonald, Jeffrey Fairbanks and Caleb Jordan (3:39.33) also all qualified in individual events. Fairbanks won the 800 (2:09.01) and Lewis took the 1,500 (4:25.43), McDonald was second in the 800 and Jordan second in the 400.
Levi Ellerbeck qualified in two individual events, taking first place in the 100 (12.13) and second in the 200 for the Challengers, who also qualified first-placer Haiden Schaan (147-10) and runner-up Collin Marshall in discus, Tyler Brown in 110 hurdles, Carson Cochran in shot put and Michael Quintero in long jump.
St. Mary’s Justin Silsbee qualified in three events. He won the 200 (24.04), was second in the 100 and was on the triumphant 4x100 relay team with Victor Tu, Jake Seig and Mike Miles (46.56).
The Crusaders also received wins from Riley Dexter in the long jump (5-10), Thys Kuitert in javelin (133-1) and Thomas Cox in shot put (46-7½).
Aidan Norris grabbed first in the 110 hurdles for Rogue River, which also qualified runners-up Carsen Smith in both the javelin and pole vault, Derek Pratt in high jump, Aaron Hansen in triple jump and the Chieftains’ 4x100 team.
On the girls side, the Crusaders won the SCL championship for the 10th time in the last 11 years while earning 11 spots at state with the Challengers getting 10 spots.
Bennion won the 800 (2:41.59), 3,000 (12:08.1), 300 hurdles (46.49) and timed 4:09.09 with Aessa Catt, Meghan Michels and Maddie Wheelock in the 4x400.
Also winning events for the Crusaders were Katie Reitmann in the shot put (37-9½) and Summer Keating in pole vault (7-8). Lindsey Gurr (1,500 and 3,000), Sophia Pastrano (long jump), Tess McGill (triple jump) and the 4x100 team also qualified for state.
The Challengers’ Amber Cave captured wins in both the 100 (13.28) and 200 (26.45), and was the anchor of the winning 4x100 relay team with Haley Reed, Emily Stephens and Zoey Boisen (50.57). Kara Ash won both the long jump (15-10) and triple jump (32.9.5) with Stephens taking high jump (5-4) and Abbey Alexander in discus (104-3).
Also qualifying for the Challengers were Sarah Johnston (discus) and the 4x400 relay team.