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Hornet girls eye 16th straight crown

ASHLAND - Throughout the spring Amanda Phillips has appeared in races such as the 100 meters, 200 meters and so forth.

So it might have been a tad surprising to the rest of the Skyline Conference's 3,000-meter field on Friday when the Phoenix High freshman toed the starting line at Raider Stadium.

More surprising, however, was the way Phillips surged into the lead with 80 meters to go en route to a winning time of 11 minutes, 42.21 seconds.

"This is only the second time I've run the 3,000," Phillips said. "I just wasn't in shape before. But I thought the 3,000 was my best chance of going to state."

Although the time wasn't particularly impressive, her strategy was.

While Mazama's Stephanie Dubois shot out to a 60-meter lead in the early stages of the race, Phillips chose to follow favorite Lauren Fety, a Rogue River junior.

"I let her do all the stuff and I just followed and passed her at the end," Phillips said.

Midway through the 71/2-lap race, Phillips gave a brief demonstration of what was to come when she put on burst of speed, only to ease up and let Fety once again move into the No. 2 spot.

"I was going to try to get the other girl (Dubois)," Phillips said. "But I didn't want to waste my energy, so I stayed behind Fety."

Fety has been hampered by shin splints in her left leg. But she took the lead, followed by Phillips, with two laps to go. Fety maintained a slender advantage until the homestretch.

"I think I had a pretty good chance, because no one knew that much about me," said Phillips, who scored her team's only points. "I've got a lot left now."

Fety was clocked in 11:44.77.

Without so much as scoring a point in the 3,000, Henley was well on its way to its 16th straight Skyline crown. The Hornets scored 16 points in the shot put, led by senior Alice Meyers' winning toss of 39-91/4. Junior Sam Young launched the javelin 138-8.

The Hornets scored 36 points and lined themselves up for a strong showing on the track today. Field events begin at 10 a.m. and running gets underway at noon.

North Valley was second with 34 points, followed by Mazama, 24; Illinois Valley, 20; Lakeview, 17; Rogue River, 14; Phoenix. 10; and Hidden Valley, 1.

The Knights went 1-2-4 in the long jump and scored a total of 23 points in the event. Senior Jana Plottner jumped 16-1, junior Nicole Roberts leaped 15-5 and sophomore Kerinne Schenk tacked on a 15-11/2 for fourth.

Snow Staples of Illinois Valley broke up the Knights with a 15-2 jump for third place.

"Our strengths are different," said Henley coach Ron Smith, "But we still depend a lot on numbers."

(x-indicates state meet qualifier.)

TEAM SCORES- Henley 36, North Valley 34, Mazama 24, Illinois Valley 20, Lakeview 17, Rogue River 14, Phoenix 10, Hidden Valley 1.

SHOT PUT- x-1, Alice Meyers, Hen, 39-91/4; x-2, K'Pree, Ford-Harris, NV, 36-11; 3, Sam Young, Hen, 35-73/4; 4, Jolaina Peltire, Lak, 32-1; 5, Kit Thompson, IV, 31-41/2; 6, Pam McFarland, Lak, 31-31/4; 7, Dawn Case, IV, 30-81/2; 8, Julie Osborne, Lake, 29-11.

JAVELIN- x-1, Sam Young, Hen, 138-8; x-2, Rachel Pierce, IV, 101-9; 3, Megan Britton, Maz, 100-10; 4, 4, Jessica Childree, Lak, 95-11; 5, Alex Dean, RR, 93-7; 6, Kerinne Schenk, NV, 89-1; 7, Pam McFarland, Lak, 85-8; 8, Andrea Osborne, Lak, 84-3.

LONG JUMP-x-1, Jana Plottner, NV, 16-1; x-2, Nicole Roberts, NV, 15-5; 3, Snow Staples, IV, 15-2; 4, Kerinne Schenk, NV, 15-1/2; 5, Jenn Cottrell, Maz, 15-0; 6, Michelle Klaja, Hen, 14-101/2; 7, Tami Caldwell, Hen, 14-91/2; 8, Jessica Morrison, Hen, 13-11.

3,000 METERS- x-1, Amanda Phillips, Pho, 11:42.21; x-2, Lauren Fety, RR, 11:44.77; 3, Stephanie Dubois, Maz, 11:55.38; 4, Sheena Powell, Maz, 12:36.97; 5, Marci Hansen, Hen, 12:41.96; 6, Kelcy Garner, Maz, 12:52.61; 7,Lacey Spark, RR, 13:12.33; 8, Ariel Holloway, HV, 13:35.08.

Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 776-4483, or e-mail gstiles@mailtribune.com