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Stevens' time to shine

The South Medford sprinteredges teammate Knutson and North's Dunn in 100-meter showdown at dual meet

South Medford's Kaylyn Knutson and Amber Stevens and North Medford's Emily Dunn have earned reputations as the three fastest female 100-meter sprinters in the Southern Oregon Conference.

But figuring out which one will win a given race is like predicting which horse will win the Kentucky Derby.

Just when you think you've got them handicapped, a different one emerges triumphant.

Thursday at Bob Newland Track, it was Stevens' turn. The junior got a good start, ran strong in the middle of the race and then out-leaned a fast-finishing Dunn to win in a season's best time of 12.93 seconds during the annual North-South dual meet.

— The North Medford girls had no trouble winning the meet, however, as they won 12 of the 17 events en route to a 90-55 victory.

The South Medford boys, meanwhile, romped to a 102-43 victory on a windy, chilly and showery afternoon that was more fit for polar bears than track athletes.

Dunn won the 100 at last year's North-South dual, then Knutson stole the show at the 2002 district meet. Stevens has been in the shadow of those two much of the past two years, but it was her time to shine on Thursday.

I've been working on my starts the last two days ' really pushing off hard out of the blocks, said Stevens, who came within 2/100ths of a second of her lifetime best despite running into a headwind. I got a good start today, and that was probably the difference.

We're all so close that one little thing can give you the edge.

While Knutson trailed the other two on this day, she made up for it in the long jump with a lifetime best of 17 feet, 1&

189; inches.

The leap was a half-inch farther than the sophomore Knutson went as an eighth-grader at Hedrick Middle School and came within 2&

189; inches of Whitney Grant's South Medford school record.

Up until today, I've been struggling in the long jump, Knutson said. My steps have been off and I've been taking off 2 feet behind the board.

But I got my steps down today and I had several good jumps. It felt great.

Junior Brittney Hodges did her usual yeoman's work for the Black Tornado, winning the 200 (26.2) and 400 (59.7) and running legs on North Medford's winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

Senior Danielle Jordan chipped in victories in the 800 (2:29.5) and 1,500 (4:54.3), while senior Rosana Medina won the 300 hurdles and ran a leg on both relays.

Medina was upset, however, by junior teammate Jenna Siebenlist in the 100 hurdles.

Today was another cold-weather meet, but I liked the way our kids competed, North Medford coach Mark Hodges said. We had a lot of kids finish strong.

In the boys meet, senior sprinter Jonathan Klenke won the 100 (11.28) and 200 (22.81), finished second to teammate Tyler King in the long jump and anchored the Panthers to a winning time of 44.37 in the 400 relay.

Senior Jason Matthews had an equally busy and successful day, running on both relays and winning both hurdle races.

But the toughest workload belonged to senior Alondo Pacas, who won the 1,500 (4:25.7) and 800 (2:04.7) and topped off his day with a 50.7-second anchor split on South Medford's winning 4x400 relay.

In other notable boys events:

South Medford's Travis Ringo soared to a lifetime best of 13 feet in the pole vault. Using a new 14-foot pole designed for 160-pound vaulters, the junior shattered his previous best by a full foot and nearly got over the bar at 13-6.

It's amazing what a difference a new pole makes, said Ringo, who just started using it on Monday. I think a 14-foot vault is within my reach.

North Medford senior Alex Grigas sailed to a lifetime best of 43-2&

189; to win the triple jump.

He's starting to use his arms to balance himself and that allows him to keep his speed through his jumps, North Medford jumps coach Andy Pierson said. He's getting the idea of what this event is all about.

King took just two attempts in the long jump because of sore legs, but still managed to hit a PR of 21-5.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES '

South Medford 102, North Medford 43.

SHOT PUT ' 1, Steve Johnson, NM, 46-11; 2, John Viagafa, NM, 46-7; Noah Brennan, SM, 39-8.

DISCUS ' 1, Steve Johnson, NM, 136-1; 2, John Viagafa, NM, 131-7; 3, Travis Phillips, NM, 128-10.

JAVELIN ' 1, Alan Phillips, SM, 167-3; Noah Brennan, SM, 127-0; 3, John Ludwig, SM, 126-11.

HIGH JUMP ' 1, Brad Thomas, SM, 6-0; 2, Josh Bakke, NM, 5-3; 3, Phil Viets, SM, 5-3.

LONG JUMP ' 1, Tyler King, SM, 21-5; 2, Jon Klenke, SM, 20-0; 3, Alex Grigas, NM, 18-11&

189; .

TRIPLE JUMP ' 1, Alex Grigas, NM, 43-2&

189; ; 2, Tyler King, SM, 41-2&

188; ; 3, Anthony Russell, NM, 37-11.

POLE VAULT ' 1, Travis Ringo, SM, 13-0; 2, Scott Rowan, SM, 10-6; 3, Nathan Kobinsky, SM, 10-6.

110-METER HURDLES '

1, Jason Matthews, SM, 15.6; 2, Ryan Neuenschwander, SM, 15.9; 3, Ryan Weisz, NM, 16.7.

300-METER HURDLES '

1, Jason Matthews, SM, 40.9; 2, Ryan Neuenschwander, SM, 41.3; 3, Ryan Weisz, NM, 42.9; NM.

100 METERS '

1, Jon Klenke, SM, 11.3; 2, Jeff Wilkinson, NM, 11.7; 3, Charles Buffalino, NM, 11.8.

200 METERS '

1, Jon Klenke, SM, 22.9; Jeff Wilkinson, NM, 23.7; 3, Kris McMackin, SM, 24.2.

400 METERS '

1, Anthony Russell, NM, 52.9; 2, Khalub Doyle, NM, 53.7; 3, Josh Bakke, NM, 54.9.

800 METERS '

1, Alando Pacas, SM, 2:04.7; 2, Noah Lewis, SM, 2:05.3; 3, Dan Stumpf, NM, 2:09.4.

1,500 METERS '

1, Alando Pacas, SM, 4:25.7; 2, Noah Lewis, SM, 4:25.8; 3, Seth Hernandez, SM, 4:40.3.

3,000 METERS '

1, Chris McLean, SM, 9:31; 2, David Oliver, NM, 9:41.9; 3, Zach Harris, SM, 9:47.3.

4X100-METER RELAY '

1, South Medford (Tyler King, Jason Matthews, Jon Klenke, Ryan Neuenschwander), 44.4.

4X400-METER RELAY '

1, South Medford (Jason Matthews, Tyler King, Ryan Neuenschwander, Alando Pacas), 3:31.3.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES '

North Medford 90, South Medford 55.

SHOT PUT ' 1, Crystal Worthington, NM, 35-8&

189; ; 2, Rachel Munyon, NM, 33-31&

189; ; 3, Karen Kralik, SM, 32-7.

DISCUS ' 1, Rachel Munyon, NM, 115-3; 2, Karen Kralik, SM, 108-7; 3, Crystal Worthington, NM, 96-10.

JAVELIN ' 1, Stephanie Jensen, NM, 115-2; 2, Stephanie Anderberg, SM, 109-8; 3, Katie Singler, SM, 107-6.

HIGH JUMP ' 1, Teri Silva, SM, 5-2; 2, Amy Christy, NM, 5-0; 3, Stephanie Anderberg, SM, 4-5.

LONG JUMP ' 1, Kaylyn Knutson, SM, 17-1&

189; ; 2, Rosana Medina, NM, 16-3; Jenna Siebenlist, NM, 16-2&

189; .

TRIPLE JUMP ' 1, Teri Silva, SM, 34-8&

190; ; 2, Brittany Lawson, NM, 31-8&

188; ; 3, Jenna Siebenlist, NM, 31-9&

189; ,

POLE VAULT ' 1, Stephanie Anderberg, SM, 10-0; 2, Lisa Lovie, NM, 9-6.

100-METER HURDLES '

1, Jenna Siebenlist, NM, 16.7; 2, Rosana Medina, NM, 17.5; 3, Katrina Stevens, SM, 17.5.

300-METER HURDLES '

1, Rosana Medina, NM, 46.6; 2, Jan Frodsham, SM, 48.8; 3, Katrina Stevens, SM, 49.7.

100 METERS '

1, Amber Stevens, SM, 13.0; 2, Emily Dunn, NM, 13.0; 3, Kaylyn Knutson, SM, 13.1.

200 METERS '

1, Brittany Hodges, NM, 26.2; 2, Kaylyn Knutson, SM, 26.6; 3, Amber Stevens, SM, 27.3.

400 METERS '

1, Brittany Hodges, NM, 59.7; 2, Kelley Whitten, SM, 1:05.1; 3, Jesse Janes, SM, 1:08.8.

800 METERS '

1, Danielle Jordan, NM, 2:29.5; 2, April Bradshaw, SM, 2:32.6; 3, Brianne Hwang, NM, 2:32.8.

1,500 METERS '

1, Danielle Jordan, NM, 4:54.3; 2, Brianne Hwang, NM, 5:06.4; 3, Heide Meador, SM, 5:09.9.

3,000 METERS '

1, Alicia Preston, NM, 11:48.3; 2, Amy Finey, SM, 11:55.2; 3, L. Sinner, NM, 13:19.7.

4X100-METER RELAY '

1, North Medford (Rosana Medina, Brittany Hodges, Emily Dunn, Molly Brophy), 51.1; 2, South Medford, 52.1.

4X400-METER RELAY '

1, North Medford (Brittany Lawson, Jenna Siebenlist, Emily Dunn, Brittany Hodges), 4:12.1.

South Medford?s Amber Stevens, right, pulls away from North Medford?s Emily Dunn, center, and teammate Kaylyn Knutson in the 100-meter event. Mail Tribune / Roy Musitelli - Mail Tribune Roy Musitelli