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North boys manage second at district

GRANTS PASS — North Medford's bid for its first boys district track championship in seven years appeared to be within grasp Saturday at Russ Werner Field.

But a big push by the Black Tornado in the triple jump two-thirds through the meet proved not to be enough, and Sheldon pulled away for the Southwest Conference crown.

After North scored 15 points with first, fifth and sixth placings in the triple jump, Sheldon revved up en route to 155 team points, besting the Tornado's 127. South Medford was third with 111.

On the girls side, South Eugene scored 151 to runner-up Sheldon's 106.5. North was third with 104 and South Medford fourth with 98.5.

"I've just been impressed watching them compete today," Tornado coach Piet Voskes said of his boys, who were doped out to give Sheldon a tight run. "They've done everything that was asked of them and more. From a coaching standpoint, I couldn't have been prouder."

North and South Medford both had outstanding performances among their boys and girls in broiling heat. A temperature reading under an infield canopy was 103 degrees. Nevertheless, athletes gutted it out to earn berths to next week's state meet. The top two in each event qualified, as did those who met event standards.

Among the highlights were school records by Tornado girl sprinter Baylee Hearns and boy pole vaulter Taylor Stormberg and by South Medford girl triple jumper Becca Viets.

Hearns blazed to a time of 12.08 seconds in the 100 meters, giving her the state's third-best mark and improving her best by .13.

Stormberg placed third, but his 14-foot vault earned him a spot at state and bettered the Tornado mark by six inches.

Viets improved on her best by more than 11/2 feet and set the Panther mark by one-half inch with a leap of 36-71/2, also good for No. 3 in Class 6A.

The North boys crowned three champions Saturday. Still, it wasn't enough to overtake Sheldon.

"They just have great depth," said Voskes. "They have at least two scorers in almost every event."

Sprinter Almier Barlow played a big role for North. He won the 100 (11.07), was second by a whisker in the 200 (22.54) — both are season bests — and ran anchor legs on both relays, one of which, the 4x100, was second.

"It's that unique senior sensation of seeing the end of your career," said Voskes, "and devoting yourself to all the little things, I think, that has put him over the top."

Brock Bennett added a second — and somewhat surprising — title to the javelin he captured on Day 1 Thursday. The senior entered the discus with the No. 5 discus mark but improved on his best by five feet and won with a toss of 138-09.

Dane Arispe followed up his second in the long jump Thursday by winning the triple jump at 42-21/2.

The South boys didn't have any champions, but Micah Diaz ran strong in both hurdle races to twice finish second. His 40.78 time in the 300 intermediates is a PR.

"Considering we didn't win one event — we lack that one superstar — we still battled and finished third," said Panthers coach Bill Rowan. "From our standpoint, that's a great accomplishment, and we have a lot of young kids coming back."

For the North girls, Hearns was uncatchable. In addition to the 100, she triumphed in the 200 in 25.72 and ran on both Tornado relays.

The heat helped her get loose quickly, and it showed in the 100. When she hit her "pull phase" halfway through, her arms churned and her legs were high. The only sign of tension was in her face.

"All over the state, girls have been setting good marks at districts," the sophomore said. "I was happy it was my time today. To have a good time like that and not being pushed ... I'm used to being pushed when I get my good times, so I'm in a good spot for state."

She won by nearly four-tenths of a second over Sheldon's Lisette Peterson.

Also winning for the North girls was Kim Gomez, a freshman who took the discus at 106-6, two inches farther than runner-up Nicole Bowden of South Medford.

For the Panther girls, Viets exceeded all expectations. Her goal this year has been to reach 35 feet. Entering the meet, she'd managed 34-11.

"I was just really pumped up and excited," said the junior. "I really wanted to go to state. The last two years I came up short."

Viets had so much adrenaline working she had to move her take-off mark back because she was nearly to the sand pit.

"With it being so hot," she said, "I ran a lot faster than I usually do."

Her big jump came on her final preliminary attempt. She also had leaps of 36-3 and 35-6.

Piper Delaney added a second berth to state when she placed second in the 1,500 in 5:00.25. She won the 3,000 on Thursday.

The state meet is Thursday through Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES — 1, Sheldon, 155; 2, North Medford, 127; 3, South Medford, 111; 4, South Eugene, 105; 5, Roseburg, 40; 6, Grants Pass, 32.

DISCUS — 1, Brock Bennett, NM, 138-9; 2, Justin Fabrick , SE, 136-0; 3, Brandon Baker, She, 135-4; 4, Stephen Lankford, SM, 129-1; 5, Stephen Adams, SM, 125-4; 6, Max Faulhaber, She, 121-7.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Dane Aripse, NM, 42-2 1/2; 2, Matt Estes, SM, 41-11; 3, Gridd Bisbee, SM , 41-5 3/4; 4, Barry Peiskee, She, 41-3 3/4; 5, Issac Silafau, NM, 41-1 1/2; 6, Kevin Beick, NM, 40-6.

POLE VAULT — 1, Charlie Beard, SE, 15-0; 2, JJ Juilfs, She, 14-6; 3, Taylor Stormberg, 14-0; 4, Kyle Johnson, She, 12-6; 5, Matthew Richardson, GP, 12-0; 6, Brad Hooper, SM, 12-0.

110-METER HURDLES — 1, Matthew Richardson, GP, 15.63; 2, Micah Diaz, SM, 15.73; 3, Lorenzo Vasquez, Ros, 16.25; 4, David Tucker, SM, 16.33; 5, Brad Hooper, SM, 16.38; 6, Kyle Van Buskirk, GP, 16.60.

300-METER HURDLES — 1, DJ Wright, She, 40.45; 2, Micah Diaz, SM, 40.78; 3, Matthew Richardson, GP, 41.18; 4, Lorenzo Vasquez, Ros, 42.93; 5, David Tucker, SM, 43.27; 6, Jonthan Beskow, NM, 43.88.

100 METERS — 1, Almeir Barlow, NM, 11.07; 2, Michael Hanks, She, 11.22; 3, Kevin Rapet, SM, 11.29; 4, Daniel Blasher, SE, 11.32; 5, Zach Todd, She, 11.37; 6, Justin Pierce, She, 11.61.

200 METERS — 1, Anthony Yakovich, She, 22.51; 2, Almeir Barlow, NM, 22.54; 3, Michael Hanks, She, 22.64; 4, Mitch Singular, SM, 23.33; 5, Kevin Rapet, SM, 23.41; 6, Spencer Denton, SM , 23.56.

400 METERS — 1, Anthony Yakovich, She, 49.95; 2, Lucas Corder, Ros, 50.66; 3, Mitch Singular, SM, 50.96; 4, Tyrell Jagelski, She, 51.32; 5, Justin Severson, NM, 51.62; 6, Joe Jennricks, Ros, 52.46.

800 METERS — 1, Casey Weinman, SE, 1:57.82; 2, Walker Augustyniak, SE, 1:57.83; 3, Brad Gissel, SE, 1:58.35; 4, Josh Paul, NM, 2:01.02; 5, Geoff Moore, She, 2:02.00; 6, Travis Linville, NM, 2:02.95.

1,500 METERS — 1, Walker Augustyniak, SE, 4:06.53; 2, Joey Nelson, SM, 4:08.48; 3, Sammy Kirtner, SE, 4:08.75; 4, Josh Paul, NM, 4:09.48; 5, Ryan Perry, SM, 4:12.72; 6, Ricahrd Zhu, NM, 4:13.12.

4X100-METER RELAY — 1, Sheldon (Anthony Yakovich, Michael Hanks, Zach Todd, Drew Stringfield), 43.01; 2, North Medford; 3, South Eugene, 43.63; 4, South Medford, 44.25; 5, Roseburg, 44.41; 6, Grants Pass, 45.28.

4X400-METER RELAY — 1, Sheldon (Anthony Yakovich, Michael Hanks, Geoff Moore, Tyrell Jagelski), 3:26.55; 2, Roseburg, 3:27.37; 3, North Medford, 3:27.40; 4, South Medford, 3:28.25; 5, South Eugene, 3:29.53; 6, Grants Pass, 3:35.59.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES — South Eugene 151, Sheldon 106.5, North Medford 104, South Medford 98.5, Roseburg 69, Grants Pass 39.

DISCUS — 1, Kim Gomez, NM, 106-6; 2, Nicole Bowden, SM, 106-4; 3, Jilliam Folgelstrom, She, 99-9; 4, Cassidee Fosback, She, 93-7; 5, Tori Butler, SE, 93-4; 6, Courtney Hutchins, Ros, 92-6.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Rebecca Viets, SM, 36-71/2; 2, Ashley Chambers, NM, 26-11/2; 3, Jayme McVickers, SE, 33-31/2; 4, Ashlee Dekorte, NM, 33-2; 5, Corinne McWilliams, She, 32-81/2; 6, Rachel Erickson, Ros, 32-41/2.

POLE VAULT — 1, Lindsay Beard, SE, 12-4; 2, Katie Wilton, Ros, 10-6; 3, Andrea Sukraw, NM, 9-00; 4, Emma Grotefend, She, 8-6; 5, Chelsee Kessler, SM, and Gabrielle Head-Howard, She, 8-00.

100-METER HURDLES — 1, Shay Applegate, SE, 15.08; 2, Kiyah Williams, She, 16.07; 3, Kate Folsom, NM, 16.18; 4, Becki Lee, Ros, 16.65; 5, Allison Davies, She, 17.05; 6, Ashley Denn, SM, 17.13.

300-METER HURDLES — 1, Kiyah Williams, She, 17.25; 2, Kate Folsom, NM, 47.95; 3, T'Nika Richardson, SE, 48.07; 4, Ashley Denn, SM, 51.15; 5, Becki Lee, Ros, 52.54; 6, Katelyn Hammervold, GP, 52.85.

100 METERS — 1, Baylee Hearns, NM, 12.08; 2, Lisette Peterson, She, 12.46; 3, Josie Dietel, SE, 12.93; 4, Lauren Opsal, SE, 12.95; 5, T'Nika Richardson, SE, 13.02; 6, Rebeca Haro, She, 13.20.

200 METERS — 1, Baylee Hearns, NM, 25.72; 2, Lisette Peterson, She, 26.00; 3, Crystal McDowell, Ros, 26.99; 4, Madeline Pickering, SE, 27.22; 5, Rebecca Viets, SM, 27.31; 6, Josie Dietel, SE, 27.67.

400 METERS — 1, Rachel Bunting, SE, 58.03; 2, Crystal McDowell, Rosem 58.44; 3, Lauren Opsal, SE, 58.49; 4, Anna Persmakr, SE, 1:01.68; 5, Amanda Engstrom, She, 1:02.35; 6, Danielle Green, SM, 1:03.95.

800 METERS — 1, Sasha Teninty, SE, 2:21.88; 2, Rachel Bunting, SE, 2:21.91; 3, Ali Kelly, SM, 2:24.68; 4, Macy Bothman, She, 2:26.88; 5, Nora Wilson, SE, 2:29.93; 6, Jessica Bath, GP, 2:31.27.

1,500 METERS — 1, Lorine Cruz, GP, 4:58.64; 2, Piper Delaney, SM, 5:00.25; 3, Tayler Harrington, SM, 5:02.35; 4, Kelsey Bradshaw, SM, 5:08.15; 5, Bryanna Oelrich, Ros, 5:11.27; 6, Laurel Parks, GP, 5:17.40.

4X100-METER RELAY — 1, South Eugene (Josie Dietel, Shay Applegate, Madeline Pickering, T'Nika Richardson) 49.15; 2, North Medford 50.10; 3, Roseburg 52.09; 4, South Medford 53.24.

4X400-METER RELAY — 1, South Eugene (Rachel Bunting, Lauren Opsal, T'Nika Richardson, Anna Persmark) 4:04.55; 2, Sheldon 4:12.89; 3, Grants Pass 4:16.06; 4, North Medford 4:19.38; 5, South Medford 4:21.70; 6, Roseburg 4:22.06.

Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 776-4479, or e-mail ttrower@mailtribune.com

North’s Almeir Barlow, left, crosses the finish line ahead of South Medford’s Kevin Rapet to win the boys 100 meters at the Southwest Conference district championship.