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EUGENE — Marissa Dobry got in a little extra work in preparation for the Class 3A state track and field championships.

She hiked Pilot Rock and Grizzly Peak.

"My quads are still a little sore," said the St. Mary's senior. "I went hiking Monday, which was stupid."

She was no worse for the wear, apparently, running close to her personal best Thursday at Hayward Field and shattering the 3,000-meter meet record that stood for 23 years.

It was her first state title on the track after two runner-up finishes last season, but it was her second crown this year. She also won the state cross country championship in the fall.

Dobry's triumph came about a half hour after another Crusader found his way to the top step of the medals podium.

Senior Josh Martin claimed the shot put with a mark of 47 feet, 8¼ inches.

Cascade Christian got a second place from sophomore Kara Ash in the girls long jump and thirds from Emily Stephens in the girls high jump and Carson Cochran in the boys shot put to highlight local placers.

Dobry chose to go hiking as part of St. Mary's "Springerim," when students take a week away from their regular courses and try different activities.

"She didn't hike with them yesterday," said Crusaders coach Joe Volk, "so that helped."

There was little doubt after a couple laps that the 3,000 belonged to Dobry. Her time of 9 minutes, 53.89 seconds knocked the former record of 10:09.5, set in 1993 by Melissa Lucas of Catlin Gabel, into oblivion.

A year ago, when she was second to Catlin Gabel freshman Maya Rayle, Dobry suffered from low iron levels and was only running at about 50 percent of her capability, said Volk.

"She had a rough go last year," he said, choking up as he spoke. "This was a testament to her hard work, just to do the miles, do the workouts and get healthy and stay healthy."

A year ago, Rayle defeated Dobry in the 3,000 and 1,500. Volk respected what the former could do, but he wasn't certain she could hold on against this version of Dobry.

Based on how strong she'd been in practice, said Volk, he knew his California-bound star was "capable of running really, really fast."

She, too, realized it relatively early in the race.

Dobry's plan was to go out conservatively for the first third and store energy for a big finish. Those intentions went bye-bye after about one lap.

"I just felt so good," she said. "From then on, it was kind of a blur. I actually lost track of how many laps I had left because I was just plowing."

Once she made her move, there was no stopping her.

"Yeah," said Dobry, "after that, it was a leave-no-doubt kind of thing. Again, just grow the gap, grow the gap, grow the gap."

Her only concern at that point was to not open up too much and jeopardize her ability to finish.

Dobry didn't mind that she was just short of her PR of 9:51.08, set a little over a month ago at the Oregon Relays.

Rayle was second in 10:24.95. Dobry's teammate, freshman Emma Bennion, was fifth in 11:17.40.

Dobry will compete in the 1,500 today as the 3A meet concludes. She has the 3A's best time of 4:37.52.

The Crusaders have their sights set on the girls team title.

"That would be a great ending to my senior year," said Dobry. "We have a huge group of seniors, and I'm going to do everything I can to help us win that."

Amity was the team leader through Day 1 with 21 points. Cascade Christian was second with 20.5 and St. Mary's fourth with 15.

Ash spearheaded the Challengers' first-day move, long jumping 15-9 to place second to Coquille's Darian Wilson, who went 16-3¼.

Ash entered the meet with the best mark of 17-1½.

Stephens, a freshman, likewise had the top high jump mark going in at 5-3. She cleared 5-0 Thursday to tie for third. Kasey Anderson of Willamina won at 5-1.

Cascade Christian also got points from Abbey Alexander, who was fifth in the discus at 108-3, and Tiani Alvarez, who was sixth in the javelin at 104-2.

Maddie Wheelock added to St. Mary's total with an eighth in the high jump at 4-10.

Martin was brimming with confidence in the boys shot put after reaching new heights a week earlier in the district meet and opening the state competition with a huge throw of 47-8¼ — which would be his best of the day.

"After that, I was just trying to get even better," said Martin. "I was pretty confident because I had a huge PR last week. I was hoping to get another, but it didn't happen."

Martin's threw 48-10 in the Southern Cascade League district meet.

"That was unbelievable," he said. "I don't know what happened then."

Salem Academy's Morgan Strunk got Martin's attention with a second throw of 47-2¾. But he wasn't able to improve.

A year ago, Martin didn't make the finals.

"This is so great, it's awesome," he said. "This year, it felt like, not revenge necessarily, but just redemption, I guess you could say."

La Pine leads the boys race with 24 points. St. Mary's is fifth with 11, getting another point from Austin Pena, who pole-vaulted 11-0¼ for eighth place.

Cascade Christian is 10th with seven points.

The Challengers' Cochran threw the shot 45-11¾ for third place. Zach Booker added an eighth place in the long jump at 19-7½.

Class 3A

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: La Pine 24, Catlin Gabel 15, Nyssa 14, Harrisburg 12, St. Mary’s 11, Umatilla 10, Salem Academy 8, Colton 8, Westside Christian 8, Cascade Christian 7, Creswell 6, Amity 5, Warrenton 5, Blanchet Catholic 5, Horizon Christian 5, Pleasant Hill 4, Lakeview 3, Rainier 2, Sheridan 2, Jefferson 1, Taft 1.

3,000 — 1, Fabian Cardenas, Umatilla, 8:30.23; 2, Lucas Ostertag-Hill, Catlin Gabel, 9:07.96; 3, Christian Tucker, Creswell, 9:17.21.

SHOT PUT — 1, Josh Martin, St. Mary’s, 47-8.25; 2, Morgan Strunk, Salem Academy, 47-2.75; 3, Carson Cochran, Cascade Christian, 45-11.75.

POLE VAULT — 1, Justin Petz, La Pine, 16-0; 2, Spencer Hopkins, Westside Christian, 13-6.25; 3, Zach Phelps, Harrisburg, 13-6.25.

LONG JUMP — 1, Justin Simpson, Nyssa, 21-9; 2, Malik Knott, Colton, 21-5.75; 3, Justin Petz, La Pine, 21-2.5.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: Amity 21, Cascade Christian 20.5, La Pine 18, St. Mary’s 15, Rainier 13.5, Coquille 13, Pleasant Hill 13, Horizon Christian 10, Blanchet Catholic 10, Willamina 10, Nyssa 10, Catlin Gabel 8, Umatilla 8, Oregon Episcopal 6, Vale 5, Riverdale 3, Portland Christian 3, Salem Academy 2, Lakeview 2, Dayton 2, Sheridan 1, Illinois Valley 1.

3,000 — 1, Marissa Dobry, St. Mary’s, 9:53.89; 2, Maya Rayle, Catlin Gabel, 10:24.95; 3, Stephanie Finley, Oregon Episcopal, 10:44.14.

DISCUS — 1, Lindsay McShane, Amity, 140-8; 2, Jordynn Slater, La Pine, 130-6; 3, Leilani Salang, Blanchet Catholic, 120-8.

JAVELIN — 1, Jordynn Slater, La Pine, 139-4; 2, Aleesha Watson, Umatilla, 128-10; 3, Lindsay McShane, Amity, 125-4.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Kasey Anderson, Willamina, 5-1; 2, Janni Kristensen, Rainier, 5-1; 3, Breana Edwards, Rainier, 5-0.

LONG JUMP — 1, Darian Wilson, Coquille, 16-3.25; 2, Kara Ash, Cascade Christian, 15-9; 3, Rachel Chambers, Pleasant Hill, 15-3.5.

Class 1A

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: Crane 17, Sherman 12, Hosanna Christian 11, North Clackamas Christian 10, Prairie City 10, Eddyville 10, South Wasco County 10, Powers 9, Southwest Christian 9, Damascus Christian 9, Siletz Valley 8, Dufur 8, Crosshill Christian 8, Condon/Wheeler 7.5, Horizon Christian 7, Griswold 6, Triangle Lake 6, Triad Christian 5.5, Harper 5.5, Adrian 5, Chiloquin 5, Mapleton 3.5, C.S. Lewis Academy 3, Long Creek 3, Camas Valley 2, Alsea 2, Jewell 2, Powder Valley 1.

3,000 — 1, Neil Faxon, Eddyville, 9:29.25; 2, Moses Wakefield, Damascus Christian, 9:33.51; 3, Jony Nelson, Horizon Christian.

SHOT PUT — 1, Ellis Rager, South Wasco County, 47-3; 2, Keith Blake, Dufur, 44-6.5; 3, Sam Carlson, Griswold, 42-4.5.

HIGH JUMP — 1, David Steeves, Crane, 6-1; 2, Matthew Gille, Crosshill Christian, 6-0; 3 (tie), Greg Chandler, Harper, tied Dillon Claybaugh, Triad Christian, 5-10.

POLE VAULT — 1, Garrett Hitz, Prairie City, 14-6; 2, Jackson Stallard, Powers, 12-9; 3, Maverick Winslow, Sherman, 12-6.

LONG JUMP — 1, Ethan Kassebaum, North Clackamas Christian, 20-10.25; 2, Daniel Lindstrom, Siletz Valley, 20-6.75; 3, Isaiah Coles, Sherman, 20-5.5.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: Griswold 38, Joseph 18, North Lake 14, Adrian 12, Willamette Valley Christian 11.5, Ione 11, Echo 11, Dayville 10, Condon/Wheeler 10, Southwest Christian 7, Horizon Christian 6, Powers 6, Triad Christian 5, Monument 5, Perrydale 5, South Wasco County 4, Damascus Christian 4, Chiloquin 4, Columbia Christian 3, Paisley 2.5, Gilchrist 2, Crane 2, Mitchell-Spray 2, Hosanna Christian 1, Mapleton 1.

3,000 — 1, Isabelle Tingelstad, Joseph, 10:52.32; 2, Lucy Case, Griswold, 11:16.72; 3, Bethany Newtson, Griswold, 11:20.77.

DISCUS — 1, MaKenzie Mize, Griswold, 122-3; 2, Tegan Jackson, Griswold, 103-1; 3, Paden Flerchinger, Griswold, 102-4.

JAVELIN — 1, Kristina Humphreys, Dayville, 129-2; 2, Kelsey Ranger, Echo, 120-0; 3, Justine Homer, Condon/Wheeler, 116-3.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Kendra Murphy, North Lake, 5-2; 2, Kylee Skerjanec, Adrian, 5-1; 3, Paulina Finn, Horizon Christian, 5-1.

LONG JUMP — 1, Sarah Falardeau, Willamette Valley Christian, 16-4; 2, Jessie Flynn, Ione, 16-0.25; 3, Elizabeth Standley, Powers, 15-10.

Reach sports editor Tim Trower at 541-776-4479, or email ttrower@mailtribune.com

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St. Mary's freshman Emma Bennion, right, congratulates senior teammate Marissa Dobry after each placed in the 3,000 meters Thursday in Eugene. PHOTO BY BRIAN DAVIES/THE REGISTER-GUARD
Marissa Dobry of St. Mary's wins the 3,000 meters in record fashion to highlight opening-day action at the Class 3A track and field state championships at Hayward Field. PHOTO BY BRIAN DAVIES/THE REGISTER-GUARD