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EUGENE — Marissa Dobry had not heard of Rosa Gutierrez.

Until, that is, the St. Mary's senior shattered Gutierrez's 1,500-meter record — which had been in place for 36 years — at the Class 3A state track and field championships Friday.

In two days, it gave Dobry two records that had a combined shelf life of 59 years and punctuated the Crusaders' first team championship since 2012, when they secured the last of four straight.

St. Mary's scored 72 points to hold off Cascade Christian, which was second with 57.5 and was in the hunt for much of the day.

On the boys side, St. Mary's placed fourth with 51 points, and Cascade Christian was 12th with 19.

As Dobry was dominating, freshman teammate Emma Bennion was making a splash, winning the 300 hurdles, finishing second in the 800 and running a leg on the runner-up 4x400 relay that closed the meet.

Dobry and Bennion were the only local 3A individual champions.

Cascade Christian bagged both relay titles when it overtook St. Mary's — which had the state's best time in each event.

The championship was the fifth for St. Mary's in coach Joe Volk's 29 years. It also has a runner-up finish.

A year ago, St. Mary's watched Vale rack up loads of points and run off with the title. Volk figured he had a similar team on his hands this season.

"Just kids in a lot of different places," he said. "We had a lot of big, top-performing points. We knew coming in that we would probably win it. And then the kids, to their testament, held true to form.

"It's really nice."

While a number of Rogue Valley athletes left their marks, none did so more dramatically and indelibly than Dobry.

On Thursday, she broke the 23-year-old 3,000 meet record.

A day later, with the track announcer alerting fans to history in the making, she hit the 1,500 finish line in 4 minutes, 35.86 seconds. In 1980, Gutierrez set the standard in a hand-timed 4:37.8.

Dobry's time was a personal best, one she'd been trying to improve since she ran 4:37.52 on April 2.

Afterward, she improved her knowledge of Gutierrez.

The former Glendale High runner is a three-time winner of Medford's Pear Blossom Run. She represented the U.S. in the world half-marathon championships in 2002 and was pushing 40 when she qualified for the Olympic marathon trials in 2004.

"Wow," said Dobry, "that's insane."

Gutierrez might say the same of this week's performance by the Crusaders' standout.

In the metric mile, Dobry finished well ahead of runner-up Maya Rayle of Catlin Gabel, who clocked 4:44.05. St. Mary's Madeline Volk was fifth in 5:14.37.

"I wasn't aiming for the records at all," said Dobry, who will run for California next year. "I was just aiming for kind of my own records. I wanted to go out in my last race in a St. Mary's uniform and give it all I had. That's what I kept reminding myself of."

The initial pace was slower than she wanted, and it concerned her slightly that she felt tired. Then she clicked off a 70-second second lap, which, she said, is in the neighborhood of her best 400.

"When I heard that, I thought, 'Oh my gosh, I'm gonna die,'" said Dobry.

But having put the hammer down on the field, she didn't let up for fear of not being able to muster it again.

"It was painful, but I just tried to hold on for as long as possible," she said. "It wasn't the smartest race of mine, but it paid off."

Bennion nearly had two titles to add to the Crusaders' cache. She was well clear of the field for most of the 800 but lost track down the stretch of hard-charging Emily Curtis of Westside Christian. Curtis passed Bennion in the final 10 meters, winning in 2:21.71 to the latter's 2:21.90.

"I was still happy with the 800," Bennion said through a wide grin. "I wish I had known how close she was. I would have gone faster.

"The 800 was nice because I got my feet under myself, and I felt confident going into my next race."

That was the 300 hurdles, when she set a PR of 47.47.

Cascade Christian was impressive in the two girls relays, coming from off the pace each time for the win.

Second-year coach Gary Bennett wasn't surprised.

"We knew coming out of the gate that our girls were going to be tough to beat," he said after a scintillating 4x100 victory.

"We've been competing with St. Mary's all season long," he added, "and it's equally sweet to be able to beat our friends from across town. Our girls have worked really hard. I'm really proud of them."

Members of the Challengers' short relay were Haley Reed, Emily Stephens, Zoey Boisen and Amber Cave, who surged to the finish line for a time of 50.72. St. Mary's came in at 50.78.

Cascade Christian won more handily in the 4x400 despite trailing early. The team of Reed, Karisa Waldron, Stephens and Meghan Michels clocked 4:06.21.

Other local girls who placed in the top four were Cave, who was third in the 400 in 1:00.17, and Stephens, who was fourth in the 200 in 26.75.

Local boys in the top four were:

St. Mary's Mark Wyant, who was second in the 300 hurdles in 41.76 and fourth in the 400 in 51.91; St. Mary's Nick Van Valkenburg, who was third in the javelin with a throw of 168-1; St. Mary's Josh Martin, who was third in the discus at 138-7; Cascade Christian's Zach Booker, who was fourth in the triple jump at 43-1 1/4; and St. Mary's Bryce Parsons, who was fourth in the 800 in 2:02.23.

The St. Mary's boys 4x400 relay placed third in the final event of the day. The quartet of Austin Pena, Parsons, Wyant and Elijah Conway clocked 3:32.98.

Class 3A


TEAM SCORES: 1, Catlin Gabel, 75; 2, La Pine, 60; 3, Harrisburg, 55; 4, St. Mary’s, 51; 5, Colton, 46; 6, Amity, 45.5; 7, Nyssa, 42; 8, Umatilla, 31; 9, Westside Christian, 27; 10, Taft, 25; 11, Jefferson, 23; 12 (tie), Cascade Christian, Clatskanie, 19; 14, Blanchet Catholic, 18; 15, Salem Academy, 17; 16, Oregon Episcopal, 16; 17, Pleasant Hill, 14; 18, Scio, 12; 19, Creswell, 10; 20, Horizon Christian, 9; 21 (tie), Coquille, Lakeview, Warrenton, 8; 24, Santiam Christian, 7; 25, Dayton, 6; 26, Glide, 5; 27 (tie), Sheridan, Rainier, 2; 29, Riverside, 1; 30, Rogue River, 0.5.

100 — 1, Malik Knott, Colton, 11.1.

200 — 1, Malik Knott, Colton, 22.99.

400 — 1, Juma Sei, Catlin Gabel, 48.68; 4, Mark Wyant, St. Mary’s, 51.91.

800 — 1, Juma Sei, Catlin Gabel, 2:00.68; 4, Bryce Parsons, St. Mary’s, 2:02.23; 5, Jeffrey Fairbanks, Cascade Christian, 2:02.59.

1,500 — 1, Fabian Cardenas, Umatilla, 3:58.64; 9, Rio Lopez, 4:20.72; 12, Elijah Conway, St. Mary’s, 4:29.63.

3,000 — 1, Fabian Cardenas, Umatilla, 8:30.23.

110 HURDLES — 1, Ibrahima Niakh, Amity, 15.48.

300 HURDLES — 1, Zach Phelps, Harrisburg, 41.56; 2, Mark Wyant, St. Mary’s, 41.76.

4x100 RELAY — 1, Scio (Dillon Rieger, Colby Borresen, Anthony Johnson, Santiago Alverez), 44.06; 9, St. Mary’s (Justin Silsbee, Mark Wyant, Spencer Cox, Austin Pena), 45.4.

4X400 RELAY — 1, Catlin Gabel (Tyler Riddle, Lucas Ostertag-Hill, Lucas White Moon, Juma Sei), 3:28.98; 3, St. Mary’s (Austin Pena, Bryce Parsons, Mark Wyant, Elijah Conway), 3:32.98.

SHOT PUT — 1, Josh Martin, St. Mary’s, 47-8.25; 3, Carson Cochran, Cascade Christian, 45-11.75.

DISCUS — 1, Ben Bartch, Blanchet Catholic, 140-7; 3, Josh Martin, St. Mary’s, 138-7; 6, Haiden Schaan, Cascade Christian, 120-7.

JAVELIN — 1, Justin Petz, La Pine, 179-11; 3, Nick Van Valkenburg, St. Mary’s, 168-1.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Lance Nelson, Amity, 6-4; 5, Hunter Rothfus, St. Mary’s, 6-1; 8, Derek Pratt, Rogue River, 5-10.

POLE VAULT — 1, Justin Petz, La Pine, 16-0; 8, Austin Pena, St. Mary’s, 11-0.25.

LONG JUMP — 1, Justin Simpson, Nyssa, 21-9; 8, Zach Booker, Cascade Christian, 19-7.5; 12, Wyatt Lewis, Cascade Christian, 16-11.25.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Lucas White Moon, Catlin Gabel, 43-11.75; 4, Zach Booker, Cascade Christian, 43-1.25; N/A, Ayden Beck, Rogue River, foul.


TEAM SCORES: 1, St. Mary’s, 72; 2, Cascade Christian, 57.5; 3, Amity, 56; 4, Pleasant Hill, 49; 5, Coquille, 37; 6, Blanchet Catholic, 36; 7, Nyssa, 34; 8, Westside Christian, 30; 9, La Pine, 28; 10, Santiam Christian, 24; 11, Rainier, 20.5; 12 (tie), Umatilla, Vale, 20; 14, Catlin Gabel, 19; 15, Sheridan, 17; 16, Lakeview, 16; 17 (tie), Oregon Episcopal, Willamina, 15; 19, Horizon Christian, 14; 20, Illinois Valley, 13; 21, Taft, 12; 22, Harrisburg, 10; 23 (tie), Jefferson, Scio, Riverdale, 8; 26, Salem Academy, 7; 27, Portland Christian, 5; 28 (tie), Dayton, Rogue River, 3; 30 (tie), Creswell, Warrenton, 2; 32 (tie), De La Salle N. Catholic, Riverside, 1.

100 — 1, Megan Miller, Pleasant Hill, 12.38; 6, Meghan Michels, St. Mary’s, 13.12.

200 — 1, Megan Miller, Pleasant Hill, 25.79; 4, Emily Stephens, Cascade Christian, 26.75.

400 — 1, Rebeka Preston, Santiam Christian, 58.8; 3, Amber Cave, Cascade Christian, 1:00.17; 6, Karisa Waldron, Cascade Christian, 1:02.22.

800 — 1, Emily Curtis, Westside Christian, 2:21.71; 2, Emma Bennion, St. Mary’s, 2:21.9; 10, Madeline Volk, St. Mary’s, 2:34.46.

1,500 — 1, Marissa Dobry, St. Mary’s, 4:35.86; 2, Madeline Volk, St. Mary’s, 5:14.37.

3,000 — 1, Marissa Dobry, St. Mary’s, 9:53.89; 5, Emma Bennion, St. Mary’s, 11:17.4.

100 HURDLES — 1, Amy Kraemer, Amity, 16.04; 8, Meg Vasey, St. Mary’s, 19.28.

300 HURDLES — 1, Emma Bennion, St. Mary’s, 47.47; 6, Meg Vasey, St. Mary’s, 49.96.

4x100 RELAY — 1, Cascade Christian (Haley Reed, Emily Stephens, Zoey Boisen, Amber Cave), 50.72; 2, St. Mary’s (Meghan Michels, Meg Vasey, Sarah Thisted, Aessa Catt), 50.78.

4X400 RELAY — 1, Cascade Christian (Haley Reed, Karisa Waldron, Emily Stephens, Amber Cave), 4:06.21; 2, St. Mary’s (Emma Bennion, Meg Vasey, Maddie Wheelock, Meghan Michels), 4:07.62.

SHOT PUT — 1, Lindsay McShane, Amity, 42-11.25; 6, Sarah Johnston, Cascade Christian, 34-4.25.

DISCUS — 1, Lindsay McShane, Amity, 140-8; 5, Abbey Alexander, Cascade Christian, 108-3; 10, Sarah Johnston, 85-9.

JAVELIN — 1, Jordynn Slater, La Pine, 139-4; 6, Tiani Alvarez, Cascade Christian, 104-2.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Kasey Anderson, Willamina, 5-1; 3, Emily Stephens, Cascade Christian, 5-0; 8, Maddie Wheelock, St. Mary’s, 4-10.

POLE VAULT — 1, Sailor Hartley, Nyssa, 10-6; 6, Keelie Worthington, Rogue River, 8-6; 7, Summer Keating, St. Mary’s, 8-0.

LONG JUMP — Darian Wilson, Coquille, 16-3.25; 2, Kara Ash, Cascade Christian, 15-9.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Amy Kraemer, Amity, 35-3.25; 11, Sophia Pastrano, St. Mary’s, 29-5.25; 12, Shealein McCullough, Cascade Christian, 28-7.

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



Members of the Cascade Christian and St. Mary's 4x100 relay teams take the podium after their champion and runner-up showings on Friday. PHOTO BY ANDY ATKINSON