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Hickman, Monroe, Pirates claim titles

EUGENE — You wouldn't think a thrower and a distance runner would have much in common.

But it's apparent Ashland's Emma Hickman and Crater's Andy Monroe share a flair for the dramatic.

Each claimed titles — Hickman, a Grizzly senior, actually had two — in the Class 5A track and field state championships Saturday at Hayward Field in a manner not recommended for the faint-hearted.

If Hickman wanted to to win the girls discus, she had to muster a healthy personal record on her final attempt.

She did.

If Monroe, a sophomore, wanted to win his second consecutive title over senior teammate Walter Vail, he'd have to endure a long and agonizing finish in the 1,500 meters.

He did.

Those two, and a Phoenix 4x400 relay champion that averted drama by stomping the field, highlighted the showings by local Class 5A and 4A athletes as the two-day meet for each classification came to a close.

Vail wound up with a runner-up finish. Crater's Jordan Monroe in the girls 1,500 and Phoenix's Emonie Snowton in the 4A girls 200 had third-place finishes.

The top team finish was by the Crater boys, who were fifth with 54 points. The Phoenix (seventh) and Ashland (ninth) girls each cracked their respective top 10s.

Hickman, who is headed to the University of New Orleans on a track scholarship, capped her career with gold medals in the discus and shot put, and in each discipline, she saved her best for last.

She won the discus with a mark of 134 feet, 5 inches, and the shot put at 40-3 3/4.

Andy Monroe outdueled Vail in a finish remarkably similar to the way they ended the 3,000 the day before. Monroe won in 3:57.86 to Vail's 3:58.05.

The Phoenix relay enjoyed a bit of redemption after its state-leading short relay was disqualified for a dropped baton in the day's first running event. The Pirates won the long relay in a state-best 4:04.70.

Hickman continued her postseason surge in the discus. After flirting with a PR last week in the Midwestern League championships, she uncorked three throws that bettered it.

Her final heave of 134-5 was an improvement of 9-3 over her previous best, set last year when she attended Phoenix. And it was enough to overtake Haley Smith of Summit.

"It's incredible," said Hickman. "This is something I've wanted for a long time now. I put everything into the last throw, the last throw of my high school career, and it worked."

Smith was sitting on a mark of 131-2 when Hickman entered the circle for the last time. Despite her earlier PRs, the Grizzly still was some 5 feet behind Smith.

As much as she enjoyed also winning the shot, the discus stood out.

"It felt better because it was such a big PR and such a big thing to hit for me because 130 has been my goal for a while," said Hickman.

The shot put was pleasing because of her consistency. Five of her six throws were over 37 feet, even though she wrestled with a hitch in her technique.

Her second throw was good for the lead at 38-9 3/4, but she didn't think it would hold up.

It did, so, she said, with no pressure, "I busted out" the last one.

"This is the best way to end my senior season," said Hickman.

As he had the day before in the 3,000, Andy Monroe had enough in the tank down the stretch against Vail.

Unlike the slow earlier race, Monroe pushed the pace in the 1,500 Saturday.

"I was really thinking the only way to go out with this race is just hammer and try to out-grind people," he said.

The plan was to weed out the speed.

"There were a ton of guys in this race that have crazy kicks," he said, noting that he was out-kicked in the district 1,500.

With a little over 200 meters left, Vail charged up from third place. He had to make up ground on the turn, but Monroe wasn't giving way.

Monroe's thoughts?

"It's right there, just 300 more meters," he said. "I've never taken control of a race. I took the lead at 300 meters and thought, 'This is new. Let's see what goes on,' and it worked pretty well."

After their battle to the finish the day before, Monroe and Vail, fast friends, didn't revisit the race much.

They talked about going 1-2 in the 1,500, and possibly 1-2-3, with Derek Tripp in the field. Tripp ended up fifth in 4:02.68.

In the relays, Phoenix experienced extremes.

The 4x100 team's best of 49.75 seconds led the state by a relatively big margin.

In contention entering the final leg, it was beset by misfortune when the exchange between Anna Nash and anchor Snowton was mishandled and the baton fell to the track.

Junior Danielle Jantzer ran the second leg on the short relay and anchor on the long. There was no denying the Pirates' motivation when the second relay came around.

"It was really important to all of us," she said. "We all were just so passionate about it."

Prior to the long relay, the last event of the meet, coach Marius Boone tried to rally the troops, in part to address the earlier foible, in part to pump up the team.

"The whole rest of the meet we were all down," said Jantzer, who also was fourth in the 1,500 in 4:47.39. "We tried to be pumped up, but we couldn't."

It wasn't evident by their performance.

Taylor Cortell, Lindsey Burns and Audrey Hazel ran ahead of Jantzer, and the team exceeded expectation.

They won by three seconds over North Valley and bettered their season best by four seconds.

Jordan Monroe gave a game effort in the 1,500, finishing third in 4:39.25 — within 1.02 seconds of Summit standouts Olivia Brooks (4:38.23) and Hannah Tobiason (4:38.24).

Snowton, a sophomore, didn't get a chance to show her speed in the relay, but she did in the 100, placing third in 12.70 seconds, and in the 200, where she was fifth in 26.47.

Crater sophomore Cal Duke placed fourth in the boys 300 hurdles in 39.83.

Class 5A

Boys

TEAM SCORES: Hood River Valley 70, Marist 66, Redmond 57.5, Lebanon 57, Crater 54, Sandy 41, Wilsonville 38, Summit 33, Bend 31, Pendleton 30, Churchill 27, Ridgeview 26, Hermiston 22, Silverton 21.5, Ashland 14, St. Helens 10.5, La Salle Prep 9, Crescent Valley 8.5, Eagle Point 8, Mountain View 8, Central 8, Parkrose 6, Springfield 5, Hillsboro 5, Milwaukie 4, South Albany 1, Putnam 1.

4x100 RELAY — 1, Redmond (Donnie Pate, Alani Troutman, Colton Mortenson, Jacoby McNamara), 42.70.

1,500 — 1, Andy Monroe, Crater, 3:57.86; 2, Walter Vail, Crater, 3:58.05; 5, Derek Tripp, Crater, 4:02.68.

100 — 1, Jacoby McNamara, Redmond, 10.86.

400 — 1, Dustin Jones, Marist, 49.18.

110 HURDLES — 1, Austin DeWolfe, Sandy, 14.83.

800 — 1, Caleb Hoffmann, Bend, 1:53.64; 6, Ian Rinefort, Ashland, 1:59.11; 9, Derek Tripp, Crater, 2:01.13; 10, Griff Hokanson, Crater, 2:02.31.

200 — 1, Jacoby McNamara, Redmond, 21.55.

300 HURDLES — 1, Austin DeWolfe, Sandy, 39.28; 4, Cal Duke, Crater, 39.83.

4x400 RELAY — 1, Redmond (Colton Mortenson, Jordan Soto, Donnie Pate, Jacoby McNamara), 3:20.37; 7, Crater (Cal Duke, Andy Monroe, Tysen Lang, Walter Vail), 3:29.69.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Samuel Jackson, Churchill, 46-1.25; 5, Mel Elshalom, Ashland, 43-10.25.

JAVELIN — 1, Tyler Hieb, Wilsonville, 184-2; 6, Dylan Perrin, Eagle Point, 178-8.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Colton Myers, Silverton, 6-2; 6, Garret Dey, Crater, 6-1.

POLE VAULT — 1, Parker Kennedy, Hood River Valley, 15-0; 5, Jeremiah Sherrynewby, Ashland, 13-3.

Girls

TEAM SCORES: Summit 190, Bend 89.5, North Eugene 33, La Salle Prep 25, Milwaukie 25, Silverton 24, Hillsboro 23, Sandy 22, Ashland 20, Ridgeview 19, Springfield 19, Liberty 17, Central 15, Mountain View 15, Wilsonville 13, Marist 13, Crater 12, South Albany 12, Churchill 10, Hood River Valley 10, Hermiston 10, Putnam 8, Dallas 7, Pendleton 7, St Helens 6, Parkrose 5, Eagle Point 3, Lebanon 3, The Dalles 3, Crescent Valley 2..

4x100 RELAY — 1, Bend (Charity Wagner, Kaylie Nelson, Sophia Cunningham, Maya Hopwood), 48.35.

1,500 — 1, Olivia Brooks, Summit, 4:38.23; 3, Jordan Monroe, Crater, 4:39.25; 8, Ariana Marks, Eagle Point, 4:52.30.

100 — 1, Maya Hopwood, Bend, 12.34.

400 — 1, Piper Flannery, Summit, 57.25.

100 HURDLES — 1, Camille Weaver, Summit, 15.04.

800 — 1, Sarah Reeves, Summit, 2:14.90; 11, Ariana Marks, Eagle Point, 2:22.16.

200 — 1, Hannah Cochran, Summit, 25.38.

300 HURDLES — 1, Tieara Norman, Milwaukie, 44.45.

4x400 RELAY — 1, Summit (Piper Flannery, Emma Stevenson, Hannah Cochran, Sarah Reeves), 3:52.77.

DISCUS — 1, Emma Hickman, Ashland, 134-5.

POLE VAULT — 1, Emily Showers, Bend, 11-6.25.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Camille Weaver, Summit, 36-1.75; 7, Marinda Stanton, Eagle Point, 34-1.

SHOT PUT — 1, Emma Hickman, Ashland, 40-3.75.

Class 4A

Boys

TEAM SCORES: Henley 83.5, Newport 59.5, Tillamook 47, North Bend 44.5, Cottage Grove 36, Marshfield 35, Junction City 29, Scappoose 27, Klamath Union 26, Hidden Valley 24, Sisters 24, Molalla 20, Siuslaw 20, Seaside 20, Phoenix 19, North Valley 19, La Grande 15, Estacada 15, Crook County 13, Cascade 13, Baker 10, Mazama 10, Astoria 9, Valley Catholic 9, Elmira 8, Corbett 7, McLoughlin 6, Sweet Home 4, Ontario 4, Philomath 3, Douglas 2, Banks 1.5.

4x100 RELAY — 1, Henley (Lake Peterson, Bryce Norris, Conner Noonan, Seth Andres), 43.10;

1,500 — 1, Aryton Ledesma, Tillamook, 4:10.10; 5, Leif Amundsen, Phoenix, 4:15.11; 8, Parker Cook, Phoenix, 4:19.32.

100 — 1, Rory Coon, Tillamook, 11.02; 2, Hunter Comyford, North Valley, 11.16.

400 — 1, Rory Coon, Tillamook, 50.35; 2, Marcus Peckham, Hidden Valley, 50.79.

110 HURDLES — 1, Seth Andres, Henley, 14.47; 4, Elijah Castro, Hidden Valley, 15.29.

800 — 1, Jackson Januik, Seaside, 1:58.42; 5, Jacob Bergren, Phoenix, 2:01.10.

200 — 1, Rory Coon, Tillamook, 22.34; 8, Marcus Peckham, Hidden Valley, 23.31.

300 HURDLES — 1, Dylan Castle, Henley, 38.63; 2, Hunter Comyford, North Valley, 39.16.

4x400 RELAY — 1, Henley (Lake Peterson, Dylan Castle, Adam David, Chris Ramirez), 3:24.44.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Brendan Thurber-Blaser, Newport, 6-6.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Dillon Zheol, Estacada, 46-2.50; 5, Elijah Castro, Hidden Valley, 42-3.25.

JAVELIN — 1, Brendan Thurber-Blaser, Newport, 195-10.

Girls

TEAM SCORES: Astoria 109.5, Siuslaw 72, Marshfield 63.5, Molalla 49, Cascade 46, North Valley 40, Phoenix 35, Scappoose 31, Sisters 28, Henley 28, Yamhill-Carlton 20, Klamath Union 16, Ontario 14, North Bend 12, Newport 12, Valley Catholic 11, Estacada 11, Sweet Home 11, Corbett 9, HIdden Valley 8, Crook County 8, Gladstone 6, Philomath 6, McLoughlin 5, Junction City 4, La Grande 2, Cottage Grove 2, North Marion 2, Elmira 2.

4x100 RELAY — 1, Astoria (Gracie Cummings, Victoria Kee, Kaylie Mitchell, Natalie Cummings), 50.12; DNF, Phoenix (Audrey Hazel, Lindsey Burns, Anna Nash, Emonie Snowton).

1,500 — 1, Perrin Xthona, Yamhill-Carlton, 4:43.01; 4, Danielle Jantzer, Phoenix, 4:47.39;

100 — 1, Natalie Cummings, Astoria, 12.33; 2, Baylee Touey, North Valley, 12.36; 3, Emonie Snowton, Phoenix, 12.70.

400 — 1, Baylee Touey, North Valley, 58.02; 5, Audrey Hazel, Phoenix, 1:00.17; 6, Helena DeCasas, Hidden Valley, 1:00.18.

100 HURDLES — 1, Mikaela Siegel, Siuslaw, 15.61.

800 — 1, Destinie Tatum, Siuslaw, 2:17.62; 6, Danielle Jantzer, Phoenix, 2:27.49.

200 — 1, Baylee Touey, North Valley, 25.57; 5, Emonie Snowton, Phoenix, 26.47.

300 HURDLES — 1, Desirae DesRosiers, Molalla, 46.22; 5, Megan Hoback, North Valley, 47.41.

4x400 RELAY — 1, Phoenix (Taylor Cortell, Lindsey Burns, Audrey Hazel, Danielle Jantzer), 4:04.70; 2, North Valley (McKenzie Comyford, Ashley Rau, Megan Hoback, Baylee Touey), 4:09.65.

POLE VAULT — 1, Amanda Wiebenga, Cascade, 10-6.

SHOT PUT — 1, Rachel Bring, Molalla, 42-0.75; 12, Mariah Gronbach, North Valley, 32-10.25.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Darian Hageman, Astoria, 38-6.50; 4, Katie Allen, Hidden Valley, 33-8.50.

DISCUS — 1, Rachel Bring, Molalla, 132-8; 9, Madison Larson, Hidden Valley, 105-11.

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

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Crater's Andy Monroe (478) and teammate Walter Vail (484) push into the finish of the 1,500-meter run Saturday. PHOTO BY ANDY ATKINSON
Ashland senior Emma Hickman won the Class 5A state shot put title on Saturday in Eugene. PHOTO BY ANDY ATKINSON