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Monroe, Vail go 1-2 in state 3,000

EUGENE — Best friends do a lot of things together.

Crater buds Andy Monroe and Walter Vail decided to stage a race to the finish in front of boisterous fans at Hayward Field Friday in the Class 5A state track and field championships.

One had to win, one had to lose.

Monroe, a sophomore, edged Vail, a senior and the defending champion, by a step or two, winning the Class 5A 3,000 in 8:55.05. Vail's time was 8:55.34.

"It's a little bittersweet," acknowledged Monroe, who found a similar kick to hold off Vail in the Southwest Conference championships a week earlier. "But in the end, I know our friendship's that strong. Whoever goes 1-2, we're still going to remember this forever."

Being a champion is "great, awesome," he said. Sharing the spotlight with Vail — and a third Comet, freshman Jantz Tostenson, who was fifth — was something long in the making.

"We dreamed of going 1-2 at state ever since we first met each other. It's awesome to finally achieve that," said Monroe.

Friday's morning session, which was for assorted 6A, 5A and 4A finals, mostly in field disciplines, and preliminaries in the remaining events. The large-school meet concludes today.

Among other highlights in finals Friday was a second place by Phoenix's Cole George in the 4A discus and thirds by Crater's Jordan Monroe — Andy's sister — in the 5A girls 3,000 and by North Medford's Anna Lorenz in the 6A girls javelin.

In the 5A boys 3,000, the pack of runners was bunched tightly together in the early going, but it was easy to pick out the three Comets in their flaming orange togs.

The pace was slow, with a first lap of 1:22, as a game of "cat-and-mouse" ensued, said Crater distance coach Justin Loftus.

"Nobody wanted to take it out," he said, noting the Comets were fine with that gait. "It's OK for us because our kids have pretty good closing ... not pretty good, they have amazing closing."

Marist's Ryan Helbling grabbed a 5-meter lead a couple laps in. Then Wilsonville's Nicholas Whitaker opened a 20-meter lead midway through.

The men in orange didn't fret. They'd gone over various strategies and who might be capable of what.

"You want to be careful with that," said Monroe. "If you go with them and they drop back, you kind of wasted it."

Their patience paid off, and when the bell rang signifying the final lap, Vail, Monroe and Summit's Alex Martin made a break. Down the stretch, Monroe had enough to overtake Vail.

Vail, too, acknowledged their friendship and was joyous about the 1-2 finish.

But he did want to win.

"I mean, yeah," he said. "He just had that extra at the end today and he came away with it."

The district meet came down to them, also, and the result was the same.

"That made me more confident in my kick," said Monroe. "I've always been a little touchy in my kick. I never know if I should go; I don't' know if I'll be able to hold it. The last couple races, I just found this speed. I trust my kick a lot more."

In the 5A girls 3,000, Jordan Monroe led for much of a race that started the same as the boys, with no one making a big move and everyone bunched.

When the jailbreak started on the final lap, Monroe was sandwiched between Summit's Olivia Brooks, who won in 10:10.17, and Hannah Tobiason, who closed for second in 10:12.96. Monroe's time was 10;15.57, 2 seconds off her personal record.

George has consistently been in the 150s in the discus the past month, and he got there again for a runner-up medal. His best throw, 150-11, came on his second attempt.

Will Beaudry of Newport earned the victory with a throw of 161-3. He had four throws over 155-0.

Other events with local placers:

North Medford's Lorenz (132-4) and Elise Snowden (131-1) placed third and fourth in the 6A girls javelin; Eagle Point's Orion Irving was fourth in the 5A boys long jump at 21-10 3/4; defending champion Emma Amundsen of Phoenix was sixth in the 4A girls 3,000 in 10:28.10; Ashland's Dominic Meads was sixth in the 5A boys discus at 158-1; Phoenix's Robby Vos was seventh in the 4A boys 3,000 in 9:12.06; and South Medford's Makai Manuwai — throwing with a boot on an injured foot — was eighth in the 6A boys discus at 143-3.

Class 6A

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: West Salem 19, Century 18, Sheldon 17.5, Grants Pass 17, Oregon City 16, Tigard 14, Jesuit 11, Grant 10, West Linn 10, Lincoln 6.5, South Eugene 6, Thurston 6, Sprague 5, Forest Grove 5, Roseburg 5, Westview 5, Centennial 5, Gresham 4, Wilson 4, Newberg 3.5, Southridge 3, Beaverton 2.5, South Medford 1.

3,000 — 1, Jackson Mestler, Sheldon, 8:21.89.

SHOT PUT — 1, Kyle Morris, Century, 57-0.25; 3, John Hanley, Grants Pass, 55-6.25; 8, Brendan Sharp, Grants Pass, 49-0; 10, Tre Holmes, North Medford, 46-10.5.

DISCUS — 1, Calvin Claassen, Grants Pass, 167-0; 8, Makai Manuwai, South Medford, 143-3; 10, Tre Holmes, North Medford, 141-6.

POLE VAULT — 1, Micah Masei, West Salem, 14-0.

LONG JUMP — 1, Harrison Schrage, Grant, 24-3; 14, Brian Schireman, North Medford, 20-1.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: Sunset 20, West Salem 14, Sherwood 13, North Medford 11, Lake Oswego 10, McMinnville 10, Jesuit 9, Barlow 8, Grant 8, Sheldon 7, Tigard 7, Tualatin 5, Aloha 5, St. Mary’s Academy 4, McKay 4, Wilson 4, Newberg 4, Southridge 3, Forest Grove 3, Centennial 2.5, Canby 2.5, Willamette 1, Franklin 1.

3,000 — 1, Ember Stratton, Sunset, 9:52.6.

JAVELIN — 1, Payge Cuthbertson, Sherwood, 159-11; 3, Anna Lorenz, North Medford, 132-4; 4, Elise Snowden, North Medford, 131-11.

POLE VAULT — 1, Victoria Edwards, Lake Oswego, 12-0.

LONG JUMP — 1, Montanna Gubrud, McMinnville, 17-6.

Class 5A

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: Hood River Valley 25, Lebanon 22, Crater 22, Ridgeview 17, Summit 12, Hermiston 11, Redmond 10, Marist 10, Sandy 7, Eagle Point 5, Parkrose 4, Ashland 3, Churchill 3, Central 2, Wilsonville 1, Milwaukie 1, South Albany 1.

3,000 — 1, Andy Monroe, Crater, 8:55.05; 2, Walter Vail, Crater, 8:55.34; 5, Jantz Tostenson, Crater, 9:03.13.

SHOT PUT — 1, Zack Short, Lebanon, 62-8.75; 12, Dominic Meads, Ashland, 44-0.25.

DISCUS — 1, Sebastian Barajas, Hood River Valley, 199-10; 6, Dominic Meads, Ashland, 158-1; 10, Javon Gill, Crater, 141-5.

LONG JUMP — 1, Trae Gould, Marist, 22-10.75; 4, O’Rion Irving, Eagle Point, 21-10.75; 9, Mel Elshalom, Ashland, 20-11.5.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: Summit 50, Ridgeview 15, Sandy 10, Milwaukie 10, Bend 8.5, Mountain View 8, Silverton 8, Pendleton 6.5, Hood River Valley 6, Crater 6, North Eugene 5, Hillsboro 5, Liberty 5, South Albany 4, Lebanon 3, Churchill 2, The Dalles 2, Wilsonville 1, Corvallis 1.

3,000 — 1, Olivia Brooks, Summit, 10:10.17; 3, Jordan Monroe, Crater, 10:15.57; 11, Hazel Richards, Ashland, 11:12.13.

JAVELIN — 1, Madeline Thompson, Sandy, 134-8; 11, Myla Norvell, Ashland, 105-0.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Hannah Cochran, Summit, 5-4; 11, McKenna Presley, Crater, 4-10.

LONG JUMP — 1, Tieara Norman, Milwaukie, 19-2.25.

Class 4A

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: 1, Newport 25.5, North Bend 19.5, Henley 18, Siuslaw 15, Marshfield 10, Phoenix 10, Molalla 10, Klamath Union 9, Baker 8, Cottage Grove 8, Scappoose 8, Seaside 8, Valley Catholic 6, Hidden Valley 6, McLoughlin 5, Estacada 5, Ontario 4, La Grande 4, North Valley 3, Sisters 3, Philomath 3, Astoria 3, Crook County 2, Banks 1.

3,000 — 1, Michael Brown, North Bend, 8:59.2; 7, Robby Vos, Phoenix, 9:12.06.

SHOT PUT — 1, Mont Child, Molalla, 53-5.5.

DISCUS — 1, Will Beaudry, Newport, 161-3; 2, Cole George, Phoenix, 150-11.

POLE VAULT — 1, Hunter Drops, Marshfield, 15-6.25.

LONG JUMP — 1, Dylan Castle, Henley, 21-2.5.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: Marshfield 31, Astoria 30, Siuslaw 19, Scappoose 12, Henley 10, Yamhill-Carlton 10, Corbett 8, Gladstone 6, Valley Catholic 5, McLoughlin 5, Cascade 5, Klamath Union 4, Estacada 3, Phoenix 3, La Grande 2, Elmira 2, Molalla 1.

3,000 — 1, Perrin Xthona, Yamhill-Carlton, 10:23.01; 6, Emma Amundsen, Phoenix, 10:28.1.

JAVELIN — 1, McKenzie Allison, Marshfield, 134-11.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Darian Hageman, Astoria, 5-8.

LONG JUMP — 1, Darian Hageman, Astoria, 17-7.5; 12, Anna Nash, Phoenix, 15-2.5.

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

Crater's Andy Monroe (478) reacts after crossing the line first in the Class 5A 3,000 on Friday, edging out teammate Walter Vail. PHOTO BY ANDY ATKINSON
Phoenix's Cole George makes a throw in the Class 4A discus finals on Friday in Eugene. PHOTO BY ANDY ATKINSON