Crater, Ashland start strong in MWL track
SPRINGFIELD — Ashland and Crater runners dominated the finals of the girls 3,000 meters at the Midwestern League District track and field meet.
The Grizzlies and Comets captured five of the top six places in the 3,000 — one of five finals held for both boys and girls Thursday at Silke Field. The meet concludes at the same location on Saturday.
Hazel Richards of Ashland won the 3,000 in a time of 10:45.78 and Ariana Marks of Crater was second (10:50.78), just .32 seconds ahead of third-place Alexa Hague of Ashland. Cassidy Caprari of Ashland and Mariah Kinney of Crater finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Grizzlies had a strong opening day at the meet with additional winners Lilianne Smith (shot put) and Ian Rinefort in the boys pole vault.
Ashland sophomore EJ Holland was just edged out by a scant .27 of a second for first place in the boys 3,000. Jerik Embleton, a Marist senior, won the race with a time of 8:35.46. Crater’s Jantz Tostenson was a close third (8:36.87).
Boys javelin was another strong event for the locals, with Eagle Point freshman Austin Strawn coming up with a winning throw of 167-4. Eagle Point’s Cameron Morgan was third and Crater teammates Parker Bryant and Kaden Peterson placed fourth and seventh, respectively.
In boys, Crater’s Cody Fisher won the shot put (47-5), while the Comets’ Cody LeBel was second in the pole vault.
The Crater girls scored a second-place from Emily Thomason in the pole vault.
3,000 — 1, Jerik Embleton, Mar, 8:35.46; 2, EJ Holland, Ash, 8:35.73; 3, Jantz Tostenson, Cra, 8:36.87.
SHOT PUT — 1, Cody Fisher, Cra, 47-5; 2, Grant Starck, Thu, 45-7.5; 3, Erza Franklin, Spr, 44-6.25.
JAVELIN — 1, Austin Strawn, EP, 167-4; 2, Colton Hallett, Thu, 154-7; 3, Cameron Morgan, EP, 152-5.
POLE VAULT — 1, Ian Rinefort, Ash, 13-2; 2, Cody LeBel, Cra, 13-2; 3, Aiden Vanderville, Thu, 12-2.
LONG JUMP — 1, Pierce LaCoste, Mar, 25-00.5; 2, Simon Dexter, Chu, 21-10.75; 3, Elijah Fields, Chu, 21-9.25.
3,000 — 1, Hazel Richards, Ash, 10:45.78; 2, Ariana Marks, Cra, 10.50.78; 3, Alexa Hague, Ash, 10.51.10.
SHOT PUT — 1, Lilianne Smith, Ash, 35-4.5; 2, Kate Bakken, Spr, 33-6.5; 3, Brianna Scholer, NE, 32-9.
JAVELIN — 1, Chrissy Strickland, Chu, 113-7; 2, Margarita Duran, Cra, 105-10; 3, Kate Bakken, Spr, 101-1.
POLE VAULT — 1, Delaney Fields, Chu, 11-10; 2, Emily Thomason, Cra, 10-8; 3, Emmi Freeman, Chu, 10-8
LONG JUMP — 1, Viola Watts, Mar, 17-7.25; 2, Jada Wollen, NE, 17-3.5; 3, Kara Ryler, NE, 16-7.
CRATER 7-3, EAGLE POINT 4-9: At Eagle Point, Gillian Willis collected seven hits in the doubleheader and helped Eagle Point salvage a Midwestern League split in the final conference games for both teams.
Eagle Point (18-6, 14-4 MWL), league runner-up, won’t know until Monday if it opens the 16-team Class 5A state playoffs at home or on the road. Crater (12-13, 11-7) will host a play-in game May 18.
Hannah Joseph’s solo home run in the second inning of the opener proved to be the winning talley for the Comets.
Crater used three walks and two errors to score four unearned runs in the first inning. Freshman Haley Hillyer had an RBI single to fuel the rally.
Presley Robison rapped three hits for Crater and Hillyer added two hits and three RBIs.
Willis went 3-3 in the opener.
In Game 2, Eagle Point scored six runs in the fourth inning to break a 3-all tie.
The Eagles bunched seven of their 15 hits to take command in the fourth. Willis had two hits and one RBI in the frame and banged out four hits in the game. Riley Shopp contributed three hits to the Eagles’ attack.
For Crater, Mackenzie Ryerson and Robison each had two hits.
Crater 410 002 0 — 7 6 0
Eagle Point 000 220 0 — 4 8 4
Cappello, Wagner (5) and Harris; Shopp and S. Thompson. W — Cappello. L — Shopp. 2B — C: Hillyer; EP: Dodge. HR — C: Joseph.
Crater 012 000 0 — 3 9 1
Eagle Point 201 600 x — 9 15 3
Cappello, Wagner (5) and Harris; Shopp and S. Thompson. W — Shopp (14-5). L — Cappello. 2B — C: Joseph.
SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE DISTRICT: At Eugene, the North Medford doubles team of Kevin Kuhn and Brandon Rhodes advanced to the consolation finals during the first of two days of the SWC tournament.
Kuhn and Rhodes lost their first-round match 6-0, 6-0, against Noah Medak and Jimmy Laws of Roseburg in the main bracket before winning three matches on the consolation side and will play Saturday at the Umpqua Valley Tennis Center in Roseburg.
North Medford and South Medford were denied any spots in the Class 6A state tournament.
North Medford’s Dylan Almanza won two three-set matches but had to retire in a third-round match against No. 5-seed Ben Carter of Sheldon because of illness.
The South Medford doubles teams of Seth Parks and Kennon Pulispher and Caleb Buchman and Jay Panchall each defeated first-round opponents but bowed out with second-round loses.
In singles, South’s Elliott Hikade moved into the second round before falling to Ty Neville of Grants Pass, 6-4, 6-0. And Blake Bennett rebounded after a first-round loss, winning two matches before getting beat 8-2 in the consolation semifinals by Garrett Bauer of Grants Pass.
Grants Pass sophomore Anthony Maravilla will play top-seeded Peter Shen of South Eugene in Saturday’s semifinals.
Roseburg and South Eugene are contending for the conference team championship.