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PREP TRACK: Nye sparks North boys at SWC district

EUGENE — North Medford’s Turner Nye came through in a big way during the Southwest Conference Championships at Sheldon High Saturday.

The senior hurdler had a part in three of North Medford’s five victories during the second day of the conference track and field competition — which was delayed for two hours due to lightning. Additionally, Nye was named male athlete of the meet and helped propel the Black Tornado to a second-place finish in the boys team standings.

Grants Pass won the boys competition with 143 points, while North was runner-up with 126.5. South Medford finished third (116).

Nye won both hurdle races — 110-meters (14.97 seconds) and 300 (38.94) — and ran a leg on the victorious 4x400 relay team. Nye’s time in the 300 hurdles is the fourth fastest in the state at the 6A level.

“Turner Nye rises to the occasion,” said North Medford coach Piet Voskes. “Big meets bring out Turner’s best. He was focused, tenacious and really went after it.”

The North Medford boys also received winning performances from senior Jacob Allmaras in the 800 (1:57.74) and its 4x100 relay.

“Jacob has had so much cross country success but this was his first win at district track,” said Voskes

Daniel Olson, a North Medford junior, got upset by one-hundredth of a second in a 200 photo finish by South Medford sophomore Noah McCrary, who also placed fourth in the 100.

Olson ran a leg on North’s winning 4x100 relay along with Aiden Vanderhoof, Cody Adams and James Royster.

Vanderhoof, a sophomore, qualified for the state meet with a second in the 300 hurdles (40.98) and with Nye, Allmaras and Danny Cossette was part of the victorious 4x400 relay.

South Medford got a winning effort from senior Tomas Kopriva in the 400 (50.87). Panther senior Reed Hungerford was second (51.32) to his teammate.

James Duane, a South Medford junior, advanced to state with a second in the 110 hurdles (15.42).

The Panthers’ 4x400 relay team of CJ Wisely, Caden Munroe, Hungerford and Kopriva grabbed a state meet spot with a second (3:27.08).

In girls, South Medford’s Emma Schmerbach finished second in the 1,500 with a personal-best time of 2:17.12 and Jaida Ross, a North Medford junior, placed second in the discus (137-3).

It was the second state qualifying event for both athletes. Schmerbach got a state meet-berth with a win in the 3,000 on Thursday and Ross had a winning shot put effort on the first day of the meet.

The Class 6A state meet takes place Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: Grants Pass 143, North Medford 126.5, South Medford 116, Roseburg 102.5, Sheldon 96, South Eugene 73.

100 — 1, Jaren Emptage, GP, 11.19; 200 — 1, Noah McCrary, SM, 22.99; 400 — 1, Tomas Kopriva, SM, 50.87; 800 — 1, Jacob Allmaras, NM, 1:57.74; 1,500 — 1, Daniel Beckstead, GP, 3:59.23; 110 HURDLES — 1, Turner Nye, NM, 14.97; 300 HURDLES — 1, Turner Nye, NM, 38.94; 4X100 RELAY — 1, North Medford (Daniel Olson, Aidan Vanderhoof, Cody Adams, James Royster), 43.97; 4X400 RELAY — 1, North Medford (Aidan Vanderhoof, Jacob Allmaras, Turner Nye, Danny Cossette), 3:27.08.

DISCUS — 1, Ethan Collins, GP, 143-7; HIGH JUMP — 1, Collin Warmouth, Ros, 6-1; TRIPLE JUMP — 1, DJ Seguin, She, 44-1.5.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: South Eugene 193, Grants Pass 147, Sheldon 135, South Medford 66.5, Roseburg 60, North Medford 56.5.

100 — 1, Elise Unruh-Thomas, SE, 12.14; 200 — 1, Elise Unruh-Thomas, SE, 24.88; 400 — 1, Camille Lawrence, She, 58.04; 800 — 1, Madison Elmore, SE, 2:12.35; 1,500 — 1, Madison Elmore, SE, 4:36.47; 100 HURDLES — 1, Ella Thomas, She, 15.02; 300 HURDLES — 1, Taylor Chocek, SE, 44.87; 4X100 RELAY — 1, Grants Pass (Lailee Friend, Camdyn Bruner, MollyGuerra, Tatianna Ross), 49.02; 4X400 RELAY — 1, South Eugene (Devyn Simmons, Madison Elmore, Sasha Eustis, Elise Unruh-Thomas), 4:03.42.

DISCUS — 1, Molly Guerra, GP, 140-2; HIGH JUMP — 1, Grace Proudfoot, SE, 5-6; TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Camdyn Bruner, GP, 35-1.5.

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