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PREP ROUNDUP: Crater’s Gorze sets record at 5A Invitational

WILSONVILLE — Winning the conference 3,000-meter championship on Thursday at Crater High wasn’t enough for Tyrone Gorze.

The Comet distance runner traveled to the Portland area Friday and ran the fastest 1,500 by a sophomore in Oregon history — for any classification.

Gorze out-sprinted Ashland flash Cameron Stein to the finish line in 3 minutes, 50.88 seconds for a stunning victory in the Class 5A Invitational at Wilsonville High School.

His time shattered the Oregon sophomore record of 3:53.32, set by Ahmed Muhumed of West Salem in 2015.

“This was definitely a night to remember, for sure,” said Gorze.

Stein came in second in 3:51.15 and Ashland’s Reed Pryor was third in 3:51.42. Both were personal records by about 4 seconds.

Crater coach Justin Loftus admitted he’s “had some pretty good runners over the years,” and Gorze is certainly in the mix.

“I was next to his dad,” said Loftus, “and we were yelling and screaming and jumping up and down. He’s (Tyrone) put in a lot of work over the last year. With everything that’s happened to everybody, with our team, all the athletes, having those celebrations is so important.”

Gorze’s former personal best was 4:04.87, set last Saturday in the Grants Pass Rotary meet.

His time Friday ranks fourth all-time for Class 5A runners, and it is 13th on the overall all-time state list, coming in just behind the 3:50.84 of Rogue River senior Cole Watson in 2010.

Central Catholic’s Galen Rupp established the all-time record as a senior in 2004, running 3:45.3. Ashland’s EJ Holland went 3:46.59 in 2019 for the second-best time and the state junior class standard.

Gorze won the Southern Oregon Conference district 3,000 on Thursday in a PR of 8:30.10.

He was none the worse for wear a day later.

“Yesterday was a pretty good run,” said Gorze. “I felt fine this morning and before the race. I always put pretty high expectations on myself. I put in a lot of work, so I gave everything I had in this race.”

His win came against stout competition. Stein was recently named Gatorade’s Oregon cross-country runner of the year and had the state’s fastest 3,000 time entering Friday. Pryor was No. 3 on the 3,000 list.

As is their custom, Stein and Pryor began with an accelerated pace through two laps, and Gorze kept up.

“Then with a lap to go, I passed them,” said Gorze. “Me and Cameron battled it out for the last 200, and it felt good. I out-leaned him.”

Gorze’s final lap was a blistering 57 seconds.

“I always expect the unexpected in these types of races. I knew I had the speed to close it out, and I knew I was in good enough shape to do it. It was kind of a surprise, but I’ve done a lot to prepare for this.”

And he isn’t done. Gorze will be back at Crater today for Day 2 of the conference meet, gunning for a trifecta when he competes in the 1,500 final.

In other events Friday, Stein came back to win the 3,000 in 8:44.15, and Pryor placed second in the 800 in a personal record of 1:57.07.

Vincent Senn placed third in the 400, setting a personal record of 51.40.

Ashland’s boys were in second place with 46 points. Churchill led with 66, and Crater was eighth with 12.

In the girls meet, Ashland’s Sage Reddish was second in the 800 with a time of 2:23.77, and Grace Yaconelli was fourth in the 3,000 in a PR of 10:32.67.

North Salem led the girls standings with 73 points. Ashland was 10th with 13 Crater 22nd with 1.

The two-day meet resumes today.

MAIORANO THIRD: At Oregon City, South Medford’s Michael Maiorano placed third in the boys 3,000 in 8:23.43 at the Class 6A Track and Field Showcase at Pioneer Memorial Stadium.

Franklin’s Charlie Robertson won the race in a state-best 8:14.71, and runner-up Lincoln’s Mateo Althouse clocked 8:17.54. Both were PRs.

POTRATZ SECOND: At Florence, Phoenix’s Kyla Potratz saved her best time in the 3,000 for her last meet of the season, finishing second at the 4A state meet with a personal-best 10:40.38.

Potratz finished behind Junction City’s Anika Thompson, who also recorded a PR of 9:46.88.


EAGLE POINT 19, ASHLAND 5, 5 inn.: At Ashland, Sydney Boren hit a pair of home runs as part of a three-hit game to power Eagle Point past Ashland in an SOC tournament consolation bracket game at North Mountain Park.

The game was suspended with Eagle Point leading 7-0 in the top of the third Thursday due to poor field conditions caused by rain. The delay didn’t slow down the Eagles’ bats Friday.

Eagle Point (4-12) recorded 23 hits in the game, with seven of those going for extra bases. Boren — who homered in Tuesday’s loss to Roseburg — had three hits and drove in six runs and also got the win in the circle, while Sydney Bruner also homered for the Eagles, who will face Crater in today’s consolation bracket finale.

Eagle Point’s Bailee Worrell went 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Jovianna Marshall and Hailey Waldon also had three-hit days, the latter hitting a pair of doubles.

Glory Pistole and Kirsten Morgan each had a pair of hits for the Grizzlies, who ended their season with a 3-13 record.

Eagle Point16165—19230


Boren and Slayton; Pistole, Heiken (2), Pistole (4) and Theobald. W —Boren. L — Pistole (2-7). 2B — EP: Waldon 2, Bruner, Slayton. HR — EP: Boren 2, Bruner.


CRATER GOES 2-1: At Culver, Kabb Christensen scored a hard-fought 8-7 decision over Mountain View’s Cannon Potts at 182 pounds to highlight his three wins for Crater in a four-team dual at Culver High.

Crater beat Bend (57-18) and Culver (44-27) before falling short against Mountain View (39-35).

Matthew Bolanos registered a pin in all three of his matches at 152, while Kellen Kerrigan (145) and Jimmy Jordahl (220) also recorded three wins for the Comets.

Crater 57, Bend 18

113 — Carmelo Farfaglia, B, pinned Wren Rambo, :41; 120 — Ty Havniear, C, pinned William Pence, 1:29; 126 — Ayden Tazioli, C, dec. Cole Buckley, 6-4; 132 — Colton Bryant, C, pinned Alberto Eligio, 1:38.

138 — Wyatt McClain, B, won by forfeit; 145 — Kellen Kerrigan, C, won by forfeit; 152 — Matthew Bolanos, C, pinned Kellen Murphy, :44; 160 — Brayden Gray, C, pinned IVan Ponce, 1:42.

170 — Angel Perez, C, pinned Nolan Knapp, 1:34; 182 — Kabb Christensen, C, won by forfeit; 195 — McKay Dennis, B, pinned Ethan VanHook, 3:29; 220 — Jimmy Jordahl, C, won by forfeit; 285 — Justin Brehm, C, won by forfeit.

Crater 44, Culver 27

106 — Double forfeit; 113 — Wren Rambo, Cra, pinned Aiden Guest, :53; 120 — Ty Havniear, Cra, pinned Thadius Brown, 1:57; 126 — Noel Navarro, Cul, pinned Ayden Tazioli, 3:54; 132 — Colton Bryant, Cra, dec. Brody Piercy, 7-6.

138 — Grady Lieziert, Cul, won by forfeit; 145 — Kellen Kerrigan, Cra, pinned Reeden Arsenault, 3:45; 152 — Matthew Bolanos, Cra, pinned Guy Corvin, :31; 160 — Anthony Hood, Cul, pinned Brayden Gray, 4:35.

170 — Isaiah Toomey, Cul, dec. Angel Perez, 9-6; 182 — Kabb Christensen, Cra, pinned Nicolas Navarro, :22; 195 — Ethan VanHook, Cra, pinned Christian Mattson-McKenzie, :44; 220 — Jimmy Jordahl, Cra, tech. fall Eduardo Penaloza, 17-0; 285 — Wylie Johnson, Cul, pinned Justin Brehm, 1:29.

Mountain View 39, Crater 35

106 — Scott Santos, MV, won by forfeit; 113 — Klay Zuber, MV, pinned Wren Rambo, 1:23; 120 — Tyson Oliver, MV, dec. Ty Havniear, 6-3; 126 — Jackson Potts, MV, pinned Ayden Tazioli, 2:51; 132 — Drew Jones, MV, pinned Colton Bryant, 1:08.

138 — Ethan Potts, MV, won by forfeit; 145 — Kellen Kerrigan, C, tech. fall Andrew Worthington, 16-1; 152 — Matthew Bolanos, C, pinned Jeremiah Reid, 1:39; 160 — Ryder Fassett, MV, pinned Brayden Gray, 3:50.

170 — Angel Perez, C, dec. Sayre Williamson, 8-4; 182 — Kabb Christensen, C, dec. Cannon Potts, 8-7; 195 — Ethan VanHook, C, pinned Luke Williams, :49; 220 — Jimmy Jordahl, C, won by forfeit; 285 — Justin Brehm, C, pinned Grant Lemery, 4:43.

Crater's Tyrone Gorze, seen here in a file photo, set a state record for sophomores in the 1,500 at Friday’s Class 5A Invitational in Wilsonville. (Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune)