PREP ROUNDUP: Tornado takes flight, sweeps South
Fresh off the Oregon Relays and only a few days away from competition in the 72nd annual Grants Pass Rotary Invitational, North Medford and South Medford’s track and field athletes took a chance to stretch their legs a little in a Southwest Conference showdown Wednesday.
That quite literally went for North Medford senior Audrey Yechout, who set a personal record in winning the girls triple jump with a leap of 34 feet.
Yechout was one of a host of athletes to shine in Wednesday’s meeting of crosstown rivals, with strong showings in the field events helping propel the Black Tornado to a sweep with wins in the boys (85-60) and girls (86-52) competitions at South Medford High.
“I think our focus was getting it done by committee today and maximizing effort,” said North Medford coach Piet Voskes, whose team will also compete Friday in the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays before Saturday’s GP Rotary meet. “We knew we would nickel and dime it in some places and more importantly we needed people to elevate and that happened today.”
“We especially needed our field events to come through and get that cushion for us,” he added, “and they really came through for us today.”
Yechout also shared first place in the girls long jump with South Medford sophomore Brooke Fairbanks, who each extended to 15-6.
“When seniors see the finish line, I think it kicks in another gear and Audrey’s really one of those who wants to finish the year off on the right note. The triple jump is her strongest event but she’s also done really well in the long jump.”
Few field athletes have been more consistent in their top placings for North Medford this spring than junior David Fuiava and sophomore Terrell Kim. Fuiava was able to get the win over his runner-up teammate in the discus with a throw of 143-6, while Kim went 44-9 in the shot put to edge Fuiava (43-11) in what has been a routine battle between the Tornado duo.
“I think they feed off each other,” said Voskes. “They both have a high drive for success. They’re balancing gliding versus rotation, which is a tricky move because they’re comfortable with a glide and the rotation comes with time, but they’re both picking it up. They’ve matured athletically and definitely matured as far as elevating in the program.”
Serving as a perfect complement on the girls side in the discus and shot put has been North Medford senior Jackie Aukusitino, who won both events Wednesday. Aukusitino was able to claim the girls discus with a throw of 97-5 to overcome South Medford junior Eve Lynx, who set a personal record Wednesday and finished runner-up at 91-7.
In the shot put, Aukusitino went 35-10 to win by over 6 feet.
“We got spoiled because of Jaida Ross, who now sits third in school history as a sophomore at Oregon, but Jackie is throwing at an unbelievable level,” said Voskes. “She’s No. 4 (in the shot put) in school history and it’s just been kind of buried because of her own confident, calm way. She doesn’t really put any interest in all of that. She’s just a calm, confident competitor and the whole team benefits from her demeanor because she’s so good at doing her job.”
South Medford junior Katie Clevenger scored a pair of wins in the 200 meters (26.83 seconds) and 400 meters (1:01.43), while North Medford senior Saundra Parsons claimed the 800 (2:34.59) and 1,500 (5:16.19).
South Medford junior Brodie Leslie enjoyed his best day on the track with a pair of PR victories, going 40-6 1/2 to edge Julian Lane of North Medford in the boys triple jump (40-5) and clocking 11.66 in the 100 to beat out teammate Deacon Edgar (11.86).
“Brodie Leslie’s been nursing some shin splints all year and has had kind of a tumultuous start to the year,” said South Medford coach David Kirkpatrick, “so it was good to see him come out and get a couple wins today.”
The Panthers also went 1-2-3 in the boys 1,500, with Connor Singer posting a time of 4:09.90 to finish ahead of fellow senior Adam Cannon (4:10.52) and junior DJ Scott (4:17.24). Both times were PRs for Cannon and Scott.
“That was the cool thing about it was to see so many PRs today and so much great competition from our kids,” added Kirkpatrick.
North Medford sophomore Colson Rumrey also had a breakthrough effort Wednesday, winning the 110 hurdles in a personal-best 17.05 — a two-second PR — and also claiming the 300 hurdles in 45.28.
TEAM SCORES: North Medford 85, South Medford 60.
100 — 1, Brodie Leslie, SM, 11.66; 200 — 1, Isaiah Chavez, NM, 23.67; 400 — 1, Nathan Rider, NM, 51.50; 800 — 1, Trent Wayman, NM, 2:13.92; 1,500 — 1, Connor Singer, SM, 4:09.90; 3,000 — 1, Logan Huffman, NM, 10:07.82; 110 HURDLES — 1, Colson Rumrey, NM, 17.05; 300 HURDLES — 1, Colson Rumrey, NM, 45.28; 4X100 RELAY — 1, North Medford (Colson Rumrey, Nolan Kelly, Isaiah Chavez, Nathan Rider), 45.06; 4X400 RELAY — 1, South Medford (Jazz Hernandez, Titus Bloodsaw, Tanner Tuggle, Connor Singer), 3:38.55.
SHOT PUT — 1, Terrell Kim, NM, 44-9; DISCUS — 1, David Fuiava, NM, 143-6; JAVELIN — 1, Santi Cruz, NM, 134-8; HIGH JUMP — T1, Matthew Griepsma, NM, 5-10, and William Brooks, NM, 5-10; POLE VAULT — 1, Hayden Powell, SM, 11-0; LONG JUMP — 1, Isaac Chavez, NM, 19-6.25; TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Brodie Leslie, SM, 40-6.50.
TEAM SCORES: North Medford 86, South Medford 52.
100 — 1, Hadley West, SM, 13.62; 200 — 1, Katie Clevenger, SM, 26.83; 400 — 1, Katie Clevenger, SM, 1:01.43; 800 — 1, Saundra Parsons, NM, 2:34.59; 1,500 — 1, Saundra Parsons, NM, 5:16.19; 3,000 — 1, Reese Meager, NM, 12:33.41; 100 HURDLES — 1, Olivia Smith, SM, 17.33; 300 HURDLES — 1, Maritza Villa, NM, 52.37; 4X100 RELAY — 1, North Medford (Alexandra Stevens, Audrey Yechout, Paije Carpenter, Kira Pyka), 53.53; 4X400 RELAY — 1, North Medford (Saundra Parsons, Eleanor Nichol, Olivia Boger, Audrey Yechout), 4:37.82.
SHOT PUT — 1, Jackie Aukusitino, NM, 35-10; DISCUS — 1, Jackie Aukusitino, NM, 97-5; JAVELIN — 1, Macy McCoy, SM, 95-4; HIGH JUMP — 1, Naomi Johnson, SM, 4-8; POLE VAULT — 1, Kendall Tecmire, SM, 6-0; LONG JUMP — T1, Brooke Fairbanks, SM, 15-6, and Audrey Yechout, NM, 15-6; TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Audrey Yechout, NM, 34-0.
MAZAMA 5, PHOENIX 0: At Talent, Phoenix starter Andrew Hull had a no-hitter through six innings, allowing only one unearned run, but a four-run seventh inning by Mazama broke the momentum of what otherwise was a promising effort by the Pirates at Hagler-James Field.
Julius Bolstad, Karver Wolowicz and Dominic Crenshaw had the lone hits for Phoenix (6-9, 4-3 Skyline) as each team managed only three hits in the Skyline Conference contest.
Mazama (9-8, 5-2) loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh but Phoenix was able to get two quick outs, including a play at the plate, before one of seven Pirate errors opened the door for the Vikings.
Baker and McGuire; Hull, Bolstad (7) and Shilts. W — Baker. L — Hull (2-3).
MAZAMA 7, PHOENIX 3: At Talent, Phoenix saw its 3-2 lead vanish with two outs in the sixth inning on a two-run home run by Margaret Pizano and Mazama tallied three more runs in the seventh to win the battle of Skyline Conference leaders at Colver Field.
Raelyssa Goff, Lexi Dial and Kendall Heywood each drove in runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings, respectively, for the Pirates (8-8, 6-1 Skyline).
Carsyn Gallegos and Violet Harper each went 2-for-3 to boost Phoenix against the visiting Vikings (11-5, 7-0).
C. Davis and Hamilton; Goff and Brite. W — Davis. L — Goff. 3B — M: Davis. HR — M: Pizano.