STATE TRACK: Local teams fall short of titles
It was a day of runner-up finishes for local teams at the OSAA state track and field championships in Eugene.
Enterprise, Union, and Imbler all had teams turns in standout performances, but all came up just a bit short.
Starting in Class 1A, the Panther girls combined for 59 points, well ahead of third-place South Wasco County (37), but just shy of Condon/Wheeler’s first-place total of 65.5 points.
Imbler’s Emma Bowers enjoyed a busy day, winning the the triple jump with a leap of 32 feet, 7-1/2 inches, being part of the Panthers’ 4-by-100 relay win, and capping the day with a third-place finish in the 100-meter hurdles. Malia Hassan, who also was a part of both victories in the 4-by-100 and 4-by-400 relay wins, finished second in the 400 meters.
The Union girls also gave it a run in Class 2A with 78 points, but in the end fell to Kennedy by just five points.
McKenzie Evans followed up her 3,000 win with a first-place showing in the 1,500 with her time of 4 minutes, 56 seconds. The Bobcats took second in both relays, and Katriel O’Reilly placed third in the 800.
For the fourth straight year, Central Linn was able to edge Enterprise in the boys 2A competition, winning Friday with 87 points to the Outlaws’ 79.
David Ribich broke away from the field late to haul in his second title at state, winning the 1,500 on a mark of 4:12.47, also running on Enterprise’s 4-by-400 relay win. Kaden Lathrop, who also ran on their winning relay, finished second in the 300-meter hurdles and third in the 110-meter hurdles.
See complete coverage in Monday’s Observer.