Area tracksters have some of top marks in state
the OBSERVER STAFF
Union distance ace Katriel O’Reilly currently has the fastest time among 2A runners in Oregon — at least in the 3,000 meters.
According to the most recent results posted at athletic.net, O’Reilly’s time of 11 minutes, 29.50 seconds has her leading the state by almost 20 seconds.
Her teammate, McKenzie Evans, is second in the same event, with a time of 11:48.80.
The pair of juniors also are among the leaders in other events.
O’Reilly is second in the 800 meters to sophomore Loghan Sprauer of Kennedy. Sprauer’s best is 2:28.29, slightly more than two seconds faster than O’Reilly’s 2:30.50 time. Evans is seventh on the list with a time of 2:46.00.
Evans is third on the list in the 1,500 meters with a time of 5:29.50. Portland Christian’s Hannah Jossi (5:21.13) and Monroe’s Kaitlyn Rictor (5:26.33) have the top two times in the event.
Both O’Reilly and Evans have a history of excellence that is continuing, according to one of their track coaches.
“They both put in quite a few miles this winter, and have high expectations for this spring. It will be hard for them to improve on their 1-2 finish in last year’s state meet 3,000 meters, but we hope they can run some great times this spring in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000,” said Union distance coach Steve Sheehy. “As a coach, I feel very lucky to have two of the best distance runners in our school’s history on our team at the same time.”
Bayly Poor is third in the 2A long jump with a leap of 15 feet, just one inch behind Regis’ Erica Stuckart. Grant Union’s Mary Roy leads the event with a 15-9.5 effort.
Poor is another of the track athletes at Union who have already made a mark.
“Poor is such a great athlete,” Sheehy said. “She is a wonderful all-around talent. We think she can be very good at whatever event she ends up competing in. The challenge with her is that she is so good at so many events, that it is hard to choose which ones.
“She could likely compete very well in the 100, 200, 400, LJ, TJ and javelin. We’ll have to see how she does and go from there,” Sheehy added.
In other events, the Union quartet of Elena Baird, O’Reilly, Elly Wells and Lynn Shoemaker are seventh in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 4:47.8.
Baird in eighth in the triple jump with a 30-2 effort and 10th in the 400 meters (1:10.74).
Wells is 10th in the 300 meter hurdles with a 61.34 time.
The Union girls track team is the defending Blue Mountain Conference track champions, something the coaches are hoping to be able to repeat.
Sipp leads 800 meters
On the boys side, junior Kenneth Sipp has the fastest time in the 800 meters (2:12) and sixth-best effort in the 3,000 meters (10:42.10).
“Sipp had a breakout cross country season last fall, getting 10th at the state cross country meet. We are hoping that his success on the dirt will translate to good things on the track. We expect him to compete well anywhere from 800 to 300,” Sheehy added.
On the current 2A performance list for Oregon, Union freshman Trevor Verhelst is fourth in the 200 meters (24.54) and seventh in the 400 meters (57.44).
“Verholst is the fastest Union sprinting prospect in over a decade. Last spring as an 8th grader, he tied our junior high school record in the 200. He is a very hard worker and a great kid. He could have lots of success in the 100, 200 and the 400 meters,” Sheehy added.
Verhelst and Sipp have teamed up with Samuel O’Reilly and Brooke Scantling to have the fourth-best 2A time in the 1,600-meter relay (3:56.40).
Sophomore Ethan Black is in a tie for 10th place with Alyx Shaw of Weston-McEwen — both with 800-meter times of 2:24 flat.
Fuller third in 4A javelin
La Grande’s Leon Fuller tossed himself into the top three among 4A javelin throwers when he logged a 152 feet, 11 inch effort in Pendleton a week ago. The senior is behind a pair of throwers from North Bend.
Along with Cullen Hancock’s 12-foot clearance in the pole vault, which placed him sixth in the current 4A listing, those are the only La Grande boys to make the top 10.
On the girls side, junior Haley White is sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (17.15), and seventh in the 400-meter relay with teammates Lexus Miller-Moylan, Alora Brown and Ally Tsiatsos (52.68).
Jasmine Smith is on the list twice, with a seventh in the triple jump (31-5) and eighth in the 800 meters (2:36.5).
Reddington fastest in 100
Cove’s Morgan Reddington may be the fastest girl in Oregon — at least among the 1A track teams.
The sophomore leads the 100 meters with a 13.44-second clocking and has the second-fastest 400-meter time (66.84). Reddington is also tied for sixth in the 200 meters (29.44).
Cove’s quartet of Kendra Hackwith, Meghan Spracklen, Sarah Brazil and Natalie Gerdes are listed ninth in the 1,600-meter relay.
Hannah Brazil has a pair of thirds — in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters. In the longer race, Brazil has a 12:34.80 time, just six seconds behind the leader, Maya Thomas of Monument. In the 1,500 meters, Brazil has a 5:42.80 time, almost 20 seconds behind the leader.
Imbler’s Emma Bowers is 10th in the 100 meters (14.32) and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (18.24), right behind Powder Valley’s Amy Eubanks (18.14).
Eubanks also has a ninth-place effort in the 300-meter hurdles (57.34).
Powder Valley senior Ali Abrego is in a tie for third in the high jump, clearing 4 feet, eight inches — only two inches behind the leaders, Randi Harhart of Jewell and Jessie Flynn of Ione.
On the boys side of the 1A top performers, Powder Valley’s Colton Eubanks has a fourth in the 200 meters (24.34), and an eighth in the 100 meters (11.84).
His teammates, Silas Moe and Brock Jones, also broke into the top 10 marks in the field events. Moe is fourth in the javelin with a 142-0 toss, while Jones hit the eighth-best 1A mark in the discus (113-10).
At Cove, senior Carl Gray has made the top 10 in the 800 meters, the 1,500 meters and the high jump. He is in a three-way tie for fourth in the high jump at 5-8, while also taking seventh in the 1,500 meters (4:54.60) and 10th in the 800 meters (2:24.40).
At Imbler, senior Nic Allstott is eighth in the long jump with an 18-9.5 effort among the 1A leapers.