BADGER GIRLS TAKE SECOND
MONMOUTH There were a lot of incredible individual performances from local athletes at the OSAA state track and field championships Saturday at Western Oregon University.
In the end, though, it was the smallest that stood the tallest.
Diminutive Powder Valley freshman Hailey Miguez won a pair of titles in the 1,500 and 3,000 meter runs, and teammate Hailee Bingham was the pole vault champion on their way to leading the Badgers to second place as a team in 1A.
"Hailey was an underdog in the 1,500, but we knew she had enough guts to get it done," Powder Valley head coach Jay Blackburn said. "She's probably going to take state every year."
Powder Valley edged Lowell by just one point, 38 to 37, for second place. Damascus Christian was the team champion with 55 points and Joseph finished sixth.
Miguez had a winning time of 5:09.83 in the 1,500 finals and a time of 11:37.35 in the 3,000 finals.
Miguez was also responsible for 20 of Powder Valley's team points.
"I just wanted to do my best, and, no, I didn't think I was going to win," said Miguez, smiling. "But I knew I was really nervous and wanted to do good."
Bingham edged Joseph's Julie Butterfield for the pole vault title, clearing 8 feet, 9 inches to Butterfield's 8-6.
"Hailee had a personal record and set a school record," Blackburn said. "That's pretty awesome."
Joseph won a team title in the 1,600 relay with a time of 4:22.25.
Competing on the team for the Eagles were a group of all freshman, Amber Shear, Megan Yost, Colby Patton and Lena Moro.
Powder Valley was fifth in the 1,600 relay and Wallowa finished fifth in the 400 relay.
Patton was also fourth in the 100 meter hurdles. Bingham was fifth in the same event.
Wallowa's Mallory Turner finished second in the 400 meter dash and Cove's Julia Scheele was third. Scheele was also sixth in the triple jump.
Imbler's Janell Bartell finished fourth in the 800 meter dash.
Ashley Dozhier was eighth in the 100 meter dash for the Badgers.
In boy's 1A, Joseph was the top local team to place, finishing fifth.
Kyle Hook (javelin) and Mike Marks (discus) won individual titles for the Eagles.
Marks won the discus with a toss of 153-10.5.
Hook benefitted from a change in his form just the week before the meet, winning with a toss of 169-4.
"I went from a 12-step to a five-step approach," Hook said. "And this is the furthest I've thrown all year. I had some high expectations going in because even though I was seeded fourth I knew I could win it."
Hook had a previous best toss of 159-10.
Marks also finished second in the shot put, losing to Cove's Thomas VanNice on VanNice's last throw.
VanNice surpassed Marks' throw of 48-0 with a throw of 49-2.
VanNice finished eighth in the discus.
"It ended just how I wanted it to," said VanNice, who will play football at WOU in the fall. "I was shooting for 51 feet, but that'll work."
Cove head coach Russ Hubbard wasn't surprised at the way things ended for VanNice.
"He loves suspense," Hubbard said. "So go figure he'd win on the last throw. I'm pretty proud of him. He deserves it and he's been working at this for four years now."
VanNice knew that Marks would be tough to beat but it could be done.
"I knew I could beat (Marks), I just wanted to prove everybody wrong who thought I couldn't," VanNice said. "I just went out and did it.'
Powder Valley's Justus Gray was third in the high jump after being seeded first going into the state meet.
Gray, a sophomore, missed in his attempt at 6-2, the height that Mohawk sophomore Nick Johnston cleared to win the title.
Gray elected to pass when the bar went to 6-1 and move directly to 6-2. Mitchell senior Dustin Cloud cleared 6-1 for second.
"I'm not sure why he passed on 6-1, that was a little surprising." Black burn said. "It's a little disappointing, but third is good, and, he's only a sophomore."
Badger teammate Taylor Coleman was fourth in the 100 meter dash and ninth in the 200.
Cove's Sean Louden was fifth in both the 100 and the 200.
Joseph's Tristan Patton finished seventh in the 400 meter dash and teammate Chris Harshman was fourth in the pole vault.
Dustin Byers of Wallowa finished fifth in the 110 meter hurdles.
In 2A girls, Enterprise's Krista Stangel finished third in both the 1,500 and 3,000 meter runs.
Also for the Outlaws, Julie Vernarsky finished fourth in the high jump and Nicole Santiago was fourth in the 300 meter hurdles.
Elgin's Kelsey Davis was sixth in the 400 meter dash.
In 2A boys, a pair of Union throwers placed third.
Joe Craig (Shot Put) and Scott Hewitt (discus) were the only two Bobcat medalists.
Enterprise's Tony Swart finished fifth in the 300 meter hurdles and seventh in the 110 hurdles.
Tim Horrocks was fourth in the long jump and eighth in the triple jump for Enterprise.