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Home arrow Sports arrow OíReilly double leads Union to fourth at state

OíReilly double leads Union to fourth at state

UNIONíS KATRIEL OíREILLY (LEFT) AND McKENZIE EVANS helped lead the Lady Cats to a fourth-place finish at the state meet. OíReilly won the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:39.63, while Evans was second at 11:19.43.
UNIONíS KATRIEL OíREILLY (LEFT) AND McKENZIE EVANS helped lead the Lady Cats to a fourth-place finish at the state meet. OíReilly won the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:39.63, while Evans was second at 11:19.43.

MONMOUTH — Katriel O’Reilly proved to be double trouble for the rest of the 2A athletes competing Friday and Saturday in the 2A state track championships at Western Oregon University.

She started Friday evening by winning the 2A 3,000-meter crown — again.

The sophomore set a new personal record in the metric two-mile race with a time of 10:39.63 — improving on her winning time as a freshman by more than 10 seconds. 

In addition, she led teammate McKenzie Evans to a silver medal in  the race. The sophomore runner finished the 3,000 meters in 11:19.43 — giving her a 20-second margin over third-place finisher Lauren Stokely of Kennedy (11:39.80). Nestucca freshman Courtney Ahn finished in 11:54.72 to take fourth, while East Linn Christian’s MacLenzie Collins placed fifth (12:02.93).

In a race dominated by underclassmen, the first senior to finish the race was Molly Roloff (sixth, 12:03.87) of Faith Bible Christian. All but two of the 10 finalists in the race were either freshmen or sophomores.

O’Reilly added the gold from the 1,500 meters Saturday when she set another personal record with a 4:55.97 time. Her      previous best was the 5:04 that earned her a silver medal a year ago in the state meet. In 2011, she lost to Portland Christian’s Hannah Jossi (5:02.92).

Jossi had to settle for a bronze medal (5:12.71) Saturday, barely beating Evans’ fourth-place finish (5:14.23). It marked the second straight year that a Union runner had placed fourth in the state 1,500 meters. In 2011, it was then-senior Kate Stewart taking fourth.

“That was a great result for us.  That is Union’s first state track trophy since 1997,” said Union assistant coach Steve Sheehy. “Katriel broke both of her own school records while having a brilliant state meet.” 

While the Lady Cats got their biggest scoring bang in the 1,500 and 3,000 meters, the team got almost all of the rest of its points in the sprints.

Freshman Bayly Poor picked up a sixth-place finish in the 200 meters (27.60). She had run slightly faster in the prelims (27.42). But no runner was able to stop Scio’s Haley Guest from winning the 200 crown with a 26.69 clocking — adding that to her gold in the 100 meters (12.75).

Poor fared better in the 400 meters, setting a personal record of 1:00.57 as she took fourth, behind Guest’s 58.41 third win at state, Portland Christian’s Julia Whalen (second, 59.40) and Loghan Sprauer of Kennedy (third, 59.46). 

Elgin freshman Aria Higgings   finished sixth in the race with a time of 1:02.42.

Union finished fifth in the 4x400 meter relay with the quartet of Kathryn Hepler, O’Reilly, Lynn Shoemaker and Poor being clocked with a time of 4:19.64. Portland Christian won the event in 4:09.54, followed by Lost River in 4:11.54 and Kennedy taking third in 4:14.41. 

East Linn Christian finish just ahead of Union, taking fourth with a 4:19.09 time.

Enterprise finished eighth in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:28.73. The foursome of Sarah Madsen, Marta Stangel, Parker Spear and Ashley Sidoti dropped a second off their preliminary time of 4:29.80.

Poor also picked up a fifth in the long jump with a 15-4.25 effort.

Reedsport’s Lindsey Wright won the event with a 17-8.25 leap — two feet ahead of second-place Alexis Anderson of Neah-Kah-Nie. Wright also picked up seconds in the pole vault, triple jump and high jump.

Elgin’s Rachael Jones finished sixth in the pole vault, clearing 8-6.

Portland Christian’s Shannelle Cayetano ended her prep career with a 10-9 effort and a state pole vault crown. Jones also took ninth in the 100-meter hurdles prelims (18.30), but missed making the final eight.

In the 100 meters, Union’s Hepler took eighth in the finals (13.63) after edging out Enterprise’s Marta Stangel in the prelims for the last berth in the finals. Guest won the event in 12.75 seconds, the only runner to break 13 seconds in the finals.

Hepler placed seventh in the 300 meter hurdles (50.80), won by Ashley Walters of Oakridge (48.05). The top six finishers all broke 50 seconds.

In the 800 meters, Enterprise’s Linsey VanDoozer took fifth (2:32.56), ahead of Union’s freshman Sarah Good (eighth, 2:35.38). Good beat Lost River’s Monique Miranda by two-hundredths of a second. Kennedy’s

Donohue won he race in 2:25.49, beating Jossi of Portland Christian to the line (2:27.67).

Enterprise’s quartet of Sydney Spear, Ashley Sidoti, Elsa Steen and Stangel finished fifth in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 54.18 -- one-hundredth of a second behind BMC rival Weston-McEwen. Portland

Christian won the event in 51.82.

In the team race, Portland Christian won the team title with 80 points, ahead of Reedsport (67), Kennedy (60) and Union (53). East Linn Christian placed fifth with 48.5 points, followed by Scio (fifth, 48.5), Scio (sixth, 43), Neah-Kah-Nie (seventh, 39), Lost River (eighth, 36), Crow (ninth, 24) and Oakridge (10th, 23).

Among the Blue Mountain Conference rivals Weston-McEwen placed 17th (11), while Enterprise was in a three-way tie for 20th with Faith Bible Christian and Bonanza (8). Elgin was in a three-way tie for 23rd with Monroe and Nestucca (7).  Heppner was in a tie with Stanfield and Irrigon for 26th, while Pilot Rock and Santiam tied for 29th among the 32 teams competing.

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