Unionís Stormy Bullard won the Blue Mountain Conference district high jump title Saturday, clearing the bar at 5 feet, 1 inch to qualify for the state meet Thursday in Eugene. (Brad Mosher/The Observer)
UNION — There is already a forecast for conditions during the Oregon state track championships in Eugene.
It is going to be very stormy.
The rest of the state can thank a pair of high jumpers from Northeast Oregon.
Stormy Bullard won the Blue Mountain Conference high jump battle Saturday, narrowly missing in three
But the Union sophomore only pulled ahead of her competition after she cleared 5-1.
That is when the title hopes of Elgin’s Stormy Silver were knocked off after a third miss. The Huskies’ sophomore leaper still qualified for the state meet.
It also promised future “stormy” competitions ahead for the rest of the league and state.
That is something both are looking forward to — meeting again in the state meet and next year.
“I am going to state. I don’t care what I cleared, because I am going to state,” Silver said later. She already has cleared 5-1 for a personal best earlier this year.
Now, she wants a chance to improve her best in Eugene.
“It was our plan” she said, smiling at “Team Stormy” going to the state meet together. “That was our plan to go together and try to get next to each other so it is like Stormy ... Stormy,” she said.
For Bullard, the favorite part of the of the competition was getting both a ticket to the state meet.
When it came to missing out at clearing 5-2, Bullard said her elbow was the culprit. “But I am really hoping to get it (5-2) at state.”
As to the stormy outlook for the league and state, Bullard is pleased.
“We both got a couple of years to go,” she said.
Elgin’s Haeleigh Wood took third by clearing 4-8, beating out Kenzie Wilson of Grant Union, Sarah Madsen of Enterprise and Ryan Daugherty of Heppner — all three clearing 4-6 to take fourth, fifth and sixth in the event.
Elgin’s Emily Schmittle finished ninth, clearing 4-4, while Taylor Jenkins of Enterprise was 11th, clearing the same height.
TigerScots win team title
Weston-McEwen got off to a good start by winning most of the sprints and both relays on the way to a Blue
The TigerScots finished with 150 points, while Grant Union came in second (110) in its first BMC district track championship meet.
Union was third with 93 points, beating Enterprise by two points (91). Elgin took fourth with 66 points, while Irrigon (58), Heppner (29), Stanfield (26) and Pilot Rock (9) took sixth through ninth.
Madison Carlin of Weston-McEwen and Mary Roy of Grant Union were a one-two punch in both the 100 meters and 200 meters, dropping Marta Stangel of Enterprise to third in both races.
Carlin edged Roy in the 100 meters by one-tenth of a second — 12.78 seconds to 12.88 seconds. Stangel was third in 13.25 seconds, her fastest time, and sixth-best in the 2A level.
Stangel’s time in the 200 meters was just three-hundredths of a second off her best mark, which keeps her ninth on the 2A list. Against Carlin and Roy, Stangel’s 27.90-second time left her behind. Carlin won the race in 26.60 seconds, while Roy followed in 27.35 seconds.
Stangel got her victory in the shot put with a 36-foot, 3-inch toss that beat her nearest rival by about two feet.
The TigerScots swept both relays, but Union’s tandem of Katriel O’Reilly and McKenzie Evans was unstoppable in both the 1,500 meters and the 3,000 meters.
O’Reilly broke under five minutes for the second time this season in the 1,500 meters, hitting the line at 4:59.77, while Evans was second in 5:09.23.
In the 3,000 meters, the tandem coasted to a win as they played it easy with the state meet in less than a week. O’Reilly ran 12:23.14, while Evans came in second in 12:44.91.
“The girls are running Thursday so we just wanted to go fast enough to win,” Union distance coach Steve Sheehy said.
Elgin coach Kevin Lambert was pleased with his team’s effort — especially in the girl’s 1,600-meter relay. “They got it done,” he said. “They saw Union was improving. Union snuck in in the last few weeks and was improving by a couple of seconds a week. But our girls went out and ran extremely well. They left it all on the track. I am so proud of them.”
Lambert was glad Theresa Smolkowski finished second in the 300-meter hurdles after she fell in the shorter race and was disqualified.
“It took Theresa a few races to warm up today,” Lambert said.
“She really scared me when she took out that hurdle, but we talked to her and she rallied. She did extremely well. She raced that 300 in an amazing way. I could just tell with every single hurdle, she was in the moment and racing her heart out. It was really neat to see her edge the other girl from Grant Union for second and that state position.”
Enterprise’s Elsa Steen earned a trip to the state meet with her victory in the 100-meter hurdles in 17.12 seconds.
Roy gave Grant Union a double, winning both the long and triple jumps, while Mikayla Christopher gave the TigerScots two wins in the discus and javelin.