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Enterprise’s Alex Tyler finishes just ahead of Culver’s Kyle Belanger Friday in the 400 meters for a state championship. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
Central Linn edges Enterprise for 2A boys title team championship
EUGENE — Enterprise’s Alex Tyler made a dream become a reality at the 2A track meet in Eugene Friday.
Tyler won the state title in the 400 meters, finishing with a time of 51.55 seconds. He crossed the finish line ahead of Kyle Belanger of Culver (51.69).
“It’s unreal,” Tyler said. “I was expecting to be second. I guess it just worked out for the best. Normally I run it as two 200s, so I kind of slow up a little bit then just go. But I just sprinted the whole thing (Friday).”
Tyler then backed up his first-place in the 400 with a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters with a time of 23.40.
“I wish I had a little bit more time to get some more recovery in, but (fourth) isn’t bad,” Tyler said.
Teammate Dustin Dean won a state title in the triple jump with a mark of 42 feet, 5-1/4-inches. Trent Sohr of Grant Union was second at 42-03-1/4.
Enterprise’s David Ribich ran to third place in the 1,500 meters, setting a personal record with a time of 4:18.84 Friday. That was one day after he took second in the 3,000 with a school record of 9:05.19.
“The 3,000 I was really proud,” Ribich said.
“And the 1,500 — third place — it’s not something I can complain about. It was a good year and I’m excited for the summer.”
Nathan Perren of Enterprise took second place in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.40 seconds, while Austin Burns placed second in the 800 meters with a time of 1:59.88.
The Outlaw team of Burns, Tyler, David Hartlich and Eric Schwendiman finished second in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 3:36.51.
Union’s fab freshman Trevor Verhelst capped off his debut at the state meet with a second place in the 100 meters (11.42) and a third place in the 200 meters (23.12).
“It’s really great as a freshman,” Verhelst said of his finishes. “I was sort of looking for a first or a second in the 200 meters, but third place is just as great.”
Verhelst said the most important thing this weekend was to just enjoy the experience.
“The girls softball coach told me and a teammate to not get caught up in the meet and the running and all that. Just look around — it’s state — nothing is better than this,” Verhelst said.
Enterprise’s boys finished second as a team with 81 points, while Central Linn won with 98 points. Union placed ninth (27), and Elgin was 21st (eight).