WALLOWA GIRLS WIN 1A TRACK STATE TITLE
By Pierre LaBossire
Observer Staff Writer
MONMOUTH The little corner of northeastern Oregon showed the rest of the state Saturday that there is a track mecca tucked away here.
The Wallowa, Powder Valley and Cove girls finished 1-2-3 at the 1A state track championship at Western Oregon University.
Wallowa's Hayley Oveson dominated her specialty, the 3,000-meter run. She won with a personal best of 10:46.89, nearly 13 seconds ahead of second place.
Oveson also won the 1,500-meter run, but this was a much more dramatic race. Oveson was in second, several yards behind Reyna Quiroz of Canyonville Christian, when she put on a furious kick coming around the final turn.
Halfway down the final stretch, Oveson caught Quiroz and passed her, winning in another personal best time of 4:56.55.
Oveson said she wasn't really sure she could catch Quiroz on that last lap.
"I was beginning to hurt. I wasn't confident I was going to have a lot left. I was hoping I would," she said.
What's scary for distance runners in the rest of Oregon is that Oveson is just a freshman, and has three more years to do damage at the state track meet and state cross country.
Oveson was just one of several multiple event winners on the day.
Powder Valley's Todd Baxter dominated the discus and the shot put. Baxter won the discus with a throw of 141 feet, 10 inches, more than four feet beyond second place.
Baxter followed up with a personal best shot put of 47-5, more than three feet beyond second.
Baxter's shot puts and discus throws were good all year, but at midseason, he started becoming outright dominant in these events.
"I just kept on practicing," said Baxter. He also gave a lot of credit to Eastern Oregon decathlete Brian Hartley for critiquing him in the shot put and discus and helping him with his technique.
Baxter said he was a little disappointed that on his final discus throw, he had a throw of 145 feet, but he fouled. Still, all in all, "it was a lot of fun," he said.
Cove's Lisa Scheele won both the triple jump and the long jump. She had a season best 16-6 in the long jump, and a season-best triple jump of 36-3.
Scheele as a senior is used to state titles. The Leopards won the state basketball championship this year and the state volleyball title last year. But, this is her first individual track championship.
"I've been here four years and I hadn't gotten a first yet," said Scheele.
Scheele said she long jumped 16-9 as a sophomore, but said, "I guess I'm getting old. I wish I could've gone 17 feet, but I'll take first place."
Scheele's teammate, Kelcie Robinson, also won the discus with a throw of 124-9, beating Wallowa's Sarah Bomberger by four inches. Bomberger finished second.
The Wallowa girls cemented their state championship in an exciting 4 x 400 relay race. When anchor Amanda Wilson took the baton for the final leg, Wallowa was just behind first-place Southwest Christian.
Wilson and Southwest Christian's Katie Aylward ran shoulder-to-shoulder nearly the entire final leg, with Wilson finally nipping Aylward down the stretch.
Wallowa won with an excellent time of 4:16.85, while Southwest Christian finished at 4:17.57.
Afterward, Wilson, a senior competing for the first time at the 1A level (Wallowa was 2A last year), said it was a great way to end her high school athletic career. She said she has also enjoyed the company of her fellow 1A competitors.
"She (Aylward) came up to me and said thanks for pushing me.' I said, no, you pushed me,'" Wilson said. "The 1A people are really friendly.
"It hasn't really hit yet. It's awesome to finally win as a senior. It was so exciting," Wilson said.
Probably the most dramatic race of the day was by Powder Valley's Shauna Nelson in the 800 meters.
Nelson came into the event seeded fourth, and entering the second lap, she was in second behind Rebecca Reese of Echo.
However, she was well behind at least 10 full strides and didn't appear to have a chance to catch Reese.
Nelson kept closing the huge gap and blew past Reese after the final turn. She said that halfway into the race, she figured if Reese could keep up the pace she was running, she probably deserved to win. But, the Echo runner didn't have enough kick left at the end.
"I was thinking I might catch her at the end. I thought if she kept going as fast as she was going, she was pretty awesome," said Nelson.
"I'm happy. It's taken me two or three years to get it," Nelson said.
1A TRACK AND FIELD STATE
Western Oregon University
Powder Valley, Wallowa, Cove results
Team scores 1, North Clackamas Christian, 79; 2, Ione, 58; 3, Life Christian, 47; 4, Damascus Christian, 36; 5, Powder Valley, 32; 5, Wallowa, 32; 7, Crane, 30; 8, Powers, 29.5; 9, So. Wasco County, 27.5; 10, Paisley, 27; 11, Southwest Christian, 26; 12, Mapleton, 24; 13, Days Creek, 23; 14, Griswold, 21; 15, Spray, 20; 16, Mitchell, 19; 17, Oregon School of the Deaf, 15; 18, Dufur, 14; 19, Mohawk, 13; 19, Adrian, 13; 21, Condon, 10; 22, Jordan Valley, 8; 24, Columbia Christian, 6; 24, Jewell, 6; 27, Arlington, 5; 27, St. Paul, 5; 29, McKenzie, 4; 29, Hosanna Christian, 4; 29, Brighton Academy, 4; 29, New Hope Christian, 4; 33, Portland Waldorf, 3; 34, Canyonville Christian, 2; 34, Prairie City, 2.
100-meter 5, Cody Taylor, Powder Valley, 12.24.
800-meter 2, Nick Johnson, Wallowa 2:03.69.
3,000-meter 6, Sam Both, Wallowa, 9:51.63.
300 Hurdles Dustin Byers, Wallowa, 46.22.
4 x 400 relay 4, Wallowa (Nick Johnson, Jake Redfield, Jacob Goebel,Randy Spaur), 3:37.45
High Jump 4, Randy Spaur, Wallowa, 6-1.
Pole Vault 2, Cody Taylor, Powder Valley, 12-3.
Long Jump 2, Randy Spaur, Wallowa, 20-9; 6, Jake Redfield, Wallowa, 20-5.
Shot Put 1, Todd Baxter, Powder Valley, 47-5 1/4.
Discus 1, Todd Baxter, Powder Valley, 141-10.
Team scores 1, Wallowa, 83; 2, Powder Valley, 51; 3, Cove; 3, Southwest Christian, 41; 3, Ione, 41; 6, Crane, 39; 7, Days Creek, 37; 8, Echo, 36; 9, Umpqua Valley Christian, 33; 10, Arlington, 29.5; 11, St. Paul, 23; 12, Damascus Christian, 18; 14, Hosanna Christian, 17; 15, Life Christian, 16; 15, New Hope Christian, 16; 17, Condon, 13; 18, Columbia Christian, 12; 19, Wheeler, 10; 19, Prairie City, 10; 21, Mohawk, 9; 21, Portland Waldorf, 9; 23, Heritage Christian, 8; 24, Paisley, 7; 25, North Clackamas Christian; 26, Powers, 6, 27, Alsea, 5; 28, Dufur, 4; 28, Spray, 4; 28. So. Wasco County, 4; 31, Jewell, 3; 31, Cascade Locks, 3; 31, Lifegate Christian, 3; 31, Mapleton, 3; 35, Elkton, 2; 36, Camas Valley, 1.
100 2, Joelle Bain, Powder Valley, 13.42; 7, Karen Myhrum, Cove, 13.69; 8, Amber Josi, Wallowa, 14.15.
200 2, Joelle Bain, Powder Valley, 27.44; 7,Samantha Silveira, Wallowa, 28.74.
400 3, Amanda Wilson, Wallowa, 1:01.60; 4, Joelle Bain, Powder Valley, 1:02.55.
800 1, Shauna Nelson, Powder Valley, 2:29.31; 4, Lynique Oveson, Wallowa, 2:32.44.
1500 1, Hayley Oveson, Wallowa, 4:56.55; 4, Shauna Nelson, Powder Valley, 5:05.94.
3000 1, Hayley Oveson, Wallowa, 10:46.89; 5, Larae Guillory, Wallowa, 11:53.65.
100 hurdles 3, Mysha Oveson, Wallowa,18.07; 4, Kathy Mann, Cove, 18.66.
300 Hurdles 6, Hailee Bingham, Powder Valley, 52.69.
4 x 100 relay 3, Wallowa (Amber Josi, Megan Haga, Lynique Oveson, Samantha Silveira), 53.0.
4 x 400 relay 1, Wallowa (Silveira, Lynique Oveson, Josi, Amanda Wilson), 4:16.85.
High Jump 4, Amanda Wilson, Wallowa 5-02.00; 8, Shauna Nelson, Powder Valley, 4-10.
Pole Vault 5, Kathy Mann Cove 8-3; 8, Hailee Bingham, Powder Valley 7-0.
Long Jump 1, Lisa Scheele, Cove, 16-6.5; 3, Joelle Bain, Powder Valley, 15-10.
Triple Jump 1, Lisa Scheele, Cove, 36-3.5.
Shot Put 3, Sarah Bomberger, 35-9; 6, Jenny Dayhoff, Powder Valley, 33-3.
Discus 1, Kelcie Robinson, Cove, 124-9; 2, Sarah Bomberger, Wallowa, 124-5.
Javelin 7, Jenny Dayhoff, Powder Valley 106-03; 5, Lynique Oveson, Wallowa, 111-11.