WELLS WINS STATE CROWN IN JAVELIN

May 17, 2002 11:00 pm

MONMOUTH — Joseph's Marcus Wells did not break his personal best in the javelin, but he threw it far enough to win the event Friday at the OSAA-U.S Bank Class 2A Boys State Track and Field Championships.

Wells took second last year at state after his best throw of 185 feet, 2 inches. His farthest throw this year was 180-7 at the French Invite in Boardman.

But Friday, he launched the spear 176-3, 4 feet farther than second-place Brandon Marr of Santiam Christian.

Wells was seeded sixth coming into the meet after winning last week's district meet with a throw of 155-1.

Wells' teammate Cody Lathrop placed eighth in the 3,000 meters with a season-best time of 9 minutes, 33.94 seconds. Joseph's Mike Marks was 11th in the discus at 124-7.

After six events, Joseph sits in a tie for sixth place alongside Gilchrist with 11 points. Wells will run in the 400 final and also on the 4x400 relay team today.

Wells finished fifth in his preliminary heat of the 400. The 4x400 relay team was third.

Imbler's Tyson Hoskins qualified for the 100 and 200, and Colin Culbreth made it in the 300 intermediate hurdles. Culbreth and Hoskins are also on the 4x400 and 4x100 relay teams that qualified for today's finals.

Imbler's John Bartell finished ninth in the 3,000 at 9:39.12.

Wallowa's Shane Byers was first in the preliminaries for the 300 intermediate hurdles and fourth in the 110 high hurdles. Nick Johnson qualified in the 800.

Randy Spaur of Wallowa took ninth in the long jump with a leap of 20-1.

Elgin's Brandon Burgess was first in the 800 prelim. Burgess' teammate, Josh Hamill, was 15th in the high jump at 5-6.

Union's Morgan O'Connor was 15th in the javelin at 136-9.

Enterprise got 16th-place finishes from Craig Swart in the discus (105-11) and Tony Swart in the long jump (17-5).

OSAA-U.S. Bank Class 2A Boys State Track and Field Championships

Friday, at Monmouth

Finals

Team scores — Stanfield 20, Jefferson-OR 19, Nyssa 18, Willamina 17, Mapleton 12, Gilchrist 11, Joseph 11, North Douglas 10, East Linn Christian 10, Catlin Gabel 10, Sheridan 10, Warrenton 8, Santiam Christian 8, Westside Christian 6, Gold Beach 6, Regis 6, Bonanza 5, Harrisburg 5, Corbett 5, St. Mary's 5, Neah-Kah-Nie 5, Portland Christian 4, Glendale 4, Nestucca 3, Lost River 3, Oakridge 2, Lowell 2, Pacific 2, Colton 2, Oakland 2, Dayton 1, Riddle 1, Gervais 1.

3,000 — 1. Nick Fogg, Catlin Gabel 9:04.67; 2. Troy Blackburn, Stanfield 9:13.03; Jeff Friesen, Westside Christian 9:27.32; 4. JT Lehman, Corbett 9:28.39; 5. Nathan Gieth, Glendale 9:29.19; 6. Jack Woodke, Jefferson-OR 9:29.61; 7. Austin Bowles, Oakridge 9:32.09; 8. Cody Lathrop, Joseph 9:33.94; 9. John Bartell, Imbler 9:39.12.

High jump — 1. Jamie Patterson, Sheridan 6-04; 2. Brandon Bodine, Jefferson-OR 6-02; 3. Brandon LaChapelle, Mapleton 6-01; 4. Dominic Chapman, Gilchrist J6-01; 5. Kevin Talbot, Nyssa 5-11; 6. Matt Zimbrick, Willamina J5-11; 7. Kirby Hamilton, Lowell 5-10; 8. Raul Gomez, Gervais J5-10; 15. Josh Hamill, Elgin 5-06.

Long jump — 1. Matt Grumbly, North Douglas 20-08.25; 2. Brandon Bodine, Jefferson-OR 20-07.50; 3. Dominic Chapman, Gilchrist 20-07.25; 4. Jesse Veliz, Stanfield 20-06.75; 5. Matt Zimbrick, Willamina 20-05.50; 6. Secundino Rayas, Lost River 20-03; 7. Tyler Hordichok, Colton J20-03; 8. Dante Rosario, Dayton 20-02.50; 9. Randy Spaur, Wallowa 20-01.75; 16. Tony Swart, Enterprise 17-05.75.

Discus — 1. J.D. Hill, East Linn Christian 154-01; 2. Josh Holloway, Warrenton 140-0; 3. Geoff Zuber, Gold Beach 138-06; 4. John Wing, St. Mary's 138-02; 5. Ben Sherrett, 132-02; 6. Kelly Jones, Neah-Kah-Nie 131-09; 7. Jon Talmadge, Willamina 128-10; 8. Derek Davidson, Oakland 128-01; 11. Mike Marks, Joseph 124-07; 16. Craig Swart, Enterprise 105-11.

Javelin — 1. Marcus Wells, Joseph 176-03; 2. Brandon Marr, Santiam Christian 171-08; 3. Casey Bochsler, Regis 170-02; 4. Jake Jordan, Harrisburg 165-04; 5. Jonathan Rowlett, Portland Christian 162-07; 6. Ben Sherrett, Stanfield 162-00; 7. Cody Vandercoeverin, Neah-Kah-Nie 159-10; 8. Evan Corbin, Oakland 154-08; 15. Morgan O'Connor, Union 136-09.

Prelims (local results only)

100 — Heat 1: 3. Tyson Hoskins, Imbler 11:53.

200 — Heat 2: 3. Tyson Hoskins, Imbler 23.21.

400 — Heat 2: 11. Willie Grover, Enterprise 54.41. Heat 3: 5. Marcus Wells, Joseph 52.71.

800 — 1. Brandon Burgess, Elgin 2:04.67; 5. Nick Johnson, Wallowa 2:06.00.

110 high hurdles — Heat 1: 4. Shane Byers, Wallowa 15.88; 14. C.W. Dunbar, Union 18.03.

300 intermediate hurdles — Heat 2: 1. Shane Byers, Wallowa 40.88. Heat 3: 6. Colin Culbreth, Imbler 41.78.

4x100 relay — Heat 1: 3. Imbler 45.25.

4x400 relay — Heat 1: 3. Joseph 3:32.33. Heat 2: 4. Imbler 3:34.60.

— From Observer staff reports