Observer staff

The La Grande boys track and field team put on a display to remember as it steamrolled the competition at the Greater Oregon League Championships in Milton-Freewater.

The Tigers amassed 297 points to nearly double runner-up Baker (153 points) and won 15 of the 17 events to roll to the district title Saturday.

Four athletes — Cade Reed, Bennett Welch, Jacob Huntsman and Nick Tsiatsos — won two individual events apiece. Five others picked up single victories. The Tigers swept the relays. And of the 34 automatic bids for state on the line for a first- or second-place finish, La Grande picked up 22 of them.

As a result, the Tigers, who have several high seeds across the board, should be in the mix for a state title Friday and Saturday.

Reed, for the fifth time this season, swept the hurdles, taking the 110 hurdles in 15.44 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 39.99, a personal best. Both times are the top marks in Class 4A.

Welch took top honors in the 1,500 in 4:11.97, and won the 3,000 in 9:31.66.

Huntsman hit a personal best of 13-feet-0 to claim the top spot in the pole vault and move into a tie for third in the state. He later recorded a mark of 113-feet-6 to take first in the discus.

Tsiatsos blasted a PR of 43-feet-2 to win the triple jump and move to second in the state. He also won the long jump — an event that he currently leads the state in — with a mark of 21-feet-0-3/4.

Also snagging victory were Zach Wiggins in the high jump (6-feet-0), Tyran Pierson in the shot put (40-feet-6), Sajun White in the 100 (11.30), Luke Bloodgood in the 400 (50.87) and Westin Blake in the 800 (2:06.05).

The winning 4-by-100 team of Reed, Tsiatsos, Bloodgood and White recorded a time of 43.49, while the first-place 4-by-400 team of Bloodgood, White, Hunter Youngblood and Tristan White finished in 3:30.34.

Grabbing state bids by finishing second were Nathan Reed in the 110 hurdles (15.72) and the 300 hurdles (41.75), Sajun White in the 200 (22.84), Giovanni Correa in the 800 (2:06.57), Cristian Mendoza in the 1,500 (4:13.83), Tsiatsos in the javelin (148-feet-1), Youngblood in the high jump (6-feet-0) and the triple jump (41-feet-6-3/4) and Wiggins in the long jump (20-feet-1).

The girls team also cruised to a district title, winning with a score of 227 points. Baker was second with 176.

Both Kelsey Brown and Rachael Keniry had two victories to lead the Tigers, who had eight wins overall. Brown took top honors in the 200 (26.57) and in the triple jump (34-feet-0), while Keniry led the pack in the 1,500 (5:00.38) and in the 3,000 (11:27.46). All four marks from Brown and Keniry were personal bests.

Also getting in on the victories was Katie Brown in the 100 (12.80), Irelyn Miles in the 400 (1:02.05), Kendra Blake in the 800 (2:31.75), and the 4-by-400 relay team of Katie Brown, Miles, Kenzie Williams and Blake (4:22.93).

Coming in in second a earning automatic berths to state were Katie Brown in the 200 (26.69), Abby Crews in the 800 (2:34.04), Blake in the 1,500 (5:10.17), Kristal Jensen in the 100 hurdles (18.10), Arianna Shukle in the shot put (28-feet-1-1/2), Anna Green in the discus (101-feet-6), Kelsey Brown in the long jump (16-feet-6) and the 4-by-100 relay team of Katie Brown, Irelyn Miles, Karsen Williams and Kelsey Brown (50.43).

The Tigers head to Eugene for the Class 4A state meet Friday and Saturday.

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