Cronin leaps a states best 35-8-1/4
GLADSTONE Gladstone High Schools girls track and field team ran away with first place in Saturdays 12-team Dick Baker Invitational Track and Field Meet, outscoring the runner-up girls team from Cleveland 166-1/2 to 103, and finishing well in front of Tri-Valley Conference rival Molalla, which scored 102 and finished third.
It was a great meet! said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. It was our third Dick Baker championship in a row. We scored a lot of points. It was fun. It was a good lead-up to district.
Gladstone girls won first place in six events. Gladstone senior Donna Robinson was a double winner, winning handily with marks of 39-3 in the shot put and 135-7 in the discus.
Other winners included sophomore McKenna Streed in the pole vault (11-0), junior Kelsey Hathaway in the 400 (1:00.22), senior Alisa Bradshaw in the high jump (5-2) and the Gladiator girls 4x100-meter relay team.
The Gladstone 4x100 relay team of Taylor Plunkett, Mikaela Simac, Tieara Norman and Kendall Schumaker cruised to first place in a seasons best time of 50.43, a time that ranks them second in the state in Class 4A.
Gladstone senior Madison Cronin had a huge meet, leaping 35-8-1/4 for second place in the triple jump, 16-9-1/2 for second place in the long jump, and running the 100 in 13.0 for third place in that event.
Cronins marks in the 100 and triple jump were lifetime bests and her mark in the triple jump ranks her first in the state among Class 4A triple jumpers.
Gladstone freshman Tieara Norman continued tough, placing second to Molalla defending state champion Claire Thomas (14.50) with a personal best of 15.50 in the high hurdles, placing third in the low hurdles (47.90), placing fourth in the long jump (15-9-3/4), and teaming up with Plunkett, Simac and Schumaker to earn runner-up honors in the 4x400-meter relay (4:12.53).
Thomas also turned in a lifetime best in the high hurdles. She and Norman ranked first and second in Class 4A with Saturdays times.
Other top marks by Gladstone girls were: Simac, second in the 200 (26.38) and fourth in the 100 (13.10); Hathaway, fourth in the 200 (26.79); Plunkett, second in the 400 (1:02.03); senior Adamma Robb, third in the shot put (30-4-1/2); and junior Elena Otteson, fourth in the pole vault (8-6).
Putnam made some noise in the boys meet, scoring 73-1/2 points and placing third back of North Bend (135-1/2) and Molalla (80). Gladstone boys scored 52 points and placed seventh.
The Kingsmen had three champions, junior Tyler Strauss in the 100 (11.40), junior Bryan Marlatt in the long jump (21-8-1/4) and the Kingsmen boys 4x100-meter relay team of Elliot Bixby, John Bradley, Jon Snyder and Strauss. The relay teams time of 43.65 ranks them second in the state in Class 5A.
Marlatt scored big for Putnam, clearing 6-4 for runner-up honors in the high jump, and placing third in the high hurdles with a 16.61 clocking.
Other top point-getters for the Kingsmen included: Bradley, second in the long jump (19-10-3/4) and third in the 100 (11.76); sophomore Dallas Schroder, third in the 200 (23.24); and junior Justin Sauer, fourth in the javelin (148-6).
Gladstone boys had a winner in the 4x400-meter relay, where the team of Eric Prom, Armand Jayne, Trevor Browning and Tyler Bitter ran away from the field, winning in a seasons best time of 3:33.16. The time ranks them in the top 10 in the state in Class 4A.
Bitter and Gladstone junior Trevor Browning both earned runner-up honors, Bitter in the 200 (23.17) and Browning in the 800 (2:03.84).
Gladstone sophomore Kyle Kintz cleared 11-0 for fourth place in the boys pole vault, and the Gladiator 4x100-meter relay team of Prom, Bitter, Andrew Conway and Jordan Hernandez took fourth place.
Gladstone won easily in last weeks Tri-Valley Conference league meet with Estacada and North Marion. The boys ran their league dual record to 4-2, defeating Estacada 106-30 and North Marion 108-29; the girls ran their record to 6-0, defeating Estacada 101-40, and North Marion 111-16.
The Gladiators conclude their dual season this afternoon, at Molalla.