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Glads cruise to another district title

Coach Kintz believes Gladstone has a good shot at defending its Class 4A state team title


by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Gladstone senior Donna Robinson, pictured at Gladstones Dick Baker Invitational, set a new school record last week, launching the discus a states best of 144-2 for first place at the Tri-Valley Conference District Meet.Gladstone High School coeds last week bagged their third straight district team title and the 2012 Class 4A state champions head to this week’s state championships with as good a chance as anyone of bringing back a team championship trophy.

Gladstone girls scored 187-1/2 points at the 2013 Tri-Valley Conference District Meet, finishing 36-1/2 points in front of the runner-up girls team from Molalla (151).

Gladstone coeds scored points in every event except the 1,500 and 3,000. They were dominant in the field events, where they had three athletes place in the top six in every event except the high jump.

Gladstone will take girls to state in eleven events, and the Gladiators head to state with athletes ranked in the top six or higher in 10 events.

Commenting on her charges’ performances at district, Gladstone coach Joan Kintz said, “I was really proud of them. They competed like champions. They did everything they were supposed to do.”

Kintz said she expects the state meet to be a dogfight, between her defending state champion Gladiators, Molalla, North Valley and Newport.

“You never know what’s going to happen at state,” Kintz said. “You have to have depth, like we have, but you also have to have some luck.... We’re going to have to hit everything, just like we did at district. If we do that, I think we have a pretty good chance [of winning state].”

Kintz noted that Gladstone has all but seven points returning from last year’s state championship team, plus the Gladiators have added a talented freshman in Tieara Norman, who is likely to score in multiple events.

Gladstone senior Madison Cronin and Norman were big point-getters in last week’s district meet.

Cronin won the triple jump in a near lifetime best of 35-6-3/4, placed second to state leader Claire Thomas of Molalla (18-3-3/4) with an effort of 17-3-1/4 in the long jump, placed second in the 100-meter dash in a near PR of 13.04, and helped pace Gladstone’s 4x100-meter relay team to second place and a berth at state, with a season’s best time of 49.90.

Norman will compete at state in four events. She placed second to Thomas in both the high hurdles (14.99 to 16.29) and low hurdles (44.35 to 46.26), met the state qualifying standard with a leap of 16-10 for fourth place in the long jump, and helped pace Gladstone’s 4x400-meter relay team to third place in a state qualifying time of 4:05.70.

“When Tieara ran [the low hurdles] she ran them in the wind and rain, and she still set a new PR by half a second,” Kintz said. “She’s improving every time she runs them.”

Gladstone junior Kendall Schumaker continued impressive in the triple jump, finishing runner-up and qualifying for state with a leap of 34-0.

Gladstone senior throws specialist D’onna Robinson continued to prove herself among the state’s elite athletes in the throws, winning the shot put with an effort of 41-4 and the discus with a throw of 144-2, a state’s best mark and a new district record.

Robinson’s mark in the discus is 12 feet better than any other Class 4A athlete this season and it broke her own school record — which she set earlier this season — by 1-1/2 feet.

The Gladiators also had winners in the girls javelin and pole vault.

Gladstone senior Courtney Pardee won the javelin by over six feet with an effort of 112-7, and Gladstone sophomore McKenna Streed, last year’s state runner-up in the pole vault, took just one jump and cleared 10-0 to win district and qualify for state in that event.

Streed and Gladstone juniors Elena Otteson (8-0) and Ellery Pearson (8-0) swept the first three places in the pole vault.

Gladstone girls had two athletes just miss state qualifying in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. Gladstone senior Taylor Plunkett (26.97) placed third in the 200, and Gladstone junior Kelsey Hathaway (1:00.61) placed third in the 400. Both girls were a part of Gladstone’s state qualifying relay teams.

The Gladiators’ one sour note in an otherwise phenomenal district meet came in the high jump, where Alisa Bradshaw was unable to compete because of a stress fracture. Bradshaw is one of only two Class 4A female athletes in the state who have cleared 5-4 this spring.

The Class 4A State Meet runs Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.

Gladstone’s top prospects for placing at state and their rankings heading into the state meet are: Robinson, No. 1 in the discus and No. 3 in the shot put; Cronin, No. 1 in the triple jump and No. 2 in the long jump; Streed, No. 2 in the pole vault; Norman, No. 3 in the high hurdles, low hurdles and in the long jump; Schumaker, No. 4 in the triple jump; Pardee, No. 5 in the javelin; Gladstone’s 4x100 relay team, No. 3; and Gladstone’s 4x400-meter relay team, No. 6.

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third at district

Gladstone High School boys came close to capturing second place at last week’s Tri-Valley Conference District Meet, scoring 118 and finishing just a point back of the runner-up Molalla Indians (119). La Salle, as expected, ran away with the meet, scoring 205.

Gladstone boys held their own throughout the meet, scoring points in every event except the intermediate hurdles and discus.

The Gladiators qualified four individuals and a relay team for state.

Junior Andrew Conway was tough in the pole vault, where he cleared 13-0 for the first time in competition to win the event, going a foot higher than the runner-up, Cam Mitchell of La Salle.

The Gladiators also had a winner in the triple jump, where senior Michael Stoutt soared 40-9-1/2.

And Gladstone sprinters got it done. Senior Dakota Hollingsworth ran the 100 in 11.86 for runner-up honors and a trip to state; and senior Tyler Bitter ran the 400 in 52.16 to place second and earn a trip to Eugene. Bitter’s mark was a personal record by half a second.

Bitter and Hollingsworth also teamed up with sophomores Eric Prom and Armand Jayne for a runaway win and a berth at state in the 4x100-meter relay. They were clocked in a season’s best 44.56.

Four Gladstone athletes placed third, falling just one place short of qualifying for state — Prom in the 100 (11.91), junior Trevor Browning in the 800 (2:01.94), Jayne in the long jump (19-6) and freshman Roman Chub in the javelin (146-6).

Gladstone’s 4x400-meter relay team of Browning, Jayne, Prom and Bitter also came up just short, placing third in 3:30.62.




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