Check out this huge collection of Pamplin Media Group's state track stories
Some newspapers might tell you that one or two state track stories is good enough.
Some might give you even three or four.
But for us here at Pamplin Media Group, that sounds just wrong.
We sent our team of reporters down to Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus for three straight days last week and they just flat got after it.
To prove it, check the exhaustive list of track stories from Class 1A all the way up to Class 6A that PMG's sports editors, reporters and photographers posted from state.
The Class 6A state championship winners didnt need a singular superstar to pave the way to a team title.
Rather, it was a cavalcade of Swiss Army-like weapons grabbing top-five medals and putting up podium worthy performances guiding the Jesuit girls track and field team back to the state pinnacle at the Class 6A state track and field championship meet at Hayward Field on Saturday.
Though the Crusaders didnt have an event winner at state that didnt prevent Jesuit from piling up 65 points thanks to runner up finishes from Hadley Wilhoite in the triple jump (37 feet, 6 inches) and its 4 x 400 relay team of Rose Harman, Lena Colson, Sydney Collins and Chloe Jensen (3 minutes, 55 seconds) as well as four third place finishes and two fourth place finishes. Sunset (49 points), Grant (47 points) and Tigard (44 points) finished second, third and fourth overall.d fourth overall.
Two more titles.
Two seasons of unblemished dominance.
Too easy. One more time.
A year after using the Class 6A state track and field meet as a backdrop to blow up and make himself a household name, Jesuit senior Julian Body breezed past the 300-meter intermediate hurdles field at Hayward Field to win a second state title on Saturday. Three hours after defending his 110 high hurdles state title, Body ran 36.73 seconds in the intermediate hurdles, nearly two seconds faster than Century sophomore Adrian Rodriguez and just milliseconds shy of the personal best (36.68) that he set at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational.
Saturday could very well serve as a prelude to future state distinction for many of the Metro Leagues young girls track and field stars.
A bushel of underclassmen attracted attention at the Class 6A state track and field meet held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene starting with Sunset freshman Ember Stratton, who won a state title in the 3,000 meters (9 minutes, 52 seconds) by more than three seconds and also took seventh in the 1,500 (4:37.50). Stratton, who emerged at the head of an extremely talented Sunset girls cross country team in the fall, led the entire way during Fridays 3,000 and never looked back en route to her first state title.
What would the Westview 4 x 100-meter relay team do when confronted with steely state competition?
How would the Wildcats fare when facing Division 1 speedsters such as North Medfords Tyron Wolfe and Tigards Braden Lenzy in the short relay? Would they crumble under the weight or use their infectious confidence to again outrun the field?
The questions were fair, considering that Westviews foursome of Richwill Duru, Evan Brehm, Dante Smith and Samori Toure had yet to be touched all season long.
Yet, just as they have all season, the Wildcats dusted the competition, winning the 4 x 100 in 41.70 seconds over Jesuit and North Medford to take home Westviews lone state title of the Class 6A track and field state meet on Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Julia Clark thought she had the track and field world by the tail.
As a freshman competing for the Valley Catholic girls team, Clark was a key cog on the Valiants' 2014 Class 3A state championship squad. She ran the third leg on the Valiants 4 x 400-meter relay team that clinched the title for Valley Catholic over Hidden Valley.
The Vikings boys and girls track and field teams advanced a total of six athletes to last weekends Class 6A state meet at Hayward Field, and by the time the dust settled on Saturday evening, four of them landed on the awards podium.
Senior star Murimi Nyamu brought his fine high school career to a rousing close with two top-eight performances in a pair of loaded distance races. On Friday, Nyamu finished fourth in the 3,000, and he returned the following day to take eighth place in the 1,500.
The result in the longer race was an improvement by three spots over his 2015 finish, and his appearance in the 1,500 was his first ever at the state meet.
For Payge Cuthbertson, it was her last high school meet.
For Shelby Moran, it was just another meet.
But they were both motivated. They both worked hard. They both stepped up. They both made big throws.
And they both won state championships.
Cuthbertson, a Sherwood High School senior, and Moran, a Lady Bowmen sophomore, both claimed state titles in throwing events at the Class 6A state track and field championships, held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field.
This year, Lauren Paven wasn't going to be denied.
Braden Lenzy wasn't going to let anyone cross the finish line ahead of him.
And that determination helped drive both of the Tigard High School sophomores to state-meet gold.
Paven and Lenzy each captured state championships in the 400-meter dash at the Class 6A state track and field championships, held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field.
Friday's long jump finals didn't go as well as Karina Moreland had hoped they would.
Struggling some to get her steps down, the Tualatin High School senior finished in fourth place. She seemed to be frustrated with the results maybe even a tiny bit angry.
Well, that might have turned out to be a good thing.
That's because, on Saturday, Moreland turned the frustration and anger into fuel, which carried her to a state-championship performance in the triple jump event at the Class 6A state track and field championships, held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field.
Though their stories differ, one thread binds Canbys top three finishers at the 6A Oregon State Championships.
Karley Pierson, Skylee Doman and Steven Cranston competed in at least one event loaded with state championships contenders at the Three Rivers League district meet.
While none of them finished in the top two in league, Cranston qualified for the 1,500-meter race and the 3,000-meter because he surpassed automatic qualifying times while Pierson qualified for the pole vault and Doman qualified for the shot put by earning wildcard spots.
Despite their league standing, the Canby trio proved worthy of the Hayward Field glow at the Oregon State Championships Thursday-Saturday May 19-21 in Eugene.
The Lake Oswego and Lakeridge track teams wrapped up the season at the state meet in Eugene last week and both teams finished with some incredible successes.
Each team claimed an individual state champion at the event as the Pacers Maddie Rabing defended her title in the shot put while Lake Oswegos Victoria Edwards set a new school record in the pole vault, clearing 120 to win the event.
Rabing won the shot put by more than four feet with a throw of 465.75 and would also take third in state in the discus with a throw of 1383.
For Edwards, she was the only individual to clear 12-feet, celebrating as she hit the mat in a terrific finish to her high school career.
After storming to the Three Rivers League district title, things didnt come together quite like Newberg had hoped they would Friday and Saturday at the Class 6A state track and field championship at Hayward Field.
While Hap Frketich rather coolly claimed a state title in the javelin with a throw of 198-9, the Tigers otherwise struggled to amass team points, but still managed to walk away with a 10th-place finish.
Ella Donaghu puts a lot of pressure on herself to win and fans by now assume winning will just happen for her.
Sometimes its challenging to feel like I have to meet expectations, the Grant High senior said Saturday, after she made winning three state titles in four hours look easy.
Donaghu took first at Hayward Field in the Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A 800 and 1,500 meters and 4x400 relay.
For Grant High senior Harrison Schrage, winning a team trophy on Saturday completed a special weekend at the Oregon School Activities Association Class 6A track and field championships.
Schrage finished with a meet-high 36 points as Grant claimed third with 42.
Schrage added the triple jump title to the fourth long jump crown he won Friday at Hayward Field, and on Saturday he also placed second in the 100 and 200 meters.
Its rare when a distance runners success is measured in fractions of seconds but, for Roman Ollar, thats what the capper to his prolific high school career came down to twice.
Ollar entered his final state meet in Eugene with the top times in the state in both the 1500 and 3000 meters while his brother Grayson had the second-fastest time in each event.
The Ollars had experienced a handful of near misses at state championships both in track and cross-country and were ready to leave everything on the table at Hayward Field last Friday and Saturday. The result was a fitting finale for two of the top distance runners in West Linn history.
Dakotah Camberg is into the Class 5A high jump elite.
With a leap of 6 feet, 2 inches on Saturday, the sophomore tied Hood River Valley senior Tyrone Stintzi, Lebanon senior Luke Elliott and Silverton junior Coleton Myers who won with the fewest misses at the OSAA Class 5A Track and Field State Championships at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Tyler Hieb watched Northwest Oregon Conference compatriot Sean Hamel sail his final throw well short of the first place mark before pumping his fist, grinning enthusiastically and preparing for his last attempt with renewed peace of mind.
As the leader of the 5A boys javelin and the final thrower, Hieb had already won a state title before lofting the javelin one final time.
Any time anyone on your team lands on the podium at state, thats a pretty good day.
Of the half-dozen athletes the Banks track and field teams sent to last weeks Class 4A state meet, two finished among the top eight in their respective events to pick up medals and score points for the Braves. And though the other four did not, they all came pretty close.
Lucy Davidson's last dash was an all-time best.
The senior's 58.83 seconds in the Class 4A 400 received second to North Valley freshman Baylee Touey's 58.02 on Saturday at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene, and broke Davidson's Cowapa League championship-winning school record (59.33) set eight days earlier.
Rachel Bring dreamed Friday night about what it would be like to go out and win two state titles.
The next day, the Molalla High School junior thrower went out and made it happen.
Bring won the girls shot put with a personal best throw of 42 feet, 3/4 inch and then turned around and won the discus with a toss of 132-8 to help pace the Indians to fourth place in the two-day OSAA Class 4A track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Molalla junior Mont Child gave an excited fist pump as the shot put officials announced the distance of his third throw.
Then the mark when up on the reader board for everyone in the Hayward Field grandstands to see.
The sign read: 53 feet, 5 inches.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?, hollered Molalla throws coach Quinten Baxter, standing against the fence next to the East grandstand.
Officially, Childs throw measured 53-5 1/2 a personal best by more than a foot and easily the best mark of the day as the Indians junior thrower won the Class 4A boys shot put title during Fridays OSAA Class 4A track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
After Fridays opening day of the OSAA Class 4A track and field championships, Molallas girls had one team point on the strength of Amanda Clarizios eight-place finish in the 3,000-meter run.
At that point, it looked as if the Indians were a long way from joining the trophy chase.
Then on Saturday, Molallas Rachel Bring and Meghan McGrath finished first and fifth, respectively, in the shot put, the same two went 1-3 in the discus, and Desirae DesRosiers won the 300 hurdles, racking up 40 points in those three events.
Tack on another eight points in five other Saturday finals, and the Indians finished with 49 points and walked away from Hayward Field with a fourth-place trophy their third team trophy in five seasons.
Emily Curtis wanted to run her best.
She also wanted to have fun.
Well, she did those things, and something else win a state championship.
Curtis, a Westside Christian High School junior, provided the big highlight for the Eagles at the Class 3A state track and field championships by running to victory in the 800-meter run at the event held last Thursday and Friday at Hayward Field.
It didn't matter if they were a first-year competitor, or a fourth-year competitor.
They got together, ran fast, and had fun.
And, on Friday they got to do it one last time.
The Horizon Christian High School boys 4 x 100-meter relay finished its season by earning a spot on the award stand at the Class 3A state track and field championships, held last Thursday and Friday at Hayward Field.
Coltons Malik Knott capped a stellar high school track and field career with two more state titles just not the one he craved the most.
The Vikings senior overcame a shaky start to win the boys 100-meter dash in 11.10 seconds and then pulled away from the field to win the 200 in 22.99 during Fridays finals of the OSAA Class 3A championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
The two titles helped to ease some of the disappointment from Thursdays long jump final, when Knott finished second behind Nysaas Justin Simpson, falling short in his bid to become a three-time state champion in his favorite event.
As Coltons Malik Knott landed his final attempt in Thursday afternoons long jump competition, the two-time defending Class 3A state champion popped up out of the pit as if he had just locked up a third consecutive title.
He scampered over to the meet officials, watched as they stretched the measuring tape and his shoulders slumped in resignation.
Nyssas Justin Simpson won the title with a leap of 21 feet, 9 inches to upset the two-time defending state champion on the opening day of the two-day OSAA Class 3A track and field state finals at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Knott finished second at 21-5 3/4, and La Pines Justin Petz placed third at 21-2 1/2 on a day when swirling winds dictated that the long jump would be contested with the competitions approaching the pits from south to north the opposite direction of the pits where Knott had won he previous two titles.
It was Mitchell v. Mitchell in the long jump finals, and unfortunately for Kennedy's Bishop Mitchell, he came up a few inches short.
The junior athlete for the Trojans boys track and field team placed runner-up at the 2016 Track and Field 2A State Championships with a mark of 21-06, falling 3.5 inches shy of Mike Mitchell, the senior state champion from Reedsport.
Kennedy's Bishop Mitchell made a solid open at the first day of the 2016 Track and Field State Championships.
The junior athlete placed fourth in the 2A pole vault competition, one of four events that Mitchell will compete in during the two-day meet.
Mitchell easily cleared the opening jumps of the competition, needing just one attempt to clear 11-06 and 12-00 to secure himself a place on the medaling podium.
Kennedy sophomore Abby Frey never cracked the 100-foot barrier in the javelin until the Tri-River District Championships, winning district title to qualify for state.
Frey repeated the feat at the 2016 2A Track and Field State Championships on Thursday, placing fourth overall in the opening event of the state meet in Eugene to put the Kennedy girls track and field team on the scoreboard early.
In leading St. Paul to an eighth-place finish at the Class 2A state track and field championships Thursday and Friday at Hayward Field, seniors Cameron Stone and Emma Coleman not only capped successful careers, but provided a bridge to the future of the program.
Along with McGwire Smith and Sydney Brentano, as well as David Martinez and Tanner Bernhardt on the boys team, this years senior class carried over many of the positives from former head coach Jess Turners tenure and provided leadership to help make the transition easy for first-year head coach Todd Swan.
Making an impressive debut at Hayward Field, C.S. Lewis Academy freshman Kyle Reimer placed sixth in the 3,000 at the OSAA 1A track and field state championships May 19.
Reimer accomplished one of his goals by earning a spot on the podium and nearly broke the 10-minute mark, finishing in 10:00.64 to set a new personal record by 12.98 seconds.