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Track and field: Wilsonville's Rebecca Wenz takes third place in girls javelin (OSAA state championships)

by: GREG ARTMAN - Wilsonville senior Rebecca Wenz took third place in the girls javelin on the first day of the Class 5A state track and field championships May 23 at Hayward Field in Eugene.Rebecca Wenz took third place in the girls javelin competition to lead the Wilsonville track and field team on the first day of the Class 5A state championships May 23 at Hayward Field in Eugene.

The Wilsonville senior, who was sixth in the event at last year’s state meet, recorded a distance of 123 feet 8 inches to finish behind Hermiston senior McKenzie Byrd (142-4) and Lebanon senior Amanda Short (130-1).

Wenz will compete in the girls discus finals Saturday.

Taryn Rawlings, meanwhile, finished one spot away from the podium in the girls 3,000-meter run, placing ninth with a time of 10 minutes 39.29 seconds. Portland-Cleveland junior Emma Wren won in 10:16.29.

Rawlings entered the state meet with the top seed in the event after winning a district title with a time of 10:26.47.

The Wildcats advanced several athletes to the second day of competition.

Jade Weiss qualified for the finals in the girls 100 with a time of 12.78 seconds in the prelims. The Wilsonville junior was second in her heat behind top-seeded Hood River Valley junior Jestena Mattson (12.42).

Weiss also competed in the 400 after taking runner-up honors at the district meet. She did not advance to the state finals, clocking a 1:01.92 in the prelims.

Bethany Cerdan advanced to the finals in the girls 200 with a 26.57 in the prelims.

Micco Mills zoomed into the finals of the boys 100 with an 11.28 in Friday’s prelims. The Wilsonville junior advanced automatically with the third-fastest time in his heat.

The Wildcats will also be represented on Saturday by two girls relay squads and Meagan Koeroghlian, who will compete in the girls pole vault.

By Jeff Goodman
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