5A GIRLS TRACK
EUGENE — The Sandy High throwers flexed their muscles last weekend to bring home the fourth-place team trophy from the 5A state track and field championships at Hayward Field.
The most impressive display came in the shot put ring where the Pioneers put their full allotment of three throwers onto the awards podium.
Sophomore Hannah Gillies was the leader through two rounds of finals but could only watch as Lebanon's Morgan Hopkins bumped her into second with a winning heave of 38-feet-8.5-inches on the final throw of the competition.
"Of course we were all trying to win, but it was a friendly, really supportive atmosphere," Gillies said.
Sandy's Maddie Thompson won the javelin on Friday holding down first place most of the way before seeing Summit's Megan Cornett overtake her by seven inches in the final round of throws. But Thompson was the last one to send a spear flying, and she made the most of the opportunity reclaiming the top spot with a heave of 137-4.
View photos from the meet at daveball.exposuremanager.com.
Look for expanded coverage ahead in our May 24, print edition.