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Horizon relay team pushes to the limit


The Hawks have some strong marks at the state meet

by: DAN BROOD - PHOTO FINISH -- Horizon Christian sophomore Matthew Leong (center) keeps the Hawks close with Lakeview and Westside Christian at the end of the 4 x 100 relay at the Class 6A state track and field championships.EUGENE — It was close.

Really close.

The Horizon Christian High School boys 4 x 100-meter relay team found itself in quite a battle with Lakeview and Westside Christian in the final moments of the race contested Friday during the Class 3A state track and field championships.

To the winner of that relay race would go the state title.

The Hawks didn't get that title. In fact, they finished a close third with a time of 44.41 seconds. That put the Horizon Christian team just .05 behind second-place Westside Christian and just .09 back of the winning Lakeview squad.

But that super-close outcome didn't seem to bother the Horizon Christian team of senior Mitchell Iliyn, junior Ryan Hobbs, senior Gabe Nielsen and sophomore Matthew Leong. In fact, they were all smiles after the race.by: DAN BROOD - HOBBS HOPS -- Horizon Christian's Ryan Hobbs took third place in the triple jump competition.

“I couldn't be more proud,” Nielsen said. “We finished third, but we squeezed out every ounce of speed that we could out there.”

“That was the best race ever,” Illiyn added. “I think we all had perfect handoffs.”

“Lakeview and Westside Christian did outstanding jobs,” Leong said. “It was good to race against great competition like that.”

The third place finish was just one of the highlights for the Horizon Christian team at the state meet, held last Thursday and Friday at Hayward Field.

Hobbs, in addition to being part of the relay team, also took third place in the triple jump event with a personal-best mark of 41 feet, 5.5 inches.

“I wasn't expecting that big (seven inches) of a P.R.” he said with a smile. “On my last jump, I just caught it.”

Leong took fifth place in the long jump with a mark of 20-10.75. Horizon senior Brian Satterwhite placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 45-3.

Hawk senior Blake Phillips ran to fifth place in the 110 high hurdles in 16.26 and freshman Alex Olson was ninth in the 3,000 with a time of 9:54.83.

by: DAN BROOD - RUNNING STRONG -- Horizon Christian junior Hannah Cesario keeps up the pace in the 1,500-meter run at the Class 3A state track and field championships.The Horizon Christian boys finished in a tie for 12th place in the team standings at the state meet with 24 points.

Junior Hannah Cesario had a big state meet for the Horizon Christian girls.

She ran to fourth place in the 800 in 2:26.66 and she was sixth in the 1,500 with a mark of 5:02.71.

The Nyssa boys and the Valley Catholic girls won the Class 3A state team championships.