Over the years, the Philomath High School boys track and field team has seen its share of exceptional pole vaulters participate in the annual Meet of Champions, staged on the campus Willamette University.
Nick Schatz back in 2007 was the first Philomath vaulter to clear 14 feet at the Salem meet. Joe Keenan-Tasker did the same thing in 2011. And most recently, Philomath's school record holder, Isaac Manning, went 14-2 in the meet three years ago. All three of those athletes were seniors at the time and are included on the meet's all-time list for top heights.
Philomath's top pole vaulter this season, Conner Kutzler, didn't approach those marks at Saturday's meet but he's just a junior. However, Kutzler did beat out the rest of the field by going 12-6, which equals his personal record and was the same height he cleared to place last year at state.
In fact, the Warriors had a 1-3-5 finish in the event. Junior Jeremy Schaffer went 11-10 for third and junior Daniel Arthurs cleared 11-0 for fifth.
Philomath's Logan Hannigan-Downs put in a competitive effort in the 300-meter hurdles to place third in 41.37, a PR for the sophomore. Junior Kane Rust had his best-ever mark in the shot put at 46-11.5, good for fourth. Sophomore Brody Gerig placed eighth in the 3,000 and broke the 10-minute barrier for the first time with a 9:57.16.
The boys also had a fifth-place finish in the 4-by-400 relay with sophomore Bryce Beeton, senior Trenton Duerksen, junior Shaden Jensen and senior Kenan Conner covering the distance in 3:40.75.
To compete at the Meet of Champions, athletes must meet minimum qualification standards. The field featured competitors from 37 schools in 1A through 4A.
Philomath High's girls continued to perform at a high level in the sprints with four first-place finishes. Individually, sophomore Maggie Ross won the 100 in 12.97 and the 200 in 26.61. Freshman Phaedra Hinds-Cook was fourth (13.41) and sixth (27.70) in the same events.
The Warriors won both relays. In the 4-by-100, Hinds-Cook, freshman Melia Morton, sophomore Hannah Bovbjerg and Ross sprinted the oval in 50.81 to win the event by more than a second. In the 4-by-400, sophomore Madison Bushnell, Bovbjerg, sophomore Hannah Hernandez and Morton came in at 4:18.44 for first place, nearly 2 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
Morton had a third-place finish in the 400 in 1:02.83. Hernandez placed third in the 1,500 in 5:01.96 and senior Lily Bogard tied for third in the pole vault at 8-6.
Junior Abigail Steen placed fifth in the pole vault (8-0) and junior Sadiemay Gullberg took third in the shot put (33-11.5). Junior Quincey Pittman ran a 2:35.75 in the 800 for sixth and junior Sara Bradley had a throw of 115-8 for seventh in the javelin.
Philomath is scheduled to head to Newport Monday for a triangular with the host school and North Marion. The Warriors have a freshmen-sophomore meet Tuesday at Cascade and then the full squad heads Friday to the Central Coast Invitational at Siuslaw.
Meet of Champions
Saturday at Salem
Winners & PHS Results
100: 1, Jacob Woods, Cottage Grove, 11.33.
200: 1, Jacob Woods, Cottage Grove, 23.24.
400: 1, Evan Rasor, Colton, 51.85.
800: 1, Jordan Pollard, Sisters, 2:00.28; 19, Shaden Jensen, PHS, 2:13.31.
1500: 1, Jordan Pollard, Sisters, 4:14.27; 11, Jensen Davis, PHS, 4:29.79; 17, Joey Howell, PHS, 4:37.00; 19, Grant Hellesto, PHS, 4:41.31.
3000: 1, James Talley, Cottage Grove, 9:16.74; 8, Brody Gerig, PHS, 9:57.16; 18, McKenzy Johnson, PHS, 10:14.80.
110 hurdles: 1, Owen McLoud, Dayton, 15.43; 13, Trevin Del Nero, PHS, 17.75.
300 hurdles: 1, Owen McLoud, Dayton, 40.74; 3, Logan Hannigan-Downs, PHS, 41.37; 16, Trevin Del Nero, PHS, 46.13.
4x100 relay: 1, Cottage Grove (Hayden Glenn, Cooper Ladd, Joshua Claflin, Jacob Woods), 44.59.
4x400 relay: 1, Banks (Colbey Evans, Blake Markham, Bennett Turner, Brendan Dreyer), 3:37.35; 5, Philomath (Bryce Beeton, Trenton Duerksen, Shaden Jensen, Kenan Conner), 3:40.75.
Shot put: 1, Tim Barnett, Astoria, 50-8.5; 4, Kane Rust, PHS, 46-11.5.
Discus: 1, Tim Barnett, Astoria, 154-0.
Javelin: 1, Tim Barnett, Astoria, 177-1.
High jump: 1, Jaycen Nelson, Amity, 6-2.
Pole vault: 1, Conner Kutzler, PHS, 12-6; 3, Jeremy Schaffer, PHS, 11-10; 5, Daniel Arthurs, PHS, 11-0.
Long jump: 1, Zach Young, Monroe, 20-3.5; 16, Logan Hannigan-Downs, PHS, 18-3.75.
Triple jump: 1, Dawson Patton, Salem Academy, 43-1.5.
Winners & PHS Results
100: 1, Maggie Ross, PHS, 12.97; 4, Phaedra Hinds-Cook, PHS, 13.41.
200: 1, Maggie Ross, PHS, 26.61; 6, Phaedra Hinds-Cook, PHS, 27.70.
400: 1, Jaydn Vermillion, South Umpqua, 1:00.20; 3, Melia Morton, PHS, 1:02.83; 11, Hannah Bovbjerg, PHS, 1:04.79.
800: 1, Kara Putnam, Tillamook, 2:30.61; 6, Quincey Pittman, PHS, 2:35.75.
1500: 1, Kate Bowen, Sisters, 4:55.44; 3, Hannah Hernandez, PHS, 5:01.96; 11, Madison Bushnell, PHS, 5:23.40.
3000: 1, Kate Bowen, Sisters, 10:51.73; 13, Rivers Nuno, PHS, 11:57.87.
110 hurdles: 1, Trinity Phipps, Blanchet Catholic, 16.16; 11, Alivia Pittman, PHS, 17.69.
300 hurdles: 1, Kyndal Martin, Monroe, 45.16; 11, Alivia Pittman, PHS, 51.66.
4x100 relay: 1, Philomath (Phaedra Hinds-Cook, Melia Morton, Hannah Bovbjerg, Maggie Ross), 50.81.
4x400 relay: 1, Philomath (Madison Bushnell, Hannah Bovbjerg, Hannah Hernandez, Melia Morton), 4:18.44.
Shot put: 1, Gretchen Hoekstre, Seaside, 40-1; 5, Sadiemay Gullberg, PHS, 33-11.5.
Discus: 1, Kes Sandstrom, Astoria, 127-3; 9, Sadiemay Gullberg, PHS, 100-11.
Javelin: 1, Kaylee Wright, Grant Union, 127-6; 7, Sara Bradley, PHS, 115-8.
High jump: 1, Darian Hageman, Astoria, 5-3.
Pole vault: 1, Darian Hageman, Astoria, 10-6; T-3, Lily Bogard, PHS, 8-6; 5, Abigail Steen, PHS, 8-0; T-10, McKenzie Begley, PHS, 7-0.
Long jump: 1, Darian Hageman, Astoria, 17-4.5; 14, Melia Morton, PHS, 15-0.25.
Triple jump: 1, Rebeka Preston, Santiam Christian, 38-11.25; 14, Quincey Pittman, PHS, 31-10; 17, Alivia Pittman, PHS, 30-0.5.