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PHS track: Trevin Del Nero

Philomath's Trevin Del Nero reacts after finishing the 110-meter high hurdles final Saturday afternoon in Gresham. Del Nero won the event by two hundredths of a second.

With word that rain had been falling hard back in Philomath and the sky growing dark in Gresham, it seemed like a strong possibility that we might see a weather delay at the Class 4A and 3A state track meet.

With Hayward Field's stadium renovation project in full swing, the state track meets were switched around this year. Class 4A and 3A broke off into a meet of their own at Mt. Hood Community College (nice track, but hey, let's be honest — it's not Hayward Field).

A light rain did start to fall for a spell about the time Alivia Pittman was running the 300 hurdles. In fact, I ducked under an OSAA tent and shot photos of her passing by from that vantage point. A few more raindrops here and there but nothing too serious.

With the Corvallis and Albany newspapers wanting reports from me on the meet, I had a daily deadline to deal with so I headed to a nearby wi-fi hotspot after I had wrapped up interviews with Philomath's 4-by-400-meter relay. I had actually wanted to stick around and talk to the coach and watch the girls get the runner-up trophy, but the deadline had me rushing a bit, plus I was afraid that if I waited too long, I might get stuck in a line of cars leaving the community college's campus.

Those girls winning for the second straight year was a highlight but so was Trevin Del Nero's win in the 110-meter high hurdles. I like that kid's style and was happy to see him edge out the Sweet Home kid for first place.

Oh, and a special thanks to Logan Hannigan-Downs for running down Jeremy Schaffer for me for an interview. I covered state tennis Friday and missed his pole vault performance, which occurred on the first day of the meet. Also thanks to Janette Staten for sharing her photos from the meet.

As for state tennis, those private schools sure did well again. Marist Catholic was a strong contender for both team titles after moving down from Class 5A. In both the boys and girls team standings, four of the top five were private schools — Catlin Gabel, Valley Catholic, Marist Catholic and Oregon Episcopal.

Perhaps there should be a private and public school division in this sport. After all, most of those private school athletes have played a lot longer and benefited from thousands of dollars in private lessons. Of course, I'm kidding; we can't have such a split.

Still, perhaps I should report that Philomath's boys finished as the state runner-up among public schools.

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