Prep girls track and field: Corvallis wins 4th straight district title

Prep girls track and field: Corvallis wins 4th straight district title

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Prep girls track: Grace Spaulding

Corvallis High’s Grace Spaulding clears the bar in the high jump during Thursday’s district meet. Spaulding won the event with a height of 5 feet, 1 inch. (David Patton | Corvallis Gazette-Times)

MONMOUTH — Corvallis scored points in bunches and across the board.

The Spartans’ depth simply outdistanced the field at the Mid-Willamette Conference track and field district meet at Western Oregon University.

Corvallis won just four of 13 events Thursday, the final event of the two-day meet, but when the Spartans did score they scored in a hurry.

The Spartans’ team score of 175.33 points was more than 58 better than runner-up Silverton. Crescent Valley, led by Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis’ two individual wins and two anchor legs on winning relays, was fourth with 33.

The team title was the fourth straight for the Corvallis girls.

“It’s awesome being a part of a team and still doing your own thing at the same time,” said junior Rachelle Locey.

The top two placers in each event and those reaching qualifying marks and times advance to the state meet, May 23-24 at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Corvallis senior Grace Spaulding had an extremely productive — and hectic — first two hours of the meet.

She jogged back and forth between the high jump and the triple jump, while also fitting in the 4x100 relay, where the Spartans were third.

Spaulding won the high jump at 5-1, a height also cleared by South Albany’s Nicole Niskanen. Spaulding was the winner based on fewer misses.

She said her first few jumps felt good, “but after I ran the 4x1 and had done some triple jumps, my stamina had kind of gone down, but I still felt good.”

Spaulding got positive results in the triple jump as well, improving on her previous personal best to take second at 34-10¼.

Teammate Rachelle Locey won Wednesday’s long jump on her final attempt to beat teammate Clea Poklemba.

Locey, a junior, again saved her best for last on Thursday, going a personal-best 35-2 on her last try for the win.

She called her first attempt of the competition “awful.” Other jumpers were putting up good marks and there was no time to waste.

“I just knew I had to focus,” Locey said.

Cameron-Lewis, a senior, powered her way to wins in the 400 and 800 after holding off West Albany’s Allison Young for a victory in the 4x100.

Cameron-Lewis was timed in 56.89 seconds in the 400, just .02 off her own meet record. She then went 2:19.77 in the 800, running away from the field, including runner-up Gwyneth McMorris of Corvallis (2:25.5). McMorris was also third in the 1,500.

Even after two long days, Cameron-Lewis had plenty left for the meet’s final event, the 4x400 relay.

She took the baton from teammate Kacey Little and quickly made up the small deficit she had on Corvallis’ Justine Feist.

Cameron-Lewis rocketed around the track, stopping the clock at 4:04.61, the Raiders’ best time of the season by more than four seconds.

She said she looked at her teammates before the race and told them she believed in them.

“We told each other cohesively we could put together an amazing race and that’s what happened,” she said.

Cameron-Lewis shared the girls track athlete of the year award with Feist, a junior who won the 1,500 Thursday after winning the 3,000 a day earlier.

In somewhat of a replay of Wednesday’s 3,000, Feist held off Silverton’s Maddie Fuhrman for a win in the 1,500.

A slow start kept the pack intact before Feist and Fuhrman steadily stretched out an advantage. They were side by side with about 400 to go, but it was Feist who had more left on the last lap.

Feist finished in 4:49.74 and Fuhrman in 4:50.86. Feist was later fourth in the 400.

Camille Miedema got the Spartans 10 points with a win in the 100 high hurdles in 16.06. Teammate Mylene Gorzynski was second in the 200 and 400.

Corvallis senior Annie Waldrop followed up Wednesday’s runner-up in the shot put with second place in the discus at 109-0.

The Spartans got thirds from Poklemba (300 low hurdles) and Annika Gabriel (high jump). Abigail Shaw was fourth in the pole vault.

“The girls just kept on going,” said Corvallis coach Mark Hulburt. “It’s everybody. I can’t name one girl or another. Each of them had their little thing.”

CV’s Claire Waldo was third in the pole vault and teammate Katy Schmidt was fourth in the 200.

MWC District Meet

Team scoring:Corvallis 175.33, Silverton 117, West Albany 89.5, Crescent Valley 73, South Albany 70, Dallas 68.5, Lebanon 45.66, Woodburn 11

Winners and area placers

4x100 relay: 1. Crescent Valley (Natalia Corbitt, Kacey Little, Katy Schmidt, Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis), 50.52; 3. Corvallis (Rachelle Locey, Mylene Gorzynski, Sabrina Simpson, Grace Spaulding), 50.76

100: Allison Young, West Albany, 13.00; 5. Kacey Little, CV, 13.48; 7. Natalia Corbitt, CV, 13.61

200: 1. Allison Young, West Albany, 26.58; 2. Mylene Gorzynski, CHS, 26.82; 4. Katy Schmidt, CV, 27.87; 5. Kacey Little, CV, 28.10; 7. Josee Pearlson, CHS, 28.27

400: 1. Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis, CV, 56.89; 2. Mylene Gorzynski, CHS, 59.02; 4. Justine Feist, CHS, 1:02.34; 6. Clea Poklemba, CHS, 1:02.89

800: 1. Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis, CV, 1:19.77; 2. Gwyneth McMorris, CHS, 2:25.5; 6. Nessa Meade, CV, 2:37.8; 8. Vanessa Hufnagel, CV, 2:39.26

1,500: 1. Justine Feist, CHS, 4:49.74; 3. Gwyneth McMorris, CHS, 5:06.32; 8. Nessa Meade, CV, 5:19.29; 9. Vanessa Hufnagel, CV, 5:20.87; 12. Christina Hollon, CV, 5:36.18

100 high hurdles: 1. Camille Miedema, CHS, 16.06

300 low hurdles: 1. Baylie Cameron, Silverton, 47.50; 3. Clea Poklemba, CHS, 47.64

4x400: 1. Crescent Valley (Natalia Corbitt, Katy Schmidt, Kacey Little, Aiyanna Cameron-Lewis), 4:04.61; 2. Corvallis (Grace Spaulding, Gwyneth McMorris, Mylene Gorzynski, Justine Feist), 4:06.97

Triple jump: 1. Rachelle Locey, CHS, 35-2; 2. Grace Spaulding, CHS, 34-10¼; 3. Anna Graham, CV, 34-7¾; 4. Irene Rhee, CV, 33-1½; 6. Clea Poklemba, CHS, 32-6

High jump: 1. Grace Spaulding, CHS, 5-1; 3. Annika Gabriel, CHS, 5-0; 14. Heather Daly, CV, 4-2; 15. Jasmin Ying, CV, 4-2; — Irene Rhee, CV, NH

Pole vault: 1. Jessica Henslee, West Albany, 10-6; 3. Claire Waldo, CV, 8-9; 4. Abigail Shaw, CHS, 8-0; 5. (tie) Madison Brock, CV, 7-6; 8. (tie) Sara Rhoades, CHS, 7-0

Discus: 1. Kyleen Benz, Dallas, 117-6; 2. Annie Waldrop, CHS, 109-0; 7. Lily Beck, CHS, 98-11

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