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Billies, Millers, Colts raise the bar, earn podium finishes at state track

EUGENE – While the big-classification schools competed at the OSAA State Track and Field Championships on Friday and Saturday, the three smaller classifications competed on Thursday and Friday. The Pleasant Hill Billies had two individuals earn second-place medals – junior Dakota Hyland in the girls 400m with a personal record (PR) of 1:00.51, and junior Jackson Weller in the boys long jump with a season-best 6.16m leap.

Creswell also competed alongside Pleasant Hill on Thursday and Friday. The Bulldogs had four girls compete at the championships. Vika Gabrio took fourth in the triple jump with a PR of 10.17m, Kaitlyn Machado grabbed seventh in the shot put with a throw of 9.10m, Samairah Quinones also grabbed seventh with a 32.43m javelin toss, and freshman Kylie Leonard finished 11th in the high jump at 1.42m.

Thurston boys, Springfield grab individual podium finishes

While the Thurston girls finished third as a team, the Thurston boys had individual podium finishers. Ammon Gallup grabbed fifth in the long jump, moving up three spots with his final jump of 6.46m. Two other Thurston boys finished in seventh place – Tyler Raven with a PR in the triple jump (12.89m) and Taylor Carpenter in the high jump (1.83m).

The Springfield Millers also competed on Friday and Saturday, with five individuals and two relays making the podium. On the girls side, Kylie Rankins grabbed second in the discus with a PR of 39.86m and seventh in the shot put with a throw of 10.51m. Alexi Morgan also got on the podium twice, finishing seventh in the triple jump (10.26m) and eighth in the long jump (4.95m). Elidia-Samantha Cervantes-Carlos was the other girls podium finisher with a seventh-place 400m run (1:01.32). On the boys side, both relays finished on the podium. The 4x400m team of Landon Cowan, Desmond Scott, Owen Fuller, and Kian Lamb took sixth with a season-best 3:27.64, while the 4x100m team of Lamb, Cowan, Conner Dye, and Jackson Babbitt took home seventh with a time of 43.87.

Springfield’s 4x400m relay team of Landon Cowan, Owen Fuller, Kian Lamb, and Desmond Scott stand on the podium. The Millers came in sixth with a season-best of 3:27.64.

Lake Oswego’s Brahe-Pedersen highlights record-setting weekend

When it was all said and done, 23 meet records were set during the three-day championships, and three state records fell. Lake Oswego junior Mia Brahe-Pedersen was the highlight of the meet, setting two state records. Brahe-Pedersen grabbed the state record in the girls 100m with a time of 11.00, the third-fastest time ever for a U.S. high schooler, and ran the fastest leg during her team’s record-breaking 4x400m (3:48.78 seconds). Brahe-Pedersen also won first in the 200m with a state-meet record of 22.65. The final state record that fell was freshman Addison Kleinke, a Willamette Connections Academy freshman who competes for Churchill, clearing 13 feet, 4 1⁄2 inches, to win the 5A girls pole vault title.



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