Metro girls take their shots at state
Dominique Keel wins twice for Westview; Jesuit girls place sixth
EUGENE - The Metro League's girls didn't get absolutely everything they wanted at last week's Class 6A state tournament, but they came pretty close.
The league's Beaverton-area athletes won three events - two of those by Westview senior sprinter Dominique Keel - notched three other top-three finishes, and amassed a total of 24 top-eights at the meet, held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.
St. Mary's won the team race with 50 points to snap Jesuit's two-year reign at state, though the Metro champion Crusaders were the Metro League's top team finisher in sixth with 33 points.
Foremost among Jesuit's successes was senior Jill Doyle's second consecutive title in the pole vault. Doyle, after a senior season plagued by a hamstring injury and weeks on the shelf, cleared 11 feet, 6 inches to best the rest of the field. St. Mary's vaulter Elizabeth King placed second at 10-9, while Beaverton's Alexys Martens took seventh at 10-6.
'From a team aspect, I did everything I had hoped for,' Doyle said. 'We had kind of a letdown with the 4 x 100 relay because they dropped the baton, but I'm just happy I was there to pick up part of what we lost.'
And at the end of a season that might not have ended at the state meet, Doyle was grateful for the chance just to get back to Hayward.
'A couple times this year, I was out for almost a month,' said Doyle, who will compete next year at Tulane University. 'I got a little nervous about when I was going to get back. I still didn't get to where I wanted to be, but I think I did well given the circumstances.'
Jesuit also got a runner-up effort from senior Mackenzie Mathews in the 100-meter high hurdles to help pace the Crusaders' success, clocking in at 14.61 seconds, while event-winner Haley Crouser of Gresham - the Female Athlete of the Meet - won at 14.58.
Mathews, who later fell to the track in the 300 intermediate hurdles and took eighth, had wished for lots more.
'I'm really disappointed with myself. I wanted to trim my PR and it didn't happen,' Mathews said. 'I had a horrible start, my form was bad, it was just bad all around. I just don't know what happened. I got back into it a little bit, but there was nothing that was going to get me over the top in this race.'
The Crusaders also got two solid performances from senior Sierra Arlauskas in the triple and long jumps. Arlauskas took fourth in Saturday's triple jump at 36-0 (event-winner Kristin Clark of Sheldon went 37-7), after placing fifth in Friday's long jump at 18-1 (Century's Shelby Peterson took first at 18-4.5).
Westview's girls were the next best local finisher in the team standings at 14th with 23 points, 20 of those coming from Keel's stellar performances in the 100 and 200. Keel, who will compete at Washington State next year, kicked off her day by winning the 100 at 12.07 (Margaret Paul of Barlow was second at 12.40), giving her a second state crown in the 100 after taking second to Southridge's Sabrina Moore last year.
'It's very special to win my senior year. I was runner-up last year and that was tough, but I just had to use that for my drive this year to come back and win it,' she said. 'I'm all emotional, winning it senior year. It feels good.'
Keel wasn't done yet either. She came back strong in the 200 and won her third straight crown there, crossing the finish line in 24.65 to hold off runner-up Ify Onyima of Gresham's 25.38.
'I knew it would be a tough race so … when the gun went off, I knew I had to eat up that first 100 and keep my form the rest of the way. That's what I tried to do and thankfully it worked,' she said. 'There are so many emotions going right now - I'm just super happy.'
Sunset was next-best among Beaverton-area Metro teams at 15th, with Taylor Coon finishing fourth in the 100 and fifth in the 200, and joining with Mary Grace Roselli, Emmy Owens and Maddie Thom to place third in the 4 x 100 relay at 49.07.
Beaverton's girls were 17th overall at 14 points, with senior Justine Rennekamp taking third in the javelin at 146-10 (Gresham's Haley Crouser won at 170-11), and Allie Mueller getting fourth in the 800 with a time of 2:16.50.
'I'm happy with it. I was hoping to get a better place than last year so this was good,' said Rennekamp, who will attend West Point next year and compete on the track team. 'I was hoping to get at least top-three, so third is super awesome.'
Southridge finished with five points, getting seventh-place finishes from both Lily Mayko in the intermediate hurdles and Jordyn Searle in the long jump.
Aloha got its lone point from senior Summer Young, who took eighth place in the discus.
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