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Mustang Track Club trio win state

Gladstone 8-year-old Deshanae Norman sets a state age-group record in the 400-meter dash


by: JOHN DENNY - Youngsters from the Mustang Track Club proudly display their hardware from the 2012 USA Track and Field Oregon Junior Olympic Championships. Pictured are: (front, left to right) Shyla Theel, Lily Trimble and Deshanae Norman; (second row) Isabella Vaughn, Tieara Norman, Aaron Scheible and Ella Venema; (third row) Laura Nosler, Phil Nosler, Ben Harvey, Jade Palacios and Megan Anspach; and (back) coaches Roger Hall, Peter Nosler and Kevin Snyder.Three Mustang Track Club athletes won state titles at the recent USA Track and Field Oregon Junior Olympic Championships, held at Willamette University June 16-19.

Deshanae Norman, an 8-year-old from Gladstone, headed the list. Deshanae, who will enter the third grade at John Wetten Elementary School in the fall, set a new state Junior Olympic Sub-Bantam (ages 7-8) record in running away with first place in the girls 400-meter dash (1:15.31). She also won first place in the Sub-Bantam girls 200-meter dash (33.30), and she place second in the Sub-Bantam long jump (9-8-1/2).

She was a repeat state champion in the 400, an event that she won as a 7-year-old with a time of 1:20.72. The old Sub-Bantam record for the 400 was 1:19.8.

Deshanae so dominated the 400 that she won that race by 2.3 seconds.

"I looked back [when I was crossing the finish line in the 400] and most of the girls were just rounding the [final] curve," Deshanae said.

Deshanae said of her goal for the upcoming Junior Olympic regional meet, "I want to win, and I think I will. I haven't lost a race [in the 400] this year."

She placed fourth at last year's regionals.

But Deshanae has more ambitious goals beyond regionals.

"I want to try to beat 1:12," she says.

The Sub-Bantam national record for the girls 400 is 1:12.

Deshanae also plays soccer and basketball, but she says that she likes track the best.

"My favorite sport is track because I get first in everything and I get lots of medals," she said.

Trimble, Theel

bag state titles

by: JOHN DENNY - Oregon City 9-year-old Lily Trimble proved herself the best in the state in the Bantam girls high jump at the recent state Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships. Girls as old as 10 years of age competed in the event.Lily Trimble, a 9-year-old from Oregon City; and Shyla Theel, a 10-year-old from Milwaukie, also won first place at this year's state championships.

Trimble, who will be a fifth grader at McLaughlin Elementary School in the fall, cleared 3-8 and captured a gold medal in the Bantam girls (ages 9-10) high jump.

Theel, who will be a fifth grader at Linwood, won the Bantam girls shot put (18-9) and was a member of a 4x100-meter relay team that earned runner-up honors.

"I'm not surprised I won," said Trimble, "because I've won every meet this year."

Still, it was a gutsy performance for Trimble, who competed while in pain, because of Sever's Disease, a condition that results from inflammation of the growth plate in her heel.

It's the second state title for Trimble, who was a state champion in the long jump two years ago.

by: JOHN DENNY - Shyla Theel turned more than a few heads at the recent state Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships. This is Shylas first year out for track, but the 10-year-old from Milwaukie proved herself the best in the state in her age group in the shot put, launching the iron ball 18 feet, nine inches.Shyla said that she was somewhat surprised by her state title in the shot put.

"This is my first year out for track, so I was kind of scared," she said. "But I was also kind of happy, because most of the other kids were in the 15s and lower 16s, and I got in the 18s."

Five other members of the Mustang Track Club earned runner-up honors at the state meet.

Tieara Norman, a 14-year-old who will be a freshman at Gladstone High School in the fall, was impressive. A first-year competitor in track and field, she soared 15-8 for runner-up honors in the Youth Girls (ages 13-14) long jump, and she sped to a 13.62 clocking for fifth place in the 100-meter dash.

Tieara says she's had a jump of 15-11 this year.

Nine-year-old Isabella Vaughn was a busy girl at state, placing second in the Bantam Girls high jump (3-1-1/2), second in the triathlon (10-11 in the shot put, 3-5 in the high jump and 40.15 in the 200), and running on the second place sprint relay team. Isabella will be a fourth grader at Sunnyside Elementary in the fall.

Thirteen-year-old Aaron Scheible did himself proud, placing second in the Youth Boys pentathlon with 1106 points, and placing eighth in the high jump. Aaron's marks in the pentathlon were 21.94 in the 100-meter hurdles, 15-1-1/2 in the shot put, 4-0-3/4 in the high jump, 12-3-1/2 in the long jump, and 5:41.19 in the 1,500-meter run. Scheible will be an eighth grader at Alder Creek Middle School.

by: JOHN DENNY - Deshanae Norman of Gladstone plans to prove herself among the fastest 8-year-old quartermilers in the nation at upcoming USA Track and Field regional and national Junior Olympic championship meets. Norman set a state age-group record in the girls Sub-Bantam 400-meter race at the 2012 JO state meet, blowing away her competition with a 1:15.31 clocking.Ten-year-old Ella Venema of Clackamas and 9-year-old Jazzmynn Clark of Milwaukie were both members of the Bantam Girls sprint relay team that won runner-up honors. Jazzmynn also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash (32.99).

Milwaukie 11-year-old Ben Scheible placed fifth in the Midget Boys (ages 11-12) turbo-javelin (74-5-3/4) and sixth in the high jump (4-1).

Nine-year-old Megan Anspach of Milwaukie placed seventh in the Bantam Girls shot put (12-8-3/4) and seventh in the turbo-javelin (32-8-1/2).

Ten-year-old Ben Harvey of Clackamas placed fourth in the Bantam Boys triathlon, seventh in the high jump (3-3-1/2) and seventh in the 1,500 (6:38.09). His marks for the triathlon were 14-6 in the shot put, 3-3 in the high jump, and 1:25 in the 400.

Eight-year-old Jade Palacios of Gladstone placed seventh in the Bantam Girls 800-meter run (3:29.23).

Javonte Hughes placed seventh in the Young Mens 200-meter dash (24.90).

McLean rules

in the pole vault

Clackamas High junior-to-be Connor McLean did himself proud at the state Junior Olympic meet, clearing 14-0 for first place in the Intermediate Boys (ages 15-16) pole vault, placing third in the 110 hurdles (15.73) and placing fourth in the javelin (132-0-1/2).

McLean's mark in the pole vault was a personal record. He cleared 13-9 to place sixth at the OSAA high school state meet as a sophomore. The javelin is a new event for McLean.

Gladstone senior-to-be D'onna Robinson also came through with a strong showing at the state JO meet, winning the Young Women's (ages 17-18) discus (133-2), placing second in the shot put (39-1-3/4), and placing third in the javelin (121-1/12).

Her mark in the javelin was a personal record. Robinson was state champion in the discus and state runner-up in the shot put at the 2012 OSAA Class 4A high school meet.

The top eight placers from the state Junior Olympic meet are eligible to advance to the USA Track and Field Region 13 Junior Olympic Championships, scheduled for July 5-8 at Summit High School in Bend.