Quay leaping with confidence
- Cliff Pfenning
- Portland Tribune - Sports
David Douglas track and field coach Kamala Skipper laughed at the outcome of Ashley Quay's long jump series at the Centennial Invitational on Saturday.
It wasn't so much Quay's winning jump of 18 feet, 7 inches, but the one that didn't count Ñ 19-5.
'She just hit the board on the takeoff,' Skipper said. 'But they measured the jump anyway. I hate it when they do that.'
At 19-5, Quay would be nearing the all-time state best, 19-10, set by Churchill's Michelle Reynolds in 1987. Reynolds also jumped 20 feet, although a wind reading wiped out that result for record purposes.
Wind probably would have disqualified Quay's 19-foot jump as well, but she is still Oregon's leader in the event and is tied for the state lead in the high jump at 5-6. She reached the state final in both events in 2002 and is favored to win at least one of them this year.
'Things just seem to be clicking this year,' Quay says. 'I'm having a lot of fun.'
The only thing missing from Quay's routine might be the swagger of a state champion. She's still plenty humble.
'I never expect anything, but you have to have some confidence you can do it,' says Quay, who also runs the 400 meters and either the short or long relay at dual meets. 'But I won't say I'm going to win anything.'
Quay hopes to compete in track at the University of Nevada next year.
MORE TRACK: Jefferson sophomore Taylon Lincoln is among the state's fastest runners in the 100 and 400, and she's learning to win from her chief competitors at Benson, Deborah Jones and Brandi Probasco-Canda.
Lincoln, whose brother Curtis was a standout for the Jefferson basketball team last year and is playing at North Idaho College, finished eighth at state in the 100 and 400 last season. She is heading for at least a repeat this year.
'I know them both and we're friends,' Lincoln says of Jones and Probasco-Canda. 'They're just faster than me. But, someday, I'll be up with them.'
Lincoln is thinking about trying the 100, 200 and 400, as Jones has done for the last two years.
'I might try that,' she says. 'But it's very hard. You really hurt yourself doing all three events in such a short time span.'
BOYS TRACK: Benson's 4x400 relay team is among the state leaders, thanks in part to freshman Nate Anderson, who also is near the lead in the 400.
Anderson skipped training most of last summer because of an injury, but he has rebounded well this spring and has a season best of 50.21, the winning time on Saturday.
'I'm hoping to get to 48.7 by the end of the season,' he says. 'I would love to win that event at state, but the relay is a bigger goal. We want to put the boys team up there on the same level as the girls team.'
Anderson teams with juniors Curran Williams, Jesse Brown and Jerome Lawrence on the long relay.
Notes: Lincoln finished second in the Jesuit Invitational boys tennis tournament Saturday but won two of the mini-tournaments that provide team scoring. Charlie Cutler won at No. 2 singles, and Andy Crooks won at No. 3 singles. Joel Kincaid was third at No. 1 singles, losing to eventual winner Charn Bak of Beaverton in the semifinals. Westview's Brett Joelson, the defending state champion, didn't play. Jesuit's team depth helped it win the overall title.