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Glad girls score big at state

Robinson is a surprise winner in the discus

EUGENE - Led by sophomore D'onna Robinson, Gladstone's girls track team had an exceptional two days at last weekend's Class 4A State Track and Field Championships.

The Gladiators had nine athletes place in 11 events. They scored 45 team points and came very close to bringing home a team trophy.

'Forty-five points is enough to win it in some years and it's usually enough to win a trophy,' said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. 'All the girls came through and did what they were supposed to do. We didn't have any big mishaps, which is unusual for a state meet. I'm really proud of the girls for the way they competed and stayed focused.'

Kintz added, 'We were only 18 points out of first and we've got a lot of people coming back. We're hoping to get that [state championship] trophy next year.'

The Gladiators placed fifth in the state-meet team scoring, finishing back of Newport (63 points), Philomath (61), Estacada (50) and Sweet Home (46).

Gladstone will have seven of this year's nine state-meet placers returning in 2012, including Robinson, who won the Gladiators' only individual title. The sophomore talent was a surprise winner in the discus, and she placed third in the shot put.

Robinson's best discus throw entering the state meet was 111-11. She won the event with a mighty heave of 123-7 on her final throw. The mark is second-best all-time for Gladstone High School. Taylor Aldredge (137-4 in 2008) holds the record.

Robinson was ranked sixth in the state in the discus heading into the state meet.

'I thought I did a pretty good job,' said Robinson. 'Especially since my family, friends and teammates were screaming behind me…. It was on my last throw, and it came out of nowhere….

'Everybody was screaming. It was so awesome!'

Robinson also set a new PR at state in the shot put, with an effort of 37-2-3/4.

Asked how she celebrated, Robinson said, 'Besides my dad just squeezing me to death afterwards and the celebrating with my friends and teammates, I went home to see my nephew and sister, who I hadn't seen in a long time. Then I just went to bed and passed out.'

Robinson said her new goals are 'over 130 in the disc and 40 in the shot, and in the javelin I need to make it [to state] next year.'

Gladstone junior Brita Kintz nearly won a state title in the pole vault. Kintz cleared 11-0 and finished runner-up to Sisters junior Sara Small (11-3).

'Brita almost won it,' coach Kintz said. 'Sara missed on her first attempt at 11-3, and at first, it looked like Brita had cleared it on her first attempt. She was standing and almost totally off the mat when the bar fell down.'

Gladstone's 4x100-meter relay team of freshman Kelsey Hathaway, sophomore Taylor Plunkett, sophomore Madison Cronin and senior Kellie Skofstad completed that race in a near PR of 50.39 and placed fourth, just seven tenths of a second behind the winning team from Philomath.

Plunkett (59.60) and Hathaway (1:00.27) were both finalists in the 400-meter dash, where they placed fifth and eighth respectively.

Other placers for Gladstone's girls team included: Skofstad, fifth in the long jump (16-7-1-2); Cronin, seventh in the triple jump (34-3-1/2); sophomore Alisa Bradshaw, seventh in the high jump (5-0); senior Hannah Whittet, seventh in the high hurdles (17.09); and junior Ashley Beykovsky, eighth in the javelin (115-7).

Gladstone had four boys place at state. Senior Favian Sanchez placed fourth in the shot put (48-8-1/2), senior Jake McKay placed sixth in the high jump (6-0), senior Nick Charriere placed seventh in the pole vault (13-6), and junior Josh Wilson was eighth in the intermediate hurdles (42.35).

La Salle made a strong showing at the Class 4A state boys meet, placing in nine events and tallying 34 points, for eighth place in the team standings.

The Falcon guys were especially tough in the distance races. Senior Sean O'Hollearn placed fourth in the 3,000 (8:55.78) and fifth in the 1,500 (4:10.20); sophomore Alex Soberanis placed seventh in the 800 (2:00.11); and senior Nathan Chatterton placed eighth in the 800 (2:08.76).

La Salle senior Henry Lilly tossed the javelin 165-6 and placed sixth.

La Salle also got the job done in the sprints. Sophomore Sterling Akles placed fourth in the 200 (22.77), sophomore Colin Meisner placed sixth in the 100 (11.43), and Akles and Meisner teamed up with Muhammed Maurice and Tucker Stuart to earn third place in the boys 4x100-meter relay (43.77).

Chatterton, Soberanis and Meisner also teamed up with sophomore Mark Holenstein for a 3:27.13 clocking in the 4x400-meter relay, good for fourth place. Junior Audrey Taylor had a big state meet for La Salle girls, placing third in the 100 (12.57) and fourth in the 200 (26.44), and running legs on 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that placed third and fourth respectively.

Estacada girls were led by senior Chancey Summers, who won three events, the high jump (5-10), long jump (17-8-1/2) and triple jump (36-7-1/2).

Estacada had another state champion in sophomore Genna Settle, who won a close race in the 200-meter dash (25.98).

Molalla had two state champions, sophomore Claire Thomas in the low hurdles (45.27) and sophomore Michaela Farner in the javelin (131-5).