Tyner wins duel in 6A state 100

The Aloha sophomore beats Arthur Delaney and anchors 4 x 1 win
by: Miles Vance FAST 100 — Aloha’s Thomas Tyner (center) sails past the finish line in winning the 100-meter dash at the Class 6A state track meet at Hayward Field on Saturday, while teammate Sheldon Prince runs to fourth.

EUGENE - There wasn't much Aloha's boys track team didn't accomplish this year.

The Warriors, one of the Metro League favorites along with Sunset and Jesuit, took second in the regular season and second again at the district meet.

But Aloha entered last weekend's Class 6A state meet - held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field - believing it could win it all.

The Warriors fell short in their pursuit of that lofty goal, but not by much. While Sunset won the boys team title with 58 points, the Warriors took fifth overall at 39 points and left proud of their efforts and successes.

And while Aloha didn't win the team crown it wanted so badly, the Warriors did make their mark at state in a very, very dramatic fashion. Aloha started Saturday's championship finals by winning the day's first running event - the 4 x 100-meter relay - in a state-meet record time of 41.45 seconds.

'I was pretty calm, relaxed, ready to go,' said junior Christian Wood, who ran the lead leg of the relay. 'I caught up with the guy next to me, so I was doing well.'

'I was confident,' said junior Sheldon Prince, who ran the second leg of the relay. 'We were ready.'

'It was good. There was a little bit of jitters, but we were ready to get the job done,' added junior Ryan Russo, who ran the third leg of the relay. 'It was good all the way.'

'They did a great job. I'm very proud of them,' added sophomore anchor Thomas Tyner. 'Before the race, I was a little nervous, but I told 'em just to treat it like a normal race and we did. My teammates all did a great job today.'

There was more excitement ahead for the Warriors too, especially in the 100 meters. There, Tyner avenged a 2010 loss to Barlow's Arthur Delaney, running to victory in a state-meet record time of 10.48 (Delaney was second at 10.62).

'It was a great learning experience last year. It pushed me this year to work harder and keep my form,' Tyner said. 'This was a big race for me. I knew I was going to have to push it in order to win and that's what I did.'

Tyner did tweak his hamstring after crossing the finish line, though, and later scratched from the 200.

Prince was solid too, taking fourth in the 100 at 11.02. He was later sixth in the 200 at 22.03.

'I didn't run as good as I thought I could, but fourth place is pretty good,' Prince said of his 100.

Other Aloha highlights included James Euscher's fourth-place finish in the shot put at 53 feet, 11.75 inches, and Alex Foote's eighth in the 3000 at 8:48.28.

Jesuit's boys were 21st overall, the Crusaders' efforts highlighted by Jordan Talley's fourth-place finish in the long jump at 22-1, Steven Raimondi's fifth in the 800 at 1:57.82, and Miles Weatheroy's seventh in the triple jump at 43-3.75.

Beaverton took 23rd in the team scoring and got two top-five finishes from Dan Oekerman. Oekerman ran to fourth place in Friday's 3000 with a time of 8:40.54, then came back to place fifth in Saturday's 1500 at 4:03.26.

And Westview finished 25th in the team race, getting a fourth-place finish from the 4 x 100 relay team of Dallin Leavitt, Gabe Krebs, Jordan Bacon and Matt Landon in 42.73, a seventh in the 100 from Krebs in 11.19, and an eighth in the high hurdles by Uche Uba at 15.11.