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Horizon Christian boys shine at state meet again

MONMOUTH - A year after winning the Class 3A state championship, the Horizon Christian High School boys track and field team turned in another strong performance at the state meet.

The Hawks ran, jumped, threw and hurdled their way to a fifth-place finish in the team standings at the Class 3A state meet, held Friday and Saturday at Western Oregon University.

Senior Tony Dubenko had a big day for the Hawks in Saturday's finals. He finished third in the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 15.39 seconds and he also ran to third place in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a mark of 41.45.

Horizon Christian senior Connor Hart placed in three events at state. He was fourth in the 110 high hurdles in 15.71, he was fifth in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.96 and he cleared 5 feet, 11 inches to place fourth in the high jump.

Senior Fernando Barrett-Ramirez had the top individual finish for the Hawks. He took second place in the high jump with a height of 6-3.

Horizon Christian junior Ben Smith was third in the triple jump with a mark of 42-10. Senior Andy Karlinger took eighth place in the shot put with a throw of 43-8¾.

The Hawks scored 41 points as a team, putting them just one point behind fourth-place Cascade Christian and six points behind both Colton and St. Mary's, who tied for second place with 47 points apiece. Nyssa won the Class 3A boys team championship with 61 points.

For the Horizon Christian girls, junior Hanna Gill finished in seventh place in the discus with a mark of 100-5. Senior Danielle Esquerra finished in ninth place in the javelin with a toss of 104-6.

The Horizon Christian 4 x 100 relay team of Sasha Iliyn, Mary Auxier, Esquerra and Jaime Weber finished in 10th place in the preliminary heats at the state meet with a time of 53.85.

St. Mary's won the Class 3A girls team state championship.