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Crousers take home medals at state track meet

Local athletes win state titles
by: Bill Wilson, Gresham’s Ryan Crouser won the shot put and the javelin competition at the Junior Olympic state meet last weekend in Salem.

SALEM - Local youth athletes showed their speed and strength Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, at the Oregon Junior Olympic State Track and Field Championships at Willamette University's McColluch Stadium.

Pacing the strong showing was Schavey Hill and Ryan Crouser, who each won a state title and was the runner-up in another event.

Hill, who will be a junior at Gresham High School, won the intermediate girls 200- and 400-meter dash titles. She won the 200 in 24.55 seconds and the 400 in 56.49. Hill finished second to Parkrose sophomore Kayla Smith in the 100 by .05 seconds, but edged her for the 200 title later in Sunday's sweltering sun.

Ryan Crouser showed his prowess in the throws by winning the shot put and javelin throw. He took the lead on his first throw and never relinquished it, improving his mark to 44-feet-5 1/4 to earn the youth boys title by nearly four feet in Sunday's event.

Crouser also took first in the javelin, heaving the spear 152-7 to win by six feet over the runner-up. Crouser was the early leader in Saturday's discus throw with a mark of 146-4 on his third throw. He was passed by the No. 2 seed in the finals and finished as the runner-up.

Younger brother Matt Crouser also brought home a state title in the shot put with a throw of 23-3 1/4 in the bantam boys division. The Sandy-based Team Oregon competitor also took second in the turbo javelin and third in the 800.

Cousin Haley Crouser also earned gold with an impressive performance in the midget girls turbo javelin throw. Throwing into a persistent wind, Crouser heaved each of her six efforts more than 100 feet, while the runner-up had a best effort of less than 70 feet. Crouser threw 106-8 to lead through the first round then went 109-6 on her first throw of the finals for the state-winning effort.

She also earned a top-6 finish in the long jump to earn a berth into the regional meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8, also in Salem.

Older brother Sam Crouser was third in the intermediate boys javelin throw.

Team Oregon's Rachel Woodcock finished second in the midget girls turbo javelin at 68-2. Younger sister Danelle Woodcock won the bantam girls 100 in 14.41, took second in the long jump and third in the 200.

Gresham's Mark Holenstein won the midget boys long jump with a leap of 15-1 1/4. Barlow senior Danielle Ferguson won the young women's triple jump by more than a foot with an effort of 36-7 3/4. She also took fourth in the long jump.

Damascus sophomore Sean Lewis won the intermediate boys 400 hurdles in 1:01.03. Recent Centennial graduate Sam Helland was the runner-up in the young men's pole vault at 14-1/2.

Centennial junior Chris Struckman also earned an intermediate boys state title, winning the high jump with a clearance of 6-2 3/4. Struckman also took third in the long jump and qualified for regionals in the 200 and 400, as well.

Gresham senior Shaun Lambert won the young men's 400 in 51.17. Running for Gresham Blu By U, Lambert also took second in the 200 and fourth in the 100. Teammate Spencer Clark was second in the young men's 800, while teammate Robert Manwell took third in the young men's 110 hurdles.

Gresham junior Lacey Meusec took second in the young women's 200.

Damascus senior Emily Holding was third in the both the young women's 100 hurdles and the high jump. Younger sister Rebecca Holding was second in the intermediate girls 400 hurdles. Youngest sister Kristan Holding qualified for regionals in the 100 hurdles, high jump, shot put and javelin.