Glad gals eye a repeat title
They turn a few heads with some monster early-season marks at Clackamas
Gladstone High School coeds, who a year ago captured the state championship in girls track and field, last week put the rest of the state on notice that they are going to be a force to contend with again in 2013.
Competing against 6A teams from Clackamas and Centennial in a season-opening non-scored meet at Clackamas, the defending Class 4A champs more than held their own, winning eight events and setting states best marks for the week in multiple events.
Gladstone senior Donna Robinson, who signed recently with NCAA Division I-FCS Eastern Washington, headed up the effort. Competing on a sprained ankle, she won the girls shot put with an effort of 39-6 and the discus with an effort of 125-2. Both marks were states bests for last week for all classifications, Class 1A through 6A.
Robinsons mark in the shot put was not far back of her career-best mark of 40-10.
Donna sprained her ankle a week ago, said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. So it was a standing throw in the discus. She didnt spin. And in the shot put, it was only a partial glide.
The Gladiators were impressive in the horizontal jumps.
Gladstone senior Madison Cronin (16-10-3/4), Gladstone freshman Tieara Norman (15-4) and Gladiator junior Kendall Schumaker (15-2-1/4) went one-three-four at Clackamas in the girls long jump; and Schumaker (33-3-1/4) and Cronin (32-4) went one-two in the triple jump.
Cronins mark in the long jump ranks her No. 1 in the state in Class 4A in that event; Schumakers mark in the triple jump ranks her No. 1 in 4A in that event.
Other Gladstone winners included: junior Kelsey Hathaway (1:02.23) in the 400; senior Madison Wease in the 1,500 and 3,000; and the team of Mikaela Simac, Hathaway, Cronin and Taylor Plunkett in the sprint relay (51.03).
The time in the relay was a states best for Class 4A.
The relay was awesome, Kintz said. They were a second faster than they were in the first meet of the season last year.
The same four girls went on to place fourth at state in the 4x100-meter relay last year with a 50.07 clocking at state.
The Gladiators also got a Class 4A states best from Norman (17.07) in the high hurdles, where she finished not far back of Centennial senior Courtney Atteberry (16:49).
Tieara could become really good in the hurdles, Kintz said. It was the first time shed run them and she three-stepped every hurdle. If she gets her form down she could be in the 15s by the end of the season....
[In the long jump], she had a 17-foot jump, where she barely scratched.
If we can get everyone to state and stay healthy, weve got a really good chance [of winning state again], Kintz said. Were only missing six points [from athletes lost to graduation from last years state-meet team], and we won it by 10....
Molalla placed second [at state] last year, and theyll be after us. But I think that with our depth in the field events and sprints, weve got an excellent chance of winning league, both at district and in dual meets.
Gladstone girls have already had some issues with injuries. Gladstone veteran pole vaulter McKenna Streed has been out with a stress fracture. Streed cleared 11-3 and won state last year as a freshman, and Kintz says she cleared 11-6 during the past indoor season.
Weve got some kids out injured, Kintz said. Fortunately none of our injuries are season-ending. Hopefully McKenna will be back ready to compete in another two to three weeks....
Next meet for Gladstone is a home meet this afternoon with Milwaukie and Banks.
Gladstone boys got some strong performances from their sprinters and jumpers last week at Clackamas.
Gladstone senior Dakota Hollingsworth (11.53) and Gladiator sophomore Eric Prom (11.61) went one-two in the 100; Gladstone senior Tyler Bitter (23.69) and Hollingsworth (24.16) went one-two in the 200; and Gladstone sophomore Armand Jayne (54.39) earned runner-up honors in the 400.
And the Gladiator team of Prom, Jordan Hernandez, Bitter and Hollingsworth won the boys 4x100-meter relay (45.80), finishing just ahead of Clackamas (46.08).
Gladstone senior Michael Stoutt held his own in the horizontal jumps, earning second place in both the long jump (19-4-3/4) and triple jump (39-3-1/2).
Were young and inexperienced, said Gladstone boys coach Greg Hess. But weve got good numbers. Weve got 45 boys out, including 15 freshmen and seven sophomores who are out for the first time. When they figure out what theyre doing, we could be pretty good.