Gladstone girls excel at Barlow Relays
Robinsons launches the discus 142-7; Streed clears 11-0 in the pole vault
Gladstone High School coeds on Saturday continued to prove themselves one of the top girls track and field programs in the state at any level, claiming first place at the Barlow Relays.
Competing in a meet that included athletes from six schools with much higher enrollment, the Gladiators scored 157.96, finishing well in front of Heritage, WA, which scored 131.94 and earned runner-up honors. Beaverton, Hood River, Barlow, Sandy and The Dalles also had teams entered in the meet.
Gladstone girls earned first place in five relay events and they garnered runner-up honors in four events.
The Glads won first place in the javelin, pole vault, long jump, triple jump and 4x200-meter relays; and they finished second in the 4x100-meter, 4x400-meter, shot put and discus relays.
The Gladiators received stellar individual performances from two athletes in the field events.
Gladstone senior Donna Robinson launched the discus 142-7 and Gladstone sophomore McKenna Streed cleared 11-0 in the pole vault.
Robinsons mark in the discus is a states best for all classifications and it betters a school record that she set at 139-4 last year. It also set a meet record.
Robinson also had the second best mark of Saturdays meet in the shot put, at 38-3-1/2.
Streed, the defending state champion in the pole vault, cleared 11-0 on Saturday, which is a 2013 states best for Class 4A. It was the first competition of the season for Streed, who has been out of commission for the past two months while trying to heal a stress fracture.
Gladstone freshman Tieara Norman continued impressive in the hurdles, completing her low hurdles relay leg in a personal best of 48.74. The time ranks Norman second in the state in 4A.
Jumping into a stiff headwind, Gladstone senior Madi Cronin and Norman were impressive in the long jump, where they recorded respective jumps of 16-8 and 16-7.
Cronin also leaped 34-9-1/2 in the triple jump, a seasons best and a states best for 4A this season.
Gladstone senior Alisa Bradshaw cleared 5-2 for the second-best mark of the meet in the girls high jump.
Gladstones 2x200-meter relay team of Cronin, Taylor Plunkett, Kelsey Hathaway and Mikaela Simac won that event by 50 meters, with a time of 1:48.69.
The Gladiator 4x400-meter relay team of Hathaway, Plunkett, Simac and Norman was clocked at a seasons best of 4:10.77, the fourth best time in the state in 4A this season.
And the Gladiator 4x100-meter relay team of Cronin, Plunkett, Hathaway and Simac was clocked at 50.82, the sixth-best time in 4A this spring.
We had some good performances, said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. They competed tough, especially considering that it was a cold day, and it was really windy.
The Gladiators begin Tri-Valley Conference competition this Thursday, when they square off with La Salle and Estacada, at Estacada.