Streed, Schumaker and Robinson earn individual titles

by: BY JOHN LARIVIERE - Gladstone athletes and coaches pose proudly with their first place team trophy from the 2013 Class 4A State High School Track and Field Championships.EUGENE — Gladstone coeds left it all on the field on the meet’s final day and successfully defended their team title at the 2013 Class 4A State High School Track and Field Championships, held at Hayward Field May 24-25.

The Gladiators tallied 65 team points and finished just ahead of Newport (61), Molalla (56), Cottage Grove (56) and North Valley (55 points) in a very competitive field.

“After the first day, the next day we knew we had to hit everything [to win the meet],” said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. “But the girls came back focussed. They knew what they needed to do, and they scrapped and fought, and got it done. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Kintz added, “This group is really special. Five of the girls also won state championships in soccer, and the seniors have five state championships now in their high school career — three in soccer and two in track and field. That is pretty amazing!”

It’s Gladstone’s most successful run in track and field since 1996-1998, when Gladstone girls won three consecutive state titles.

It was a total team effort that earned the Gladiators the 2013 team title. Gladstone scored in seven events and nine girls contributed points to the winning tally.

Clutch performances in the triple jump and in the discus late in the meet clinched the title.

by: BY JOHN LARIVIERE - Madison Cronin flies in the state finals of the triple jump at the University of Oregons Hayward Field. The Gladstone High School senior won the event with a career-best mark of 35-10-3/4.Ranked first and fourth respectively, Gladstone senior Madison Cronin and Gladiator junior Kendall Schumaker came through in the triple jump, Cronin winning the event with a career-best mark of 35-10-3/4, and Schumaker placing third in a near PR of 34-3-1/4. It was the first individual title for Cronin, who placed third in the long jump and third in the triple jump at the 2012 state meet.

A three-peat for

D’onna Robinson

Senior D’onna Robinson got it done in the discus, launching the implement 132-7 to claim her third state title in the event.

by: BY JOHN LARIVIERE - Gladstone High School senior Donna Robinson made it a three-peat at the recent Class 4A State Track and Field Championships, winning the discus for a third consecutive year.“My coach came to me [during the finals] and told me we needed the points, so I had to win,” Robinson said. “No pressure. The discus was the last event scored and if I’d finished second we would have lost [the team title] by a point.”

Robinson, who fouled on four of her six attempts, was in second place when she came through with her winning throw.

“I’ve had a great [high school] career,” Robinson said. “Two years as state champs with my team, three individual championships, and having my dad [Steve] and step-mom [Michelle] there for me at every single meet, and now my boyfriend [Andrew Chiodo] there for me also. It’s been a great experience. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather do.”

The Gladiators scored big in the field events, winning points in every field event except the high jump.

Cronin finished runner-up to Molalla standout Claire Thomas (18-2-3/4) with a career best leap of 17-10-1/2 in the long jump.

Robinson repeated as state runner-up in the shot put, with a near PR of 40-8-3/4.

Streed reigns

in the pole vault

Gladstone sophomore McKenna Streed, who has seen limited action this spring because of a stress fracture, came through big-time in the pole vault, winning the event with a vault of 11-6. Streed also scored big for the Gladiators as a freshman, clearing 11-3 and placing second at state.

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Gladstone sophomore McKenna Streed was well over the bar on this attempt at the Class 4A State High School Championship Track and Field Championships. Streed, who cleared 11-6 to win the pole vault, said she has aspirations of going over the bar at 14 feet before she finishes high school. The best mark recorded by a high school female pole vaulter this spring was 13-9, by an athlete from a high school in Texas. Streed has already cleared 12 feet in indoor competition, and she holds Gladstone High Schools outdoor school record, at 11-8.Streed said of her win in the pole vault, “It was a little surprising. I was glad my foot held up. It was the first meet that I competed in this year that my foot didn’t hurt.”

Battling a stress fracture for the past eight months, Streed had been wearing a walking boot and had practiced only once the two weeks prior to the state meet.

“I was very happy I came in first, after last year,” Streed said, noting that last year she finished second on misses and not on height. “And it was nice to win on height and not on misses.”

Streed added, “It has been very cool to be a part of this team. We have some really amazing girls....”

Streed, who holds Gladstone’s school record at 11-8 and has cleared 12 feet at an indoor meet, said of her future goals: “To jump 13 to 13-6 next year and eventually 14 feet. And hopefully the Olympics, when I get older.”

Gladstone senior Courtney Pardee picked up crucial points in the javelin, placing sixth with an effort of 123-3.

Gladstone’s 4x100-meter relay team of seniors Cronin and Taylor Plunkett, junior Kelsey Hathaway and sophomore Mikaela Simac helped get the Gladiators off to a great start on Saturday when they recorded a season’s best time of 50.14, edging out Newport (50.18) for third place.

“Taylor ran the anchor and she out-leaned the Newport girl at the finish,” Kintz observed.

Freshman Tieara Norman was the Gladiators’ hard luck athlete at state.

Norman entered the state meet seeded high in the high hurdles, low hurdles and long jump. But she hit the second hurdle in Friday’s preliminaries of the high hurdles and went to the track hard.

Norman also had misfortune in the 300-meter low hurdles. She was leading two-thirds of the way through the preliminaries, when an ankle that she had injured in the high hurdles, forced her to slow down, and she fell well short of advancing to the finals.

Hobbled by her injury, Norman leaped 16-2 in the long jump, earning fifth place. The mark was 1-1/2 feet shy of her best jump this season.

Asked if her Gladiators might earn a third straight title next year, Kintz said, “We’re losing a lot of points to graduation. But Tieara could come back and be a huge scorer for us. McKenna will be a junior and we’ll have her back; we’ll have Kendall back in the jumps.... And I wouldn’t be surprised if we have some athletes come up from the eighth grade and contribute.... I think we might have a chance to trophy.”

Kintz, who has coached track and field at Gladstone since 1987, was honored by her peers at the Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Coach of the Year Banquet, held the day after the state meet, when they named her their 2012 Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year.

Conroy excels for

Gladstone guys

While Gladstone girls were getting the job done as a team at this year’s state meet, Gladstone boys had an individual standout in Andrew Conway. The Gladiator junior talent cleared a lifetime best of 13-9 to earn second place in the Class 4A boys pole vault. He improved upon his mark from district by nine inches, and the district mark was a personal record by a foot at the time.

“Andrew beat a lot of kids who had beaten him earlier in the season,” observed Gladstone coach Greg Hess.

Conway was within three inches of the mark that won state in 4A.

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