The local track club advances 13 to the Junior Olympic regionals

SANDY — Four Mustang Track Club athletes proved themselves the best in the state for their age divisions, winning individual titles at the 2013 USA Track and Field Junior Olympic State Championships, held at Sandy High School June JOHN DENNY - Mustang Track Club athletes display their medals and ribbons from the 2013 state club and state Junior Olympic championship meets. Pictured are: (first row, from left) Isabella Vaughn, Tieara Norman, Deshanae Norman and Natalia Chianello; (second row) Cross Chianello, Shane Halladin, Kaylie Burdette, Ben Scheible, Wesley McGuire and Charles Dayton; and (back) Natasha Rodriquez, Shyla Theel, Karla Herrera, Hana Herschberger, Layne McArthur and Lola McArthur.

Fifteen-year-old Tieara Norman of Gladstone, eleven-year-old Arthur Katahdin of Milwaukie, 10-year-old Isabella Vaughn of Clackamas and 8-year-old Logan Law of Milwaukie all won titles.

Norman headed the field in the 15-16 girls 100-meter high hurdles (15.90), placed second in the 400-meter low hurdles (1:09.08) and earned third place in the long jump with an effort of 16-10. She crossed the finish line half a second in front of the runner-up in the high hurdles.

Katahdin ran all alone and won a title in the 11-12 boys 1,500-meter race walk, placed second in the 80-meter high hurdles (14.51), scored 1,396 points and placed fourth in the pentathlon, and he teamed up with Cross Chianello, Ben Harvey and Wesley McGuire to earn second place in the 11-12 boys 4x400-meter relay (5:02.36).

Vaughn cleared 3-7-1/4 for first place in the 9-10 girls high jump and she earned second place in the triathlon. Law won first place in the 7-8 boys 1,500 (5:58.56) and placed second in the 400 (1:21.45). He won the 1,500 by 14 seconds.

Tieara’ Norman’s performance in the high hurdles was especially impressive, because many of the athletes she competed against were a year older.

Norman, who has personal bests of 15.50 in the high hurdles and 17-8 in the long jump, has ambitious goals. She says she’ll be shooting for the low 15’s at the upcoming Junior Olympic Regionals, and she has visions of someday competing in the Olympics.

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - State JO champion Tieara Norman“I’d like to go to Louisiana State and follow in the footsteps of Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones,” Norman says.

Last school year, as a freshman at Gladstone High School, Norman competed at state in three events and helped Gladstone’s girls team win the Class 4A state team title.

She says of her other goals in high school, “To keep straight A’s, make good choices, have fun and not be too stressed out.... I have never had a B; try to make varsity in soccer; and in track, keep trying to do what I do and getting PR’s.”

Vaughn, who first turned out for track a year ago, said of her first state title: “It’s exciting! It feels like last year was just practice and this year it’s for real.”

Vaughn, who will be a fifth grader at Spring Mountain Elementary in the fall, says she has a goal to “get at least second” at the upcoming regional competition.

by: JOHN DENNY - Mustang Track Club coach Fred Crowe gives some advice to Isabella Vaughn during a recent practice, as Vaughn eyes the bar at 4-1. The Clackamas 10-year-old has cleared 4-0-1/4 this spring and she won first place in the high jump in her age division at the recent Junior Olympics State Championship Meet.“I think she has a good chance,” said Isabella’s mother, Elizabeth. “She’s jumped 4-0-1/4 and so far there hasn’t been anyone that she’s gone against that has gone higher than 3-9.... And Isabella does better when she has competition.”

Isabella has improved her personal best by six inches this season.

Tieara Norman, Arthur Katahdin, Isabella Vaughn and Logan Law will travel to Seattle this coming weekend to compete in the Northwest Regional Championships. But they won’t be the only MTC athletes competing. Nine other MTC athletes qualified through top-eight placings at state.

Among the qualifiers is 9-year-old Deshanae Norman, who like her sister Tieara, has turned more than a few heads with her performances this spring and summer.

Competing in a division that includes 10-year-olds, Deshanae placed second at state in the 400 (1:10.14) and third in the long jump (12-5-1/2). Her mark in the long jump was just three inches shy of the winning mark; she won her heat in the 9-10 400-meter dash, but because there was no final, she did not get to go head-to-head with the winner, who ran the race half a second faster.

Deshanae placed second in the 400 meters at last year’s regionals and she says she has a better time this spring than the girl who beat her in 2012.

She says of her goal in the 400 at the upcoming regionals, “To win it and to run 1:07 or 1:08, because my dad said I get 20 bucks if I run 1:07 or 1:08.”

Deshanae had some misfortune at this year’s state meet. She landed on her hand while competing in the long jump and her spikes ripped a long cash that required a trip to the emergency room and stitches. But she insists she’ll be ready for regionals.

Among other MTC athletes qualifying for the regional Junior Olympic meet were: Natalia Chianello, Beavercreek, fourth in the 7-8 girls 400 (1:20.36) and sixth in the 200 (36.74); Kaylie Burdette, Colton, fourth in the 7-8 girls 800 (3:22.29) and sixth in the 400 (1:30.67); Courtney Pardee, Gladstone, fourth in the 17-18 girls javelin (115-11-1/3); Charles Dayton, Colton, fourth in the 9-10 boys javelin (62-1-2/3); Ben Scheible, Milwaukie, fourth in the 11-12 boys high jump (4-1-1/4), fourth in the pentathlon and eighth in the long jump (12-10-1/3); Shane Halladin, Milwaukie, seventh in the 11-12 boys high jump (3-11-1/4); Wesley McGuire, Oregon City, sixth in the 11-12 boys long jump (13-7); and Griffin Johnson, fifth in the 17-18 boys pole vault (10-0).

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