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Local thinclads hold their own in Eugene, and at JO Nationals


Tieara Norman shines at the Track City Classic

Five local youths have continued impressive in track and field competition this summer.

Sisters Tieara and Deshanae Norman of Gladstone more than held their own at the Track City Classic, held at Hayward Field in mid-July. Connor McLean of Clackamas, Arthur Katahdin of Milwaukie and Ben Scheible of Milwaukie made a strong showing at the USATF Junior Olympic National Championships, held July 22-28 in Greensboro, NC.

Tieara gained a lot of notice at the Track City Classic, where she won two events and finished runner-up in a third event, despite being the younger age in the division for 15- and 16-year-old girls.

Tieara, who begins her sophomore year at Gladstone High School this fall, won first place in the 100-meter hurdles (15.71), first place in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.48), and she placed second with an effort of 17-5 in the long jump. Her winning mark in the 400-hurdles was a personal record by more than two seconds.

Deshanae, who is 9, won the long jump in the division for nine- and 10-year-old girls, with a personal record leap of 13-1-3/4. She also placed seventh in the 200 (30.85) and seventh in the 400 (1:10.21).

The seventeen-year-old McLean, competing in the division of the decathlon for 17- and 18-year-olds, placed 11th in the nation in that event, scoring 6,083 points. He had the third best mark of the decathlon for the pole vault, at 14-11.

McLean’s other marks were: 12.18 in the 100, 52.95 in the 400, 5:02.28 in the 1,500, 15.61 in the 110-meter hurdles, 5-8-3/4 in the high jump, 20-1 in the long jump, 35-5-1/4 in the shot put, 100-1 in the discus and 139-3 in the javelin.

Katahdin, who is 11, placed 17th at the Junior Olympic Nationals in the 11-12 boys 80-meter hurdles, completing the race in 13.77, a personal record by half a second.

Scheible cleared 4-3-1/4 in the 11-12 boys high jump, placing in the top 34 and equaling his best-ever mark for the event.