The Milwaukie freshman wins the long jump and high hurdles and places second in the low hurdles

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Milwaukie High School sophomore Tieara Norman flies to a state championship victory in the high hurdles in Saturday afternoons finals at Hayward Field.Sophomore Tieara Norman had a huge state track and field meet for Milwaukie, single-handedly scoring 28 points, earning state titles in the long jump and high hurdles and finishing runner-up in the low hurdles at the Class 5A State Championship Meet, held May 23-24 at Hayward Field.

She was the high-point girl for the Class 5A State Meet and her 28 points gained the Mustangs seventh place in the state-meet girls team standings.

“Tieara had an outstanding meet,” said Milwaukie coach Barrie Malcolm. “She PR'd in all three events and set a new school record in the long jump. You couldn't ask for much more. She really represented Milwaukie girls track well....

“She's got an outstanding work ethic and she deserves all of the success she's had.”

Malcolm, who first joined the Mustang track and field coaching staff in 1979, said that to his memory, the seventh-place team finish is the highest state-meet team finish for a Milwaukie girls track and field team that he can remember and “possibly the highest finish ever” for Milwaukie girls track and field.

Norman blew away the field in the long jump, winning with a leap of 18-4-1/4, a season's best mark by nearly foot. She beat the runner-up (Benson senior Jazmin McKenzie) by over a foot.

The old Milwaukie High School school record was 18-3, set by Kathy Wehr in 1985.

Norman won the high hurdles in 15.12, finishing two tenths of a second in front of the runner-up, Marist senior Bri Kempf (15.31).

Norman's high hurdles time is No. 3 all-time for Milwaukie high school, trailing only Cindy Wehr (14.77 in 1984) and Kori Hasselblad (15.04 in 1975).

Norman was clocked at a personal best 44.97 in the 300-meter low hurdles, where she was second only to Liberty senior Sarah Martinez (44.61). Her previous best time was 45.40, which she had set a week earlier at the Northwest Oregon Conference District Meet.

Junior Griffin Johnson was the only placer for Milwaukie boys. He cleared 12-6, good for eighth place in the pole vault.

Putnam had three athletes place at state. Kingsmen senior Bryan Marlatt cleared 6-6 and placed fourth in the boys high jump, and he leaped 21-3-1/2 and placed eighth in the triple jump.

Putnam senior Tyler Strauss placed seventh in the boys 100-meter dash (11.25) and Putnam freshman Audrey Bright cleared 9-6 and placed seventh in the girls pole vault.

Summit (125), Liberty (67), Corvallis (61) and Hermiston (46) were the top four teams at the Class 5A State Girls Meet; Marist (67), Lebanon (46), Hermiston (45), Sherwood (37) and Summit (37) were the top teams at the 5A Boys Meet.

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