Bruins are state champs
6A GIRLS TRACK
EUGENE The Barlow girls track team did something that no one has seen before at historic Hayward Field, setting the stage for the Bruins run to the 6A state title Saturday.
Barlow sent three athletes to the starting blocks for the 100-meter final, flooding the middle lanes with their yellow jerseys. The gun went off and the Barlow trio blurred toward the finish line.
Senior Danelle Woodcock led the charge with a winning time of 12.01 seconds, followed a half-stride back by Sara Turner in 12.14. The next four racers came through the line just .05 hundredths apart.
Barlow's Macie Allen was in that group, anxiously watching the stadium scoreboard as it sorted out the order. It took about three heart beats before all three Bruins jumped high into the air and met in an embrace to celebrate an unpredented 1-2-3 sweep in a state event.
It was such a rush we got to that last 10 meters and everybody was right there. It was just a fun race, Allen said.
The Bruins picked up a whopping 24 points in the race and zoomed to the top of the leader board.
Renick Meyer joined the sprint trio for a quick start to Saturday's session, winning the 400-meter relay without a challenge.
The Bruins led the way start-to-finish, and Woodcock was off and running for the finish line before any other team had entered the final exchange zone.
The Bruins tag-team clocked in with a personal-best of 46.72 seconds just 0.15 hundredths off the 12-year-old record in the event.
Barlow put on the finishing touches with 14 points in the 200 late in the day. Woodcock ripped around the corner and was several strides ahead of the rest of the pack. She crossed through the line with the win in 25.08 seconds, while Turner came in fifth.
She also was the meet's high scorer with 28.5 points. She started her meet by placing third in the long jump Friday.
Meyer produced Barlow's other points with a sixth-place finish in the high hurdles.
Barlow finished with 57 points to beat Jesuit by five.
Look for expanded championship coverage in the Friday, May 29, print edition.
View a photo gallery from the 6A championships at daveball.exposuremanger.com.