Despite some nasty spring weather, Crimson Tide girls persevere for 11th-place finish, boys take 12th
Glencoe faced some challenging weather and some stiff competition but managed to hold its own last Saturday at the Sandy Invitational in Sandy.
Led by Leah McClains victory in the girls 300-meter hurdles, the Crimson Tide recorded four top-three finishes in the meet, long an estimable early season invitational.
Oregon City topped the boys field with 98 points and Class 5A six-time reigning state champion Summit of Bend racked up 128 points for the girls title. Glencoes boys scored 19 points, good for 12th place, and the Tide girls recorded 28 points to finish 11th.
Ive been to a lot of track meets in Oregon, and those were some terrible, terrible conditions for the kids, Glencoe coach Dennis Rice said of what the participants were facing on Saturday. It was nuts, everything from hail to torrential downpours.
Rice was quick to highlight McClains performance in the low hurdles. The sophomore ran a time of 48.80 seconds just fast enough to beat out Josie Kinney of Summit, who was three one-hundredths of a second behind. The mark was a personal best by .36 for McClain, who finished seventh in the Pacific Conference district meet a year ago as a freshman.
Shes worked really hard, probably one of our hardest working girls in the offseason, Rice noted.
Pole vaulter Katie Barger had the next best performance by a Tide girl, clearing 7 feet, 6 inches to place fourth. Other scorers were Beth Johnston in the 100 hurdles (fifth, 17.91), Kari Zickel in the 1,500 (sixth, 5:15.00), Grace Diller in the long jump (seventh, 15-1½) and Annalee Dewey in the triple jump (eighth, 30-7).
Madeline Buss, McClain, Dominique Mossman and Sabrina McGowen teamed up for a seventh-place result in the 4x100 relay (53.62), while McClain, Mossman, Caprina Crocker and Chloe Harris were eighth in the 4x400 relay (4:38.46).
The Tide boys received a trio of third-place finishes to account for most of their points. Trebriel Larry ran a time of 23.40 in the 200 final to finish behind McNarys Garrett Hittner (23.18) and Ryan Cox of Oregon City (23.25).
This early in the season, were pretty pleased with how well hes been doing, and to see him go out and come real close to that performance again under bad weather conditions, running a prelims and a finals, said Rice, noting that Larry ran a 23.10 in Glencoes dual meet against Tigard on April 3, his third-fastest time ever.
Distance runner Mason Rouches recorded a big breakthrough in the 3,000, taking third in 9:19.62, a personal best by more than 10 seconds. Summits Eric Alldritt won in 9:01.18, and Glencoes Abraham Teklu was eighth in 9:43.93. After suffering from the effects of low iron during his sophomore track season in 2012, Rouches has rebounded to set personal-best times in all three distance races already this season.
He just ran a great, consistent race, Rice said.
Despite running on some legs heavy and tired from training, Ryan England showed that he is in good form already this season. In his third-place effort in the 800, his time of 1:58.95 was just .44 slower than his personal best.
England, a two-time state meet qualifier in the 800, finished just behind David Steele of Capitol, a Boise, Idaho school, and Barlows Auston Burns. Steele ran a time of 1:57.20, while Burns was timed in 1:57.90.
Hes been working real hard, Rice said. At this time of year, youre supposed to have heavy legs. Thats how it is. Were working real hard in practice and were putting in the mileage now. Were not doing speedwork. Its way too early in the season for that kind of stuff.