Glencoe senior goes out fast and sets a new personal record

Ryan England did it the hard way.

Racing in the 800 meters, one of the most taxing races in track and field, in the 46th annual Elden Kellar Invitiational, the Glencoe senior set a blazing pace from the gun, built a big lead, and then hung on to win on Friday at Hare Field.

After running the entire race practically alone, England’s time did not turn out perhaps quite as fast as he would have liked — he was hoping to dip under 1 minute, 58 seconds. But England still ran a personal best of 1:58.21 in the eight-team invitational. Aidan Paulk of Grant was second in 1:59.66, and Columbia River’s Miles Grant took third in 2:00.43.

“I knew that I was going to have to go out by myself, and so I did that,” a winded England said after the race.

Interestingly, England set his previous personal record, a time of 1:58.51, while winning the 800 in last year’s Elden Kellar meet. On Friday, England, a Class 6A state qualifier in 2012, pushed himself to his limits once again, and he spent the next few minutes after his winning performance bent over a garbage can in the infield as payment for his efforts.

But he did recover enough to run a leg on the Crimson Tide’s fourth-place long relay, along with Trebriel Larry, Cody Newsom and Josh Melanson.

“Going out in 55 (seconds for the first lap), which I never usually do, I was feeling it with 300 to go,” England said. “I was like, ‘I’m ready to stop.’”

But he didn’t. Instead he focused on his form and held himself together enough in the late stages of the race to pick up a new PR, even though no one was around to push him to the finish line. The mark was the top time in the Pacific Conference heading into this week.

England, who placed second in the district meet a year ago and 10th in the Class 6A state meet in Eugene, has led the conference standings for much of the season.

In the team race, as with their female counterparts, the Falcons of Liberty posted the top finish by a Hillsboro school in the boys field, taking fourth place with 84 points. Canby took top honors with 118½ points, followed by Columbia River, of Vancouver, Wash., with 103. Grant was third with 92 points. Washington school Kelso (82 points), Hillsboro (73), Glencoe (58½) and Century (51) finished fifth through eighth, respectively.

In addition to England, three boys from Hillsboro schools won events at the meet — Hilhi’s Cricket Browning in the 400 (50.96) and Tylar Deveraux-Stevens in the javelin (183 feet, 11 inches), and Michael Francy of Liberty in the 1,500 (4:15.31).

Browning won a tight battle in the 400 despite running on a right ankle injured earlier this month while he was playing basketball. The Spartans sophomore found himself dueling the Grant tandem of Julian Hanlon-Austin and Julius Shellmire down the homestretch, but he had enough to somehow hold them off at the finish line. Hanlon-Austin was second in 51.08, with Shellmire in third in 51.15.

“I didn’t so much, say, feel them, but I could see them out of the corner of my eye,” said Browning, who ran a season-best time, about his Generals competitors. “And then in my head I’m thinking, ‘I can’t lose this. I’m not going to lose this.’ I just kept going as hard as I could. And my body was about to give out on me, and I could feel my ankle just slowly deteriorating from under me, and I was like, ‘I gotta finish it. Ten more meters. Ten more meters.’”

Several other boys from the four Hillsboro schools finished well up in the standings at the meet, named after former longtime Hilhi and Glencoe track and field coach Elden Kellar. For the Crimson Tide, Larry added second-place efforts in the 100 (11.53) and 200 (22.65). The senior sprinter’s time in the longer race took down a personal record dating back to his sophomore season. Also for Glencoe, Mason Rouches was fourth in the 1,500 (4:18.86), and Chaz Chavez matched that result in the high jump (5-8).

For Liberty, Nick Bonat was second in both the high hurdles (16.26) and in the intermediate hurdles (42.56). The long relay team of Matthew Langbehn, Francy, James Marshall and Josh Cole finished third in 2:28.58 – good for the top time in Class 5A heading into this week. Jon Horn scored a 10-foot personal record and a runner-up result in the javelin (179-5), and he threw 44-9 and teamed with Byron Greenlee (44-3¼) to go 3-4 in the shot put. Cole added a fourth-place effort in the 400 (51.86), as did Marshall in the 800 (2:00.66).

Besides Browning, Michael Gonzalez recorded the best finish by a Spartans boy. He finished just two inches short of Grant’s Harrison Schrage in the long jump with a mark of 21-5, a personal best by 7½ inches. The tandem of Michael Gaskell (17.28) and Adrian Arteaga (17.37) went 3-4 in the high hurdles, and Arteaga also finished third in the intermediates (42.57).

Sheridan Olds and Christian Guttierez-Treat led Century with runner-up finish in the discus (123-2) and high jump (5-10), respectively. Tyson Zagelow in the pole vault (11-6) and Josh Wise in the long jump (20-3) added fourth-place results.

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