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Dean's lean decides state title

Hillsboro's Anna Dean wins a state championship in the 100 hurdles by one-hundredth of a second


Madi Greenleaf had Anna Dean beaten over 10 hurdles.

In the girls 100-meter hurdles final, staged Saturday at the Class 6A state track and field meet, the Lakeridge senior touched her lead leg down first over the final barrier, just in front of the diminutive Hillsboro sophomore.by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: ZACK PALMER - Hillsboro senior Anna Dean captured her first state championship on Saturday at the Class 6A state track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, clocking 14.64 seconds to win the in the 100-meter hurdles.

But Dean won the sprint to the finish line. With a well-timed lean at the tape, Dean caught Greenleaf to capture her first state title, completing the race in a personal-best time of 14.64 seconds — just one-hundredth of a second ahead.

“Now, with the meet being over, I’m still taking it all in,” Dean said on Saturday after finishing the 200, her final race of the day. “Right after I ran it, I couldn’t believe it ... I’m just so happy. I worked really hard. The girls I was running against had awesome times as well, so going into it, (it was) anyone’s race.

“Finishing, I just gave all the lean I had, because I knew that that Lakeridge girl was right there next to me, and I really wanted to win it.”

With the victory, Dean became Hilhi’s second state champion in the 100 hurdles. Erin Kelly won the event in both 1996 and 1998. Dean’s win was the highlight of two outstanding days for the Hilhi girls at Hayward Field in Eugene, as Dean made the finals in all four of her events for the second consecutive year, and Hilhi ended the two-day meet with 30 points, tied for ninth place with Tigard, Grants Pass and St. Mary’s Academy.

Lakeridge scored 48½ points for its first state championship, followed by Barlow (46), Sunset (44½) and Jesuit (44).

After Dean and Greenleaf, Pacific Conference rivals Lindsey Rosette of Tigard and Newberg’s Ally Cuddeford were third and fourth, respectively, in 15.00 and 15.11.

And for Century, Jikuesiah Jones ended her high school career on the state meet awards podium. She was seventh — and the fourth finalist in the event from the Pacific Conference — in a personal-best time of 15.48.

But the race belonged to Dean.

“Before the last hurdle, I was like, ‘She has it right now,’” Dean said about Greenleaf. “And so I just gave everything I had mentally and physically, and I just ran that last part as fast as I could and just put the lean in and hoped I could get it.

“When I came across the line, honestly, I thought she had it, and I was still just so happy. I gave her a hug and then I heard, ‘Dean.’ And I (looked) up and my name was right there in first, and I just wanted to start crying, I was so happy. I just couldn’t wait to see my coach, Coach Bink, to see how happy he was for me, because I just wanted to make him proud.”

“Coach Bink” is longtime Hilhi hurdles coach Larry Binkerd, who has coached a lengthy line of successful hurdlers at the school, Dean the latest among them.

Right after the 100 hurdles final finished, Binkerd thought Dean had prevailed, he said, but he had to wait for confirmation as results popped up on the Hayward Field scoreboard, just like everyone else. Earlier in the week, he had identified Greenleaf as a legitimate contender in the race, and his instincts proved right on Saturday.

But Dean was just a bit better.by: HILLSBORO TRIBUNE PHOTO: AMANDA MILES - Hillsboro freshman Alyssa Thomas (right) hugs teammate Anna Dean after the pair helped set a school record in the 4x100-meter relay on Saturday at the state meet.

“She’s unbelievable to coach,” said Binkerd, who misted up briefly when talking about his newest state champion. “Whatever you say, she can just relate it right to her body immediately.”

Before Dean’s title, Hilhi set the tone early on Saturday with a third-place result in the 4x100 relay. The quartet of Cassidy Estep, Kylie Taube, Dean and Krissy Thomas was timed in 48.15, just behind Barlow (47.61) and Sunset (47.82). That performance sliced almost half a second off the school record (48.64) that Estep, Taube and Dean helped set in 2012, and ranks 13th all-time in Oregon preps history among all classifications (according to the records maintained at summittrackandfield.com).

“As a team, we worked so hard, and we just wanted to get it around the track — was our first goal. Getting a medal was our second goal,” Dean said. “Definitely, breaking the record was something really cool to see because it’s something that we knew we could do with the girls we have on the team, but it was just a matter of being capable of getting there.

“Being on the track today, when I got the baton, I just ran my hardest, because it’s different when you’re running for your team. You want to do it for them.”

With the relay, Dean and Thomas were just getting started. They returned to the track a short time later for the 100 meter final, in which Dean took fourth place in 12.48. Thomas was not far behind in sixth (12.64). Barlow’s Danelle Woodcock won in 12.30, followed by Taylor Coon of Sunset (12.33) and Becca Houk of Oregon City (12.39).

Later in the afternoon, after Dean won her hurdles title, she and Thomas rounded out Hilhi’s scoring in the 200. Thomas ran a personal-best time of 25.55 to finish fifth, while Dean (who ran a PR of 25.60 in the preliminaries) was timed in 25.73 for seventh place. Coon won the event in 24.96, Alexa Dixon of Jesuit was second in 25.27, and Houk was third yet again, this time in 25.39.

Thomas filled out her meet by running the leadoff leg on the Spartans’ 4x400 relay, which finished 12th in 4:07.61 behind Lincoln’s winning effort of 3:52.47. Tanya Jones, Taube and Sami Moellmer also ran on that Hilhi squad.

The day before, Moellmer was 14th in the 400 preliminaries in 1:00.62, and Lauren Lykins finished 15th in a record-setting 3,000 in 11:15.09. South Eugene senior Erin Clark ran 9:32.08 to set the all-time state best in the event.

Just a freshman, Thomas has proven to be a valuable addition to the Hilhi sprint corps. She did not turn out for the team until midway through the season due to gymnastics commitments, but she delivered once she did start running, becoming the anchor on the Spartans’ short relay, winning an individual league title in the 200, and running in four events at the state meet.

“It’s been really exciting, a little nerve-wracking but not too many nerves, because I know how to do it,” Thomas said about her state meet experience. “I love coming out here.”

For Century, Jones’ two points landed the Jaguars in a tie for 32nd place in the team standings. Braanna Weber and Kassandra Morrison were the Century’s other girls participants.

Weber took 11th place in the 300 hurdles preliminaries (46.66) and 12th place (2:24.22) in the 800 prelims on Friday. She came back the following day and was 13th in the 1,500 (4:55.24). Morrison cleared 9 feet, 6 inches in the pole vault, good for 11th place. Hao Pham, Century’s lone competitor in the boys meet, no-heighted in the pole vault.

For Glencoe, boys 800 conference champion Ryan England got caught up in traffic and failed to advance out of Friday’s preliminaries. A large field of 21 total entries made for two congested qualifying heats, and England got caught up in the pack in his heat, finishing in 1:58.24, which landed him in 12th place overall.

Fellow senior Trebriel Larry finished 10th in the 200 in 22.76 — just two hundredths of a second out of the final — and 13th in the 100 in 11.57. The two paired with Cody Newsom and Josh Melanson to take 12th in the 4x400 relay (3:28.21). Sophomore Justin Worthy was 13th in the shot put (42-4¾).

The Crimson Tide’s girls 4x100 relay team of Caprina Crocker, Rosie Hunker, Leah McClain and Cassandra Acosta ran a time of 49.20 to finish 10th in that event’s extremely deep field.



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