Dean set for state finals in four events on Saturday
EUGENE – Hillsboro-area athletes more than held their own at the Class 6A track and field state meet at Hayward Field on Friday. The following is a recap of how Hillsboro, Century and Glencoe athletes did today, and what to look for tomorrow.
Whos in: Hilhi
-Anna Dean made the finals in all three of her individual events, including the 100 meters, where she led all competitors in the preliminaries with a personal-best time of 12.09 seconds, the second-quickest time in the entire state this season. The junior also cruised to the finals in the 100 hurdles (14.82), in which she led all qualifiers, and the 200. She placed seventh there to get in on time but ran a PR of 25.55.
-Krissy Thomas will join Dean in the 200 final. The sophomore finished in the hard-luck No. 9 spot in the 100 (12.61) to just miss the final, but she rebounded with a 25.60 200, finishing third to automatically qualify.
-Cricket Browning made good on his first trip to state by advancing to the 400 final. He took third in his heat in 50.16 to automatically advance.
Whos done: Century
-Braanna Weber took 12th overall in the 800 preliminaries in 2:23.74.
-Hao Pham represented the Jaguars at state for the second consecutive year but did no clear a height in the boys pole vault.
-Michael Gonzelez took 11th in the boys long jump with a best mark of 19 feet, 4¼ inches.
-Mason Rouches didnt let the atmosphere of Hayward Field rattle him. Competing at the historic venue for the first time ever as a senior, he finished sixth in the boys 3,000 in 8:51.69 to pick up a medal.
-Leah McClain just missed out on the girls 300 hurdles final. She finished fifth in her heat and ninth overall in 45.66, coming just .09 short of the final qualifying spot. But she did PR by a tenth of a second in her first individual event at state, and as a junior, shell have a chance to come back next near.
-Will McCourt competed for the Crimson Tide but no-heighted in the boys pole vault.
Among the highlights, Dean will go for her second consecutive championship in the 100 hurdles, where she figures to be the heavy favorite. She will also run leadoff for Hilhis top seeded short relay team, which includes Kennedy Taube. The freshman will likely be looking for some redemption after receiving a disqualification in todays 400 prelims for running on the line. Taube will also run in the 4x400 at the end of the meet. The first heat of the 4x100 tomorrow starts at 12:46 p.m.
In the field, Glencoes Courtney Vacek enters the girls triple jump as a favorite. Her winning jump of 38-7 at last weeks Pacific Conference district meet leads the state – regardless of classification – by more than a foot. That event begins at 10:15 Saturday morning. Hilhis Mikayla Webb (girls discus) and Conner Yazzolino (boys triple jump), and Centurys Austin Albert (boy javelin) will also try for medals.