Indians' Wheeler wins state steer daubing championship
Scappoose comes away 19th, St. Helens comes up 25th
Blain Wheeler is Scappoose's state steer daubing champion.
Wheeler's 3.121 seconds atop Lace, a quarter horse, won the event, in which a rider attempts to pull up next to a steer and place a mark of paint inside a circle on its side, at the Oregon High School Equestrian Teams state meet on May 12-15 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond.
"It's very good for the state, for our district and for our team," Indians coach Donna Espelien said.
Wheeler, who practices year-round, also set the all-time OHSET Northwest District breakaway roping record in this year's third meet at the Yamhill County Fairgrounds in McMinnville, and took silver to St. Helens' William Chalk in Northwest District steer daubing.
Scappoose and St. Helens, both from the Northwest District, took respective 19th (59) and 25th (47) among large schools.
For the Indians, Kaitlin Davis, Kelsy Heller, Kallie Trask and Wheeler were ninth in the Canadian flag race (40.52).
St. Helens' Melissa Crippen was seventh in keyhole (7.743).
Chasity Cuthair, Karly Moore, Hayley Nehls, Lily Dreyer, Jessica Bartolomucci, Rhiannon Chirilla, MaryJane McLaughlin, Brooklynn Scheer and Courtney Rasczewski were also seventh (1,817 points) in freestyle 6+.
Rhiannon Chirilla was eighth (5.153) in steer daubing.
"State was a great experience for all of our athletes," Lions coach Kim Snook said. "It was such a pleasure to get to see the athletes compete in events that they have been working on all season long. Seeing them succeed is such a joy. As we were getting ready for state, we were encouraging athletes to continue working hard and letting them know how proud we are of all of their growth and accomplishment.
"This is quite an accomplishment for our school," Snook said. "We couldnt be prouder."
Roseburg, last year's medium-sized team champion, won this year's large team title (303).
The North Valley District won the championship with 800 points ahead of the Willamette (762), South Valley (689) and the Northwest (651).
Wheeler qualifies for the Pacific North West Invitational, a regional championship including the top five teams and individuals from each event in Oregon and Washington set for June 18-20 in Moses Lake, Wash.
The meet was canceled last year due to an outbreak of equine influenza.
OHSET State Championships
at Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, Redmond
Scappoose and St. Helens results
1. Blain Wheeler, S, 3.121 (Two caught)
8. Rhiannon Chirilla, SH, 5.153 (Two caught)
16. William Chalk, SH, 23.38 (Two caught)
19. Kelsy Heller, S, 2.417 (One caught)
7. Melissa Crippen, SH, 7.743
14. Kaitlin Davis, S, 8.012
7. Chasity Cuthair, Karly Moore, Hayley Nehls, Lily Dreyer, Jessica Bartolomucci, Rhiannon Chirilla, MaryJane McLaughlin, Brooklynn Scheer, Courtney Rasczewski, SH, 1,817
Canadian flag race
9. Kaitlin Davis, Kelsy Heller, Kallie Trask, Blain Wheeler, S, 40.52
12. Kallie Trask, S, 117
t-12. Kallie Trask, S, 151
Saddle seat equitation
15. Erin Baker, S, 135
16. Kaitlin Davis, Kylie MacLachlan, S, 27.292
27. William Chalk, Melissa Crippen, SH, 28.535
21. Melissa Crippen, SH, 11.375
29. Hailey Garrison, S, 11.574
25. Lily Dreyer, SH, 25.946
27. Kelsy Heller, S, 21.472
31. Kallie Trask, S, 16.428
34. Jessica Bartolomucci, SH, 16.521
39. Kaitlin Davis, S, 16.881
41. Melissa Crippen, SH, 17.038
Large team scores
19. Scappoose 59
25. St. Helens 47