Sherwood seniors Elyse Cuthbertson and Hunter Pfefferkorn win state titles
EUGENE It was a good day to be a Bowman.
For Elyse Cuthbertson, it was even better than that.
Hunter Pfefferkorn's day was pretty darn good, as well.
Cuthbertson and Pfefferkorn, both Sherwood High School seniors, turned in title-winning performances Saturday, during the final day of the Class 5A state track and field championships, held at Hayward Field.
This has been a great day, Cuthbertson said with a big smile on her face.
And a championship day.
Cuthbertson claimed her state-meet gold in the girls discus event, where she had a winning throw of 124 feet, 8 inches, putting more than seven feet ahead of second-place Kyleen Benz of Dallas.
This feels real good, Cuthbertson said. This means a lot to me. A lot of hard work, all four years, paid off.
Cuthbertson set the tone early in the discus competition, as her first throw of the event turned out to be her best throw. She also finished strong, turning in a mark of 124-1 on her final attempt, when she already had the championship wrapped up.
I'm extremely grateful, said Cuthbertson, who will compete for Brigham Young University next year. I couldn't have done it without my coaches and teammates. I've got great family and great friends. That helps so much. Oh yeah, I'm really happy.
In addition to her championship in the discus, Cuthbertson also finished in fourth place in Saturday's girls shot put competition with a throw of 37-4¼.
I'm happy with it, she said of the shot put. I went in fifth and I moved up to fourth. A lot of years of practice went into all of this, and I'm happy with how it ended here.
Meanwhile, Pfefferkorn sprinted to his state-championship victory in the 400-meter dash, where he had a personal-best winning time of 49.02 seconds.
That felt great, he said after receiving his championship medal. I was third last year and, even since then, I was determined to get first this year, and I'm glad I did it.
Pfefferkorn finished the race nearly a second ahead of second-place Dustin Jones of Marist, who had a time of 49.93.
I realized that I don't feel good with keeping good form, Pfefferkorn said. So I decided to go as fast as I can with the best form I can. It's all mental toughness.
In addition to his win in the 400, Pfefferkorn also finished in fourth place in the 200 in 22.48 and he teamed with senior Cole Nixon, sophomore Keaton Flannery and senior Olsen Cottle to take third place in the 4 x 400 relay with a time of 3:25.04.
Also for Sherwood on Saturday, junior Ben Milligan cleared 6-7 to place second in the high jump and senior Austin Goldstein was second in the javelin with a toss of 181-5.
The Sherwood boys finished in a tie with Summit for fourth place in the final team standings with 37 points. The Sherwood girls finished in 11th place with 16 points.
The Marist boys and the Summit girls won the Class 5A team championships.
For more on Sherwood's performance at the state meet, and for complete state-meet coverage for Tigard, Tualatin, Horizon Christian and Westside Christian, see the May 29 issue of the Tigard/Tualatin Times.