Barlow girls finish in a tie for 11th at state, led by junior Margaret Paul in the sprint races
by: David Ball, Barlow's Danelle Woodcock takes the baton in the 400-meter relay prelims Friday.

EUGENE - Nothing was going to trip up Centennial senior Annalise Coxeff in her quest to repeat as the 6A 300-meter hurdles champion. But there she was with one hurdle left and she was looking at the back of Lakeridge junior Madi Greenleaf. But Coxeff didn't panic. She had the answer.

'I went over that last hurdle and just trusted myself to keep my form perfect,' she said.

Coxeff stayed low over the hurdle and zipped to the lead in a flash, striding out the last few meters to hit the line first in 44.10 seconds.

'I couldn't really believe it,' Coxeff said. 'I felt like I needed to keep running - it didn't seem like the end.'

She was among the lead pack throughout the race, coming off the turn in second place behind Greeleaf, who held off her challenge over four straight hurdles before being overtaken at the finish.

'It was frustrating, but I just kept pushing for it,' Coxeff said. 'It's nice to have all my practice pay off.'

Barlow finished tied with Century for 11th in the team standings with 27 points. Sprinter Margaret Paul was the team's big point-getter highlighted with a runner-up finish in the 100 (12.40). Westview's Dominique Keel was out of the blocks quick and won comfortably in 12.07 seconds, while Paul ran in second the whole way outpacing a pack of chasers by a full stride.

'After not qualifying last year, it was such a blessing to be here - an amazing feeling,' Paul said. 'I'm still shocked that I did that well in the 100.'

For extended girls meet coverage check out the May 30 edition of The Outlook.

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