Anna Dean wins a 6A state title in the 100-meter hurdles and leads Hillsboro's girls team to a 9th-place finish at state

Anna Dean’s star just keeps rising.

A year after winning three district meet titles and making the state finals in four events, Hillsboro’s sophomore superstar sprinter/hurdler replicated those feats in May.

This year, however, she put a new twist on the storyline — she won her first state championship.

In Eugene, after racing almost stride for stride with Madi Greenleaf in the Class 6A 100-meter hurdles state final, Dean found herself a half-step behind the Lakeridge senior coming off of the final barrier.

But somehow, some way, Dean crossed the finish line first, using a terrific, well-timed lean at the tape to edge Greenleaf by the slimmest of margins — 14.64 seconds to 14.65.

“Right after I ran it, I couldn’t believe it ... I’m just so happy. I worked really hard,” Dean said after winning the state title. “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 just the second girls high hurdles state champion in Hilhi history, joining two-time winner Erin Kelly (1996, 1998). In the final, Dean was just three-hundredths of a second off of Kelly’s school record.

That win contributed 10 points toward the Spartans’ team total. In all, Hilhi scored 30 points at the two-day meet and finished in a four-way tie for ninth place.

Of course, making the finals in four different events, Dean played a significant role in that result, also contributing points in the 4x100 relay, 100, and 200.

Running the third leg on the short relay, Dean teamed with Cassidy Estep, Kylee Taube and Krissy Thomas to take third place in 48.15, a new school record. In the 100 meters, Dean was fourth in 12.48, and she wrapped up her meet by finishing seventh in the 200 in 25.73.

A week prior, at the Pacific Conference district meet at Tualatin, Dean turned in one of the top performances of the competition. The speedy sophomore, who also plays varsity soccer for the Spartans, won the 100 and the high hurdles, ran on the victorious 4x100 relay squad and finished second to Thomas in the 200.

“Looking back my freshman year and standing up on the podium, I just remember how I felt like I’d proved so much and how I did so well. I didn’t think that I’d ever have that again,” Dean said. “I thought it would just be a one-time thing. And then this year, standing up there again, it was like, ‘Wow, I really am succeeding again this year.’”

Maybe she should not have been so surprised. After all, she’s clearly no one-hit wonder, this one.

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