Brase, Sturtevant, relay team win gold for Westside Christian

by: DAN BROOD - Westside Christian senior Jacob Sturtevant raises his arms as he crosses the finish line in first place in the finals of the Class 3A boys 400-meter dash.EUGENE — The Eagles stood tall.

Some of them, in fact, stood at the very top of the award stand.

Westside Christian High School seniors Kayla Brase and Jacob Sturtevant, as well as the Westside boys 4 x 400-meter relay team all claimed state titles Friday during action at the Class 3A state track and field championships, held at Hayward Field in Eugene.

“This means a lot to me,” Sturtevant said after he received his championship medal after winning the finals in the boys 400-meter dash. “All of the hard work paid off.”

Brase picked up the first of the Eagles three championships, as she triumphed in the girls triple jump competition with a winning distance of 35 feet, 10¾ inches.

“That was really exciting,” she said. “I'm really thankful that God gave me the opportunity to place first. And, to do it as a senior makes it more special. It was good to finish strong.”by: DAN BROOD - Westside Christian senior Kayla Brase won the Class 3A girls state triple jump championship.

Soon after Brase's title-winning performance, Sturtevant ran to victory in the 400 in a time of 50.63 seconds. AJ Holmberg of Scio was second at 51.09.

“I could tell that someone was pushing me,” Sturtevant said. “But I had the strength to pull through. It's a little surreal, but it feels great.”

In the boys 4 x 400 relay, Sturtevant teamed with junior Jeremy Howell, senior Ryan Krostag and senior Nehemiah Heye to turn in a title-winning time of 3:31.32.

The Eagles squad had other top performances at the state meet, including senior Jessie Mathison's second-place finish in the girls 800, a second-place finish by the boys 4 x 100 relay team of Sturtevant, Howell, Heye and junior Zijie Fu and a third-place finish from the Eagles' girls 4 x 100 relay team of senior Sarah Curtis, senior Ryan Conlin, Brase and Mathison.

“Our coaches really push us,” Sturtevant said of the team's success. “I think we have the hardest working team in the state.”

The Westside Christian girls finished in third place in the final team standings at the state meet with 45 points. The Westside Christian boys squad placed sixth with 38 points.

The Valley Catholic girls and the Nyssa boys won the Class 3A team state championships.

To read more about Westside Christian's performance at the state track meet, and for complete state track coverage for Tigard, Tualatin, Sherwood and Horizon Christian, see the May 29 issue of the Tigard/Tualatin Times.

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