The Bowmen teams step up at the Class 5A championships

by: DAN BROOD - CHAMPIONSHIP FORM -- Sherwood senior Hunter Pfefferkorn won the Class 5A state title in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.02. by: DAN BROOD - BIG THROW -- Sherwood senior Elyse Cuthbertson won the Class 5A state title in the discus event with a throw of 124 feet, 8 inches. 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. by: DAN BROOD - SISTER ACT -- Sherwood senior Elyse Cuthbertson (right) gets a hug from her younger sister, Payge, after winning the state title in the discus event.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 37-4.25.

“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-title 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. A lot of hard work went into this. After last season, I worked out hard. I pushed myself, and I’m really happy with the results.”

The victory marked the second straight year that Pfefferkorn claimed a title at the state meet. Last year, he was part of Sherwood’s victorious 4 x 400 relay team.

“They’re really different,” Pfefferkorn said, comparing a relay title with an individual championship. “It the relay, you do it all together. And this is something of my own. They’re both really cool.”

In addition to his win in the 400 on Saturday, 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.

by: DAN BROOD - BEN OVER THE BAR -- Sherwood High School junior Ben Milligan took second place in the Class 5A boys high jump competition Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene. Milligan cleared a height of 6-7. The Sherwood boys also had a pair of state-meet runner-ups in junior Ben Milligan and senior Austin Goldstein.

Milligan cleared 6-7 to place second in the high jump. Wilson senior Tristan Anastas won the event with a height of 6-8.

“I was looking for first,” Milligan said. But second is an improvement from last year (when he was third at 6-5). I was hoping to jump a little better, but it just didn’t work out.”

Still, the second-place finish in the high jump capped off a big year for Milligan, who also played a key role for the Bowmen basketball team that placed fourth at the state tournament.

“I’ve had a blast,” he said. “I’m looking forward to next year, going up to (Class) 6A and hopefully winning the high jump.”

Goldstein finished in second place in the javelin with a throw of 181-5. That’s impressive enough on its own, but it’s even more amazing when you consider that he hasn’t been competing in the event for very long.

by: DAN BROOD - AUSTIN POWERS -- Sherwood senior Austin Goldstein gets ready to launch the javelin during Saturday's competition. Goldstein placed second. “I’ve only been doing it for about a month and a half,” the former lacrosse player said. “I tried it before, when I was a freshman, and I didn’t do very well.”

Things are certainly better three years later.

“Second place means a lot to me,” Goldstein said. “I feel like I can throw way farther than that, but this feels great.”

For the Sherwood girls, junior Emily Johansen finished in eighth place in the 200 with a time of 12.79.

The Sherwood boys finished in a tie with Summit for fourth place in the final state meet team standings with 37 points. The Sherwood girls finished in 11th place with 16 points.

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