The trip from Portland to Sisters, Oregon suggested that conditions might be very interesting for the meet, because we encountered a considerable amount of snow in the Cascades. Our arrival saw mostly blue skies, which lent an air of optimism but simply getting out of the car told us quickly that it would be a bit of a challenge. It was quite cool except for when the wind calmed a bit but the wind was brisk at best. Any doubts about what was to come were put to rest once the pole vault competition began, as the stiff wind blew the bar away repeatedly & the officials were forced to literally hold the bar up until the last seconds before each vaulter approached. To say the least conditions were far from ideal and that was underscored, as if it needed to be, by intermittent snowflakes.
Cole Thomas of Summit got the powerful 5A team off on the right foot by winning the 100 meter dash in 10.6 seconds & his team mate T J Peay was right behind him in 10.71. The West Linn Lions sent star Cullen Wannarka out in the 1500M but he represented the Lions by himself, as his normal entry mate Taylor West was not with him due to an injury. Taylor tore his ACL and will be out for the season and will be lost for the season. Lest anyone wonder the injury was not connected to track, although its impact certainly will be. Like Andy Bennison the evening before Wannarka adjusted his strategy to the elements and went out in a moderate 2:24. Travis Neuman, a sophomore from Summit, gave chase but with 900 meters to go Wannarka put in a surge to open a gap between himself and his challenger and he covered the final 800 meters in 2:03, which shows his conditioning. The final time of 4:15 was certainly not what he would have preferred but the conditions precluded a grand effort. Neuman easily claimed second with a time of 4:18 and was followed across the line by Trenton Kershner of Redmond in 4:27. Cullen confirmed after the event that he had committed to Iowa State for his collegiate career.
West Linn might have been missing the services of Taylor West but they had Zach Boyd-Helm & Tim Donnelly from their XC crew and the duo secured first & second in the 800 meters and the points that went with it. The winning time was 2:01.92, which was quite solid considering both the cold & the brisk breeze. Donnelly ran 2:05 to edge Taylor Steele of the home team. Jefferson Chandler was the fourth runner from the Lion XC team to score points, when he finished third in the 3K with 10:07. That event was claimed by Luke Hinz of Summit in a time of 10:05. The event saw spirited competition with the lead being exchanged a number of times between Hinz, Chandler & and Redmond’s Ryan Wilson, who took second with 10:06 – a second ahead of Chandler.
Jesse Sanders teamed with Cole Thomas to go 1 – 2 in the 200 in 22.7 with little difference between the pair. Summit dominated the hurdles as Alexander Needham claimed victory in the 100M
(15.37) and then added second in the 300M (41.54). Jordan Reeher won the 300H in 15.3). Summit also annexed the 4 by 100 Relay in 43.85.
The shot put was quite close but Cody Smith of Crook County came out on top with 43-10. Lane Roseberry of Lakeview (42-09) & Cam Keiur of West Linn (42-08.50) earned 2nd & 3rd but Keizur added a second in the discus with 127-01 finishing behind the 134-02 of Derek Rasmussen of Redmond. LaPine’s Travis Harrison scored in third with 123-08. Travis Simpson of Redmond won both the high jump (6-02) and the Triple Jump (43-03) Jon Gruber of Lakeview & Tim Hernandez of Sisters took 2nd & 3rd in the triple. The pole vault was certainly a challenge to contest just considering the wind but those vaulting were also forced to remove their sweats just before their efforts & quickly making an attempt. Still despite the challenge three guys cleared 13 meters with Tyler Funk of Culver claiming the event with 13-06. Erik Jorgensen & Evan Bassford, both of Summit, also successfully battled the elements.
A special aspect of the meet was watching Kellie Foley of Crook County run so authoritatively once again. Kellie, a former State XC champion, has been beset with injuries & illness for a good year and a half but on Saturday she challenged her competitors and took off into the wind. She cruised to victory in 11:07 and lapped a number of runners in the process. It may have been cold and windy but Kelly seemed warmed by her return to health & success and she added to the festivity by noting that she had committed to Lipscomb University in Tennessee, where she will join Minna Fields of Stanwood, Wa. as a northwest recruit. Often, especially in a distance race there is a race within a race and that was surely the case on Saturday. Elliott Prince of West Linn led a chase-pack of three runners, which also included Mary Hadley Schoderbek & Madison Walker of Summit. Prince led the way early and then was forced to trail the Summit duo. With a lap to go she appeared to be struggling but she found something in reserve coming off the final turn & surged down the home-stretch. Walker fell off the pace midway by Elliott & Schoderbek battled to the wire with Prince edging her rival at the very end. Her second place time of 11:48.18 was but .33 in front of her rival. Walker took fourth with 12:01.
Kira Kelly of Summit moved out in the 1500M to finish alone with a clocking of 5:06 and her Storm team mate Keelin Moehl followed in second in 5:20. Third place went to local runner Zoe Falk (5:27), while Julia Boyd-Helm garnered fourth with 5:31. Summit runners dominated the 800 Meter Run as well and Ashley Maton & Megan Fristoe ran together for the bulk of the race until Maton pulled away at the end to win in 2:20.84, which is about the fourth-best time in the state. Megan Fristoe, the two-time Oregon 5A Cross Country champion, crossed the finish in 2:21.25. Her time appears to be the 5th best time & is especially impressive given a recent bout of pneumonia.
Veronica West became yet another Summit Meet champion, when she annexed the 400 Meter title. Her time of 63 topped Sophia Landau of Lakeview and Tefna Mitchell of Redmond. Sarah Frazier of Summit secured a victory in the 100M (12.36) but Madeline Dinsmore of Burns, who had placed 2nd in the 100M, ended the Summit victory parade with a win in the 200 (26.68). She edged Cara Boucher of West Linn, who placed second in 26.72. The 100 hurdles was extremely close with the nod in the event going to Monika Koehler of Redmond over Casey Livesay of West Linn 16.65 to 16.66. Koehler also was victorious in the 300 hurdles with her time of 48.92. Sarah Edwards of Summit too second & Sarah Livesay garnered third.
Chelsea Signeur of Burns won the discus in 105-10 and then doubled back in the javelin to take 2nd behind Karyssa Gomez (110-10) of Bonanza. Devon Morris won the shot with 33-09 and Iris Lindner of Summit & Marci Johnson of Crook County placed third. Sarah Frazie of Summit won another event by taking the triple jump in 33-11, when she edged her team mate Emily Ritchey by -08. Sisters’ Zoe Falk went 15-09 to secure the long jump title & Marcia Green of West Linn was first in the High Jump with 5-00. The difference in that event was the number of misses each jumper had, which resulted in Ellie Clow of West Linn & Laura Sullivan of madras ending up 2nd & 3rd.
Varsity Boys’ Team Results Varsity Girls’ Team Results
1. Summit 170 Summit 212
2. Redmond 104 West Linn 101
3. Crook County 99.5 Redmond 96.5
4. Sisters 92.5 Sisters 85
5. West Linn 78.5 Burns 61
6. Lakeview 45 Crook County 35
7. La Pine 25 Bonanza 27
8. Culver 20 Lakeview 13
9. Madras 9 Gilchrist 12.5
10. Bonanza 8 La Pine 12
11. Burns 7 Madras 6
12. Gilchrist 4.5 Culver 1