Bayes takes two state titles, leads Adrian to second at state track meet

Adrian’s Morgan Bayes claimed key victories at the 1A state track meet last week. Bayes claimed two state titles and helped the Antelopes to secure a second-place finish. (Photo courtesy of Ben Ludeman).

Morgan Bayes finished her track career at Adrian High School Friday winning two state titles, sharing in a third, and leading her team to a second-place finish in 1A state competition.

Harper and Nyssa also brought home individual state titles after the competition in Eugene.

Bayes won the 1A state title in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.45 and the 300 hurdles in 45.68.

She also ran on the 4×400 relay team with juniors Sadey Speelmon, Shayla Griffin, and Roby Young that took the state title.

Young finished fourth in the 400 meters and sixth in the triple jump. Shyanne Allaire was fifth in the shot and eighth in the discus, and Griffin was eighth in the 200 meters.

The Antelope boys took third in the 4×100 relay with a team of Wade Bond, Ethan Sheets, Eduardo Munoz, and Michael Babcock. Babcock was sixth in the 100 meter and Bond was eighth in the 300 hurdles.

And Harper Charter School set the stage for a strong track year after its performance at state. The boys, with just three competitors, finished seventh.

Junior Morgan Butler led the way, winning the discus with a throw of 146-04. But he had to wait to find out he was state champion.

According to Coach Dave Marker, Butler managed to get in one discus throw before he had to scurry to compete in the triple jump. And not long after that, he had to line up for the 100 hurdles.

“The poor kid didn’t have a chance to catch his breath,” Marker said. “He didn’t get to throw the last three in discuss. They ran finals without him while he was in the triple jump.”

Butler tied the school record in the triple jump, going 42-06 and taking fourth at state. He was second in the long jump and fourth in the 100 meter.

Junior Corbin Palmer finished sixth in the 110 hurdles and Garrett Fisher was ninth in the shot.

Marker said Palmer came within two inches of placing in the finals in the triple jump – “not bad for a 14-year-old freshman.”

Marker said the three made the finals in every event in which they competed.

For the Nyssa squad, senior Sailor Hartley set a school record in the pole vault while winning the state title. She went 11-04.25. She beat the record set last year by her cousin Jocelyn, who set the school record in 2017 going 11 feet and taking the state title. Sailor Hartley won the state pole vault title in 2016.

The Nyssa girls took 13th at state. Freshman Sara Stephens was third in the pole vault, and junior Madisyn Hartley was third in the long jump. Senior Kierra Hernanez was seventh in the discus and 11th in the shot. Junior Samantha Moore was 13th in the shot.

The best finish at state for the Nyssa boys team was fifth in the 4×100 relay with a team of seniors Tye Anderson and Ismael Valentin, junior Roberto Amezquita, and sophomore Raul Ruiz.

Other finishers: Anderson, sixth, triple jump and 11th, long jump; Ruiz, 12th, triple jump; Jose Sanchez, seventh, shot; Pedro Chavez, 11th, 1500 meter, Edgar Rivera, 12th, discuss.

In 4A competition, Ontario High School finished 11th. Senior Alex Espinoza took second in the 400 meter and third in the 100 and 400. Espinoza was also on the 4×400 relay team that took ninth. Others on the team were Gonzalo Espinoza, Hunter Falk, and Olee Shell.

For the Ontario girls, the best finish was third in the 4×100 relay team that included Abbey Wood, Briona Romayor, Lexy Jordan, and Meagan Houston.

Houston was seventh in the 100 meter and 12th in the long jump. Jordan was 12th in the 100 hurdles and Katie Adams took ninth in the discus and 13th in the shot.

Vale’s Conner Hyde took second in 3A competition in the high jump.