Malheur County tracksters take on state track and field championships

Runners sprint the 200 meter dash. From left, Adrian’s Wade Bond, Harper’s Morgan Butler and Adrian’s Conley Martin race during the 1A Special District 4 championships held Friday, May 10 at Baker High School. (Submitted photo)

Malheur County track and field athletes are in the final stretch for the season, and many of them delivered standout performances at special district championships last weekend.

Competing in Burns at the 3A Special District 3 meet, Nyssa’s boys won with 157 points, followed by Umatilla with 135 and Burns with 128. Vale was sixth with 44 points.

For Nyssa, Roberto Amezquita won the 100 in 11.56 and was part of the winning 4×100 relay team with Mario Gramajo, Landon McDowell and Ethan Draper. The Bulldogs’ Jose Sanchez won the javelin with a new season record of 157-feet, Aidan Moyes won the 110 hurdles in 17.15.

Meanwhile, the Nyssa girls’ track team took third place with 112.75 points behind Burns with 182 points and Umatilla with 122.5 points. The Vale Vikings placed fifth with 72 points. 

The Bulldogs’ Madisyn Hartley won the 100 hurdles in 16.40 and took first in the long jump with a new personal best of 17-feet, 8-inches. Nyssa’s Sara Stephens won the pole vault at 9-feet, and Marly Ausman broke her previous record in the shot out in 38-feet.

Vale’s Morgan Harrison won the high jump in 5-feet, 1-inch.

Teams race in 1A

Squads from Adrian, Harper and Jordan Valley High schools trekked to Baker City for the 1A Special District 4 championships, Adrian won the girls 1A Special District 4 championship meet with 156 points over second-place Cove with 124 and third place Crane with 89. Harper and Jordan Valley tied at 10th place with 7 points each. Adrian’s Roby Young was first in the 200 with a new personal best of 26.41, first in the 400 in just over a minute, first in the high jump, and first in the triple jump with a new personal record at 34-feet, 5.5-inches. 

Young, who was seeded first in the 200, 400, high jump and triple jump events, said she nervous before the district championship. Of those events, Young said winning the 200 meter dash was the most meaningful to her.

“I think I was most excited about my result for the 200 because the school record hasn’t been broken since 1981,” Young said. “ But I’m most proud of the 200 and triple jump because I PR’ed in those events and I was so excited to break the school record for both of them.”

The Antelopes’ Hannah Bertalotto won the javelin with 120-feet, 2-inches.

The Harper boys track team took third in 1A with 87 points behind Elgin and Joseph, with 121 and 99.5 points, respectively. 

The Hornets’ Morgan Butler won the 200 in 23.17, the discus in 151-01 and the long jump in 21-feet, 0.5-inches. 

Jordan Valley’s Zeke Quintero won the triple jump with 42-feet, 1.5-inches. 

Tigers compete in 4A

In the 4A division, the Ontario girls placed third at the Greater Oregon League Championships at La Grande.

They had 69.5 points behind Baker with 82.5 points and La Grande with 79 points.

Ontario’s Jazmine Ware won the 300 hurdles in 49.38 and finished second in the 100 hurdles in 17.71. Lexy Jordan won the 100 hurdles with a new season record of 17.20. Both Ware and Jordan were also in the winning 4×100 relay team with Sophie Draper and Meagan Houston. Nora Williams won the high jump with a new personal best of 5-feet, and Houston won the high jump in 16-10.25.

Meanwhile, the Ontario boys finished fourth with 17 points. La Grande won with 152 points, followed by Baker with 64 points and McLoughlin with 28 points.

The OSAA Class 4A and 3A state meets are set for this Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College, while the 2A and 1A championships are the same days at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.

The following athletes qualified for state competition:

Girls 1A

Shayla Griffin, Adrian – 100, 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay

Roby Young, Adrian – 200, 400, high jump, triple jump

Sadey Speelmon, Adrian – – 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay, high jump, triple jump

Hannah Bertalotto, Adrian – javelin

Lizzy Nielson, Adrian – 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay, long jump

Kiana Quintero, Jordan Valley – Long jump

Riley Lucas, Adrian – 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay

Kenzie Sorell, Adrian – 4×100 relay, 4×400 relay, pole vault

Boys 1A

Conley Martin, Adrian – 100, 200, 4×100 relay

Wade Bond, Adrian – 200, 300 hurdles, high jump

Morgan Butler, Harper – 200, 400, discus, long jump

Ryan Talbot, Harper – 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles

Corbin Palmer, Harper – 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, triple jump

Zeke Quintero, Jordan Valley – Triple jump

Logan Griffin, Adrian – 4×100 Relay

Manuel Aguirre, Adrian – 4×100 Relay

Gavin Bayes, Adrian – 4×100 Relay

Riley Bradford, Adrian – 4×100 Relay

Ethan Sheets, Adrian –  4×100 Relay

Girls 3A

Mattie Siddoway, Vale – 400, 4×100 relay

Madisyn Hartley, Nyssa – 100 hurdles, long jump

Morgan Harrison, Vale – High jump, 4×100 relay

Britain Hartley, Nyssa – High jump

Samantha Moore, Nyssa – Javelin

Taylor Talbot, Nyssa – Long jump

Alysa Dotson, Vale – 4×100 relay

Riley Johnson, Vale – 4×100 relay

Caroline Bruton, Vale – 4×100 relay

Olivia Page, Nyssa – 1500

Marly Ausman, Nyssa – Shot put

Samantha Moore, Nyssa – Shot put

Sara Stephens, Nyssa – Pole vault 

Kiersten Anderson, Nyssa – Pole vault

Boys 3A

Roberto Amezquita, Nyssa – 400, 300 hurdles, 4×100 relay

Mario Gramajo, Nyssa – 400, 4×100 relay

Thayer Williams, Vale – 400

Aidan Moyes, Nyssa – 110 hurdles, 4×100 relay

Jose Sanchez, Nyssa – Javelin, shot put

Brock Payne, Vale – Shot put, discus

Kaleb Draper, Nyssa – Pole vault

Ethan Draper, Nyssa – 4×100 relay

Landon McDowell, Nyssa – 4×100 relay, high jump 

Pedro Chavez, Nyssa – 4×100 relay

Girls 4A

Meagan Houston, Ontario – 100, 200, long jump, 4×100 relay

Lexy Jordan, Ontario – 100 hurdles, 4×100 relay

Jazmine Ware, Ontario – 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 4×100 relay

Nora Williams, Ontario – High jump, 4×100 relay

Sophie Draper, Ontario – 4×100 relay

Edith Franco, Ontario – 4×100 relay

Easton Hartley, Ontario – Pole vault

Katie Adams, Ontario – Discus, shot put

Adrian sprinters Conley Martin (right) and Wade Bond race during the 100 meter dash. (Submitted photo)

Jordan Valley’s Zeke Quintero barrels toward the sand during the triple jump. (Submitted photo)

Adrian’s Roby Young crosses the finish line. (Submitted photo)

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