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 4x100 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 4x100 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:
Shayla Griffin, Adrian – 100, 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay
Roby Young, Adrian – 200, 400, high jump, triple jump
Sadey Speelmon, Adrian – - 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay, high jump, triple jump
Hannah Bertalotto, Adrian – javelin
Lizzy Nielson, Adrian – 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay, long jump
Kiana Quintero, Jordan Valley – Long jump
Riley Lucas, Adrian – 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay
Kenzie Sorell, Adrian – 4x100 relay, 4x400 relay, pole vault
Conley Martin, Adrian – 100, 200, 4x100 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 – 4x100 Relay
Manuel Aguirre, Adrian – 4x100 Relay
Gavin Bayes, Adrian – 4x100 Relay
Riley Bradford, Adrian – 4x100 Relay
Ethan Sheets, Adrian – 4x100 Relay
Mattie Siddoway, Vale – 400, 4x100 relay
Madisyn Hartley, Nyssa – 100 hurdles, long jump
Morgan Harrison, Vale – High jump, 4x100 relay
Britain Hartley, Nyssa – High jump
Samantha Moore, Nyssa – Javelin
Taylor Talbot, Nyssa – Long jump
Alysa Dotson, Vale – 4x100 relay
Riley Johnson, Vale – 4x100 relay
Caroline Bruton, Vale – 4x100 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
Roberto Amezquita, Nyssa – 400, 300 hurdles, 4x100 relay
Mario Gramajo, Nyssa – 400, 4x100 relay
Thayer Williams, Vale – 400
Aidan Moyes, Nyssa – 110 hurdles, 4x100 relay
Jose Sanchez, Nyssa – Javelin, shot put
Brock Payne, Vale – Shot put, discus
Kaleb Draper, Nyssa – Pole vault
Ethan Draper, Nyssa – 4x100 relay
Landon McDowell, Nyssa – 4x100 relay, high jump
Pedro Chavez, Nyssa – 4x100 relay
Meagan Houston, Ontario – 100, 200, long jump, 4x100 relay
Lexy Jordan, Ontario – 100 hurdles, 4x100 relay
Jazmine Ware, Ontario – 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles, 4x100 relay
Nora Williams, Ontario – High jump, 4x100 relay
Sophie Draper, Ontario – 4x100 relay
Edith Franco, Ontario – 4x100 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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