O'Reilly Smashes State Record06/02/06
Mt. Spokane senior adds 1,600 title to 3,200 crown
by Dave Trimmer Staff writer
May 28, 2006
PASCO - Maybe it's not fair to Cameron Elisara's second state championship in the shot put or Wes Nolan's surprising win in the javelin but the 2006 State 4A track championships are going to be remembered as Megan O'Reilly's weekend.
O'Reilly, less than 18 hours after running the fastest high school girls 3,200 meters in Washington history, came back to gut out a thrilling 1,600 Saturday afternoon at Edgar Brown Stadium.
The Mt. Spokane senior had to out-sprint Eastlake's Jessica Pixler, an accomplishment that became even more impressive when Pixler out-kicked Mead's Nikki Codd in the 800 less than two hours later. O'Reilly's time of 4 minutes, 46.58 seconds was a personal record by more than a second, the 12th-fastest all-time and just enough to beat Pixler's 4:48. Oh my gosh, my legs, O'Reilly said. I don't know how I went that fast. I was so beat I don't know what I was going on.
Meanwhile, Elisara finished his season as the state's dominant shot putter this year, winning by almost 8 feet with a throw of 63 feet, 4 1/2-inches that left him slightly disappointed because he was short of his 65-foot goal and his 63-8 PR that is sixth in the nation this spring. I'm content, but I wouldn't say happy, he said. I'll settle for what I got, but I would have liked to have done better, 65 at least. Before that, Nolan uncorked a 190-7 throw in the javelin that left him as a somewhat dazed state champion at the end of a whirlwind three weeks. He had a 15-feet PR at districts, throwing 187-6. He backed that up with a last-throw state-qualifying 182-9 on a wet runway for second at regional. I've been trying to break 190, he said after considerable thought. State champ (is better).
Wilson won the boys team title with 50 points, eight ahead of Gig Harbor. Ferris was the top Greater Spokane League team, finishing eighth with 25 points. Olympia also had 50 to win the girls title by six over Kamiakin. Mt. Spokane's 26 was good for eighth.
Pixler pushed the 1,600 pack early, going 1:12 for the opening quarter and hitting the halfway mark at 2:24, but Riley was tucked in behind her.
They dropped Bellermine Prep's Nichole Cochran and Sumner's Katrina Drennen on the third lap and starting the fourth Pixler surged.
When she opened up, O'Reilly said, I almost mentally thought, 'Oh, well.' I thought I could hold on (for second), that's all I can give.But as she went down the backstretch, the state cross country champion had another thought.
I wanted the triple crown, she said. Something kicked in and I found another gear.
She caught Pixler at the corner and tried to get by her, but Pixler's elbows cut her off. O'Reilly swung outside and as they turned home O'Reilly shifted one last time. I never thought I could out-kick Jessica, the Montana-bound O'Reilly said. I realized I wanted something more.
In a way that may have doomed Codd, who is a faster sprinter than O'Reilly After following Pixler through a 63-second first lap, Codd went around Pixler and led until the homestretch when Pixler caught her and won in 2:09.72. I think I went too soon, Codd said after running a school-record 2:11.09. That's OK. She made me PR. That was pretty sweet. ... She's a good racer. She's got a lot of guts.
O'Reilly smashes record
by Dave Trimmer Staff writer
May 27, 2006
PASCO - With the crowd cheering her every step and just the slightest hint of a smile, Megan O'Reilly ran into the record book. The Mt. Spokane senior accomplished her stated mission of running the fastest 3,200 meters in state high school history, blasting through the metric 2-mile in 10 minutes, 5.81 seconds Friday night at Edgar Brown Stadium. I can't believe it, she said after erasing the 24-year-old mark of 10:08 set by Bellevue's Patty Matava. It was one of those dream races. It was so fluid, everything clicked.
It's one thing to do it when there are 50 people in the stands. It gave me chills. It made me feel they wanted it as much as I did. It was her third State 4A 3,200 title but the others, which came in her freshman and sophomore years, were nothing like this one as she won by 38 seconds against a good field that saw seven girls break 11 minutes. I hit my splits, she said. I don't remember what they all were. I think I fried some brain cells. My legs knew the pace - I don't like thinking. If I don't think, it turns out.
There was only one other Greater Spokane League champion at the newly-christened John Crawford Track and it happened to be another Mt. Spokane athlete. Beau Carrillo gave Spokane its seventh pole vault champion in the last 10 years when he cleared 15 feet, 3 inches. It's a PR, a new school record and state championship, he said. That's all I ever wanted. The girls shot put was a special competition with Cascade's Whitney Hooks winning for the fourth straight year and setting a meet record of 47-3. After that the GSL went 2-3-4, led by University sophomore Dana McClendon's toss of 44-6 1/2, which is No. 2 in history by a Spokane thrower. My goal was just to hit 44, she said. I didn't care where I placed as long as I was in the top eight.
Girls: O'Reilly went for the record two weeks ago at the District 8 meet at Spokane Falls Community College but fell short by more than 6 seconds. I didn't know what to expect, she said. The 10:14 was really hard on me. The weather conditions were almost perfect. A daylong wind diminished by the time the race started at 8:15 p.m. Riley said she isn't bothered by wind, which was obvious when she ran the 3,000 in 9:29.18 in the wind late last month at Stanford. That was also an all-time state best, which she just missed when she passed the 3,000 mark at 9:29.5. I'm from Mt. Spokane - we're in a wheat field, we're in a wind tunnel, she said. I'm used to running in the wind. It helped. She was on pace for the record from the start, running 76 seconds for her first 400, hitting the halfway point at 5:04 and blazing the last lap in 72 seconds.
At districts I took it out way too hard, she said. I got way too excited