4A Girls Distance Races
The last race of the day pitted the top two teams in a running showdown and in the end it was the Sandy girls , who won the event by a second. With that Sandy edged Summit by 2 points to claim the State title. Sandy Distance star Sheryl Page was instrumental in that race & she also claimed the 800
Meters an hour before by staking out an early lead and not allowing any challengers. She won easily by 3 seconds in a time of 2:15.34. Amanda Straw of Grants Pass & Sara Wild of Grant took the next two spots.
The 1,500 Meters saw Alyssa O' Connor of Summit pull away toward the end to claim a five second victory over Casey Masterson of Sheldon, while Sheryl Page claimed 3rd. On Friday State XC champion Claire Michel swept to victory with a 10:05.17. Natalie Hemphill of Ashland, Alyssa O' Connor of Summit & Bailey Schutte of Jesuit took the next three spots.
4A Boys Distance Races
With incessant rain & a fickle breeze mixed with very cool temperatures it was not a day to try toattack records but that is exactly what happened, as Ryan Waite of St. Helens broke the 800 Metermark that had lasted since 1979. Waite noted afterwards that the record had been on his mind for
some time but with the poor conditions at Hayward, he decided to go for the win & let the time take care of itself. He was back in 4th after the first 100 but assumed the lead shortly thereafter & from that time on he controlled the pace.
Central Catholic's Taylor Morgan, just a sophomore who was proclaimed the future of the event after the race, gave chase. From that point on only Sandy's Brian Karsten was able to maintain contact. Waite rolled through the 400 meter mark in 54.72 (a bit slower than intended) trailed by Karsten & Morgan. With 300 to go Morgan made a big move & swept into second seemingly with a great deal left but Waite remained in command. The winning time was 1:50.67 almost 2 minutes ahead of Morgan. Under ideal conditions, he would have dipped into the 1:40's but under the conditions it was an impressive time.
Kenny Klotz of Central Catholic closed out a brilliant distance career by adding the 1,500 Meter title to the 3K he won on Friday. He also won 2 consecutive XC titles. In the 1,500 it was Century's Jerhomee Murrray, who took the early lead & passed the 400 Meter mark in 64.9. Isaac
Stoutenburg of Crater was 2nd while Klotz stood 6th. Stoutenberg took the lead during the 2nd lap & led the field through a 2:09.5 800 Meters followed by Klotz, Murray, Jacob Keyser, also of Crater, & Dylan Coleman of Summit. There was some jockeying for position during the 3rd lap, which saw Klotz briefly take the lead but Stoutenburg pressed the pace again. Murray was just a bit behind the lead pair. All the leaders had run the 3K the day before, so nobody was fresh & Klotz felt confident in his kick. With 200 M to go the Central star made his move & glided away to an easy victory. He ran the last lap in a brisk 59.5 & ended with a time of 3:56. Murray finished well with a time of 3:56.67 to take 2nd place ahead of fast closing Dylan Coleman while Isaac Stoutenburg, a Footlocker XC
finalist, faded to fourth.