Three weeks remain before the Class 5A Special District 1 track and field championships, and the Redmond High boys are hitting their stride.
On Saturday, the Panthers continued their rise, racking up 125 points en route to a first-place finish at the 12-team Summit Invitational at Summit High, besting the second-place Storm’s 116 points.
“It’s a big confidence booster,” Redmond coach Scott Brown said. “Our guys keep winning by a bigger margin. We scored 78 against Mountain View (March 20), 81 against Bend (April 10), 83 against Summit (April 17) and 87 against Crook County (April 24). Hopefully we can continue that pattern next week against Ridgeview.”
Kyle Tinnell led the way for the Panthers, setting a personal best in the triple jump by more than a foot with a leap of 41 feet, 4 3⁄4 inches. Tinnell also took second in the 100-meter dash with a PR time of 11.29 seconds.
Cody Simpson won the pole vault by clearing 14 feet, Conor Smith was first in the 2,000-meter steeplechase, and Gabriel Giacci took third in the shot put and discus.
“We had a lot of events where we had a lot of points,” Brown said, adding that Redmond was without several throwers who missed the meet due to other obligations. “Even though those throwers weren’t there, we had some other kids step up and have huge PRs in their events, and kind of pick up where they left off. It was a total team effort.”
Summit took second at the invitational, led by Luke Hinz’s win in the 800-meter run. Eric Alldritt took the 1,500, followed by teammates James Bowlin and Matthew Sjogren.
Dakota Thornton won the 3,000 to pace Mountain View, which was third with 97 points, and Dantly Wilcox added a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles.
La Pine, which took fifth behind Central Linn, saw Jeremy Desrosiers set school records in the 200 (22.01 seconds) and 400 (49.10) while running the first leg of the winning 400-meter relay team, which set a school record of 43.45 seconds. Desrosiers also won the long jump with a mark of 22-07 1⁄4, the second-best mark in the entire state so far this season.
Hood River Valley was sixth with 72 1⁄2 points, followed by Ridgeview’s 35, led by Jayden Goeman’s second-place showing in the 2,000-meter steeplechase. Sisters was next with 31 points, with Izaak Kanzig winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Burns (22 points), Ashland (15), West Albany (11) and Glendale (one) rounded out the team standings.
The Storm, who have won the past six Class 5A state meets, dominated the girls standings, winning their own meet with 244 points. Ridgeview (92.5 points), Mountain View (78.5), Hood River Valley (52.5) and Burns (50) rounded out the top five Saturday.
Summit senior Madison Walker sparked the Storm early, winning the 2,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record time of 7:35.02.
“That set the tone, that first race,” Summit coach Dave Turnbull said about Walker’s victory. “Right out of the blocks, she showed us how the day was going to be.”
The Storm racked up points in the 1,500 and javelin as Summit athletes went 1-2-3 in both events. Freshman Hannah Gindlesperger won the 1,500 in 4:56.28 and Mercedes Mingus topped the field in the javelin. The Storm’s Kaely Gordon was victorious in the 800, one of the day’s most competitive races, turning in a time of 2:19.06, just edging out Redmond’s Tefna Mitchell-Hoegh (2:19.34). Other Summit winners Saturday were Mary Hadley Schoderbek (3,000), Josie Kinney (100 hurdles), Annie Sidor (pole vault) and Miranda Brown (long jump).
Dakota Steen and McKenzie Hidalgo led the runner-up Ravens with wins in the 300 hurdles and discus and Anna Roshak paced the Cougars with a first-place effort and a personal best in the shot put (40-04). The Panthers’ Kiersten Ochsner had one of the strongest days of anyone, winning the 100 (12.44) and 200 (25.50) — two marks that broke her own school records.