Summit’s girls are going for a seven-peat, Mountain View’s Mitch Modin has a chance at four medals, and the Redmond High boys look to bring home their first state trophy in almost 60 years.
It looks to be a busy two days for Central Oregon teams today and Saturday at the Class 5A and 4A state track and field championships at Eugene’s Hayward Field.
The Storm girls, runaway winners of last week’s 5A Special District 1 meet in Redmond, are title contenders in the 400- and 1,600-meter relay races, and four individuals — Hannah Gindlesperger (3,000), Josie Kinney (100-meter hurdles), Dani Taylor (high jump) and Annie Sidor (pole vault) — all roll into state having posted the second-best season marks statewide in their respective events.
A team championship on Saturday would make Summit the first large-school program in Oregon to win seven consecutive girls state titles.
The Storm are hardly the only local program looking to make noise at the 5A girls meet. Redmond junior Kiersten Ochsner is one of the favorites in both the 100 and the 200, Mountain View senior Anna Roshak has the best shot put in 5A this season by almost a foot, and Bend sophomore Evan Davis is the top seed in the long jump.
Multiple Central Oregon athletes are in the hunt for 5A individual titles, but none stands out on the heat sheet quite like Mountain View’s Modin.
Running on what is to become his home track — this past winter he signed with the University of Oregon to compete in the decathlon — Modin has top-five state marks this season in the 200, the long jump and the 110-meter hurdles and has the Cougars’ 1,600-meter relay team ranked sixth in 5A.
While the Summit boys may not have enough firepower to defend their 2011 and 2012 titles, the Storm should contend for a fifth straight top-four finish with several individuals vying for first place. Senior Michael Wilson looks to win back-to-back championships in the 400 and 300-meter hurdles, Matthew Maton has 5A’s best marks in the 1,500 and the 3,000, and Luke Hinz is ranked second in the 800.
Also figuring into the 5A boys team race is Redmond, which is hoping to challenge for its first podium finish since the Panthers won it all at the A-2 state meet way back in 1956. Winners of the Special District 1 championships last week on their home track, the Panthers, led by juniors Cody Simpson and Kyle Tinnell, expect to be more than competitive at their first 5A meet. Simpson, a budding decathlete, should challenge for top marks in the triple jump and pole vault and will likely score points in the javelin. Tinnell will compete in the 100, long jump, triple jump and is Redmond’s anchor on its 400-meter relay squad that advanced to state.
Bend junior Joel Johnson is a state-title contender for the Lava Bears in the pole vault. His season-best mark of 15 feet, 1 inch is 7 inches higher than anyone else’s in 5A.
At the 4A level, La Pine senior Jeremy Desrosiers could have the Hawk boys team back in title contention after they won state a year ago. Desrosiers has 4A’s best marks in the 400, 200 and long jump, and his 400-meter relay team is the No. 1 seed after posting the fastest district time of any state-qualifying squad.
Ridgeview junior Dakota Steens is the top-ranked Central Oregon girl at the 4A meet. She has the second-best 300-meter hurdle time of anyone in the 15-person field.
The 5A and 4A state championships kick off today at 9 a.m.
Class 5A, 4A state track and field championships
When: Today, 9 a.m.; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.
Where: University of Oregon’s Hayward Field, Eugene
Cost: $10 a day for adults, $5 for students
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