Mountain View's Modin shines

Future University of Oregon athlete wins twice at 5A state track meet


Published May 26, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

EUGENE — It looks like Mountain View's Mitch Modin is going to get on just fine at Hayward Field.

The Cougars' senior standout — and future University of Oregon decathlete — won state titles in the 200-meter dash (22.06 seconds) and 110-meter hurdles (14.80) Saturday at the Class 5A track and field championships at the Ducks' historic venue, highlighting a strong weekend of performances by Central Oregon boys.

Modin, who placed second in the long jump on Friday, also helped Mountain View finish third in the meet-closing 1,600-meter relay. Toby Webb, Sam King, Gabe Wyllie and Modin turned in a season-best time of 3:25.38 in the long relay.

“I'm happy as can be,” Modin said after capturing his first championships at his last state meet. “The 200 and the 110 hurdles, those were the events my coaches put me in and thought I had the best chance to win. I probably would have done the 400 and high jump (at state), but it just shows they know what they're doing.”

The Cougars placed sixth in the boys team standings with 37 points, just four points off Hermiston and Sherwood, which tied for fourth with 41 points.

Redmond High ended the weekend eighth overall (351⁄2 points) in its first 5A state meet after competing in Class 6A the previous six years. Kellee Johnson finished third in the 300-meter hurdles, Josh Quattlebum placed fourth in the high jump, and Cody Simpson was fourth in the javelin Saturday.

“We've just got to keep moving this forward,” Panthers coach Scott Brown said.

Cam Stoddard led Bend High, which scored 31 points to place 10th in the 5A boys team standings, with a runner-up effort in the pole vault. Stoddard, who cleared 14 feet, 6 inches, was one of three Lava Bears to place in the event as Dallas Fagen (14-6) and Joel Johnson (14-0) finished third and fourth, respectively. Marist's Liam Henshaw went 15-6, a new meet record, to win the state title.

“We've got the best coaches in the state,” Stoddard said about Bend's group finish. “And we push each other. ... It's great to have another set of eyes at practice every day (in the form of teammates), especially someone who knows what you're going through and what you're struggling with.”

Lava Bear freshman Caleb Hoffmann made a splash at his first state meet, placing fifth in the 800 with a personal-record time of 1:57.60.

“It's awesome being here as a freshman, racing against all these juniors and seniors,” Hoffmann said. “You step on this track and you get so much adrenaline.”

La Pine's Jeremy Desrosiers was one of the stars of the 4A boys meet, leading the Hawks to a fourth-place trophy with victories in the 200 and the 400 on Saturday after placing second in the long jump on Friday. Desrosiers set new La Pine school records in both of his Saturday events by winning the 200 in 21.97 seconds and the 400 in 49.07.

The Hawks' 400-meter relay squad of Justin Wilson, Desrosiers, Joseph Swayze and Kole Kimmel re-broke their own school record with a 42.93-second effort that netted them second place at state. Swayze also contributed a fourth-place finish in the triple jump.

“Getting (under 22 seconds) in the 200 has been a goal since I was a freshman,” said Desrosiers, who expects to run at Lane Community College in Eugene next year and, he hopes, at UO in the future. “And our (400-meter relay), we said we'd be happy with anything under 43 seconds.”

No other Central Oregon squad finished among the top 15 in the 4A boys team standings. Sisters junior Brandon Pollard pulled off the tough 800- and 1,500-meter double Saturday, placing fifth in the 800 and third in the 1,500.

Grayson Munn paced Crook County by taking sixth in the 1,500, while Brent Sullivan finished sixth in the high jump to lead Madras. Ridgeview's Caleb Ronhaar led the way for the Ravens in their first state meet, placing fourth in the high jump.