PRINEVILLE — Kenna Woodward had been waiting for her breakthrough in the shot put.
On the first day of the Intermountain Conference track and field championships, the Crook County junior got it, throwing a season-best 37 feet, 8 inches Friday to win the shot put and qualify for her second straight state meet.
“I haven’t been throwing what I wanted to and I think today I just wanted to put it all together and get a big one out there,” Woodward said after competing at Ward Rhoden Stadium in Prineville. “This is kind of a surprise. I haven’t really thrown anything like this in a couple of weeks.”
Crook County senior Noah Chaney won his third straight district championship and qualified for his fourth state meet in the pole vault.
“I was hoping to go a little higher but that’s OK,” Chaney said after vaulting 13-9. “I got first place, 10 points for my team. I’m pretty happy with it. It means a lot because it’s my senior year and was able to kick it the same way I’ve done in the past.”
Chaney’s 10 points helped put the Cowboys in first place after Friday’s competition.
With 62 points, Crook County leads Pendleton (49), The Dalles (29), Hood River Valley (27) and Redmond (25).
The Cowboys placed second in three events: Jason Slawter threw the javelin 156-6, Dominic Langley recorded a personal record of 43-9 1⁄2 in the triple jump, and Tyler Humeston threw the shot put 50-1, all earning automatic berths to next weekend’s Class 5A state meet.
With 45 points, Ridgeview’s girls hold a narrow lead over The Dalles (43).
The Ravens finished first and second in the high jump as sophomore Olivia Snyder and freshman Jenna Albrecht each cleared a personal-best 5 feet.
With one less cumulative miss, Snyder was awarded the district championship.
“Olivia, she’s been on the cusp of a bigger jump and she’s been flirting with 5 foot, 5-2,” said John Albrecht, Jenna’s father and Ridgeview’s high jump coach. “They (Snyder and Albrecht) both had really great attempts at 5-2. They’re both jumping really well. I’m really proud of Olivia. She’s really sick. She was coughing throughout the whole competition. She did really well for being under the weather.”
Albrecht also qualified for the state meet in the javelin, throwing a personal-record 106-2 to place second.
Redmond will have to wait for wild cards to see if any athletes from Friday’s finals qualify for state.
Dylan Moss finished third in the shot put. Justin Kettle placed third in the triple jump with a PR of 41-91⁄4, and Ellie Corwin took third in the shot put and fourth in the javelin.
The IMC district meet concludes Saturday.
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