GRESHAM — Crook County needed a strong finish in the boys 4x400 relay to get its team on the podium Saturday.
But the Cowboys were not able to overcome an injury to one of their top runners as they placed seventh in the relay and fifth overall in Class 5A, missing fourth place — and the podium — by just 11⁄2 points on the final day of the OSAA 6A and 5A state track and field championships at Mt. Hood Community College.
“I’m so proud of these guys,” Crook County senior Dominic Langley said after the relay. “We had an injury that happened so we had to run with an alternate.”
Crook County sophomore Zachary Guthrie, who finished third in the long jump (21 feet, 1 inch) and fifth in the 100 (11.29 seconds), was unable to run in the relay after getting hurt in the 100. Senior Noah Chaney, who had placed second in the pole vault Friday, ran in Guthrie’s place.
Langley took fourth in the high jump, clearing 6-1, and then third in the 400 in 50.91.
“I ran my hardest and the top two started pulling away,” Langley said.
“It wasn’t really what I had hoped for, but top three, I’m just super happy to get that. It wasn’t the marks that I wanted to reach, but as I was sitting up in the stands I started realizing it’s my last state meet and I’m so blessed to be here and place in all of my events. I’m just super happy.”
Kenna Woodward led the Cowgirls, placing third in both the shot put and discus with throws of 36-21⁄2 and 111-8.
“Considering the weather, I think I did pretty good. The discus is more difficult because it’s harder to hold on to in the rain,” said Woodward, who finished fourth in the discus and second in the shot put last year in 4A. “It feels great to move up in the discus. I’m excited to be here.”
Crook County’s Faith Wagner finished third in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet.
Also in 5A, Redmond’s Erin Wanamaker placed second in the triple jump, leaping 35-13⁄4.
Ridgeview’s girls 4x100 relay team of Kayla Cowgill, Ana Gonzalez, Abby Martin and Taitem Jensen finished third in 50.52.
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