GRESHAM — Bend freshman Ruby Bishop and sophomore Charli Stewart said they were just glad to be in the finals of the Class 6A girls 400-meter run.
But the Lava Bears made the most of the opportunity, as Bishop finished first in 57.57 seconds and Stewart took second in 57.60 on a rainy Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College for the final day of the OSAA 6A and 5A track and field championships.
“It’s super exciting,” Bishop said of winning the championship at her first state meet. “I was really just happy getting here. I’m really happy that one of my teammates pushed me hard there at the end.”
Led by Bishop and Stewart as well as senior Maya Hopwood’s second-place finish in the 100 and fifth in the 200, Bend’s girls recorded 51 points to tie Centennial for third place in the team standings. South Eugene (55) and Jesuit (52) took first and second.
Stewart, who was the last of eight qualifiers after running a 59.18 in Friday’s prelims, was not immediately sure where she placed Saturday as she fell to the track at the finish line.
“I pushed really hard on the backstretch and I just wanted to get close to Ruby so badly,” Stewart said. “I fell and I wasn’t sure if I fell over the line or missed the line. I’m really glad I got a chance to run with those girls because they push me a lot. I got out hard. I was really anxious for this race.”
Stewart said Bishop not only pushed her at the state meet but all season during practice.
“She’s so positive and motivates me so much and seeing how young she is and how much energy she has for all this stuff, I think it’s awesome,” Stewart said. “I love having her as a partner. She’s straight out of the eighth grade and just killing everyone.”
Stewart is new to the 400 and had been doing it reluctantly.
“I was kind of forced to do it and I’m starting to like it a little bit more,” Stewart said. “I think my coaches will definitely make me do it from now on.”
Summit’s girls team, which had won the last 12 Class 5A state championships, just missed getting on the podium in their first year in 6A, placing fifth with 50 points.
The Storm’s Fiona Max finished second in the 1,500 in 4:27.27. Sunset’s Madison Elmore won the race 4:27.13.
Isabelle Max, Fiona’s twin sister, took third in the 800 in 2:12.40, and Evelyn Molebash placed fourth in the pole vault, clearing 11 feet, 6 inches.
Championship Saturday was a day of redemption for Summit senior Jack Normand and Mountain View junior Jasmine Martin.
After placing a disappointing sixth in the triple jump on Friday, Normand won the long jump Saturday, leaping 22-11⁄2.
“I was having an awful day,” Normand said of Friday. “Sometimes that just happens, but it’s my senior year, it’s my last time here, I was mad at myself. I came into the long jump with this anger. I was ready to compete. I’m super psyched to win state as a senior before I go to college, it’s a big deal for me.”
Martin, who placed second in the long jump and third in the high jump Friday but was not happy with either of her marks, won the triple jump Saturday, leaping 38-4, an inch from tying her PR and the school record.
“I decided today was a new day and I would use it to motivate me and work my hardest,” said Martin, who won the fourth state championship in her career and now has state titles in high jump, long jump and triple jump. “Your best in the rain is not what it could be if there was great weather, obviously. I knew that I had to constantly be moving to stay warm. I just knew I had to work a lot harder and push myself a lot further.”
Summit’s Asha Turnbull placed fourth in the triple jump, leaping 37-4 3/4.
Mountain View junior James King also brought home a state title for the Cougars, clearing 6-6 to win the high jump.
Normand, who had also gone 6-6 this season, tied for third place Saturday after clearing 6-4, electing to skip 6-5, and then missing on 6-6.
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