Bend High finished the Mountain Valley Conference track and field championships Saturday by running the fastest girls 4x400 relay in school history.
But the first-place relay did not earn the Lava Bears enough points to dethrone Summit, which, competing on its home track, won its 14th straight girls district title and sixth consecutive boys district championship.
“I think we nickel-and-dimed other teams and our kids that needed to step up did step up,” Summit coach Dave Turnbull said after Saturday’s conclusion of the two-day meet, which opened on Thursday. “It definitely wasn’t flashy. Our battle cry this year is ‘no excuses,’ from shoveling all the snow off the track and having to deal with graduating 35 seniors and having 66 kids who haven’t done track before.”
Leading Summit’s girls, Isabel Max finished first in the 800-meter run in 2 minutes and 13.39 seconds, twin sister Fiona Max placed first in the 1,500 in 4:43.98, and Kohana Nakato won the javelin with a throw of 134 feet, 9 inches. Teaghan Knox took second in the 1,500 in 4:45.80. But the Storm’s 4x100 and 4x400 relays each finished third, failing to earn automatic berths to next weekend’s Class 6A state meet.
Jack Normand led Summit’s boys, winning the triple jump with a personal record of 45-33⁄4 and the high jump by tying his PR of 6-6.
Mountain View’s James King also cleared 6-6 in the high jump but had more cumulative misses and finished second.
Summit’s Ty Zuber won the 300 hurdles in a PR of 39.50.
Dylan Lambert qualified for state in both the 200 and 400, placing second and running a personal best in both events.
Jayden Maydew took second in the 100 in 11.15 and Sam Timms was runner-up in the 800 in 2:02.09.
Robert Gorman placed second in both the 110 and 200 hurdles.
Lambert, Gorman, Simon Kidder and Sam Hatfield won the 4x400 relay in 3:27.91.
Bend’s girls and boys both finished second in the team standings.
Maya Hopwood led the Lava Bears girls, winning and running PRs in the 100 (11.60) and 200 (24.50).
“I knew that I had to be out of my blocks first,” said Hopwood, a senior who also anchored Bend’s winning 4x100 relay. “I put it all out there. It’s my last high school districts.”
Hopwood was pushed by West Salem senior Lucy Jolivette, who finished a close second in both events.
“It’s really good to have someone that’s right there with your times,” Hopwood said. “I love her. She’s a great competitor, a great person and really fun to be around and compete against. I love having that hard competition.”
Bend freshman Ruby Bishop, who ran on the Lava Bears’ winning 4x100 and 4x400 relays, also took first in the 400 in 57.50.
“I feel really blessed to be able to go to state as a freshman and I’m really excited to do it with all of my friends,” Bishop said.
Another member of Bend’s relays, Charli Stewart, finished second in the 400 in 58.52. Grace Toney, who ran the third leg of the 4x400, won the 300 hurdles in 46.17. Taylor Petz, the reigning 5A state champion in the pole vault, finished fifth in that event, failing to qualify for state, but rebounded by winning the 100 hurdles in 15.50 and placing second in the 300 hurdles in 47.32.
Petz’s Bend teammate, Siera Crawford, won the pole vault by clearing 11-3.
Crawford said she was able to relax and not worry about the weather, which seemed to change with every vault.
“The wind was shifty,” Crawford said. “One time you’d be going down the runway and you’d have a tailwind and another time you’d have a headwind and that kind of messes with your head. You have to push through it.”
Summit senior Leah Pfeiffer vaulted 11 feet to place second and also qualify for state.
After twice breaking the Mountain View triple jump record last week at the Bend City Championships, Jasmine Martin again set a new mark Saturday, jumping 38-51⁄2 to win the event.
“I knew that there was a lot of pressure from last time,” Martin said of repeating her performance at the city meet. “I knew everyone was expecting me to stay at that. I was just trying to get back to where I was. I didn’t expect that I would go farther. Now I’m going to have to keep this up or go higher at state. I really want to get 39. My coaches think I can get 40, which is pretty crazy.”
The Summit girls high jump record was also broken Saturday as Asha Turnbull jumped 37-111⁄2 to finish second behind Martin.
“I knew I had to have a big one to make state,” said Turnbull, whose previous best was 35-11⁄2. “I brought all of my energy and went for it.”
Bend’s boys won two district titles Saturday. Wade Jacobus finished first in the discus with a throw of 143-6 and Bennet Jackson took first in the 1,500 in 4:08.10. Lucas Musgrave placed second in the triple jump, leaping a personal-best 44-4.
Wyatt Hebrard won Mountain View’s only boys championship, throwing the javelin a personal-best 169-11. Titus Schulz took second in the discus at 139-2.
The 6A state meet is Friday and Saturday at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.
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