GRESHAM — The final lap of the Class 6A girls 3,000-meter run started as a three-horse race.
It ended with Summit’s Fiona Max running away with the state championship Friday at Mt. Hood Community College.
“We train a lot for that last 300 (meters),” said Max, who finished the race in 9 minutes, 43.91 seconds — a personal record. “I credit a lot of that to the teammates I’ve had this season and the coaches I’ve had, for knowing that has to be a focal point of training, that last kick.”
Sunset’s Lucy Huelskamp and Lincoln’s Kyla Becker, who placed second and third in 9:49.51 and 9:51.97, respectively, were right behind Max for the first 61⁄2 laps of the 71⁄2-lap race.
“Having those girls to push from behind was good,” Max said. “I expected those girls to go with me because they’re strong runners. I was just grateful to have them behind me pushing. It takes away a lot of the work of pacing and you can just race.”
Max will compete in the 1,500 Saturday.
“I tried to save a little bit in the tank for tomorrow and also feel like it was a good race,” said Max, who was hoping to finish closer to 9:30. “It wasn’t exactly the time I was going for but I’m definitely happy with it. I’m glad it went the way it did because tomorrow could be good as well.”
Max was the only Central Oregon athlete to win a championship during the first day of the OSAA 6A/5A state meet.
Mountain View’s Jasmine Martin, who finished second in the long jump (18 feet, 1⁄4 inch) and third in the high jump (5-4), had to compete during a steady rain.
“Landing in the pit was like sitting in a bathtub,” Martin said of the long jump. “It was hard staying warm for both events. It was frustrating, but everyone had to deal with it. It was a challenge but it was still fun to compete. I’m more frustrated with how I did, not how I placed. I was hoping to jump a little further.”
Bend High’s Charli Stewart went 17-101⁄4 to place third in the long jump behind Martin and Westview’s Colleen Uzoekwe.
Summit’s Kohana Nakato took second in javelin with a throw of 133-11 on her final attempt.
“I was adding some pressure to myself and felt like I had to add more power and speed,” said Nakato, a sophomore who began throwing the javelin just this season and was competing in her first state meet.
“I was a little upset with the first couple of throws because it wasn’t going as far as I wanted or needed to be.”
Brady Petz and Wade Jacobus, both of Bend High, finished third and fifth in the boys pole vault, clearing 14-9 and 14-3, respectively.
Bend’s Lucas Musgrave placed fifth in the triple jump, leaping 44-41⁄4. Summit’s Jack Normand took sixth at 44-4.
Through Friday’s five events, the Lava Bears (13.5) are third in the boys team standings behind only Sherwood (16) and Central Catholic (15).
Summit’s girls are tied for first place with Westview, both with 18 points. Mountain View’s girls are third (14) and Bend is tied for ninth (six).
In 5A, Crook County senior Noah Chaney placed second in pole vault for the second straight year, clearing 14 feet.
“I feel pretty good about it,” Chaney said. “I had some solid attempts at 14-6, kind of bummed I didn’t make that. I was hoping to jump 15. I think I wasn’t pushing hard enough with my right hand.”
Crook County’s Tyler Humeston finished fourth in the shot put with a throw of 51-3⁄4, and Dominic Langley went 42-3 in the triple jump to place fifth for the Cowboys, who are fifth in the team standings.
The 6A and 5A state meet concludes Saturday.
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