Sean Cummings
Philomath's Sean Cummings sprints to victory in the 400-meter dash on Saturday at the OWC Championships. (Photo by Hollyn Kampfer)

The Philomath High School girls track team brought home a championship trophy from Stayton with first place in the Oregon West Conference meet. The boys had to settle for runner-up out of the two-day competition that wrapped up Saturday.


As for those moving on to this weekend’s state meet, the girls qualified five individuals in six events along with both relays. The boys individually qualified five in eight events plus one relay.

Senior Alivia Pittman will compete in four events at the 4A-only meet, which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Siuslaw High School in Florence. Pittman easily won both the 100-meter hurdles in 16.22 seconds and the 300 hurdles in 50.30 seconds. She also runs legs on the 100- and 400-meter relays that both qualified.

In the field events, which were staged on Friday, junior Sage Kramer won the discus and also qualified in the javelin and triple jump. Senior Mia Rust won the shot put and senior Amey McDaniel was the champion in the pole vault. Joining them will be junior Emery Boutilier, who it was announced had qualified as a wildcard in the pole vault.

PHS girls take first place
The Philomath High girls track team won the Oregon West Conference title Saturday at Stayton. (Photo by Hollyn Kampfer)

Philomath’s 4-by-100 relay had finished third in its race with a time of 53.40 but moved up to second when Cascade was disqualified, so the foursome moves on to state. Joining Pittman on the relay were junior Haviland Eves, sophomore Ingrid Hellesto and senior Melia Morton.

The girls’ 4-by-400 relay placed third at districts in 4:26.31 but earned a wildcard berth to qualify. Pittman, Eves, Hellesto and Morton run legs on the relay.

Amey McDaniel
Philomath’s Amey McDaniel clears the bar in the pole vault, which she won on Day 1 at districts. (Photo by Hollyn Kampfer)

For the boys, sophomores Brody Bushnell and Micah Matthews had impressive district meets and will compete in a combined five events.

Bushnell, who was named the track athlete of the meet for the boys, won the 800 in 1:59.68 and the 1,500 in 4:11.36. Coach Joe Fulton said Bushnell “had to produce strong kicks to win both against very talented Sister runners.”

Matthews, who had qualified on Friday in the high jump and pole vault, had finished third in the 110 hurdles on Saturday but earned a spot to state as a wildcard with his time of 16.32. The district race was very close among the top three with Cascade’s Ethan Newton (16.10) and Newport’s Payton Cunningham (16.28) just edging Matthews.

Micah Matthews
Micah Matthews finished third in the 110 hurdles in a close race but qualified for state in the event as a wildcard. (Photo by Hollyn Kampfer)

Matthews missed qualifying in the 300 hurdles by one-tenth of a second with his time of 44.54.

“He was in it for the first time in his life and ran in lane 8, but still finished third,” Fulton said. “He had a great meet.”

Senior Sean Cummings earned a district title in the 400 with a time of 52.46, beating the runner-up by 13 hundredths of a second. Two other individuals head to state via wildcard berth — senior Levi Knutson in the 800 (third, 2:03.10) and sophomore Mateo Candanoza in the 3,000 (third, 9:09.41 on Friday).

Philomath’s 4-by-400 relay won by nearly 2 seconds over Cascade with Knutson, senior Justin Enghauser, Cummings and Bushnell each running legs.

Sophomore Ben Hernandez placed third in the 1,500 in 4:15.95 and just missed qualifying via wildcard.

Brody Bushnell
PHS sophomore Brody Bushnell won the 800 and 1,500. (Photo by Hollyn Kampfer)

The state meet at Siuslaw begins at 11 a.m. Friday for both field and running events, and on Saturday at 11 a.m. for field events and noon for running events.

The gates for spectators opens at 10:45 a.m. both days for there are restrictions in place. Meet officials announced that they will sell tickets for each individual event ($3 each) and ask that spectators watch their event and then leave the facility. Organizers believe they can get more people in through that method since they are limited to only 100 spectators per seating area.

To buy tickets online, go to (available as the meet gets closer).

Oregon West Conference Championships (Day 2)
Saturday, May 15, at Stayton HS

(For Day 1 Results, Click HERE)
Team Scoring
1, Newport 139; 2, Philomath 123; 3, Sisters 113; 4, Cascade 101; 5, Sweet Home 84; 6, Woodburn 67; 7, Stayton 27.
Winners & PHS Results
100-Meter Dash
1. Ashton Williams, Cascade, 11.09
5. Caleb Jensen, Philomath, 11.83
7. Lucas Ainsworth, Philomath, 12.06
8. Isaac Workman, Philomath, 12.29
200-Meter Dash
1. Tristan Calkins, Sweet Home, 22.28
10. Isaac Workman, Philomath, 26.03
12. Tristan Hubbard, Philomath, 26.33
13. Bryan Thomas, Philomath, 26.67
400-Meter Dash
1. Sean Cummings, Philomath, 52.46
5. Grant Hellesto, Philomath, 54.52
10. George House, Philomath, 57.20
800-Meter Run
1. Brody Bushnell, Philomath, 1:59.68
3. Levi Knutson, Philomath, 2:03.10
5. Justin Enghauser, Philomath, 2:08.04
1500-Meter Run
1. Brody Bushnell, Philomath, 4:11.36
3. Ben Hernandez, Philomath, 4:15.95
4. Mateo Candanoza, Philomath, 4:22.10
110-Meter Hurdles
1. Ethan Newton, Cascade, 16.10
3. Micah Matthews, Philomath, 16.32
300-Meter Hurdles
1. Ethan Newton, Cascade, 42.03
3. Micah Matthews, Philomath, 44.54
4×100-Meter Relay
1. Cascade (Jesus Franco, Thomas Boyer, Lance VanHoose, Ashton Williams), 45.11
5. Philomath (Lucas Ainsworth, Sean Cummings, Isaac Workman, Caleb Jensen), DNF
4×400-Meter Relay
1. Philomath (Levi Knutson, Justin Enghauser, Sean Cummings, Brody Bushnell), 3:38.77
Team Scoring
1, Philomath 148.5; 2, Cascade 121; 3, Sisters 102; 4, Newport 89; 5, Sweet Home 71; 6, Stayton 61.5; 7, Woodburn 54.
Winners & PHS Results
100-Meter Dash
1. Emma Gates, Cascade, 12.29
5. Haviland Eves, Philomath, 13.83
9. Emery Boutilier, Philomath, 14.34
14. Allison Neelands, Philomath, 14.87
200-Meter Dash
1. Emma Gates, Cascade, 25.35
11. Rachel Billings, Philomath, 29.77
400-Meter Dash
1. Ashley Fraser, Cascade, 1:01.72
4. Melia Morton, Philomath, 1:05.10
7. Ellie Morton, Philomath, 1:09.07
13. Danielle Harris, Philomath, 1:19.89
800-Meter Run
1. Madelynn Mitzel, Stayton, 2:29.45
3. Ingrid Hellesto, Philomath, 2:34.18
6. Alexa Eckhold, Philomath, 2:47.18
9. Phoebe Coen, Philomath, 2:50.36
1500-Meter Run
1. Aliya Larsen, Newport, 5:07.67
4. Ingrid Hellesto, Philomath, 5:20.60
6. Alexa Eckhold, Philomath, 5:34.93
8. Kaeleigh Houchin, Philomath, 5:42.14
100-Meter Hurdles
1. Alivia Pittman, Philomath, 16.22
6. Madison Schaffer, Philomath, 20.31
13. Sadie Francis, Philomath, 23.36
300-Meter Hurdles
1. Alivia Pittman, Philomath, 50.30
4×100-Meter Relay
1. Sisters (Gracie Vohs, Ila Reid, Lilly Sundstrom, Hollie Lewis), 52.92
2. Philomath (Alivia Pittman, Ingrid Hellesto, Haviland Eves, Melia Morton), 53.40
4×400-Meter Relay
1. Cascade (Cami Oliva, Gabreilla Floyd, Emma Gates, Ashley Fraser), 4:15.32
3. Philomath (Alivia Pittman, Haviland Eves, Ingrid Hellesto, Melia Morton), 4:26.31

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