Micah Matthews
PHS junior Micah Matthews clears a hurdle on his way to victory Saturday at Tillamook. (Photo by Hollyn Kampfer)

Editor’s Note: Mark Dean Invitational officials rescored the April 2 meet for the boys the update moved Philomath into second place. Banks won with 98, Philomath was second with 91 and Glencoe was third with 90. A previous version of this story was updated to reflect those scoring changes.

Philomath High School’s Micah Matthews won three individual events and teammate Brody Bushnell ran the fastest 3,200 in the state so far this season to highlight the team’s appearance Saturday at the Mark Dean Invitational in Tillamook.

Impact freshmen help Warriors to 1st place at Tillamook

The Philomath High School girls track and field team opened the season Saturday on a high note with a dominating performance at the Mark Dean Invitational in Tillamook. The Warriors piled up 140 points to easily outdistance runner-up Astoria’s 85 in a meet that included athletes from 15 schools. “We knew our freshman girls were…

Matthews, a junior, took first place in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 17.20 seconds to beat out Banks junior Cole Crossen’s 17.43. In the high jump, Matthews cleared 5 feet, 10 inches to win a competition that had come down to three athletes and went to a tiebreaker. And in the pole vault, Matthews easily took first with a height of 11 feet.

Matthews also placed in the 300 hurdles with a time of 46.18, which was good for fourth. His time in the 110 hurdles and height in the high jump rank third in 4A.

Bushnell, a junior, ran the 3,000 for the first time in his high school career and he won in a race that came down to the wire against Warrenton senior Zander Moha. Bushnell had the edge at the line with a time of 9:25.08, two-hundredths of a second faster than Moha’s 9:25.10. Junior Mateo Candanoza placed third in 9:31.57, the fifth-fastest in 4A.

Junior Ben Hernandez has the fourth-fastest 1,500 in the state with a time of 4:22.11, which was good for second at the meet behind Glencoe junior Ethan Bothwell’s 4:20.62. In the 880-yard run, freshman Warwick Bushnell placed second in 2:07.89 and sophomore Simon King was fourth in 2:08.12 — those times ranking seventh and eighth in 4A.

Junior Brody Bushnell edged Warrenton’s Zander Moha to win the 3,000. (Photo by Hollyn Kampfer)

That’s not a typo with the 880-yard run. Tillamook High’s track features six lanes and 440 yards, coach Joe Fulton said, and every race except the four that started on the regular finish line were measured in traditional metric distances. Events that were run in yards include the 440 and 440 relay (0.3 seconds slower), 880 (0.7 slower) and the mile relay (1.2 slower) instead of 1,600 meters.

Philomath won the mile relay with Hernandez, Warwick Bushnell, King and junior Nixon Mooney. They covered the distance in 3:47.42, just edging runner-up Glencoe by two-tenths of a second.

There were two other top-four finishes for Philomath in the meet — Mooney in the 440 (57.44) and the 440 relay of junior Isaac Workman, Warwick Bushnell, senior Isaac Lattin and Mooney (47.68).

In the team standings, Banks took first place with 98.5 points, Philomath was second with 91 and Glencoe third with 90.

The team will next compete on Thursday with a trip over to Sweet Home, an event that will also include Newport.