Philomath junior Micah Matthews medaled in four events and freshman Warwick Bushnell won the 800-meter run at Saturday’s Meet of Champions in Sweet Home.
Matthews finished third in the 110-meter high hurdles with a season-best time of 16.23 seconds and was fifth in the 300 hurdles in 44.59. He also had a third-place finish in the high jump by clearing 6 feet and was fifth in the pole vault with a personal-record height of 11-6.
Bushnell took first place in the 800 with a photo finish battle against Tillamook senior Johnathan Gingerich. Bushnell ran a personal-record 2:07.78 and won by just one-hundredth of a second over Gingerich.
Philomath had two other top-six finishes with junior Ben Hernandez placing fourth in the 1,500 and senior Isaac Lattin taking fourth in the triple jump. Hernandez came in with a time of 4:16.91 in his race. Lattin’s distance in the triple jump of 40-1.75 was a personal-best mark by 4 feet. Lattin qualified for the meet in the event only after an alternate scratched.
The Warriors’ 4-by-400 relay was in contention for first place but Philomath was disqualified after the baton was knocked out of the runner’s hand while in close contact with a Cottage Grove runner.
Junior Brody Bushnell didn’t compete individually with a scratch in the 800. Bushnell competed in the mile run at Friday night’s Oregon Relays and had a 4:24.7, which equates to a time of 4:07 at 1,500 meters. That time bests Philomath’s known school record, which had been set in the 1970s by Gordy Byers.
In the team standings, Philomath placed fifth with 42 points. Cottage Grove won the meet with 79 points. In all, 27 schools sent athletes to the event, which has minimum qualifying standards.
Philomath is scheduled to compete Saturday at the Stayton Invitational.