The Philomath High girls track and field team dominated a four-school meet Thursday at Sweet Home by winning 12 of the 17 events and piling up points with a deep roster.
The Warriors 4-by-400-meter relay — a foursome that features three freshmen and a junior — easily won with a time of 4:12.90, which heading into this weekend was the fastest time in Class 4A by 13 seconds. Freshman Aneeka Steen, junior Ingrid Hellesto, freshman Natalie Dunn and freshman Janice Hellesto run legs on the relay.
The Philomath High boys track and field team finished a close second at Thursday’s four-school meet at Sweet Home while racking up six individual wins and one relay win. Junior Micah Matthews had three victories by taking first in the 110-meter high hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and pole vault. Matthews had the only recorded time in…
Philomath also won the 4-by-100 relay with a time of 51.89 seconds with sophomore Ellie Morton, Dunn, senior Haviland Eves and Janice Hellesto. That time is the second-best in 4A heading into the weekend meets.
Janice Hellesto also had victories in her two individual events with first in the 200-meter dash (26.77) and long jump (15 feet, 3.5 inches). Hellesto’s 200 time is the fastest so far this season in 4A.
Dunn took first in the 400 (1:02.65) and also tied for fourth in the high jump (4-6). Freshman Melea Lattin won the 800 in 2:35.62 — a margin of 2.02 seconds over the runner-up. Sophomore Madison Schaffer won the 100-meter hurdles in 19.94 seconds and was also second in the pole vault at a height of 6-6.
Senior Sage Kramer won two events by taking first in both the discus (96-2) and javelin (94-11). Junior Abigail Brown won the shot put at a distance of 30-5. Senior Emery Boutilier took first in the pole vault by clearing 8 feet. Junior Ingrid Hellesto won the 300 hurdle in 51.54 seconds and placed third in the triple jump at 31-7.
Steen had a pair of runner-up finishes individually with second in the 400 (1:04.28) and triple jump (32-4). Morton tied for second in the high jump at 4-8, and placed third in both the 200 (28.42) and the long jump (14-4.5).
Others with second-place finishes were freshman Kateri Pindell in the 3,000 (12:31.14), sophomore Madison Juhl in the discus (93-6) and sophomore Clara Stanley in the javelin (90-7).
Third-place finishes went to freshman Petra Hernandez in the 100 (13.84), freshman Ariana Boutilier in the 300 (1:08.52), senior Jazz Choi in the 800 (2:42.00), freshman Brooke McDaniel in the 1,500 (5:37.03), freshman Hallie Morrion in the 3,000 (12:36.46), sophomore Jadyn McMullen in the 100 hurdles (20.69) and junior Ally Todd in the javelin (83-10).
Four other Warriors had individual fourth-place finishes with senior Haviland Eves in the 100 (13.97), sophomore Alexa Eckhold in the 800 (2:44.18), freshman Hanna McDaniel in the 1,500 (5:37.08) and sophomore Elia Gibert Pla in the high jump (4-6).
Interestingly, there was a photo finish in that 1,500 between the McDaniel sisters with just .05 of a second separating them.
Philomath B relays each placed third. The 4-by-100 of Ariana Boutilier, Gibert Pla, Hernandez and Ingrid Hellesto sprinted the oval in 54.24. The 4-by-400 of Ariana Boutilier, Eckhold, Choi and Lattin came in with a 4:29.83.
The Warriors racked up 317.5 points to easily outdistance runner-up Newport’s 143.75. Sweet Home was third with 96.75 and Pleasant fourth with 82.