It was a cold, windy day, and Gladstone was missing several of its top athletes due to conflicts with a band trip and outdoor school. But the Gladiators still had several outstanding marks, as they held their own at the Tri-Valley Conference district preview meet, held at Madras April 23.
The most outstanding performance came in the girls pole vault, where Gladstone senior McKenna Streed ignored the crumby conditions and cleared a Class 4A state’s best 12-0. The mark broke Streed’s school record — which she set two years ago — by four inches.
“She cleared the bar by over a foot and a half, and the conditions were terrible,” said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. “There was a strong cross-wind. It was cold, and it was really windy.”
The 12-foot vault is just five inches shy of the Class 4A record for the girls pole vault. Only one female vaulter in the state has gone higher this year: Liz Prouty of Class 6A Tigard has gone 12-1-1/2.
Gladstone boys were missing two of their top sprinters, along with top athletes in the javelin, shot put and discus. But they still finished second to Crook County; Gladstone girls were also missing several athletes, including their top discus thrower, but they finished third, not far back of Estacada and Molalla.
Boys team scores were: Crook County 203, Gladstone 108-1/2, Madras 88, Molalla 85, Corbett 79 and Estacada 54-1/2.
Girls team scores were: Estacada 163, Molalla 132-1/2, Gladstone 104-1/2, Corbett 98, Crook County 69 and Madras 38.
Gladstone boys coach Greg Hess said that had they had everyone there, his boys team would have added a good 50 points to their team tally.
“The guys that we had did really well….,” Hess said. “Changing up events will help, but we have a lot of ground to pick up on Crook County [to have a chance of winning district].”
Led by junior Sam Santiago (2:09.43), the Cowboys swept the first three places in the boys 800-meter run. They also had two athletes place in the top three in the boys 400, 1,500 and 3,000 meters.
Senior Tori Johnson was a force for Estacada girls, winning the 100-meter dash (13.19), 200 (27.09) and high jump (5-2).
Senior Armand Jayne was the top performer for Gladstone boys, setting the pace in the 100-meter dash (11.84) and in the 200 (23.99).
Gladstone boys also had a winner in the pole vault, where senior Kyle Kintz cleared 11-0.
Other top performers were Mac McCaslin, third in the 400-meter sprint and in the intermediate hurdles; E.J. Penn, third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump; and Bryce McNabb, third in the high jump and fifth in the long jump. McNabb had a lifetime PR of 5-10 in the high jump.
Freshman Grace Campbell had a big meet for Gladstone girls, placing third in the 100 (14.12), third in the 200 (28.56), second in the long jump (15-9-1/2) and teaming up with Streed and freshmen Tiana Greene and Amanda Ward for a runner-up finish in the girls 4×100-meter relay in a season’s best time of 52.8.
Gladstone junior Katy Storer ran a strong distance double, placing third in the 1,500 (5:32) and fourth in the 3,000 (12:54.09).
“These young kids just keep getting better and better,” said Kintz. “I’m hoping we can move up at district. We beat Molalla in a dual meet.”
The Gladiators host the Dick Baker Invitational this Saturday, beginning with the field events at 11 a.m., and the running events at 12:30 p.m. They get their final tuneup for district on Thursday, May 7, when they travel to Estacada for a league meet with Estacada and Crook County.
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