KU’s Luna and Mazama’s Morris top performers at Friday’s state track



EUGENE, Ore. — Klamath Union’s Alisha Luna defended her girls 3,000-meter run title. Finishing about five seconds slower than her 2011 championship time, Luna was still clear of the field by 15 seconds to win.

Her teammate Hannah Doughty will try to add more points on Saturday, qualifying for the 300-meter hurdles final. Henley’s Elle Morgan joins her. Morgan finished fifth in the high jumping, clearing 4 feet, 11 inches to get three team points in addition to qualifying for the 300-meter hurdles.

Mazama’s Megan Morris won her heat and supplied the third fastest time in the 400-meter dash heading into the day two final. Her senior teammate Taylor Gill made the cut in the 100-meter hurdles.

Gill and Morris combined with Shaylee Totten and Kylie Durant to qualify in the 4 x 100 girls relay.

Henley’s Veronica Turner finished just outside the qualifiers for the girls 800-meter run final, but sophomore teammate Willow Charlton won her heat in the 100-meter hurdles with the meet’s second-best time.

Turner will be in the 4 x 400 relay final though. Kelsey Skinner, Anne Porsholdt, Morgan and her qualified for the final.

Porsholdt was second best in her flight, but finished just outside the top eight in the long jump.

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On the boys side, Henley’s Darron Fletcher will be running in Saturday’s 400-meter final, as will Mazama’s Trevor Garrard.

Zorg Loustalet was behind Mazama’s Paul Adams in the 3,000-meter final. Adams placed second in 8:47.33, just over six seconds better than Loustalet who was third.

KU’s Scotland Mikkelsen finished outside the qualifying times for the 100- and 200-meter dashes. In the 300-meter hurdles, teammate Tyler Butler also missed the cut.

Mikkelsen and Butler aren’t done though, as they qualified along with Morgan Crebbin and Alex Thomas for the 4 x 100 relay final.

Along with Justice Morris, Butler, Thomas and Crebbin will also run in Saturday’s 4 x 400 relay final.

In the pole vault, Mazama’s Dirks Mathias was a foot higher than KU’s Nicolai Luce, lifting Mathias to a fourth place finish and gaining four for his team. Luce provided 1.5 points to KU.

Team Rankings – through day one

1. Hidden Valley – 21
2. Sweet Home -14
3. Molalla – 12
6. Klamath Union – 10
18. Henley – 3

1. Newport – 27
2. La Pine – 25
3. Hidden Valley – 20
6. Mazama – 12
6. North Valley – 12
11. Henley – 6
20. Klamath Union – 1.5