EUGENE, Ore. — Shaving .30 seconds off her best time of the year in the event, Mazama sophomore Megan Morris raced to a 400-meter dash gold medal at the OSAA 4A Track and Field State Championships at Hayward Field.
Morris’ 58.68 was 1.5 seconds faster than her fourth-best preliminary time, giving her the edge of Cottage Grove’s Kristine Dunn, the defending champion.
Teammate Taylor Gill took sixth in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing a place below Sisters’ Alisha Haken by a faction of a second.
It was Henley’s Willow Charlton who starred in that event, coming in second 0.78 seconds behind champion Claire Thomas of Molalla.
Henley had the best girls team finish from the Basin with 27 points for 10th place. Mazama was tied for 15th and Klamath Union 18th. Hidden Valley was the best Skyline Confernece finisher in fifth. Gladstone won the championship, followed by Molalla, Sisters and Newport.
La Pine took the boys title followed by the Skyline’s North Valley. Mazama placed 10th, Henley 23rd and Klamath Union 34th.
Gill and Morris were also part of Mazama’s sixth place 4 x 100 relay team along with Kylie Durant and Shaylee Totten. The team improved a half second from their preliminary time.
Klamath Union’s Hannah Doughty crossed in just over 49 seconds for a sixth place spot in the girls 300-meter hurdles.
Henley’s Elle Morgan finished just behind Doughty for seventh, giving Morgan two point-earning performances with her fifth place finish in the high jump Friday. Morgan also helped on the third place Henley 4 x 400 relay team, combining with Kelsey Skinner, Anne Porsholdt and Veronica Turner. The team took three seconds off their prelim time.
Henley’s Rowan Jackman was tied for seventh in the girls pole vault.
Mazama’s Trevor Garrard was a third place finisher in the boys 400-meter dash to score six points for the team. Garrard also cleared 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump for a sixth place finish, joining other boys placing in field events on day one of the meet.
Darron Fletcher of Henley placed fifth in the boys 400-meter dash.
Klamath Union’s 4 x 400 relay team of Justice Morris, Tyler Butler, Alex Thomas and Morgan Crebbin placed seventh, while all but Morris finished eighth in the 4 x 100 relay. Scotland Mikkelsen was the fourth runner in that event.
The Oregon School Activities Association does archive the broadcast of the event on its OSAA.tv website.