By Gini Davis
The Creswell Chronicle
Creswell sophomore Christian Tucker placed fourth in both the boys’ 1500 and 3000 meter races during the OSAA 3A State Track and Field Championships, held May 18-19 at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Also representing the Creswell Bulldogs during the State Championships were Josh Yates, a senior, who placed fifth in the boys’ javelin; and Addison Werner, a junior, who placed eighth in the 100m high hurdles.
“I was very impressed with the performance of our three athletes this week; we saw PRs (personal records) from each one of them,” said Creswell Head Coach Tristy DuFault.
Tucker’s time of 4:15.52a in the 1500m and his time of 9:22.40a in the 3000 were both season’s best times for him.
“Christian surprised himself in the 1500 by taking fourth,” DuFault said. “His confidence going into that race was not great, but those of us who know Christian know that he rarely disappoints. Being a sophomore this year, it’s exciting to know that he will have two more years to compete at the State level.”
Yates’ javelin throw of 156-03 was a personal record. “Josh got an 11-foot PR, which is huge,” DuFault said. “He really worked hard that week on keying in on his approach and doing a full run-up instead of a short approach. This helped him tremendously to take the fifth-place spot on the podium.”
Werner’s time of 16.81a in the 100m high hurdles prelims was also a personal record. In the finals, her time was 17.07a. “Addison ran a great prelim race, beating her own school record from a few weeks ago,” DuFault said, adding, “The times this year in the finals were better than I’ve seen in quite some time.”
Hunter Murphy, a junior from Pleasant Hill, won both the 1500m, in a personal-best 4:12.18a and the 3000m, in a personal-best 9:06.19a. Tucker had narrowly lost both races to Murphy in qualifying for State during the Mountain Valley Conference/Special District 4 District Championships, held May 13 at La Pine.
Other MVC/SD4 athletes winning boys’ individual state championships last week were: Alonzo Ranch, a senior from Harrisburg, who won the 100m in a personal-best 11.20a; Dillon Towne, a sophomore from Glide, who won the shot put at a personal-best 162-05; and Scout Labhart, a senior from La Pine, who won the long jump at a personal-best 22-07.25.
Girls’ MVC/SD4 athletes winning individual state titles were: Megan Miller, a senior from Pleasant Hill, who won the 100m in a personal-best 12.25a and the 200m in a personal-best 25.39a; Jordynn Slater, a junior from La Pine, who won the shot put at 40-07 and the javelin, at 141-11; and Darian Wilson, a senior from Coquille, who won the long jump at 17-07.
Summing up Tucker’s, Yates’ and Werner’s performances at State, DuFault said that “Overall, they did a great job representing Creswell Athletics.”