Lebanon sends 11 district athletes to state meet in Eugene, champion boys qualify for eight state events on May 24-25
Lebanon High School track and field head coach Josh Dykes and assistant Kraig Hoene completed their final league season together by claiming both Mid-Willamette Conference Coach of the Year awards.
According to Hoene, the awards were a reflection of the team’s overall success in 2013 as the Warriors earned the right to send 11 athletes to this year’s state meet.
“When kids do well, coaches get that stuff,” said Hoene of the recognition. “All that means is that our boys did what they were supposed to do and had a great district track meet.”
The LHS boys had eight of those Warrior qualifiers after topping the MWC team standings at Salem’s Willamette University on May 16.
Led by junior Brayden Childress and sophomore David Evans, who each took Top 2 places in two individual events, Lebanon beat out Crescent Valley 130.5-114 for first overall in the eight-team league season finale.
Childress was one of three boys event winners for Lebanon, placing first in the triple jump after earning a second-place state-qualifying time in the 200-meter dash.
He and Evans added a third state event by running the final two legs in the 4x100 relay, which was started by sophomores Chad Nissen and Austin Sprenger.
Hoene credited Dykes for mapping out a district lineup capable of maximizing team points and state qualifiers, but in the end it all came down to execution by the athletes when it counted most.
“The key was that our boys were incredible. Every one of them performed to their seed or higher,” said Hoene. “Usually you’ll have a couple that do great and couple that don’t, but they were great across the board.”
Evans will be a state long jumper after matching his seed number at districts, but his successful 300-meter hurdles bid came at the expense of teammate Jacob McConnell.
After coming up with the top time during the May 15 preliminaries, McConnell clipped a hurdle in the finals to finish behind Evans for the last state spot.
That added to the senior’s rough round of finals as he was beaten by Dallas’ Jacob Bowman (16.21) by 0.01 seconds in the 110 hurdles.
“When you miss state by a hundredth of a second, that’s tough,” said Hoene. “It’s really unfortunate, because he’s a great kid.”
No. 3-seed Cory Hainz tied his PR high jump at 6-5 to record the Warriors’ other victory, which was the junior’s seventh in the event this year.
Destry Cline made the state field with a personal-best 174-7, which was good for second place in the javelin competition.
Fellow senior Jake May kept his position as the conference’s leading shot put thrower, putting up a PR of 49-0¼ for his eighth event win in nine tries.
Freshman Zack Short was second to May, giving Lebanon both state spots out of the MWC.
The Warrior girls also had a state sweep in one event.
After sophomore Alexis Hassenger and junior Amanda Short had each set the team lead, school record (129-2) and top district mark during the regular season, the top javelin competitors extended their campaigns to the final week of 5A competition by placing first and second.
Short’s 123-foot mark fell just one inch short of Hassenger’s MWC-winning toss, but the two will compete again at the University of Oregon on May 24-25.
“That’s the way it has been all year,” said Hoene of the duo that beat out top-seeded Josie Elsenbaumer, of Silverton. “Those two girls have done a good job of embracing that competition among them. That allowed them to get better with somebody to compete against every single day in practice. As a result, they both get to go to state.”
Karlee Willcox came out fourth in a tight, season-long battle in the long jump. The senior, however, came back on Day 2 of districts to clinch a state berth.
After taking her coach’s advice to switch to hurdles for her final year, the former sprinter’s decision paid off, but only after another mid-season revision.
Willcox’s second-place time of 47.13 in the 300 was nearly four seconds faster than her March 21 debut.
“We took a risk, transitioning her from the 100 hurdles to focusing on the 300,” Hoene noted. “She worked on her technique down the stretch. Then we went to districts and she PR’d by two seconds. It’s a testament to her that she would trust the coaches to find a better way to make state. It was a great life lesson for her.”
5A Mid-Willamette Conference district track and field championship meet
at Willamette University, Salem
Finals results — state and Lebanon athletes
Team scores: Lebanon 130.5, Crescent Valley 114, Silverton 104.5, West Albany 89, Dallas 61.5, South Albany 61.5, Corvallis 55, Woodburn 46
100: 1. Hobson, Wood, 11.25; 2. LaCoste, WA, 11.25; 5. Childress, Brayden, Lebanon, 11.64; 6. Sprenger, Austin, Lebanon, 11.78
200: 1. Hobson, Wood, 22.69; 2. Childress, Lebanon, 22.79
400: 1. Gable, South Albany, 49.87; 2. Hobson, Wood, 50.92; 5. Johnson, Isaac, Lebanon, 53.03
800: 1. Smith, CV, 1:59.58; 2. Volk, CV, 2:00.90; 7. Tracy, Collin, Lebanon, 2:06.38
1,500: 1. Volk, CV, 4:12.20; 2. McGowan, CV, 4:13.75; 4. Tracy, Lebanon, 4:15.94; 13. Marler, Zach, Lebanon, 4:32.00; 18. Maddox, Tim, Lebanon, 4:36.93
110 hurdles: 1. Kuenzi, Silv, 15.75; 2. Bowman, Dal, 16.21; 3. McConnell, Jacob, Lebanon, 16.22; 4. Evans, David, Lebanon, 16.65
300 hurdles: 1. Gable, SA, 40.40; 2. Evans, Lebanon, 41.07; 3. McConnell, Lebanon, 41.72
4X100 relay: 1. West Albany, 43.81; 2. Lebanon (Chad Nissen, Sprenger, Childress, Evans) 44.54
4X400 relay: 1. Crescent Valley 3.24.68; 2. Woodburn 3:27.79; 8. Lebanon (Johnson, Tracy, Breiner, Nissen) 3:36.80
Triple jump: 1. Childress, Lebanon, 43-06.50; 2. Schafer, Dal, 43-02.25; 8. Hainz, Cory, Lebanon, 39-07.50; 15. Elliott, Luke, Lebanon, 35-04
Shot put: 1. May, Jake, Lebanon, 49-00.25; 2. Short, Zach, Lebanon, 46-08.50; 8. Ferrell, Tim, Lebanon, 42-00
Javelin: 1. Rogers, Silv, 179-09; 2. Cline, Destry, Lebanon, 174-07; 5. Davis, Kiante, Lebanon, 160-05; 6. Short, Lebanon, 158-03.
Team scores: Corvallis 151, Silverton 141.5, Dallas 102, West Albany 91, Crecent Valley 64, South Albany 54, Lebanon 51.5, Woodburn 6
100: 1. Young, WA, 12.86; 2. Sinn, Sil, 12.97; 8. Short, Amanda, Lebanon, 13.74
800: 1. Cameron-Lewis, CV, 2:18.18; 2. McMorris, Cor, 2:18.37; 7. Maddox, Sara, Lebanon, 2:33.02
1,500: 1. Feist, Cor, 4:46.83; 2. Fuhrman, Silvn, 4:50.04; 8. Wasson, Megan, Lebanon, 5:22.21; 11. Robinson, Julianne, Lebanon, 5:27.22; 14. Grizzle, Whitney, Lebanon, 5:35.10
100 hurdles: 1. Kuenzi, Silv, 16.37; 2. Mikkelsen, SA, 16.80; 6. Williams, Jenni, Lebanon, 18.08
300 hurdles: 1. Waschmann, Malika, Cor, 45.92; 2. Willcox, Karlee, Lebanon, 47.13
4X100 relay: 1. West Albany, 50.32; Crescent Valley 50.72; 7. Lebanon (Short, Frazier, K. Pyle, A. Pyle) 55.11
4X400 relay: 1. Corvallis 4:04.58; 2. Silverton 4:06.45; 7. Lebanon (Maddox, Stewart, De Paz, Wassom) 4:41.35
High jump: 1. Proteau, WA, 5-06; 2. Parsons, Sil, 5-00; 8. Blackwell, Bryanne, Lebanon, 4-06; 12. Hassenger, Alexis, Lebanon, 4-04
Pole vault: 1. Garlinghouse, Sil, 9-09; 2. Henslee, WA, 9-09; 6. Frazier, Mikenzee, Lebanon, J8-00; 8. Wassom, Lebanon, J8-00; 9. Smallwood, Lexi, Lebanon, 7-06
Triple jump: 1. Rust, Cor, 34-07.50; 2. Locey, Cor, 34-00.25; 6. De Paz, Carina, Lebanon, 31-03.75; 8. Blackwell, Bryanne, Lebanon, 30-11.50; 10. Ryan, Emma, Lebanon, 29-05.75
Discus: 1. Benz, Dal, 110-06; 2. VanVeldhuizen, SA, 109-11; 13. Cheever, McKenzie, Lebanon, 82-01; 17. Eslick, Ashley, Lebanon, 62-06.