'A good day' as Eagles send 20 to state track and field

May 18, 2011

Speed. Endurance.

Joy. Disappointment.

Thunder. Lightning.

That was the inaugural Columbia River Conference district track meet in six words.

Here is one number of greater importance to the Hood River Valley track team: Twenty.

That's how many competitors the Eagles are sending to this weekend's state meet in Eugene.

"We were shocked to get 20 people in," HRV coach Donnie Herneisen said. "It's a bit of an adjustment for us."

Those adjustments include not only having to reserve a few more vans to get to Hayward Field, but also a slew of different events from what the Eagles are normally used to.

The Eagles' strength in recent years has been distance races, with a few field stars thrown in. It would be fair to label this season as the year of the sprinter.

The Eagles are sending all four of their relay teams to the state meet, including a 4x100 boys relay team that tied the school record with its time, and a girls 4x100 team which got a heroic anchor performance from Marlee Orgain to qualify second.

Orgain ran down Pendleton's Sara Townsley and erased a dozen meter lead in the final 100 to get the relay team on to state.

Orgain also won the 100 meter race with a time of 13:19, slowed by blasting headwinds down the stretch, but still enough to win.

"I had a good day," said a grinning Orgain Monday.

Ian McNaughton pulled a similar feat in the 400 relay as he passed Colton Rowland in the backstretch to give HRV the win.

McNaughton is also going in the 200 and 400 meter races, and will be joined by teammate Milo Herman in the 200.

The Eagles went 1-2 in two boys sprint events, with Herman and Ryan Bales going in the 100 meter dash and McNaughton and Herman in the 200. They just missed the feat again in the 400, with McNaughton taking first and Keirnan Buddendeck third.

By qualifying in a pair of individual events and a relay, Herman moved from the middle of the pack, where he spent most of the last two years after dealing with injuries, to the state top times list and a chance at the medal stand.

"It was just hard work and keeping at it," the junior said. "Last year I hurt my hamstring and couldn't run."

The sprints even managed to finish in dramatic fashion. With a thunderstorm rolling in Saturday afternoon, the HRV 4x400 relay team won the final race of the day minutes before rain and lightning came rushing down from the sky.

"We had to take down our tents and everything in the pouring rain," Herneisen said.

The sprints were not the only event HRV went 1-2 in. In the pole vault Olivia Campbell won the competition easily and has a good chance to be the top finisher at state.

Meanwhile Zoe Peterson took second place in a jump off at 8-6 to take the second spot -- after returning from the track to help the Eagle 4x100 relay team qualify.

In other field events, Dalton Frazier won the boys long jump while Tracy Mok took second in the javelin to qualify for state.

In keeping with the tradition, the Eagles are also sending a distance runner. Grace Viuhkola qualified in the 3,000 meters for the first time after pulling away down the backstretch to win the event.

The Eagles had hoped to possibly win the event as a team, but Herneisen said their lack of depth in several events wound up costing them points.

Instead the Eagles finished second on the girls side and fourth on the boys side.

Still, considering he had to scramble to find more transportation to get his team to Eugene, Herneisen was not too unhappy.

"The positives far outweigh the negatives," he said.

Finals results highlights:

* Denotes state qualifier

# denotes state alternate


100 meters

1 Milo Herman 11.38*

2 Ryan Bales 11.43*

5 Kelby Broddie 11.93

200 meters

1 Ian McNaughton 22.21*

2 Milo Herman 22.54*

4 Kelby Broddie 23.42

400 Meters

1 Ian McNaughton 50.23*

3 Keirnan Buddendeck 50.23

3 Keirnan Buddendeck 53.05

7 Victor Rodriguez 54.69

800 meters

5 Yonny Castillo 2:09.97 #(4x400 relay)

7 Sage Deenik 2:14.68

9 Brodie Sutherland 2:24.11

1500 meters

5 Yonny Castillo 4:26.31

5 Aaron Baeza 4:26.31

10 Ricardo Castillo 4:37.87

3000 meters

4 Aaron Baeza 9:30.12

6 Ricardo Castillo 10:00.12

8 Ben Dane 10:11.36

4x100 Relay

1 Ryan Bales, Kelby Broddie, Milo Herman, Ian McNaughton 43.84*

4x400 Relay

1 Keirnan Buddendeck, Victor Rodriguez, Erik Gutierrez, Ian McNaughton 3:33.66*

Shot Put

3 Eli Fults 40-10

6 George Jubitz 39-09

7 Seth Fults 39-00.50


7 George Jubitz 103-06

8 Seth Fults 98-08

10 Eli Fults 93-05


10 Kelby Broddie 123-02

11 Eli Fults 117-06

12 Seth Fults 108-11

Long jump

1 Dalton Frazier 19-07.25*

10 Wyatt Webber 17-10

12 Ryan Bales 15-01.25

Triple Jump

7 Wyatt Webber 38-04.50

10 Erik Gutierrez 35-00.25


100 meters

1 Marlee Orgain 13.19*

6 Kenzie Yoshimura 13.96

7 Ashlynn Olmstead 14.04

200 meters

3 Marlee Orgain 27.25

4 Anna Schlosser 27.31

400 meters

4 Danae Burck 1:03.97

6 Georgia Orgain 1:05.50

800 meters

4 Alison Flaming 2:32.42 #(4x400 relay)

5 Lydia Gildehaus 2:37.79

9 Alia Burck 2:53.44

1500 meters

3 Grace Viuhkola 5:07.00

6 Martha Sonato 5:29.28

3000 meters

1 Grace Viuhkola 10:51.16*

8 Claire Merriam 12:32.00

9 Martha Sonato 12:33.23

100m Hurdles

3 Emily Thompson 17.34

300m Hurdles

3 Emily Thompson 48.75

7 Lupe Santillan 52.17

4x100 relay

2 Kenzie Yoshimura, Zoe Peterson, Anna Schlosser, Marlee Orgain 51.44*

4x400 relay

2 Danae Burck, Emily Thompson, Georgia Orgain, Anna Schlosser 4:23.22*

Shot Put

7 Tracy Mok 31-03

11 Rachel Lahti 24-00.50


7 Tracy Mok 87-11

8 Rachel Lahti 87-08


2 Tracy Mok 111-10*

7 Melanie Siegriest 86-10

10 Matine Maeland 78-04

High jump

4 Zoe Peterson 4-10

Pole Vault

1 Olivia Campbell 11-06*

2 Zoe Peterson 8-06*

4 Arleigh Laney 8-00

Long jump

7 Kenzie Yoshimura 14-09

8 Ana Torres 14-07.75

9 Mason Bailey 13-08.50

Triple jump

5 Kenzie Yoshimura 32-01.75

7 Ana Torres 31-07.50

8 Mason Bailey 30.04.75

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