Thursday, June 9, 2011
For an entire year, Ian McNaughton had been waiting for this moment.
He got a taste of the thrill of state competition last year when he finished 11th at the 6A level in the 400-meter dash while battling the flu. The next week he won the event at the Oregon Elite Championships race.
For the next 12 months he trained with the goal of showing the Hayward Field that he was better than an 11th-place finisher.
He competed in events over the summer, and then ran in indoor races during the winter. By the time spring came around, he was the clear favorite to win a middle distance state championship, with top times in the 200- and 400-meter races.
He lived up to the expectations Saturday when he won the 5A 400-meter state championship with a time of 49.41.
Not only did the time get him a state gold medal, it topped his own school record, which he had set just the day before when he ran a 49.84 in the preliminaries.
"I didn't want to lose," he said about what motivated him to train through the winter for his second chance at the event.
When asked how long he had been thinking about getting atop the medal stand since his trip to Eugene last year the response was blunt: "The whole time."
McNaughton led wire-to-wire in the event but had to hold off a hard-charging Will Lawrence of St. Helen's down the stretch.
Lawrence repeatedly challenged him for the lead, but McNaughton had enough left in the tank to fly through the finish line a tenth of a second ahead of Lawrence.
He came into the event with the best time in the state in the 400 and knew he would have a target on his back at the start of the race.
"I was nervous right before the race," he said. "But then we came out and I calmed down."
Later in the day he had a shot at a double championship when he ran in the 200-meter dash.
He wound up fourth in the race with a time of 22.67 as his legs, which had already run the 4x100 relay and the 400, began to tire.
Still he was grinning from ear to ear as he stepped off the medal stand.
How could he not be? He wasn't sick and he had the state championship medal he had dedicated the last year to winning, plus a school record in the 4x100 relay and a second top-five medal for the trophy case.
"I'm stoked," he said. "I really wanted the 400; this was a perk."
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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"
Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge