EUGENE - The Astoria girls took the "track" out of "track and field" over the weekend, and nearly pulled off a championship.

And 15 or 20 years from now - when certain members of the team are being inducted into the school's Hall of Fame - the question will inevitably come up: Just how many girls did it take to finish third back in 2007?

The answer: Six. And only four of those six scored points at the state meet. All in field events.

That's right - three Astoria athletes racked up 52 points on the first two days of the Class 4A state meet at Hayward Field. And a fourth added four points Saturday.

Henley ultimately won the team title with 76.5 points, followed by Cascade (58) and Astoria (56). The Hornets passed the Fishermen in the team standings with two events left, and Cascade scored five points by finishing fourth in the last event, the 1,600-meter relay.

The best part for the Lady Fishermen: all 56 points came from two juniors and two sophomores. Clear some more space in that school trophy case, Howard Rub. This team ain't done yet.

"Fifty-six points in a state track meet is big," said Astoria coach Lynn Jackson. "And every single one of those points is coming back. That certainly offers us a bright future."

While the Astoria girls celebrated a third-place team finish, the Seaside boys took fifth for the second straight year.

Seaside senior Dennis Olstedt collected his 12th medal for state meet competition -in the 300-meter hurdles - as he became the 35th athlete in coach Gene Gilbertson's career at Seaside to win a state title.

History was also on the side of the Astoria girls.

In 1980, Astoria finished seventh, with all 20 of its points coming from Kam Johnson - a double winner in the shot put and discus.

Fast forward to 2007 - the Astoria girls scored 36 of their 56 points in the shot put and discus.

After a 1-2 finish Thursday in the shot, Astoria sophomore Laura Bobek and junior Jamie Coggins went 1-2 in Friday's discus final for another 18 points.

Bobek had the top mark of 131-11, while Coggins threw 117-6 on her first throw.

"I didn't do as good as I wanted to," Coggins said shortly after the discus as she sought a personal record (PR). "Me and Laura were both trying to PR. We didn't get that, but we did get the points, and that's what we really wanted.

"We've scored 52 points, and that's the most Astoria's ever scored at state."

At the same time Bobek and Coggins were tossing the discus, Astoria's Charlene Harber was winning the triple jump with a school record leap of 36-91?4 for another 10 points.

Not bad for a sophomore who started competing in the triple jump less than a month ago. Harber admits she still does not have the technique part down.

"Actually, my coach tells me the less I think the better," she said. "It was fun. It felt really good. I've PR'd in every meet so far."

Maddy Adee ran a PR 1:02.68 but missed qualifying in the 400 meters, and Harber narrowly missed qualifying for the finals of the 100 meters, but when Day 2 was complete, the Fishermen had 52 points to 31 points for second place Henley.

Astoria's K.J. Carr made it 56 points, by tossing the javelin 116-1 on her first throw to take fifth place in Saturday's final.

The Astoria girls were not expected to do so well - by some. In Thursday's preview story about the state meet, The Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene listed Cascade, Henley, Junction City, Gladstone and Marist as the contenders to win the girls title.

"The Register-Guard doesn't exactly hold the North Coast in very high in regard," Jackson said. "But it doesn't hurt my feelings to come in under the radar of the valley schools."

While the favorites were all fighting for points on the track, the Fishermen scored all of their points in the field.

Jackson said, "Jamie Coggins wants a T-shirt that says '2007 Field Champions.' Fifty-six points - all coming from field events - that's really impressive."

The Astoria boys scored some points of their own.

Chris Meyer cleared a personal best 6-2 for sixth in the high jump, and Astoria's 400-meter relay team of Kyle McMullen, John Heick, Andres Lopez and Steven Wentworth took sixth in 44.75.

The Seaside foursome of Dom Walker, Joe DeNotta, Dennis Olstedt and Justin Krieger placed third in the short relay final, in 44.36.

Outside of the relay final, Olstedt had a long, uneventful day until about 2:45 p.m.

That's when he placed second (14.69) behind Nate Dillow of Marist (14.44) in the 110-meter hurdle final. Teammate Dom Walker was seventh (15.78).

Olstedt came back at 3:45 p.m. in the final for the 300-meter hurdles, and this time won in 38.68, topping Dillow, who took second in 38.97.

And - in one final race to cap his career - Olstedt ran the anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay in 49.9, helping the Gulls to a second-place finish in 3:27.03, a three-second PR.

Dillow ran the anchor leg for Marist, and Olstedt nearly caught him on the final turn, but didn't have enough left to catch the Spartan runner, who helped the Marist boys win the team title in the last event.

Marist scored 62 team points, followed by North Bend (59), Gladstone (51), Molalla (49) and Seaside (46).

"I felt like there was nothing left in me," Olstedt said of his last 100 meters. "I was just running on guts. I surprised myself to hold it out like that.

"Our team just did so well in the four-by-four, with Justin (Krieger), Damien (Olivar) and Dom (Walker) coming out of nowhere to get us second place - which nobody expected.

"I would have liked to have had a fourth-place (team) trophy, but even though we didn't get a trophy, we're still the academic state champions," he said. "I hang my cap on that."

The Gulls picked up more points in the throws Friday, as Bjorn McCord took fourth (145-11) and Kai Watts was fifth (144-0) in the discus finals.

The Seaside girls managed to score 20.5 points for 11th place.

In Friday finals, Ashley Mayfield kicked her way to a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters, crossing the line in 2:16.40.

Mayfield returned to compete in the 1,500-meter finals Saturday, and turned in a very strong finish to take third in 4:51.77, edging La Pine's Maria Ramirez at the tape. Teammate Patricia Doyle was 14th (5:06.88).

The Gulls added more points in the high jump, from Marla Olstedt (fourth, 5-1) and April Cockcroft (tied for fifth, 4-10).


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