SEASIDE - The Seaside girls track team made history at the Cowapa League championship meet last week. The Seaside boys, meanwhile, are hoping history repeats itself this week.
With Astoria and the Gulls both taking their usual busload of athletes to Eugene, the North Coast will be well-represented at Hayward Field Friday and Saturday, in the Class 3A state track & field championships. All told, there will be an Astoria or Seaside athlete in 31 of the 34 events.
The Seaside girls can finally call themselves "district champions," after winning the Cowapa League title Friday afternoon on their home field. In a close team race, Seaside finished with 194 points, edging Scappoose (184) and Astoria (170).
Scappoose ran away with the Cowapa district boys title Friday at Seaside, racking up 224 points, well ahead of second-place Astoria (130) and third-place Seaside (122).
In a close team race, Seaside finished with 194 points, edging Scappoose (184) and Astoria (170).
It's a safe bet to say that most of the Gulls weren't even born the last time the Seaside girls won a district title.
"The girls haven't won this meet since 1983," said Seaside coach Chuck Schneekloth. "With St. Helens, Astoria and Scappoose in the league, it was never easy. That says a lot about how good this team is.
"They've had that vision of winning the district championship all along," he added. "We've been talking about winning it all season. It's hard training out here on the coast, but these girls have been real committed so they really deserve it."
One of the key ingredients to the Gulls' success is senior Monica Teeple.
After winning the long jump Thursday, Teeple blazed her way to first-place finishes in the 100- and 200-meters Friday, and ran the final leg on Seaside's 400-meter relay team, which placed second.
Teeple's time of 12.80 in the 100 and 26.70 in the 200 will put her in contention with the state's best.
"Monica Teeple has been the backbone of this team," Schneekloth said. "We've got Monica, and we just kind of build off her."
The Gulls' Noelle Harer is a two-time district champion, after winning the 1,500 meters in 5:10.89, then taking first in the 800 meters in 2:32.33.
With Teeple and Harer expected to place at state, Seaside could also pick up big points from Maggie Olstedt.
After qualifying in the long jump Thursday, Seaside's smooth-running junior won Friday's 400-meter final in 63.45. She placed a close third in the 200 behind Courtney Scott of Scappoose.
While Teeple, Harer and Olstedt provided the expected points, the key to the Gulls' district title came from a few unexpected first- and second-place finishes.
Monica Cifelli, ranked third in the triple jump coming into the meet, placed second Friday with a jump of 31 feet 63/4 inches.
But Friday's upset special was provided by Amber Lucas, the sophomore who came into the meet with the fourth-best mark in the discus.
When it was all over, Lucas had a 4-foot PR of 99-1 and the district title.
Elsewhere, third-ranked Nora Beckman took second in the pole vault. Cassandra Tebo of Scappoose extended her own league record by a foot (11-0), and Astoria's Brooke Duling tied the Fishermen school record of 8-6 for third place.
"Fortunately we have some great depth," Schneekloth said. "And some of the girls really stepped up.
"Amber Lucas winning the discus when she was seeded fourth - that was just awesome," he said. "The great thing about a meet like this is that it takes 30 people to win it. All 25 or 30 of the girls who scored for us did a great job. Astoria and Scappoose have great teams."
Seaside's Ashley Flukinger - in just her first year of track - qualified for the state tournament with a second-place finish behind Olstedt in the 400.
Flukinger also took part in the 1,600-meter relay, placed seventh in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump.
Kilee Johnson placed third in the 3,000 meters Thursday, then took third in the 1,500 meters Friday. She will take part in the 3,000 in the state meet because second-place finisher Connie Beeks of Scappoose will not enter that event.
In the 400-meter relay, Seaside was edged at the finish line by Scappoose, while the Indians won the 1,600 relay in 4:14.27 to the Gulls' 4:18.12.
The Seaside boys placed third in the team standings, but that may not be such a bad place for the Gulls, who took third behind the Indians and the Fishermen in last year's Cowapa League meet, then won the state title. In other words, the Gulls are right where they want to be.
"That's our plan, just like last year," Schneekloth said. "Try to score as high as we can at state, and if we have a good day, we could be in the top four and get a trophy. That could happen. Wilsonville has a great team, but despite all of our injuries, I think we'll have a great showing at the state meet."
The Wilsonville Wildcats are set to dominate the meet this year, with the possibility of scoring 100 points (Seaside won last year with 48.5 points).
The Gulls will likely pick up big points from senior Rich Walsborn, who set a personal best and broke the Seaside field record in the triple jump Friday, leaping 44-91/4. The mark was five inches off the school record.
"At the state meet, with all the fans ... I think he'll step up," Schneekloth said. "Rich had a great day. You can't say enough about Rich Walsborn, Garrett Parks and all these guys have been 100 percent committed."
Parks - out with a hamstring pull for most of the season - is starting to make a difference for the Gulls.
He ran 11-flat on the third leg of the 400 relay, "but in the 4-by-4 he started to tighten up a little," Schneekloth said. "If he's healthy, he's just as good as anyone out there."
The Fishermen boys added another six individual titles in Friday's finals.
David Bales easily won the shot put with a toss of 53-21/4, nearly five feet better than the mark put up by Cole Linehan of Banks. Seaside's Josh McCord placed third.
Astoria's Austin Covell will now set his sites on winning a state title in the javelin, after winning the league championship Friday.
Covell's second throw of the day went 178-11, good enough to hold off Rainier's Kevin Nagunst, whose best mark was 176-3.
"Austin had a solid day - more than I've ever seen him have," said Astoria coach Lynn Jackson. "It's a great time to peak. He looks pretty good. We're hoping he can throw another high 170 or a 180 down at Eugene."
Another Fishermen seeking to catch a state title is Joe Mansfield. After winning the 3,000 Thursday, the Astoria senior came out strong Friday and won the 1,500 in 4:09.77. Mansfield will be seeded fourth in the 1,500 and second in the 3,000.
Astoria's other double winner was senior Ivan Donayri in the 100 and 200 sprints.
The Fishermen have never been strong in the sprints department, but Friday they finished 1-2-3 in the 100 and claimed the top two spots in the 200.
Donayri ran 11.50 in the 100, followed by teammates Orlando Andujar and Kyle Rayborn; Donayri took the 200 in 23.39, with Rayborn placing second.
"We swept the 100," Jackson said. "I was talking to Carl (Dominey, former Astoria coach) and he said that's the first time in 31 years that he's ever seen that at Astoria."
Astoria picked up unexpected points in the hurdles, when sophomore Angelo Schauermann started his day with a second-place finish in the 110-meter high hurdles, behind Travis Townsend of Scappoose.
An hour later, Schauermann came back and won the 300-meter hurdles in 42.28, edging Townsend at the tape.
"Angelo's been fighting a hamstring pull, so he's just been stretching for the last two months," Jackson said. "I just told him to do his best at districts, and he shows up and runs aggressively and qualifies for state in both events. He ran with courage."
Jackson will send six girls to the state meet, including Megan Gabriel, who cleared 5-2 to place second in the high jump. Dawn Vandehey of Banks broke a 14-year-old record by clearing 5-61/4 to win the event.
Astoria's Heather Coy, who took second in the shot put Thursday, placed second in the discus Friday to qualify for state in two events.
The only state qualifier on the track for the is senior Jennie Rummell, who placed second to Lisa Sorenson of Scappoose in both the 100- and 300-hurdle events. Seaside freshman Ashley Ryan took third in each race.
"I was impressed with Jennie Rummell over the whole meet," Jackson said. "She had three second-place finishes and ran the best 300 she's had in a long time (48.23). If she can do that again, that may get her a medal at state.
"Our girls are still real young," Jackson said. "We're losing Jennie Rummell and Holly Brause, and that's it. Hopefully we can get another large freshman class out next year and continue to build on this."
Arnall goes out with state title
MONMOUTH - Warrenton had just seven athletes competing in this year's Class 2A state track meet Friday and Saturday in Monmouth, but the Warriors certainly made the most of their brief appearance.
The individual careers for a few Warrenton athletes came to successful conclusions, as senior DeeDee Arnall set a school record and won the javelin title, and senior Josh Hollaway took second in the boys discus.
Warrenton scored 26 points on the girls' side to finish in a tie for eighth.
Arnall's winning throw in the javelin went 130-feet, 10 inches, with Candace Knuths of Central Linn placing second with a 128-6.
"I'd had some decent throws in practice, I just hadn't hit one in competition," said Arnall, whose personal best coming in was 122-11. "My first goal was just to make finals, and I did that on my first throw in the prelims with a PR (123-0)."
In the finals, the last throws were the best throws for both Knuths and Arnall.
The last toss by Knuths went 128-6, "so I knew I'd have to PR big to beat that," said Arnall, who got herself psyched up and - with the last throw of her high school career - tossed the javelin 130-10 for the title. The previous school record was 126-8 (Candy Gramson, 1993).
"It didn't really feel like a great throw, but that's how it goes in the javelin," said Arnall, who had never thrown the javelin before this season. "It felt great to win, because there were some good throwers there."
Warrenton's last individual state titles came from Krystal Schneider in 1998 (discus) and 1999 (shot put), and before that, the Shepherd sister dynasty, which won nine state titles from 1978-87.
Hollaway's second-place mark in the discus was 140-0, well behind the 154-1 posted by East Linn Christian's J.D. Hill, but still good enough for Warrenton's only eight points of the meet.
"Josh is another nice kid who works real hard," said Warrenton coach Sara Oien. "He's one of those kids who puts in a lot of time and effort into everything he does, so he deserved it."
In the girls' shot put, Warrenton's Katie Arnall finished a strong third with a toss of 37-41/2, while teammate Amber Shrode took fifth with a 36-10.
The two also took part in the discus finals, with Shrode placing sixth and Arnall 14th.
Warrenton senior Becky Bobek scored points for the Warriors with a sixth place finish in the triple jump Saturday, as she soared a school-record 34-71/2. Bobek took 11th in the long jump with a leap of 14-101/2.
In the boys long jump, freshman Brandon Engebretson placed 12th (19-01/4).
Oien makes history for EWU
MISSOULA, Mont. - Knappa High School didn't have any athletes competing at the Class 2A state meet over the weekend, but there was a former Logger who came up big in the Big Sky Conference track and field championships Saturday in Missoula, Mont.
Eastern Washington's Mike Oien, a Knappa graduate, became the first athlete in conference championships history to score in all four throwing events.
Oien won the men's discus with a throw of 169 feet, 11 inches, and finished third in the hammer throw with a mark of 186-4. On Friday, Oien was eighth in the shot put and fourth in the javelin.
Ilwaco girls place 2nd
KALAMA, Wash. - Ilwaco's big guns all came through with big meets over the weekend, as the Lady Fishermen placed second in the Southwest Washington district track meet.
Rainier won the meet with 111 points to Ilwaco's 106.
Senior Marie Wroble highlighted the meet with a throw of 128 feet, six inches to win the javelin. The mark is the leading throw in the state in the 1A division.
Wroble also won the discus (94-4) and the shot put (32-4).
Senior Devon Phelps soared 32-10 to win the triple jump, placed second in the shot (32-1) and fourth in the javelin (107-3).
Elsewhere, Katie Holmes placed second in the long jump (15-1), second in the 200-meters (26.6) and third in the 100 meters (13.1); Amanda Foggard was fourth in the 400 meters; and Kelly Oja took fourth in the 3,200 meters and third in the 1,600 meters.
The Fishermen 1,600-meter relay team of Carrie Knudsen, Michelle Wroble, Oja and Foggard took second (4:47), and the 400-meter relay was fourth.
The Ilwaco boys placed third with 56 points, as Winlock (65) took the team title, followed by Kalama (62).
Highlights for the Fishermen boys:
Nate Appel set a school record (50.07) with a second-place finish in the 400, and added a third place in the 800 meters (2:09);
Javan Haley (3rd in the high hurdles, 3rd in the high jump); Rick D'Haene (4th in the discus, PR 126-0) and Derek Duffy (4th in the 3,200).
Both Ilwaco relay teams won their respective events, a first-time accomplishment for the Fishermen.
The 400 relay squad of Heath Miller, Kyle Kaino, Jesse Ramsey and Appel ran a 45.4, a half-second off the school record; and the 1,600 relay team of Ramsey, Appel, Miller and Garrett Binion won with a 3:33.
The Fishermen qualifers head to Cheney, Wash. for the Washington state meet, Thursday through Saturday.