MONMOUTH The Warrenton track team had one of its most productive state meets ever, as the Warriors wrapped up competition Saturday in the OSAA Class 3A meet at Western Oregon University in Monmouth.
The bus ride home carried two state champions and nine medals in all, with one meet record and two new school records.
Warrentons Emmi Collier finally won that elusive state title, as the Warrior senior clinched a victory in the shot put on Day 2.
Competing on her future home field at WOU, Collier capped her high school career with a winning toss and state meet record of 44 feet, 10 inches in Saturdays shot put final.
And it wasnt even close, as Jo-Anne Jessee of Cascade Christian had the second place mark of 41-7 1/4.
Technically, Collier broke the meet record five times, as five of her tosses eclipsed the previous state meet record of 43-0 1/2 set by Jaclyn Espinoza of Regis in 2006.
Meanwhile, senior Nate Ferrell was busy scoring points and setting records for the Warrenton boys by winning the 110-meter hurdles and taking second in the 300-meter hurdles, in addition to earning a medal in the javelin.
The Warrenton boys finished with 34 team points to place sixth in the team standings, behind Nyssa (73), Dayton (63), Westside Christian (48), Pleasant Hill (41) and Valley Catholic (41).
St. Marys captured first place for the girls, with Warrenton 16th, with 16 points.
Ferrell had the second-best time (15.32) in Fridays preliminaries of the 110 hurdles, but then scorched the track in a Warrenton school record 15.11 to win Saturdays final race.
A little later, Ferrell came back and placed second in the 300 hurdles, finishing in 40.16 (another school record) behind defending state champion Justin Angove of Bandon (40.08).
Ferrell actually stood on the victory stand three times Saturday, as he had a throw of 136-11 for eighth in the javelin, just ahead of teammate Jordan Cain (ninth, 133-10).
More medals for the Warriors belonged to junior Jordan Hollaway, whose toss of 44-11 3/4 was good enough for fourth in Fridays shot put final, and his throw of 134-10 earned him fifth place in Saturdays discus event.
Warrior junior Derek Luck also returned with some hardware, jumping 20-11 1/2 for fifth in Fridays long jump final, then returning to place seventh in Saturdays triple jump with a best of 41-2 3/4.
Behind Colliers first place and the first and second for Ferrell, the next highest finish for a Warrior came from junior Courtney Lofton, who cleared 5-2 in Fridays high jump, equaling her personal best.