PORTLAND — The Warrenton boys track team did not quite have the numbers to challenge for a district title, but the Warriors are ready to make a big run for a trophy in this week’s state meet, as they won six individual titles in the District 1/3A championships, held Friday and Saturday at Catlin Gabel.

Warrenton scored 133 points to finish second behind Valley Catholic (159), while the Lady Warriors collected 56 points for sixth place, to go with another school record for Emmi Collier.

The Warrior boys dominated the victory stand in the two-day meet, with six individual district titles (twice as many as Catlin Gabel and Rainier), and 12 top three finishes – which should make Warrenton a strong contender in the Class 3A state meet, Friday and Saturday at Western Oregon University.

“With Nate Ferrell running strong in the hurdles, and Jordan Hollaway consistent in the throws, I’m pretty confident we’ll make a good showing” at state, said Warrenton coach Josh Jannusch, who was named boys’ Coach of the Year in the District.

“We’re definitely not out of reach of bringing home a trophy,” he said. “I think we’ll be right in there.”

Ferrell highlighted the district meet with three victories, as he won the 110-meter hurdles (in a school record 15.30 seconds) and the 300-meter hurdles (40.60), then showed his versatility by winning the javelin with a throw of 145 feet, 1 inch.

He also ran a leg on the fifth-place 400-meter relay squad, and was named the Male Athlete of the Meet. Ferrell will be seeded No. 1 at the state meet in the 110 hurdles.

More big points came from Hollaway, who won the discus (131-3), and also took the shot put with a school record toss of 47-2 3/4, as Warrenton swept the throwing events.

Jordan Cain was second behind Ferrell in the javelin to qualify for state, and freshman Bryton Kyme was third in the shot put.

Junior Derek Luck added more points with a district title in the triple jump (41-1), second-place in the long jump (20-5 1/2) and third in the 100-meter final (11.64).

Justin Sleutel was third in the 800 meters and fourth in the 400 meters, and junior Adam Dugan cleared 5-6 for third in the high jump.

“We actually scored better on the boys’ side than we were projected to,” Jannusch said. “All the guys stepped up.”

One of the field highlights for the meet came from Collier, the senior who demolished her own school record with a toss of 45 feet, 3 3/4 inches to win the shot put.

Collier now owns the state’s second-best mark in the shot put, at any level, and will be a big favorite in the 3A meet.

She was third in the discus (96-0), while teammate Courtney Lofton placed second in the high jump by clearing 5-0, and Mady Smotherman was third in the high jump (4-6), and Kim Nichols was fifth in the 3,000-meters (12:57.32).


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