EUGENE One state title down, one to go for Seasides Brett Willyard.
The Gulls junior has become the most dominant boys' distance runner in the state, as he demonstrated Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene by winning the Class 4A 3,000-meter final in eight minutes, 38.14 seconds. It was the fastest time of all three 3,000-meter races run Friday, in the Class 4A, 5A and 6A divisions.
The time was also just seven seconds off the state meet record of 8:31.13, set by Junction Citys Billy Harper in 1994.
Willyard will be the favorite to win Saturdays 1,500 meter final as well.
Elsewhere, Seaside teammate Lucas Clark added six points for the Gulls by finishing third in the discus final with a throw of 154 feet, five inches, despite fouling on three of his six attempts.
Action concludes Saturday in the OSAA state track and field at Hayward Field.