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Personal records fall on first day of 4A track meet

By , Columbian Sports Editor
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Sure, medals are nice.

But not every athlete at the 4A Greater St. Helens League District track and field meet Wednesday measured success by what place they finished.

Instead, they were simply measuring against themselves.

That’s why Skyview junior Hannah Shirley bounded off the pole vault mat like she had just won Olympic gold.

By clearing 10-feet, 10 inches, she had vaulted higher than she ever had. She knew she wouldn’t win the event, but a 22-inch personal best, a school record and a third-place finish were reason to celebrate.

“I came in here not expecting to do very well,” she said, beaming as bright as the sun over McKenzie Stadium. “At the beginning of the season, I was telling my coach 10-6 is the school record and that’s my goal. He didn’t believe me because I was only jumping 8-6.”

Finals in 11 events were held during the first day of the district meet, which continues Friday. The top three in each event advance to the bi-district meet next week in Kent.

Many will go there having just gone faster, higher or farther than they ever had.

Mountain View junior Ethan Tonder is among them. He won the shot put Wednesday with a mark of 55 feet, 11 inches. That’s his best by 25 inches, a school record and the fifth best this season in Class 4A.

He was surprised to set a personal best and school record by hitting 54-8 on his opening throw. But after Union’s Bailey King hit 55-11, Tonder matched him. Tonder won the title by virtue of having the next-best mark.

“I’ve been chasing the school record for a long time now,” said Tonder, who has competed in throwing events since sixth grade. “I’ve been working (technique) for about two weeks now. I’ve been working on my footwork a lot.”

Camas freshman Daniel Maton won the 1,600 meters in 4 minutes, 17 seconds, a personal-best by 11 seconds. He used a blazing kick in the final 200 meters to win the only boys track final held Wednesday.

“I didn’t want to lead because I’m not very comfortable leading, like ever,” Maton said. “But I’ve been doing a lot of speed work before, so I trusted in my kick.”

Maton is the younger brother of Matthew Maton, who set the Oregon state cross country meet record and was only the sixth high school runner to break four minutes in the mile when he did so in 2015. Matthew is now a freshman at the University of Oregon.

“Sometimes he goes on runs with me and helps me out,” Daniel said. “He tells me if I need to go easier because I’m looking tired. He keeps me thinking right.”

Mountain View junior Savanna Craig also used a strong last lap to win the 1,600. She pulled away from Camas runners Emma Jenkins and Rachel Blair to win in 4:59.25, a personal best by five seconds and the second-fastest in Class 4A this season.

Craig has her sights on the state meet May 26-28 in Tacoma. The top seven at the bi-district meet will advance there.

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Skyview junior Samuel Gunn clears the bar while pole vaulting during the first day of the Greater St. Helens 4A district championship track meet at McKenzie Stadium in Vancouver on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. The meet continues on Friday.
4A District Track, Images from Day One Photo Gallery

“I’m really looking forward to state,” she said. “Last year I wasn’t able to go. I didn’t qualify. This year was about coming back strong and owning going to state. I’m going to go because I deserve it.”

Battle Ground’s Curtis Stradley won the javelin in 178 feet, 6 inches. That’s a personal best by one inch and fifth best in Class 4A.

After Wednesday’s preliminary heats, the finals of 24 field and track events will take place Friday.

BOYS TRACK AND FIELD

4A District Meet

At McKenzie Stadium

Wednesday’s finals

Top three qualify for bi-districts

1,600 – 1, Daniel Maton (Camas) 4:17.65; 2, Mason Scheidel (Skyview) 4:20.58; 3, Yacine Guermali (Camas) 4:25.43.

High jump – 1, Aaron Yewman (Skyview) 6-5; 2, Garrett Davies (Mountain View) 6-3; 3, Ethan Gould (Skyview) 6-2.

Shot put – 1, Ethan Tonder (Mountain View) 55-11; 2, Bailey King (Union) 55-11; 3, Connor Jensen (Skyview) 52-11.5.

Javelin – 1, Curtis Stradley (Battle Ground) 178-6; 2, Cody Williams (Camas) 176-10; 3, Gavin Lee (Heritage) 175-5; 4-x, Brad Decker (Skyview) 171-11. x-met bi-district qualifying standard.

Triple jump – 1, Willie Tran (Union) 42-1.25; 2, Denis Baraiac (Heritage) 41-5.5; 3, Cooper McNatt (Camas) 41-1.

Pole vault – late

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD

4A District Meet

At McKenzie Stadium

Wednesday’s finals

Top three qualify for bi-districts

1,600 – 1, Savanna Craig (Mountain View) 4:59.25; 2, Emma Jenkins (Camas) 5:01.27; 3, Rachel Blair (Camas) 5:04.24.

800 relay – 1, Union 1:44.94; 2, Camas 1:45.94; 3, Skyview 1:46.29.

Javelin – 1, Tanya Gladkov (Union) 118-10; 2, Stephanie Knight (Camas) 116-3; Ahmika Kluka (Camas) 113-4.

Shot put – 1, Nkem Aduka (Camas) 37-7.5; 2, Kaila Robinson (Skyview) 36-4.5; 3, Remingtin Riley (Skyview) 34-7.

Triple jump – 1, Emily Wilson (Union) 35-4.75; 2, Hannah Lord (Heritage) 34-3.5; 3, Alexa Dietz (Camas) 34-3.25.

Pole vault – 1, Caleigh Lofstead (Camas) 12-0; 2, Laura Shannon (Battle Ground) 11-3; 3, Hannah Shirley (Skyview) 10-7; 4-x, Alyssa Smith (Evergreen) 10-4. x-met bi-district qualifying standard.

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