Special District 2 rivalries will carry onto state

May 13, 2018 GMT

SUTHERLIN — Sadie Olson let a howl out that seemed far bigger than her body could produce as she watched the discus fly during Saturday’s Special District 2 track and field championships at Sutherlin High School.

The Elkton sophomore wound up very happy with her end results as she outdueled Camas Valley freshman Joy DeRoss for the district title.

“All year we’ve been pretty close to each other,” Olson said, after flipping her No. 3 seed into the district title. “Me and Joy are pretty good friends and we like to joke around with each other. There’s no hard feelings between us.

“I wasn’t really concerned about her, I just wanted to PR and I did. I didn’t really worry about other people, I just worried about PRing.”

Olson uncorked a personal record of 104 feet, 5 inches to win the event. DeRoss was second at 101-5.

Both athletes punched tickets to the Class 1A championships at Hayward Field next Thursday and Friday by finishing 1-2 Saturday.

“I’m so excited to go to Hayward Field next week,” Olson said. “I’ve been there to watch, but I’ve never competed there before.”

DeRoss had the better marks in the shot put, winning that event while Olson had a PR and took second.

Several other athletes will make their first trip to Eugene for the state meet, as Elkton and Camas Valley both qualified multiple athletes.

Thanks to Olson and freshman Margaret Byle, the Elks finished fifth in the girls team race. North Lake won the title with 103 points, four ahead of Hosanna Christian. Elkton had 51 and Camas Valley scored 45 to take seventh.

On the boys’ side, Camas Valley finished second to defending state champion Powers. The Pirates posted 163 points to C.V.’s 87.

C.V. senior Derek O’Connor — who will continue his brief track career at Umpqua Community College in the fall — advanced in all of his events, winning the 800 and 1,500 and helping the 4x100 relay to a win before running a personal best on the first leg of the Hornets’ second-place 4x400 relay to end the meet.

“All of my races today were just to win, finish first or second to get to state with a focus on the 4x400,” O’Connor said. “There was a team like two seconds behind us in the 4x400 and they pulled all their runners so they would be fresh for that race, so we had to focus on that.”

As a result, O’Connor’s times in both the 800 and 1,500 were unimpressive and far from his personal best marks.

“It was slow,” O’Connor said of his 800. “It was just to win, that was the only goal.

“I wish I could have run faster, but it was important (to save himself for the last race).”

Camas Valley’s Bryson Wolfe finished second in the 100 and third in the 200 and was on the 4x100 relay along with O’Connor, Jared Hunt and Ryan Weickum. Hunt not only ran the anchor leg of the 4x400 relay, he also won the javelin by seven feet. Jacob Payne took second in the discus to qualify for state.

Byle, a freshman, was fighting a cold on Saturday and wound up third in both the 200 and 400 after she won a hyper-competitive 100 with a bad start.

“I could hear them and I could hear their breathing, too,” Byle said of the 100, which she finished in 12.85 seconds, well off her PR. “I got the feedback from several of the other girls, and I felt it, too, that he fired the gun way too soon, right after he said set, he went ready. I could have taken at least a half-second more off if I had been more ready.”

Nonetheless, the next three runners were all within .08 of second behind Byle and each had a personal or season-best time. Camas Valley’s Noel Krissie was fourth in 12.93, a personal best.

Krissie did qualify for state in the 800, while Hornets teammate Michael Bartlett took second in the 3,000.