Hayward Field at the University of Oregon is the Mecca of track and field in the United States. It has hosted numerous NCAA Championship meets, Olympic Trials, US Championships, the only US hosted Diamond League Meet – The Prefontaine Classic, the World Junior Championships, and in 2021 – the World Championships. But each spring it hosts the most important meet to high school athletes in Oregon: the OSAA State Championship Meet. Thousands of athletes and supporters travel to Eugene seeking personal records, places on the podium, and the ultimate, a state championship.
16 Spartan track athletes qualified for this year’s state championships, the most of any Spartan team since 2007 when 17 athletes qualified.
Here are highlights of the Spartan Girls Track Team performances at the 2017 OSAA State Championships
Savannah Weight began the Spartans parade of medals with a 7th place finish (4’10”) in Friday”s High Jump Final.
Reagan Reed finished in 11th place (15’9″) in the long jump, a week after winning the NWOC Championship.
After setting a personal record in both the 100 (12.28 4th in school history) and 200 meter dash (25.27) on Friday, Kennedy Taube qualified for Saturday’s finals in both events.
Taube began Saturday by teaming with Juliet Raabe, Promise Saechao, and Reagan Reed (alternates Madeline Lambing and Carissa Ramirez) in the 4 x 100 meter relay. The team ran to a time of 49.99 (9th in school history) to come in 5th place. It was the 6th straight year the Spartan relay team earned a podium placement at the State Meet
After finishing a strong 3rd place finish in the 100 Meter Dash (12.35), Taube had one final event to earn her first individual championship. Taube raced to a personal record time of 25.25 (2nd in school hisotry) to outpace the field and earn her 11th State Meet medal, and first individual championship (Taube won the 4×100 relay in 2015) of her career.
Naomi Johnson entered the meet as the 11th seed in the Discus. Had a personal record performance in her 3rd attempt to throw 115’9″ (7th all time Hilhi Junior) and earn a spot on the podium and a 6th place medal.
Juliet Raabe, NWOC Champion in both the 100 Meter High Hurdles and 300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles, failed to qualify for the final in the high hurdles (16.82) in Friday’s Prelims. She came back strong to qualify for the final in intermediate hurdles (49.42) and finished Saturday’s final on the podium with an 8th place medal (51.72)
The girls team tied for 7th place at the state meet with 25 points. The 6th straight year the team has finished in the top 10