Lane cruises to 2013 Women's Track & Field Championship
SPOKANE -- The Lane women led by only 15.5 points over 2nd place Clackamas after day one, but turned on the burners winning seven of thirteen events on the day to leave the field in the dust on Tuesday taking the team championship by a blistering 79.5 points (252.5 total).
High Point Scorer
Kara Hallock, Lane
Clackamas held on to second with 173 points followed by host Spokane with 96.5 points and rounding out the top four was Everett with 91.75 points.
Lane now has earned their 6th league title while the runner-up finish marked the end of Spokane's record nine straight women's NWAACC titles dating back to the 2004 season.
Lane's Kara Hollock was the high point scorer with 42.5 points.
Lane also scored additional event awards as Allie Church was named the Women's Outstanding Track Athlete of the meet while teammate Madison Seaman and McKenzie Warren of Mt. Hood were named the Outstanding Field Athletes of the Meet.
Grady O'Connor, in his 15th year at the helm of the Lane program was named Women's Coach of the Year.
Coach of the Year
Grady O'Connor, Lane
Allie Church, Lane
Madison Seaman, Lane and McKenzie Warren, Mt. Hood
Photos by Rick Harrison, Spokane CC
Women's Event Champions
Monday - Day 1
10000m Run: Rachel Cundy, Everett
3000m Steeple: Catie Arrigoni, Everett
Long Jump: Shaneesa Applegate, Lane
High Jump: Elizabeth Venzon, Clackamas
Pole Vault: Anna Jensen, Lane
Shot Put: Leah Wilson, Lane
Javelin: Tiffany Forbito, Clackamas
Tuesday - Day 2
100m Dash: Allie Church, Lane
200m Dash: Allie Church, Lane
400m Dash: Molly Scoles, Spokane
800m Run: Kaitlin Fisher, Everett
1500m Run: Jessica Mildes, Spokane
5000m Run: Jessica Mildes, Spokane
100m Hurdles: Shaneesa Applegate, Lane
400m Hurdles: Tiffany Forbito, Clackamas
400m Relay: Lane, (Applegate, Church, Rowlee, Ambus)
1600m Relay: Lane, (Grimstad, Wilson, Hallock, Church)
Triple Jump: Kristin Clark, Lane
Discus: Madison Seaman, Lane
Hammer: McKenzie Warren, Mt. Hood
Team Scores: Lane 252.5, Clackamas 173, Spokane 96.5, Everett 91.75, Mt. Hood 75, Treasure Valley 42, SW Oregon 32.25, Olympic 23, Green River 13, Clark 11
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Lane Men edge Spokane for 2013 Track & Field Title
SPOKANE -- The Lane Titans entered the day with a 39 point lead over event host Spokane Sasquatch and needed almost every point to hold off the storming Bigfoot with a narrow 5.5 point margin of victory Tuesday.
High Point Scorer &
Wes Bailey, Spokane
Spokane won seven of the day's fourteen events to make for a thrilling end of the 2013 championships but fell to Lane 227.5 to 222.
Lane's victory snapped Spokane's run of 8 consecutive titles dating back to the 2005 season. The title was Lane's second - they won their first in 1996.
Spokane's Wes Bailey was the high point scorer with 35 points.
Bailey was also named the Male Outstanding Track Athlete of the Meet while Mt. Hood's Tyler Callahan was named the Male Outstanding Field Athlete of the Meet.
Grady O'Connor, in his 15th year at the helm of the Lane program was named Men's Coach of the Year.
Coach of the Year
Grady O'Connor, Lane
Tyler Callahan, Mt. Hood
Photos by Rick Harrison, Spokane CC
Men's Event Champions
Monday - Day 1
3000m Steeple: Brad Prettyman, Clackamas
10000m Run: Daniel Issa, Spokane
Long Jump: Wes Bailey, Spokane
Pole Vault: Zach Olivera, Lane
Discus: Durran Bates, Spokane
Hammer: Kevin Stanley, Spokane
Tuesday - Day 2
100m Dash: Jemiel Lowery, Lane
200m Dash: Wes Bailey, Spokane
400m Dash: Wes Bailey, Spokane
800m Run: Austin Collins, Clackamas
1500m Run: Austin Collins, Clackamas
5000m Run: Rudy Spencer, Spokane
110m Hurdles: Sean McGetrick, Lane
400m Hurdles: Dylan Seitz, Spokane
400m Relay: Spokane (Shelby, Bailey, Ohl, Van Tuinen)
1600m Relay: Spokane (Van Tuinen, Walser, Shelby, Bailey)
Triple Jump: Deontre Curry, Clackamas
High Jump: Brandon Nash, Lane
Shot Put: Durran Bates, Spokane
Javelin: Tyler Callahan, Mt. Hood
Team Scores: Lane 227.5, Spokane 222, Clackamas 171.5, Mt. Hood 41, Everett 40 6, Clark 32, Treasure Valley 26, Olympic 22, SW Oregon 19, Green River 18
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Titans Lead at NWAACC Meet
SPOKANE — Lane’s men and women each lead after the first day of the NWAACC track and field championships at Spokane Falls Community College.
The Titan men have 99 points, 39 ahead of Spokane. Southwestern Oregon is ninth with two. Lane’s Zach Olivera jumped 15 feet, 7 inches to win the pole vault and take the only title for the Titans, who relied on depth to take the early lead. The meet concludes today.
Runners-up in Monday’s finals for Lane included Tre Hartney in the hammer, William Kunkle in the discus, Gabriel Rodriguez in the long jump and Theo Puentes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Lane’s women were led by long jump winner Shaneese Applegate, who jumped 18-6 1/2, pole vault winner Anna Jensen, at 11-8, and shot put winner Leah Wilson, at 42-9. The Titans scored 93 1/2 points, with Clackamas second with 78. Southwestern Oregon has 19 1/4 for fifth.
Madison Seaman was second in the shot put, Kayla Vasquez was second in the pole vault and Kara Hallock took second in the high jump and long jump.
Big show awaits for Lane track and field after Southern Region test
The Titans have regional titles to defend before the NWAACC championships
Photo Info: The Lane Community College Titans are hosting the Southern Region championships on Saturday and are the favorites to win both the men's and women's titles. Defending regional champions include (from left) Brandon Nash, Shaneesa Applegate, Allie Church and Joey Hart. (Brian Davies/The Register-Guard)
With a women’s team bursting at the seams with talent and a men’s team as strong as usual, Grady O’Connor is ready to compete for a conference championship.
“Our bags are packed, now we just need to get on the bus and go,” said an eager O’Connor, the director of track and field at Lane Community College since 1998.
However, there remains one last piece of business before the Titans can leave for Spokane and the May 20-21 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship meet.
Lane will host the South Region championships on Saturday, a holdover from the 1980s before teams from Oregon joined the NWAACC.
None of the other three regions has a championship meet.
“I love team track and field,” O’Connor said. “I love having a dry run for the NWAACCs, so we don’t get up there and get and tight and freaked out. … But this regional meet is sort of a double-edged sword.
“It can be a good tune-up, but at the same time, if we don’t manage it correctly, it can sort of beat us up too.”
The Titan men have won the South Region nine straight times dating back to 2004, and the women have won three straight titles and seven of the last nine.
Both are the favorites again heading into the meet, which also includes teams from Clackamas, Mount Hood, Southwestern Oregon, Treasure Valley and Clark. Field events begin at 10:45 a.m., and the first running event is scheduled for noon.
“The bigger fish, the bigger goal is to capture an NWAACC title,” O’Connor said. “We’re going to compete hard, but we’re not going to sacrifice the squad’s health.
“Clackamas, I imagine, will throw everything at us. They’re going to try and catch us napping.”
Factoring in the completed NWAACC multi-event results, the Titan men already hold a 25-8 lead on Clackamas, and the women trail Clackamas 21-16.
It shouldn’t take too long for the women to erase their deficit. The Titans are loaded with top-end talent this season and have the best NWAACC marks in 13 of 21 events, including both relays.
They’re also deep in many events, which will help them tremendously in these next two scoring meets.
Defending NWAACC 100- and 200-meter champion Allie Church is back and again leads the conference in the 200 at 25.15 seconds. She also has the second-fastest times in the 100 and 400, behind teammates Alisha Rowlee (12.16) and Macaulay Wilson (58.57), respectively. Wilson is also the leader in the 800 at 2:17.53.
Kara Hallock, who finished second in the hepathlon, is the NWAACC leader in the 100 hurdles (14.58) and high jump (5 feet, 6 inches).
Shaneesa Applegate, who scored 26 points in the regional meet last season with wins in the long jump and 100 hurdles, and a third–place finish in the high jump, leads a group of four Titan long jumpers in the top six with a mark of 19-1 ½.
In other events, Anna Jensen and Kayla Vasquez are tied for the pole vault lead (11-5 ¾), Kristin Clark leads the triple jump (36-7 ¾), Leah Wilson leads the shot put at 44-5, and Madison Seaman leads the discus at 148-1.
“Event by event, it’s as strong of a team as I’ve had here in my 15 years,” O’Connor said. “Does that equate to a championship? By no means. We still have to show up and perform up to our abilities.”
The Lane men are led by sprinter Jemiel Lowery, who has the top time in the 100 at 10.80 and is also second in the 200.
The men also also have defending NWAACC champions in the high jump and long jump. Brandon Nash is again leading the high jump with a mark of 6-9¾, and long jumper Joey Hart is ranked third is his event at 22-11.
Zach Olivera heads a group of four Titans in the top five in the pole vault with a leading mark of 16-4 ¾, and Dylan Hamming scored big points for Lane with his decathlon win last month.
“Clackamas has a pretty strong team as well,” O’Connor said. “It’s going to be a challenge. We certainly can’t just do a walk-through, and some of those seventh- and eighth-place finishes will make a difference.”
As they will in Spokane, once the Titans finally get there.
Clackamas' Venzon and Lane's Hamming crowned multi-event champions
|Clackamas freshman Elizabeth Venzon & Lane freshman Dylan Hamming came from behind on day 1 to capture the heptathlon and decathlon championships.|
OREGON CITY, OR -- Personal records were hallmarks of both the NWAACC decathlon and heptathlon champions crowned today in Oregon City.
Lane freshman Dylan Hamming recorded seven personal best performances on the ten events, including three in the final three competitions to surpass day one leaders Spokane freshman Reuben Clark and Clackamas freshman Seth Buck.
Clark enjoyed a 130 point lead over second place Hamming through seven events (213 over Buck), but the lead quickly evaporated in the javelin where Buck tossed a meet high 184' 7" to climb back into the title hunt while Hamming took over the lead with a throw of 177' 7" to Clark's 147' 3".
Hamming's throw was a personal best by 30 feet and greatly reduced the impact Buck's throw had on the leaderboard.
The final event - the 1500m run - provided a dramatic end to the day as a total of just 51 points separated the top three - and only six points between first place Hamming and second place Clark.
Hamming put his stamp on title, defeating a still hopeful Buck by nearly five seconds and Clark by 11.82 seconds.
Clark held on to second place by the narrowest of margins to finish one point ahead of Buck who had to settle for third place.
Not to be out-shadowed, the heptathlon also proved to be just as exciting in the final event as Venzon and day one leader, Lane freshman, Kara Hallock battled down to the wire for the championship.
Hallock had a commanding 268 point lead over Venzon after five events, but Venzon gained huge ground in the javelin (event 5) with a 20 foot personal record to reduce the point deficit to just 17 heading into the final event, the 800m run.
Hallock led the pack in the 800 much of the way through the first lap & half until Venzon turned on the burners with about 200 meters remaining and raced across the finish line to defeat a gassed Hallock by nearly five seconds to claim the title.
Venzon's event total of 4658 is the seventh best NWAACC mark in the championship while Hallock's mark of 4614 stands as the ninth best at the event.
Not since 2004, when three competitors - including record holder Katie Miller (Clark College) - has the heptathlon featured multiple top ten performances.
Team points from the multi-events will carry forward to the remaining track and field events that will take place at Spokane Falls CC on May 20-21 [championship website].
Lane gained 22 team points from the team's four top ten finishes in the decathlon while Clackamas scored 19pts from the school's three top ten placers in the heptathlon.
|Team Points Earned from Multi-Events|
|Lane (4)||22 pts||Clackamas (3)||19 pts|
|Spokane (2)||10 pts||Lane (3)||13 pts|
|Clackamas (1)||8 pts||Spokane (1)||6 pts|
|SW Oregon (1)||1 pt||Olympic (1)||1 pt|
Select event photos will be available at NWAACC Facebook.
Lane's Hallock and Spokane's Clark lead day one of the Multi-Event Championships
|Lane's Kara Hallock & Spokane's Reuben Clark lead day one of the 2013 NWAACC Multi-Event Championships in Oregon City.|
OREGON CITY -- The opening day of the 2013 NWAACC Multi-Event Championships kicked off under party sunny skies today in Oregon City.
Lane freshman Kara Hallock and Spokane freshman Reuben Clark ended the day with solid leads in the heptathlon and decathlon.
Hallock came into the event as a slight underdog to Clackamas freshman Elizabeth Venzon who entered the event with the the top qualifier, but Hallock turned in an amazing performance over the course of the women's first four events to lead Venzon by 152 points.
Hallock placed first in three of the four events (200m dash & 100m hurdles, high jump). She and Venzon shared the top high jump of 5'5" (1.68m).
Spokane sophomore Ashley Sharp (3856 pts), Lane freshman Rochelle Pappel (3659 pts) and Lane freshman Kristen Clark (3473 pts) round out the top five.
Hallock's day one tally of 2940 is just 30 points behind the NWAACC's record day one heptathlon score of 2970 posted by Clark's Katie Miller en route to Miller's 2004 NWAACC title.
Miller also went on to set the NWAACC heptathlon record of 4988 points during her 2004 heptathlon title run, a mark Hallock will surely have her eyes on if she continues her blazing performance in tomorrow's events.
Spokane's Clark entered the decathlon with the #3 qualifier (5762 points) well behind #1 qualifier freshman Seth Buck of Clackamas who had a season high of 6059 points.
Clark's consistence performance in all five of the men's events gave him a 3501 pts to 3420 pts lead over Buck who is narrowly leading Lane freshman Dylan Hamming, who is holding third place, by a mere 16 points.
Clark took first in the high jump, third in the 400m dash, long jump and shot put and fourth in the 100m dash.
Lane sophomores Jacob Robertson (3219 pts) and Trevor Prater (3113 pts) round out the decathlon top five.
The remaining events will begin Tuesday morning at Oregon City High School's Pioneer Stadium. The decathlon will resume at 9am followed by the heptathlon at 10am.
See the championship web page for more information.