Five members of the Hood River Valley girls track team peaked at the right time last weekend at Summit High School, qualifying for the May 30-31 state meet with a host of superb finishes.
Topping the list were senior Christy Paul, who took second in the 1,500 meters (5:06.95) and third in the 3,000 (11:00.00), and junior Suni Davis, who ran a school-record time of 59.01 seconds in the 400 meters to take second place and nab a state berth.
Junior Anna Hidle placed third in the 400 (59.85), and will represent the Eagles at state because the event winner has chosen to compete in only one event (800 meters) at state. Paul qualified in the 3,000 due to the same circumstance.
Meanwhile, the 4 x 400 relay team of Hidle, Davis, Kristen Hedges (soph.) and Emily Meyer (senior) placed second with a time of 4:09.85, which put them third on the all-time list at HRV.
“They’re getting up there, but they still have a ways to go,” coach Shawn Meyle said. “They could be even stronger next year, with three of the four being underclassmen.”
The same can be said about the 4 x 100 relay team (Davis, Meyer, Hedges and freshman Markee Cox), which nearly missed qualifying for state with a third-place time of 51.40.
“It’s great to see the relay teams do so well, because it affects more kids,” Meyle said. “We get to send six kids to state instead of just two, which is good for everyone.”
Each of the HRV relay teams posted PR’s at the district meet, which is exactly what Meyle and his coaching staff had been hoping for all season.
In the meantime, individual PR’s continued to fall like leaves from a tree.
Hedges outjumped herself by a foot-and-a-half in the triple jump (33’ 6.75”) to earn seventh place, while sophomore Meghan Flink PR’d by a foot-and-a-half in the pole vault, reaching the 9-foot, 6 inch barrier for fourth place.
Cox earned a personal best in the 100 meters, qualifying for the finals with a time of 12.84 seconds. But a false start in the final heat kept her in eighth place.
Other strong district performances were turned in by senior Allison Byers, who placed eighth in the 3,000 meters (12:15.55) and 13th in the 1,500 (5:45.11); Davis in the 200 meters (26.66, fifth place); Hidle in the high jump (5 feet, tied for fourth); Meyer in the 100 (13.20; 9th place) and 200 (28.03, 14th place); and sophomore Alicia Johnson in the discus (75’ 02”, 20th place) and shot put (25’ 08”).
HRV placed seventh in the team standings with 58.5 points. Mountain View won with 142.5, Redmond was second with 98.5 and Pendleton third with 98 points.