Viuhkola finishes third in 3,000 to lead rest of HRV tracksters at state

May 25, 2011

After her final race, Grace Viuhkola wished her nose was a millimeter longer.

The HRV senior finished third by two-hundredths of a second in the 5A girls 3,000-meter run Friday night after she and Morgan Anderson of Silverton ran hip-to-hip for the final 100 meters of the race.

Anderson had been running with eventual winner Megan Fristoe of Summit until the final two laps when Anderson began to fade. At that point, Viuhkola, who had been running fifth, made her move and began to reel in Anderson.

"When I saw her slowing up I went for it," she said.

She and Anderson traded second and third place for the final lap, with Viuhkola holding a two-stride lead in the final 100 meters.

However, shin splints she developed after the district meet began to flare up as she tried to hold off Anderson. Both runners lunged across the finish, with Anderson beating her by a blink.

Viuhkola said she figured Fristoe would get out to a fast start, but was not expecting the same from Anderson. When the runners jumped far out in front of the main pack early, Viuhkola then tried to stay with the front runners of the main group, running anywhere from third to fifth until she made her move in the final two laps.

Viuhkola's third place was the best of the rest of the HRV field behind the state championships by McNaughton and Campbell.

The HRV boys 4x100 team of Ryan Bales, Milo Herman, Kelby Broddie and Ian McNaughton set a school record with a time of 43.62 seconds in the preliminaries and finished sixth in the finals with a 43.70.

"I'm excited," Bales said. "We are part of the school now."

In the first day of the competition Bales and Herman were eliminated in the 100-meter dash preliminaries. Herman finished sixth in his heat with a time of 11.30, as did Bales with a time of 11.51.

Herman finished fifth in his 200-meter heat with a time of 23.08. The HRV girls 4x100 relay team of Kenzie Yoshimura, Zoe Peterson, Anna Schlosser and Marlee Orgain finished sixth in their preliminary heat of 51.49.

Orgain also finished sixth in her preliminary 100-meter heat in 13.02 while Peterson finished ninth in the pole vault Saturday with a height of 9 feet.

Also Saturday, Dalton Frazier finished 12th in the long jump with a distance of 19-02.50.

On Friday both the HRV boys and girls 4x400 relay teams were eliminated in their preliminary heats.

The Eagle girls team of Schlosser, Emily Thompson, Orgain and Danae Burck finished fifth in their heat with a time of 4:15.15, while the Eagle boys team of Keirnan Buddendeck, Victor Rodriguez, Yonny Castillo and Erik Gutierrez finished sixth in their heat with a time of 3:40.08.

In the javelin Tracy Mok finished 10th with a distance of 101-08.

"I had a bunch of kids come up to me after the meet and say they want to come back and what they want to train for," HRV coach Donnie Herneisen said after the meet. "It felt different from other years because we had a whole team here."

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