For an entire year, Ian McNaughton had been waiting for this moment.He got a taste of the thrill of state competition last year when finished 11th at the 6A level in the 400 meter dash while battling the flu. The next week he won the event at the Oregon Elite Championships race.For the next 12 months he trained with the goal of showing the Hayward Field that he was better than an 11th place finisher.He proved it Saturday when he won the 5A 400 meter state championship with a time of 49.41.Not only did the team get him a state gold medal, it topped his own school record, which he had set just the day before when he ran a 49.84 in the preliminaries.“I didn't want to lose,” he said about what motivated him to train through the winter for his second chance at the event.When asked how long he had been thinking about getting atop the medal stand since his trip to Eugene last year the response was blunt: “The whole time.”McNaughton led wire-to-wire in the event but had to hold off a hard charging Will Lawrence of St. Helen's down the stretch but had enough speed to fly through the finish line .10 ahead of Lawrence.He came into the event with the best time in the state in the 400 and new he would have a target on his back at the start of the race.“I was nervous right before the race,” he said. “But then we came out and I calmed down.”The win was the second HRV championship on the day, following Olivia Campbell's title in the pole vault Saturday morning.Olivia Campbell has her first place medal, but she still wants more.
The HRV junior cleared the pole vault bar at 11 feet six inches to win the 5A pole vault title afternoon at Hayward Field in at the University of Oregon.
She later attempted to equal her own Hood River Valley school record of 12 feet even, but missed in three attempts. And that had her peeved afterward even with her win.
"Just winning isn't my goal, my goal is improving and I didn't do that," she said. "But I've still got another year."
Campbell could not train as much as she usually does over the previous week because she was recuperating from a bad sun burn suffered at the district meet the previous meet.
“We just didn't got as hard as we usually do,” she said.
She was able to rest through the early rounds and entered the competition at the 10-06 mark when only a few other competitors remained.
She missed her first attempt at the height, but easily cleared on the second. Annie Sidor of Summit and Tesla Wright of Bend also cleared to advance.
However, while Sidor and Wright took on the bar at 10-09, Campbell decided to pass through to 11-03.
The strategy paid off.
Both Sidor and Wright scratched out at 10-09, leaving Campbell to clear the bar at 11-03 to win the title.
She did so easily and got a tremendous ovation for the HRV contingent in attendance, which was sitting directly across from the pole vault pit at the stadium.
Campbell finished third in her first trip to state last year, and now has a first place state medal, which she received from HRV vaulting coach Shawn Meyle at the award stand.
She didn't take much time to celebrate, saying she wants improve her heights next season, with both a repeat at state, a hope to break her own school record, and a possible shot at the state meet record of 12-07 in the forefront of her mind.
“I'm really glad I'm first state,” she said. “But I'm still really looking forward to next year.”