Youth Uprising for HRV track and field at state

Freshman Barajas, sophomore Mattson win state titles

state champions Jestena Mattson and Sebastian Barajas are seen in action at the 2013 5A OSAA meet in Eugene. Mattson, a sophomore, won the 200-meter dash and Barajas, a freshman, won the discus.

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state champions Jestena Mattson and Sebastian Barajas are seen in action at the 2013 5A OSAA meet in Eugene. Mattson, a sophomore, won the 200-meter dash and Barajas, a freshman, won the discus.

Freshman Sebastian Barajas and sophomore Jestena Mattson claimed state titles over the weekend at the 2013 OSAA 5A State Track and Field Championships at Eugene’s historic Hayward Field. Leading a field of 14 Eagle athletes who qualified for the meet, the two represent a bright future for Hood River Valley High School track and field.

Barajas out-threw a seasoned field of juniors and seniors in the discus to claim the 1.6kg title by more than 5 feet over the second-place finisher, senior Jerod Munsterman of Hermiston. His 156-09 finish was 3 inches shy of a personal best, which he set last week on his way to the Columbia River Conference title.

For Mattson, a state title in the 200-meter dash and a second-place finish in the 100-meter dash is a flip-flop from her result last year, when she finished in reverse order in the two events. She cruised to victory in the 200-meter finals with a time of 25.20 — a new HRVHS record and half a second ahead of second-place finisher, senior Jessica Imbrie of Sherwood. In the 100-meter final, Mattson went head-to-head with fellow sophomore Madelyn Metzler of Marshfield. In the finals, Metzler edged Mattson by .04 to take the title.

Sprinter Cesar Rodriguez, one of only two seniors in the HRV group, set a personal best in the 200-meter dash (22.26) on his way to a third-place finish in the event. He also finished fourth in the 100-meter dash and anchored the 4x100 relay team’s fourth-place finish with teammates Wyatt Webber, Parker Kennedy and Parker Irusta. The same group of four went on to finish fifth in the 4x400 relay, while Kennedy, a freshman, finished seventh in the 400-meter dash finals.

On the girls relay side, the 4x100 squad of Sophie Grace, Georgia Orgain, Anna Schlosser and Mattson put in a fourth-place time of 49.93 in the final heat, in which the top four placers were separated by about one second.

Pole vaulters Zoe Peterson and Patrick Crompton made the podium with seventh- and eighth-place finishes, respectively. Crompton’s 13’6” finish was a tie for his personal record and an improvement from last year’s ninth-place state result of 13’0”.

Also ending the season, and her high school career, on the podium was Lydia Gildehaus, the group’s other senior. Fresh off a CRC title in the 1,500-meter run, Gildehaus set a personal best of 4:55.88 to finish eighth in the event. Hermiston senior Maggie Coleman, whom Gildehaus edged in the last 100-meters of the CRC finals, took revenge in the state finals to finish a half-second ahead in the seventh-place slot.

Wrapping up the HRV highlights were eighth-place finishes by Grace in the 200-meter dash and Crompton in the pole vault.

Both boys and girls teams finished ninth overall, separated from the top five by just a few points. CRC rival, Hermiston, claimed fourth place in both boys and girls fields and, as expected, Summit dominated the meet and claimed both overall team titles.

The finish is a solid result for the Eagles and is a sign of promising things to come as the young HRV team gains strength and experience at the state’s top level of competition.

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