Going out on top: JFK senior Bishop Mitchell wins three events at state meet

June 2017 Posted in Sports

James DayKennedy High senior Bishop Mitchell put his personal stamp on the Class 2A state track and field championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Mitchell won three events – the 200, the long jump and the triple jump – and finished second in the 100 by an incredibly narrow margin. He was named 2A male athlete of the team and his 38 team points is the most in Kennedy history.ken-bishop

The Trojans finished with 47 points to finish fourth as a team. It was the highest finish for the Kennedy boys since the 2010 squad took third.

On day one Mitchell won the long with a leap of 22-5.5, tying the state meet record while also qualifying in the 100 and the 200.

On day two Mitchell took second to Colin Koenig of Delphian in the 100. Both athletes were officially timed in 10.98 and officials had to go to the thousands column to unknot it, with Koenig at 10.972 and Mitchell at 10.978. Both athletes fell to the track while straining to reach the finish line first, with Mitchell receiving a deep gash in his arm from a spike.

Just 30 minutes later Mitchell won the triple jump in 43-0.25, scurrying away from that event to win the 200 in 22.53. Mitchell’s 100 and 200 times broke his own school records.

Also scoring points for the Kennedy boys were Brandon Rendon (4th in the 400, 53.89) and Jeremy Kliewer (7th, shot put 43-4.75) and the 4×100 relay team of Nick Perez, Rednon, Anthony Garcia and Christian Reyes, which ran 46.57 for sixth place.

Distance runners Kaylin Cantu and Alejandra Lopez led the Kennedy girls to a ninth-place finish, extending the Trojans’ streak of top 10 finishes to seven years.

Cantu was second in the 1,500 in a personal best 4:54.89 and took third in the 3,000 in 10:39.94, a PR and the second-best time in school history. Lopez, meanwhile, was fourth in the 1,500 (5:01.97) and the 3,000 (10:42.04). Lopez, a sophomore, improved her 3,000 time by 30 seconds in her final three meets of the season.

Also scoring for the Kennedy girls was Abby Frey (7th, javelin, 98-7), while Alyssa Ecklund took 10th in the pole vault.

Brock Rogers, meanwhile, led the way for Silverton in the Class 5A meet. Rogers won the 110 hurdles and took third in the 100 meters to lead the Foxes to a 12th-place finish.

Rogers won the hurdles in 14.47, setting a new personal best and a Silverton school record. Rogers ran 11.02 in the 100. Rogers accounted for 16 of the Foxes’ 23.5 boys team points. Also scoring for the Foxes’ boys squad were high jumpers Coleton Myers (4th, 6-3) and Shon Ackermann (tied for 6th, 6-2).

Also participating were Ackermann in the discus (ninth), Hosea Catterall (10th in 1,500), Ben Willis (10th, shot put) and Colin Walker (12th, javelin).

The Foxes’ girls squad, meanwhile, scored 24 points and tied with Thurston for ninth.

Leading the way were the 4×100 and 4×400 relay squads, which finished fourth and sixth, respectively.

Running on the short relay were Madi Arrington, Desiree Sinn, Paige Alexander and Katie Sinn, who finished in 49.78. Running on the long relay were Addie Schmitz, Samantha Sinn, Jori Paradis and Desiree Sinn, who clocked 4:09.93.

Paradis also finished sixth in the 800 (2:23.22) and seventh in the 1,500) 4:57.48) for the Foxes girls, who also won the Mid-Willamette district competition.

Others scoring points were Savannah Reilly (5th, high jump, 5-3), Christine Bjerremand (6th, triple jump, 35-2.75) and Desiree Sinn (6th, 400, 1:00.55). In addition, Arrington was 12th in the 100 meters.

silv-molloyBaseball and softball: The Kennedy and Silverton softball teams both have advanced to the quarterfinals in their respective classes. Top-ranked Kennedy downed Gaston 15-2 on May 24 in Class 2A-1A, while the No. 5 Foxes moved on in Class 5A with a 9-0 win vs. Sandy on a six-hit shutout by ace Alex Molloy, who announced Tuesday that she will play college softball at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

The Kennedy baseball team, meanwhile, lost 11-4 against the Sherman-Arlington-Condon team and ended its season 18-7.

Further softball action took place after Our Town’s presstime.0-1

Tennis: The Silverton doubles team of Clay Martinson and Dillon Fogarty finished second at the Mid-Willamette district meet and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state tournament before falling to the third-seeded team of Natahn Liu and Jeff Wang of Crescent Valley. Martinson and Fogarty had a lot of help along the way. The Foxes, under coach Dan Miller, finished 12-3 overall and second in the Mid-Willamette with an 11-3 dual match record. Key contributors, Miller said, were the senior class of Fogarty, Cole Visser, Marcus Hemshorn, Zach Zenchenko, Koby Howell, Adam Bischoff, Jonathan Reyna, juniors Martinson, Sam Rosenblad and Ryan Ferry and freshman Isaac Milner.

Golf: Foxes senior Connor Jensen qualified for the Class 5A state tournament by finishing fifth in the district meet with a 27-hole score of 123. Jensen was 41st in the state tournament with a 36-hole score of 188. Both tournaments were hosted by Quail Valley Golf Course in Banks.

Roth in Asia: Former Foxes hoop standout Sam Roth is in Asia as a member of the USA Eagles basketball team that will play games against university, club and provincial teams as well as conduct camps. Roth, a 6-3 guard who helped lead Silverton to the 2015 Class 5A state title, just finished his freshman year at Northwest Nazarene University, where he redshirted. Ten colleges and universities are represented on the 12-man roster, which includes Dylan Brink, Roth’s Northwest Nazarene teammate. The tour touched down in Asia May 14 and returns to the U.S. on June 4.

Anderson in regionals: Former Silverton runner Morgan Anderson is competing in the NCAA track and field regionals in Austin, Texas. Anderson, a senior from Scotts Mills, finished 10th in the 1,500 at the Pac-12 championships. She also is running the 5,000 at the regionals.

Fun run: Nearly 225 runners and walkers participated in the May 13 Legacy Silverton Fun Run. Dylan Cudd, 16, of Stayton, won the 5K event in 19:03, 16 seconds ahead of  Daniel Rofeity, 18, of Silverton. Abigail Swain, 15, of Salem, was the top female finisher in 21:17, good for seventh overall. Grady Orton, 9, of Salem won the kids’ mile in 9:15, followed by Fabian Cruz, 9, of Silverton in 9:31. Naia Gigeria, 10, was the top female finisher, taking seventh in 10:24.

Middle school track: Five Silverton Middle School athletes won events in the Mid-Valley track and field championships held May 11 at Philomath High School. Meghan Russell won the 200 (27.24), while teammate Amanda Dahlquist won the shot put (36-9), Reegan Buchheit took the javelin (94-1), Truitt Reilly won the high jump (4-6) and Kirstein Kuenzi was first in the long jump (14-2). The top boys finishers were Carter Gauvin (2nd, 1,500, 4:53.83) and Troy Santana (2nd, shot put, 36-5).

Finishing second for the girls were Audrey Dunn (400, 1:07.01), Jasmine Carlin (javelin, 86-11) and two relay squads. The 4×100 team of Oriana Farrell, Reilly Chloe Fisher and Russell finished second in 56.11, while the 4×400 quartet of Dunn, Johanna Otter, Elayne Short and Reilly, took second in 4:34.33.

The Silverton athletes moved on to the Meet of Champions at Corvallis High which was held after Our Town’s presstime. See the June 15 Our Town for results.

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