Fast times: Local athletes earn honors on the track and road

August, 2014 Posted in School, Sports & Recreation

James DayBy James Day

Josh Zielinski and Susan Gallagher scored victories in the 10-kilometer run July 4 in Stayton.

A record of more than 300 runners and walkers participated in the four events, organizer Dave Phelps said. The runs were a joint effort involving the Stayton Road Runners and Troop 50 of the Boy Scouts. The running club took care of the start and timing and 16 Scouts served as course marshals.

“It was a beautiful morning,” Phelps said. “Clear blue skies and temperatures remained in the mid-70s all morning. Just a terrific way to start the 2014 4th of July Stayton celebrations.”

Zielinski, 31, ran 32:49 to win the men’s 10K, 50 seconds ahead of runner-up Matthew Barnhart, 29. Gallagher, 52, ran 41:33 to win the women’s title. She finished nearly three minutes ahead of runner-up Janel Roden, 33, who ran 44:17.

Younger runners led the way in the 5K trail run, which made its debut. Grant McGill, 18, ran 18:30 to win the men’s title, with Ryan Douglas, 19, second in 19:56. Kristen Lachappelle, 18, ran 20:40 to win the women’s race. Ingrid Sladal, 35, was second in 21:05.

Linsie Michels, 25, the former Cascade High and Concordia University runner, torched the field in the 3K, winning the race in 10:46, more than five minutes ahead of the second-place female finisher.  Michels also was the top overall runner in the race. Kyle Fisher, 25, led the men in 12:18, followed by Luke Halvorsen, 15, in 13:27.

A total of 49 individuals participated in a 3K walk but no official results were posted. Phelps said that runners wanting to get a head start on the 2015 race can sign up at T-shirts still are available on the website at a 50 percent discount.

Tyrell Williams. Photo courtesy WOU

Tyrell Williams. Photo courtesy WOU

Area colleges: Former Cascade High athlete Tyrell Williams had a memorable first season of collegiate track. Williams,  6-4, 200-pound senior to be, caught 109 passes for 1,842 yards and 13 touchdowns in his first three seasons of football at Western Oregon University, but this season was his first on the track.

Williams, who finished second in the 200 and sixth in the 100 at the 2010 OSAA Class 4A meet, was named newcomer of the year in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Williams won the 200 at the GNAC meet in a time of 21.32, tying the meet record and breaking the McArthur Field record. Williams also took third in the 100 (10.74) and participated on the 400 relay and 4×400 relay teams which finished third and fourth, respectively. Another former Cascade athlete, John Schifferer, ran a leg on the short relay.

Williams also participated in the NCAA Div. II Nationals where he finished 13th in the 200 in 21.31.

“The race felt good to me,” Williams said. “I probably had my best start of the season. It just wasn’t my day I guess. I felt like I had a decent race, close to my personal record, so I’m happy. I mean, being here and this whole experience is great. I’ve learned that this is a completely difference competitive aspect. Everyone is just as fast as you, or faster here. You have to be ready to run a great race.”

Williams rang up a season best of 21.19 in a meet May 2 at Oregon State University.

Head coach Mike Johnson said Williams was an easy pick for the GNAC newcomer honor.

“Given everything he has accomplished this season, I’m not sure there was anyone else that could compete for that honor with him,” Johnson said. “Not only was he great as a newcomer, but he was also an outstanding overall male athlete of the year candidate. There were a number of great candidates this year.”

Other area colleges: Austin Koos of Scio helped Corban University set a pair of school relay records. Koos, Brett Johnson, Michael Trofimchik and Jacob Ybarra ran 41.69 in the 400 relay to finish 16th at the NAIA national meet. Koos, Johnson, Trofimchik and Nathan Swanson ran a school record 3:15.45 to take 11th in the 4×400 relay at the national meet. Corban’s Lexi Mitzel, a former Cascade athlete, ran 18:27.57 and took 18th in the 5,000 at the NAIA meet. Mitzel fell just two spots away from qualifying for the final.

Another former Cascade athlete, Willamette junior Jossalyn Wright, showed her versatility by placing in three events at the Northwest Conference championships. Wright took fifth in the discus (119-3), eighth in the shot put (37-4) and ninth in the hammer (138-1).

Jessica Slate of Cascade had a 6-4 record with a 4.44 earned run average and one shutout for Corban softball, which finished 26-20 overall and 13-15 in the Cascade Collegiate Conference.

Welter honored: Regis High graduate Tom Welter, executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association, has been named president-elect of the National Federation of High School Sports Associations for the 2014-15 school year. Welter joined the OSAA as assistant executive director in 1995 and assumed the executive director post in 2001. Welter was a teacher, coach and administrator at Central Catholic High in Portland for 20 years. He was inducted into the Oregon Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame in April.

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