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JFK girls shine: Lopez, Sprauer lead Trojans to fourth place finish in state track

James DayKennedy high continues to compete at a high level in the Class 2A state track and field meet.

The Trojans’ girls squad, led by juniors Alejandra Lopez and Hallie Sprauer, took fourth in the team race in the May 17-18 event at Hayward Field in Eugene.

The Kennedy girls, under veteran coach Steve Ritchie, have finished in the top 10 at state for eight consecutive years. The Trojans were second in 2013 and won the title in 2014.

Lopez ran 10:32.01 in the 3,000 and 4:51.88 in the 1,500, finishing second both times to Bandon standout Sailor Hutton. Both of Lopez’s marks were personal bests and second all-time on the Kennedy lists to Deanna Schiedler.

Sprauer took second in the high jump with a leap of 5-3, added an eighth place in the long jump (a personal best 15-7 ¾), took third in the triple jump (33-10 ½) and anchored Kennedy’s 4×100 relay squad to a fifth-place finish in 52.35. Also on the relay were Hailey Arritola, Emma Beyer and Clarissa Traeger.

Kennedy totaled 49 points, good for fourth behind Monroe (80), Grant Union (65) and Central Linn (59).

Others participating for Kennedy included:

Lilly English (fifth in the discus, 105-11, a personal best)

Abby Frey (fifth in the javelin, 109-7, a personal best, and her third straight top 8 finish at state)

Lily Flud (sixth in the pole vault, 8-1/4)

Caitlin Perez (seventh in the 300 hurdles, 53.14)

Makayla Massey (eighth in the shot put, 33-5 ¾)

The Kennedy boys, meanwhile, scored 11 points, led by its 4×400 relay squad of Jannick Schneider, Luke Hall, Nick Riedman and Micah Parker, which finished fourth in 3:40.06. Parker turned in a scorching 52.9 anchor leg.

Schneider also was fourth in the 400 (54.09) and Hall finished eighth in the 800 (2:09.48). Also scoring was Nick Suing, who took seventh in the shot put at 43-2 ¾).

Silverton, competing in the Class 5A meet, also turned in some strong performances.

Foxes junior Jori Paradis took second in the 800 and ran a leg on the Foxes’ fourth-place 4×400 relay. Paradis ran 2:21.62 in the 800, trailing only Isabel Max of Summit, who triumphed in 2:14.76. Paradis teamed up with Ellie Schmitz, Addie Schmitz and Katie Sinn to run 4:07.38 in the relay. Summit won the race in 3:59.78.

The Foxes totaled 21 points and finished 12th in the team competition. Summit ran away from the field, scoring 156 points to easily claim first.

Here is a look at how other Silverton girls athletes performed:

Savannah Reilly finished third in the high jump at 5-2.

Riley Traeger took seventh in the javelin (115-10) with teammate Emma Rockwell ninth (113-3)

• Emily Candee was 10th in the long jump (15-6 ¾).

Jaycen Shepard claimed 12th in the discus (97-4).

• Sinn also participated in the 100 meters, where her 13.02 time was just 0.03 away from qualifying for the final.

In the boys competition Silverton tied for 16th with 13 points. Sandy scored 86 to take team honors. Here is a look at performances by Silverton athletes:

Isaac Rush, the lone individual champion for the Foxes’ in their district championship win, finished fourth in the pole vault with a leap of 13-9.

Haile Stutzman finished fifth in the 3,000 with a school-record time of 8:43.79. Stutzman also was ninth in the 1,500 in 4:03.29.

•Sophomore Blake Doerfler threw the javelin 163-7 to take fifth.

Lee Metzger was ninth in the triple jump (40-6 ¼).

Andrew Bissell was 12th in the shot put (44-9 ½).

Softball: The No. 2 seed Kennedy squad blanked Riddle 13-0 in its opener in the Class 2A-1A state playoffs and were in the quarterfinals at Our Town’s presstime. Silverton, meanwhile, bowed out in the Class 5A play-in round with an 8-4 loss at Crater of Central Point. The Foxes finished 7-15.

Baseball: Kennedy, seeded No. 5 in the Class 2A-1A playoffs, took down visiting Culver 7-4 in the round of 16 and were in the quarterfinals as Our Town went to press. Silverton wound up 12-15 after being blanked 3-0 in the Class 5A play-in round at Churchill.

Golf: The Silverton boys squad took eighth at the Class 5A state tournament held May 14-15 at Emerald Valley in Creswell. The Foxes earlier had placed second in the Mid-Willamette district tournament.

Top scorer for Silverton was Antip Ayhan, who tied for 21st with a two-day score of 173. Also participating for the Foxes was Stephan Samoilov (tied for 29th. 182), Daniel Valihov (tied for 36th, 187), Fred Snegireff (tied for 46th, 201) and Larry Snegireff (52nd, 213).

Silverton tennis double Clay Martinson and Sam Rosenblad. Submitted photo

Tennis: The Silverton doubles pair of Clay Martinson and Sam Rosenblad went undefeated in Mid-Willamette dual meets before falling 6-4, 6-3 in the district title match to Ronny Jenkins and Nathan Liu of Crescent Valley. Martinson and Rosenblad also took part in the Class 5A state tournament but were eliminated after losing their first two matches.

Running: More than 250 runners
and walkers took part in the May 12 Silverton Health events. Justin Holden, 25, of Stayton won the 5-kilometer run-walk in 18:33, just over a minute ahead of 13-year-old runner-up Zach Kuenzi of Silverton, who finished in 19:34. Another youngster, 16-year-old Abigail Swain of Salem, was the first female finisher, taking third overall in 20:13. Two other youngsters, 10-year-old Skyler Knutson of Silverton (11th in 22:03) and 8-year-old Bohdon Sowa of Mount Angel
(33rd, 25:38) also showed promise
for the future.

Grady Orton, 10, of Salem won the kids’ 1-mile run in 8:23, 54 seconds ahead of runner-up Levi Schurter, 9, of Silverton. Chloe Koster, 10, of Silverton, was the top girls finisher in 9:57. She took
fourth overall.

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