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Fossil native, legendary coach and shoe innovator Bill Bowerman, helped to put Oregon track and field on the map and made Hayward Field a destination for sneakerheads and athletes alike.

Remodeled in 2021, Hayward Field is akin to holy ground for lovers of track and field. Hayward hosted the 2022 World Athletics Championships last year, bringing the best athletes in the world to compete in Eugene.

But last week, athletes from Oregon’s smallest schools got to have their shot at glory in Hayward.

For many athletes from small schools, competing at a larger school or university can be a thrill. But stepping onto the track at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field is another realm completely.

Condon High School sophomore Kaden Hall at the OSAA 1A State Championships in Eugene. (Kristian Takagi)

The OSAA Track and Field Championships for 1A schools were held there on Thursday and Friday of last week.

The Sherman County Women’s team had a strong day, finishing 11th overall, with 21 points. Mitchell-Spray finished 25th with six points, respectfully.

The Condon Mens team finished 15th with 18 points, Mitchell-Spray finished 20th with 11 points and Sherman County and Arlington tied for 26th place with 8 points.

Condon High School junior Grady Greenwood had a sensational day and broke two school records. Grady won the 1500 meter with a personal best time of 4:03.19, and set a new school record that had been held by Pat Campbell since 1973. Greenwood also had a personal best in the 3000 meter (9:02.41), finishing second in a thrilling finish with Joseph’s Jett Leavitt. Greenwood finished just one-one-hundredth of a second behind Leavitt. Greenwood’s time in the 3000 meter is a new Condon High School record by nearly ten seconds, which was held by Jeff Harris since 1977.

Condon High School junior Grady Greenwood (right) set school records in the 1500 meter and 3000 meter. He also competed in the 4×400 relay and helped the Condon Men’s Team to finish 15th overall. (Kristian Takagi)

Greenwood also helped his team finish 10th in the 4×400 meter relay, running with his brother Carson Greenwood, Kaden Hall, and freshman Walker Lathrop.

Sherman County’s Sophie Hulke also laser focused and propelled her team. The standout junior won the Discus with a throw of 34.49 meters, nearly six feet further than her nearest competitor. Hulke also took fourth in the Shot Put (9.90 meters) and tenth in the Javelin (31.95 meters). Teammate Morgan Geary took third in the Javelin, with a throw of 35.34 in her final track meet as a senior at Sherman County High School.

Arlington High School senior Kellen Gronquist also had a very strong meet. Gronquist set a personal record and took second place in the Shot Put with a throw of 14.53 meters. Gronquist also took 14th place in the Javelin, with a throw of 38.98 meters.

Arlington High School senior Kellen Gronquist took second in Shot Put with a personal record at the OSAA State Track and Field Championships in Eugene. (Kristian Takagi)

Other athletes that had strong performances were Carter Boise from Spray High School, who finished 8th in the 100 meter and 200 meter sprints, as well as in the 4×100 meter relay with teammates Nate Clark, Oran Davis, and Mai Wattanathanachote. The Sherman County 4×100 men’s team took sixth place, with Michael Blagg, Kole Martin, Eduardo Rubio, and Josiah Carlson on the team.

Spray High School senior Nate Clark took fourth in the Discus with a throw of 42.07 meters, and sixth in the Triple Jump, leaping 12.50 meters, a new season record.

Other notable scores: Men’s 100 Meter – Carter Boise (Spray)- 11.77 (8th); 200 Meter – Carter Boise (Spray) 25.03 (8th); Men’s 4 x 400 Meter Relay – Sherman County (Michael Blagg, Kole Martin, Eduardo Rubio, Josiah Carlson); Shotput – Henry Poirier (Sherman County) 12.86 meters (8th); Discus – Luke Fritts (Sherman County) 32.08 meters (10th); Long Jump – Eduardo Rubio (Sherman County) 5.91 meters (6th). WOMEN: 1500 meter Taylor Payne (Sherman County) 5:32.91 (PR) (11th place); 3000 meter – Addison Smith (Sherman County) 15:30.03 (12th place); 100 Meter Hurdles – Carmen Balaguer (Spray-Mitchell) 17.31 seconds (5th place); 300 Meter Hurdles – Carmen Balaguer (Spray Mitchell) 51.31 seconds (7th place). Javelin – Morgan Geary (Sherman County) 35.34 meters (3rd place), Jozee Jacobs (Spray High School) 31.49 meters (11th place); Long Jump – Caitlyn Jauken (Sherman County) 4.16 meters (12th place); Triple Jump – Morgan Geary (Sherman County) 8.95 meters (12th place).


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