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Appeal Tribune, www.silvertonappeal.com
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
PHOTOS BY MOLLY J. SMITH/STATESMAN JOURNAL
Kennedy's Kaylin Cantu (left) and Philomath's Meaghan Alba (right) approach the finish line of the girls 3,000m at the Meet of Champions on Saturday at McCulloch Stadium in Salem.
Wild finish at McCulloch meet
BILL POEHLER
STAYTON MAIL
Kaylin Cantu proved that she is not
just a runner, she is a racer.
The Kennedy High School sophomore
came from a sudden deficit in the final
200 meters to win the 3,000 meters at Sat-
urday’s Meet of Champions at McCul-
loch in dramatic fashion.
Cantu won the race in a personal rec-
ord of 11:14.57, narrowly defeating a
11:14.60 of Philomath’s Meaghan Alba.
“I really wanted to beat her at the end
and get a PR,” Cantu said. “I didn’t really
run the 3,000 last year that much. I really
want to focus on that this year. I’m really
glad I got a PR.”
Cantu focused on the 800 and 1,500 as
a freshman and it paid off as she placed
third in the state in the 1,500 and fifth in
the 800.
But she made up her mind she would
focus on the 3,000 this year, and she
wanted to make a statement at the Meet
of Champions.
The race started excruciatingly slow,
but Cantu decided she wanted to stay in
the front so she hung with Alba in the
lead.
“I feel like no one wanted to take the
lead because there was a fast girl that
was supposed to be in it, but she
scratched,” said Cantu, who also placed
fourth in the 1,500.
Every time Cantu tried to take the
lead – especially with two laps to go – Al-
ba sped up and maintained her position
on the inside of the track.
When Cantu and Alba came on a run-
ner to lap with about 200 meters to go, the
girl they were to lap drifted out into the
corner, letting Alba dive under, but Can-
tu had to go the long way around her.
“I kind of felt her getting away a little
bit,” Cantu said.
As they came down the front stretch,
Cantu continually closed in on Alba.
At the finish line, as they went to lap
another runner, they collided and fell
across the finish line.
Cantu won in a personal record of
11:14.57 with Alba second in 11:14.60.
“I really wanted to win because I was
coming in (seeded) second so I really
Kennedy's Bishop Mitchell competes in the long jump at the Meet of Champions on Saturday at McCulloch Stadium in Salem.
wanted to beat that girl that was ahead of
me,” Cantu said. “She kind of like pushed
me, and then she kind of like dove for the
finish line. I didn’t think I got her, but I
guess I did.”
Kennedy junior Bishop Mitchell over-
came a tough schedule at the Meet of
Champions to place second in the pole
vault (11 feet, 6 inches) and long jump
(20-5) despite competing in both at the
same time.
The football and basketball standout
had an excellent regular season last
year, but didn’t compete at the state meet
due to an injury.
He wants that experience this year.
“At this point it’s just staying
healthy,” Mitchell said. “My hammy is
starting to catch back on again, but just
trying to work out and do a lot of thera-
peutic work. It’s my left one, my takeoff.
That’s what was bothering me last year.”
Also for Kennedy at the meet, senior
Adrian Parra placed fourth in the 3,000
in 9:37.14.
bpoehler@StatesmanJournal.com,
503-399-6701 or Twitter.com/bpoehler
Monday, May 2
Tuesday, May 3
Crescent Valley at Silverton, 4:30 p.m.
BASEBALL, SOFTBALL STANDINGS
BASEBALL STANDINGS
MID-WILLAMETTE
CONF
W
L
W
L
Crescent Valley
Corvallis
Dallas
Central
Silverton
South Albany
Woodburn
Lebanon
10
9
7
6
5
5
3
3
2
3
5
6
7
7
9
9
14
11
9
8
7
5
6
3
2
6
8
7
10
11
11
14
Wednesday, April 27
Woodburn at Silverton, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29
ALL
2A/1A SPEC. DIST 2
Kennedy
Regis
St. Paul
Western Mennonite
Santiam
Central Linn
East Linn Chr.
Country Chr.
Perrydale
CONF
ALL
W
L
W
L
5
5
5
4
3
1
1
0
0
1
1
2
2
2
3
4
4
5
10
6
9
7
5
3
5
1
0
6
6
3
5
6
4
8
8
8
Kennedy at Santiam, 4:30 p.m.
MID-WILLAMETTE
Lebanon
Silverton
Dallas
Corvallis
Central
South Albany
Crescent Valley
Wednesday, April 27
Kennedy at Regis, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 27
Silverton at Dallas, 4:30 p.m.
Silverton at Woodburn, 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 29
Tuesday, May 3
Kennedy at Western Mennonite, 4:30 p.m.
Crescent Valley at Silverton, 4:30 p.m.
REACH US: Cliff Kirkpatrick, ckirkpatr@Salem.gannett.com
2A/1A SPEC. DIST 2
SOFTBALL STANDINGS
Friday, April 29
Silverton at Lebanon, 4:30 p.m.
CONF
ALL
W
L
W
L
10
7
6
5
5
1
0
0
4
3
4
6
8
9
14
11
11
10
7
1
2
1
5
4
5
7
11
10
Kennedy
Central Linn
Perrydale
Regis
St. Paul
Santiam
Wednesday, April 27
Kennedy at Regis, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, May 2
Kennedy at Santiam, 4:30 p.m.
CONF
ALL
W
L
W
L
4
3
3
1
1
0
0
1
2
2
3
4
8
6
6
4
3
6
3
4
3
4
4
7