Blue Mountain Eagle Wednesday, May 25, 2016 B1 WEDNESDAY May 25, 2016 STATE CHAMPS Team effort gives Grant Union girls an edge State win is the first for coach Sonna Smith By Angel Carpenter Blue Mountain Eagle EUGENE — After win- ning the Wapiti League cham- pionship on May 13, Grant Union’s track and ﬁ eld head coach Sonna Smith knew her girls team had a good chance to claim the 2A OSAA Track and Field State Championship title last weekend. And that’s just what they did. She also knew it would take great effort on the part of each team member. “Before we left for state, I ran the numbers to see how we were sitting for a state cham- pionship,” Smith said. “The rankings going in showed the team would come up three points short.” The night before leaving for the meet, she spoke with her team. “I told them we would have to move up in some areas and not give anything back from where we were seeded,” she said. “Every athlete did Contributed photos/Aimee Rude ABOVE: Grant Union senior Samantha Brock competes in the 100-meter hurdles at the state track championships. She placed second with a time of 16.55. TOP: The Grant Union girls track and field team poses with the 2016 State Track and Field Championships 2A girls team trophy after winning Friday evening. Each girl earned points for the team, which beat second-place East Linn Christian by only half a point. The team includes, from left, Chelsie Kodesh, Kaylee Wright, Kenzie Wilson, Samantha Brock, Sydney Brockway, Jozie Rude and Kori Pentzer. ‘ I told them we would have to move up in some areas and not give anything back from where we were seeded. Every athlete did exactly that. Kenzie Wilson and Sydney Brockway moved up, and all the other girls held their spot.’ Sonna Smith Grant Union’s track and ﬁ eld head coach See CHAMPS, Page B4 EO Media Group/Kathy Aney Kori Pentzer, of Grant Union, wins in the triple jump Friday at the Oregon State OSAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene. She also won the long jump Thursday for the second consecutive year. Pettit sprints to Garrett Hitz shatters state pole vault record Prairie City two state titles athletes reach Two Monument freshmen take on Hayward Field By Angel Carpenter Blue Mountain Eagle EUGENE — Monu- ment’s Sophie Pettit was the best 1A girls sprinter at the OSAA State Track and Field Championships, and she’s only a freshman. Pettit sprinted her way to her ﬁ rst high school state meet ﬁ rst-place ﬁ nish in the 100-meter dash Friday, fol- lowed by her second title in the 200-meter dash later that day. Pettit won the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.75, one-tenth of a second from setting a new 1A state meet record. She was followed by athletes from North Lake and St. Stephen’s who ﬁ n- ished in 13.09. See PETTIT, Page B4 Dayville freshman wins 1A javelin title By Angel Carpenter Blue Mountain Eagle EUGENE — Dayville High School freshman Kris- tina Humphreys set a goal for ﬁ rst in state in javelin and reached it with a throw of 129-2. She’s competed in the sport since sixth grade, and this year, with the help of head coach Peter Bogardus and assistant coaches Skip Inscore and Savannah Martin, Humphreys sailed to victory. Humphreys said she was nervous at ﬁ rst with the big crowd. “I started warming up, and then they called us down to the ﬁ eld,” she said. “My heart was racing because ev- eryone was watching. It was crazy.” Still, she enjoyed the ex- perience. “My goal next year is for going again and seeing if I can do better,” she said. See HUMPHREYS, Page B2 new heights By Angel Carpenter Blue Mountain Eagle EUGENE — Prairie City High School senior Garrett Hitz shattered the 1A pole vault state record for the title at last week- end’s OSAA Track and Field State Championships. He ﬁ nished with a mark of 14-6.00, beating the old record by 5 1/2 inches. Placing well in three other events, Hitz single-handed- ly achieved a ﬁ fth-place team score. Hitz placed second with a personal record in javelin at 165- 5.00, was second in the 100-me- ter hurdles with a time of 15.81 and was third in the 300 hurdles with a personal record of 41.18. “It was a great moment when they announced that he had won a ﬁ fth-place overall team score,” said coach Joe Weymouth. “Not only that, but he was just edged out of Athlete of the Meet by 1/2 a point at the 1A level.” Weymouth was also pleased with Zweygardt for setting and reaching her goals. She had a second-place ﬁ n- ish in pole vault with a mark of 8-6.00, at her personal record height reached at the May 13 1A-Special District Champion- ship in Ontario. This was Zweygardt’s ﬁ rst Contributed photo/Nancy Hitz Prairie City track and field athlete Garrett Hitz stands with head coach Joe Weymouth, left, and his pole vault coach, and dad, Joe Hitz. Contributed photo/Nancy Hitz Prairie City’s Amaya Zweygardt pole vaults to second place at Hayward Field at the OSAA Track and Field State Championships. year trying pole vault, and Wey- mouth said she worked hard at it all season. “She discovered right away, at the beginning of the year, that she would be competitive,” the coach said. “That just made her work really hard at it with her coach Joe Hitz.” Seeing both athletes succeed at the state competition was a great experience for both the athletes and the coaches, Wey- mouth said. Behind the glory was a lot of practice. “They both worked really hard all year long and put in ex- tra hours,” he said. This included attending sports camps in Boise, and Garrett competed in Australia through Down Under Sports last summer. “They put their time in, and that’s what it takes,” Weymouth said. “I can’t do it without the coaches, my dad and Mr. Wey- mouth,” Garrett said, adding that he set the goal last year to break the meet record. “It felt good,” he said. “I knew I could do it. I had been hitting it during practice all week. It was a relief that it all came together.” Zweygardt said she made it her goal at the beginning of the season to reach state. “From there it was my goal to make it to the podium,” she said. She said they practiced at their own new pole vaulting pit at their school, and she appreci- ated having Joe Hitz as a coach. “We got to put up the ex- tra time to make it all the way there” to state, she said.