The Sailors we at McKenzie High School over the weekend, where they competed with nine other schools in the Mountain West District to earn spots at this week’s 1A state meet.
When the final timer stopped, the Sailors had qualified for eight events at state.
“I can’t express how proud I am of our athletes,” said Mapleton Athletic Director and head track coach Aaron Longo. “There were truly outstanding performances by everyone.”
Perhaps no one’s performance was more inspiring than senior Tyler Packebush, who came into the meet after four days of sickness and the loss of more than 10 pounds.
In spite of a queasy stomach, he finished second in two events, qualifying him for state in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 19.06 and in the pole vault at 9-0.
The winning vault was 9-6, a height Packebush had easily cleared earlier this season.
“He competed extremely well even after being sick the entire week,” said Longo.
In the javelin, junior Tanner Wilson threw for the win at 128-02, then placed second in the discus at 99-09 on his final throw.
Freshman Nathen Roane also advanced to state, landing a person best on his last throw in the javelin at 121-10 for second place behind Wilson.
“They both surprised a lot of people by breaking form in those events,” said Longo.
For the girls, senior Josi Hays swept the throws category, winning the shot put (30-07), discus (89-10) and javelin (94-07), advancing to state in all three events.
“Four athletes competing in eight events at state isn’t bad for a school our size,” said Longo.
The OSAA 1A state meet gets underway this Thursday, May 18, at Hayward Field in Eugene and continues through Friday.
For the schedule of events, visit www.osaa.org.