April 17, 2019 — It was a long day for Siuslaw’s track and field team during last Saturday’s Prefontaine Rotary Invitational in Coos Bay, where athletes from 33 schools competed for nine hours in a full line-up of events.
It was during those hours that Siuslaw athletes not only claimed 15 personal records but, in the case of junior Hannah Rannow also set a new school record.
Rannow, the defending 800-meter state champion in the 4A, bested her previous record in the girls’ mile set nearly a year ago at the El Jefe in Eugene, where she ran a time of 5 minutes, 25.55 seconds. During last year’s Prefontaine Mile, Rannow finished in 5:36.0 for seventh place and besting a record set in 1968 by Sherry Wells (5:38.6).
On Saturday, Rannow shaved more than 10 seconds off of her previous school record set last May in Eugene, crossing the finish in 5:13.44 to claim second in the invitational’s signature event.
Arcata, Calif., senior Thea Norlund won the race in 5:10.68.
Rannow, a junior, went on placed second in the 800 meters as well, running a season-best time of 2:25.45.
The Lady Vikings also got standout performances from sophomore Gracie Freudenthal, who won the 100-meter hurdles (16.48) and was second in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (49.27). Junior Chloe Madden was third in the 3,000 meters with a PR time of 11:37.96.
Joining Rannow on the girls’ mile all-time list were sophomore Brea Blankenship and freshman Rylee Colton. Blankenship placed seventh on Saturday after running a time of 5:42.58, which is now the fifth-fastest time in Siuslaw girls track history. Colton finished ninth in 5:51.61, earning her the seventh-fastest time in school history.
For the boys, junior Ryan Rendon-Padilla threw the javelin 179-01 for second place. The winning throw was made by North Bend senior Ty Hampton, which landed at 215-10 and marking the nation’s best throw so far this season.
Among those setting PRs on Saturday were:
Girls: Julia Shoji in the 200 meters (32.21) and 400 meters (71.37); Arrianna Brown in the 400 meters (73.37); Alyssa Richards in the javelin (99-6); Davina Galli in the pole vault (7-6, now No. 6 all-time); Bryn Clement in the triple jump (27-5.75); and Brooklyn Cahoon in the triple jump (27-2.5).
Boys: Ryan Jennings in the 400 meters (54.07); Jaxson Jensen in the 800 meters (2:12.14); Chad Hughes in the 3,000 meters (10:30.36); Skyler Loomis in the 300 hurdles (47.0); Rhys Fleming in the javelin (133-5); and Camp Lacouture in the pole vault (10-6).
Yesterday, Siuslaw hosted a four-way meet (after press deadlines) that included Mapleton, Crow and Triangle Lake that had originally been scheduled to be held in Mapleton.
Due to flooding issues related to the high jump area at MHS, the venue was changed to Siuslaw, which had been scheduled to participate.
Tomorrow, Siuslaw will host the annual Central Coast Invitational, beginning at 4 p.m.