April 24, 2019 — The Siuslaw track and field team, fresh from record-setting performances during its last two meets, continued that pace during last Friday’s annual Central Coast Invitational at Hans Petersen Field in Florence.
The multi-classification meet included athletes from 11 teams, so competition was stiff, making Siuslaw’s performances — which included seven meet records and two state-best marks — all the more impressive.
Among those turning in standout performances was Siuslaw junior Hannah Rannow, who ran a state-best 4A time of 2 minutes, 18.32 seconds in the 800 meters. The time was a personal best for Rannow, the defending state champion in the event, who won the race on Friday with a field record, meet record and the state’s best mark so far this season.
In that same race, teammates sophomore Brea Blankenship and senior Naomi Shoji finished third and fifth respectively, setting PRs at 2:23.88 and 2:33.03.
Meanwhile, sophomore Gracie Freudenthal also ran a state-best, winning the 300-meter hurdles in 46.52 for a new PR — almost a full second faster than the 4A’s current second-fastest time.
Freudenthal also won the 100-meter hurdles in 15.93 for her best time this season.
Freudenthal remains poised at No. 2 on Siuslaw’s all-time list in the 300 hurdles, and Rannow is still No. 2 in the 800 meters in Siuslaw’s record books.
In the girls 3,000-meter race, Siuslaw swept the first three finishes, with junior Anne Wartnik (11:50.42), freshman Rylee Colton (11:50.67) and junior Chloe Madden (11:52.95) placing first through third place, respectively.
For the Viking boys, sophomore Skyler Loomis launched a personal record in the javelin with a throw of 160-5, landing second on Friday and moving into Siuslaw’s No. 10 spot on the all-time list in the javelin (IAAF).
Loomis’ mark breached a record set back in 2007 by Mason Keck, who is now 11th on Siuslaw’s all-time list.
Junior Ryan Rendon-Padilla, the defending state champion and current school recordholder in the javelin (191-7, set earlier this month), placed first with a throw of 180-9.
Other top finishes included sophomore Ryan Jennings in the 400 meters, setting a PR and placing second with a time of 54.52. Jennings was also second in the 300 hurdles (43.47); sophomore Andrea Osbon was second in the shot put with a throw of 32.6; senior Madison Reynolds placed third in the shot put at 32-6; freshman Camp Lacouture cleared 11-6 in the pole vault, improving on his previous best by 1 foot and placing fifth on Friday.
Yesterday, Siuslaw was at the Sky-Em League JV meet in Elmira (after press deadlines). Saturday, the Vikings will compete at the 55th Centennial Invitational in Gresham, starting at 11 a.m.