Siuslaw tracksters keeps steady pace

Siuslaw freshman Brea Blankenship (center) won the 800-meter race at Junction City and as third in the 1500 meters—Rob Griffes/for Siuslaw News

The Siuslaw track and field team spent its time serving double-duty this past weekend, with athletes competing in both Junction City and Roseburg.

At the Junction City Invitational, sophomores Brea Blankenship and Ryan Rendon-Padilla turned in standout performances in the javelin and 800 meters, respectively.

Padilla launched the javelin 152 feet, 2 inches to win the event, followed with a second-place throw by Viking freshman Skyler Loomis with a personal best of 135-9.

In the 800-meter race, Blankenship edged out Elmira junior Andrea Griffin for the win after crossing the finish less than a second ahead in 2:42.10. Blankenship went on to place third in the 1500 meters (5:33.9) and also ran a leg on the winning 4x400-meter relay team with junior Naomi Shoji, freshman Gracie Freudenthal and sophomore Anne Wartnik (4:35.12).

Other top finishes for the Lady Viks included a pair of PRs for Freudenthal, who was third in the 200 meters (2:14.51) and fourth in the 400-meter race (1:07.32); a season-best time of 12:44.70 in the 3000 meters for sophomore Chloe Madden, who finished third; fourth place for Shoji in the 800 meters with a PR time of 2:58.13; and a season-best time for Wartnik in the 1500 meters with a time of 5:40.56 for fourth place.

Meanwhile, at the Bigfoot Pepsi’s Jim Robinson Twilight Invitational in Roseburg, sophomore distance runner Hannah Rannow raced her way into the school recordbook in the 3000-meter race, finishing in 10:50.09 for the eighth-fastest women’s time in school history.

(In Roseburg, Siuslaw sophomore Hannah Rannow (above) entered the school record books with a 3000-meters time of 10:59.09, garnering her the eighth-fastest women’s time in Siuslaw’s history. Photo by Ned Hickson/Siuslaw News)

Rannow, who was the only representative from Siuslaw in the event, placed sixth in a field dominated by runners from throughout the 6A division.

Her time is currently the fastest time in the 4A this season. Rannow outpaced fellow 4A runner and Far West League rival Jazmin Chavez of Marshfield by just over 16 seconds (11:06.29), which was the 4A’s second-fastest time of the season and 10th overall at Saturday’s invitational meet.

For the boys, sophomore Brendon Jensen led the Vikings at Junction City, finishing second in the 800 meters (2:14.51) and third in the 1500-meter race (4:34.05) for a pair of season bests.

Freshman Ryan Jennings, competing in the 300-meter hurdles, finished second overall in 48.10.

A trio of seniors also fueled the Vikings at Junction City, beginning with KC Tatum, who threw the discus 116-10 for second place and a season-best mark in the shot put (41-9) for third place; Kyle King, who landed third in the triple jump at 38-1.5; and fourth place in the high jump for Jake Hickson at 5-0.

This Saturday, April 14, Siuslaw will compete at the Prefontaine Rotary Invitational at Marshfield High School, beginning at 10 a.m.

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