Ridgeview will send 10 athletes to compete at this weekend’s Class 5A state track championships, while two Redmond High competitors will make the trip to Eugene.
Senior sprinters Trevor McBride and Micah Cupp had double one-two finishes at last week’s Intermountain Conference meet in Redmond, with McBride’s time of 10.8 seconds in the 100 meters edging out Cupp by a tenth of a second. Cupp’s 200 time of 22.78 defeated McBride by 0.12 seconds.
McBride and Cupp picked up another first-place finish, along with seniors Garrett Pinkerton and Mikey Potter, as part of the 4x100 relay team that posted a time of 43.7 seconds, defeating Summit by 0.35 seconds.
Top-two finishes automatically earn trips to this Friday and Saturday’s state meet at Hayward Field. Others were added because of how their results compared to other districts across the state.
Ridgeview’s Albert Hesse picked up his second victory of the meet May 10, running a time of 4 minutes, 16.4 seconds in the 1,500 meters to take first place by nearly two seconds over Jett Ballantyne of Summit.
Hesse won the 3,000 meters the previous day with a time of 9:21.01, nearly four seconds ahead of second-place Bennet Jackson of Bend.
Redmond’s only top-2 finisher was Tyson Hester, who finished second May 9 in javelin. He threw 154 feet, eight inches.
Overall, Ridgeview finished in fourth place in the five-team boys IMC competition, with 63 points, seven behind third-place Mountain View. Redmond was fifth with 16 points. Summit won its fifth consecutive league title, with 135 points.
On the girls side, the Ravens also finished fourth, with 23 points, while Redmond was fifth, with 4.75 points. Summit won its 13th consecutive league title, with 170 points.
Ridgeview sophomore Rylee Troutman’s second-place finish in javelin, where she had a throw of 119-04, was the only automatic qualification among Redmond girls.
But Ridgeview senior Gabi Crouch earned three at-large trips to state, with third-place finishes in the 100 and 200 meters and the 4x100 relay, where she teamed with freshman Kayla Cowgill and sophomores Abby Martin and Taitem Jensen to finish third.
Redmond’s top finish among girls was junior Ava Kitchin’s 4-10 leap in the high jump to put her in third.
Freshman Erin Wanamaker, who finished fourth in the girls long jump, joins Hester as Redmond High athletes to qualify for state, said coach Melissa Conley.
Ridgeview’s Katie Leavitt, James Perkins and Parker Anderson were named alternates for relay teams, according to the school’s Athletic.net page.
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