EUGENE — Mackenzii Phillips of Douglas, Derek O’Connor of Camas Valley and Glide’s Dillon Towne all experienced the thrill of being at the top of the medals podium during their respective OSAA track and field meets on Friday at Hayward Field.
This is old hat for Towne, a junior who won a second straight Class 3A title in the discus. He repeated as state champion in the shot Thursday.
O’Connor closed out an outstanding senior year with a 1A championship in the 800 meters. That performance followed a third place finish in the 1,500.
Phillips, a freshman, became the first Douglas girl to win a state crown in the 4A javelin.
There were other impressive showings by several Douglas County athletes, including a runner-up finish by Yoncalla senior Laaron Lopez in the 2A high jump. Also finishing second were C.V. sophomore Jared Hunt in the 1A javelin and Oakland sophomore Kevin Meier in the 2A triple jump.
Towne dusted the competition in the discus, throwing 178-9 for a PR. That came on his first attempt. Haiden Schaan of Cascade Christian was second (159-4).
“I PR’d and won the state title again, and what more can you ask for?” said Towne. “(Throwing 178-9) took the edge off, and aside from some fouls it wasn’t too bad of a series. It was a very good day.”
O’Connor won the 800 in 2:02.23, a PR, holding off Cove’s Jack Silveira (2:02.56) and Pacific’s Jack Lehnherr (2:03.75).
O’Connor earlier ran 4:20.80 in the 1,500. Cove’s Tim Stevens broke the state meet record with a time of 4:00.40.
Phillips unloaded a PR 135-7 throw on her third attempt of the prelims and no one was able to overtake her. Kaylee Touey of North Valley was second (129-5).
“It feels amazing. I’m absolutely excited,” said Phillips. “I want to thank my coach, my mom and one of my really good friends from North Bend who helped coach me.
“I wasn’t expecting first. I was expecting at least top five, or somewhere in there, but getting first is amazing. I had butterflies in my stomach the whole time.”
Phillips was asked about her winning throw.
“It felt a little weird at first, then I started running into it and it just felt normal,” she said. “I let it go and saw it land past the tape, and looked up in the crowd. I looked at my family and teammates, and was awestruck.”
Phillips has the top mark in the state in the javelin for a freshman and ranks second nationally in her class.
“That was impressive,” Douglas coach Barrett Smith said of Phillips. “She’s a hard worker and that kid is consistent.”
Lopez topped his PR in the high jump, clearing 6-2. Brody Davidson of Santiam also cleared 6-2, but was awarded the win due to fewer misses at that height.
Hunt threw a PR 160-2 in the javelin, finishing behind Miles Maupin of Crane (169-10). Meier bounded 41-6 3/4, a PR, trailing only Alex Lindsay of Heppner (41-11).
Oakland junior Hadley Brooksby placed in three events over two days, finishing fourth in the 2A girls triple jump (33-9 1/2) and taking fifth in the 800 (2:32.06), both PRs. She was third in the high jump (5-0) Thursday, matching her PR.
“I was pretty happy with most of my (triple) jumps,” said Brooksby. “I PR’d, so that was good. My last jump felt really good ... I knew it would’ve broken 34 feet, but I scratched by two inches. That was a bummer, but I was pretty happy with fourth.”
The Oakers also got third-place finishes from Rachel Arts in the pole vault (9-6, PR) and Wyatt Smith in the 1,500 (4:26.51, PR).
The Camas Valley boys 4x100 relay team of Hunt, O’Connor, Bryson Wolfe and Ryan Weickum placed fourth (45.76).
South Umpqua freshman Jaydn Vermillion qualified for finals in the 4A girls 400 (1:01.39) and 200 (26.48). She was disappointed with the long jump, finishing 14th (15-2 3/4).