TRACK AND FIELD: Locals fare well, earn state berths at EOL districts


Hermiston Herald

Published on May 15, 2018 6:08PM

UMATILLA — Over the weekend, Umatilla hosted the Eastern Oregon League district championships where a number of Vikings, and other local athletes, qualified for state.

On the girls team, Patty Burres swept the sprints, winning the district title in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dash. Burres ran a new season best in the 100 (13.03) and edged out Irrigon’s Ana Zacarias for first place in the 200 (27.09). The two runners also placed first and second in the 400. Burres ran sub-60 seconds for a new season best (59.49) and Zacarias followed closely, finishing in 1:01.14.

Nancy Ortiz won the 100-meter hurdles with a personal record (PR) of 16.35, and Riverside’s Faith Rosen also qualified for state after placing second in the same event (16.40). Ortiz completed the sweep of the hurdle events after winning the 300-meter race in 48.71.

Riverside and Umatilla’s 4x100-meter relay teams finished in first and second, respectively. The Pirates clocked 52.24 and the Vikings finished in 52.61. Umatilla came back to win the 4x400-meter relay in 4:18.42.

In the field, Umatilla’s Maria Moreno-Mendez finished second in discus (96-08.75), Irrigon’s Brianna Rice threw a new PR in javelin (124-03.50) for a district title and Viking freshman Chantal Lemus made it to state in the triple jump after finishing second with a new PR (32-03.00).

For the boys, Umatilla’s Trent Durfey won the only district title in the 110-meter hurdles (16.40) while another Viking runner also made it to state. Zayne Troeger placed second in the 800 meters (2:05.67) and 3,000 meters (9:45.17). Umatilla’s 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams will also be making the trip to state after qualifying with second place finishes.

The Vikings continued their success on the field. Julian Gutierrez won the district title in the high jump (6-02.00) and then placed second in the long jump (19-07.00). Joel Escamilla finished second in shot put after throwing a new PR of 42-10.50 and Anthony Ibarra placed first in pole vault (12-00.00), a new PR, and second in javelin (148-02).


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