Eugene — It was going to happen either one of two ways: When North Salem returned to 6A in 2022-23 or if Crescent Valley beat them in the 2022 State Championships. Regardless of how it happened, the North Salem track dynasty that has ran 5A since 2019 was eventually going to end, and the Raiders decided that they would do it on their own terms. It took every ounce of effort and every point they could muster, but Crescent Valley finally did something that no one else in 5A has been able to do: Beat North Salem. More than that, they made history with their first title in school history…..
This meet was literally a slugfest between two track event heavy squads, who would be dueling it out several times over the course of the state championships. North Salem was led in the sprints and hurdles by Jordan Koskondy, who won three state titles between the 100 meters and both hurdles events. Isabel Swain contributed 14 points in the distance events, the 4×100 relay team took fifth overall, and Koskondy bagged her fourth state title in the shot put to contribute 40 points overall. On the CV side, Sierra Noss and Taelyn Bentley recorded five points in their field events, matching North Salem’s total they got from Koskondy. In the sprints, Mariana Lomonaco got three points while Ava McKee picked up a pair of titles in the 400 and 800 events. Freshman Emily Wisniewski contributed 16 points from the long distance events, while Ellie Quintana added eight points between her placements.
In the final event of the day, Crescent Valley needed a state title in the 4×400 relay to win the 5A state championship. If they finished runner-up, North Salem would win by a point over them since they led by nine entering. The Raiders wouldn’t let up the entire race, winning the 4×400 relay by three seconds over The Dalles to clinch the 5A state title over North Salem by one point 67 to 66. For the Raiders, it marks the beginning of a new era in program history marked by their first state title in school history.
In a side note from the meet, Jordan Koskondy tied the 5A meet record in the shot put with a throw of 43’3″ to win the event. Here are the top five finishers from the 5A State Championship:
- Crescent Valley: 67 points, 1st state title
- North Salem: 66 points, 2nd runner-up
- Thurston: 57 points
- Corvallis: 40 points
- Pendleton: 39 points