Damascus Christian Torches The 1A Field At Hayward To Win State Title

Eugene — At the state championships, it is the time when the best separate themselves from the field. On Friday, Class 1A was officially introduced to the new regime change and status quo for the foreseeable future, as the long running Crane dynasty was dethroned at Hayward Field in very dominant fashion by Damascus Christian and 1A runner-up Adrian. In simplest terms, the Eagles torched the 1A field in a dominant display of the newest regime to run Oregon’s smallest class in track and field.

Ava Mai was the force carrying the Eagles to their 1A title this week, winning a pair of state titles in the long jump and 300 hurdles events. Damascus Christian picked up a pair of state runners-up in both relays’ races, along with state titles from Alysha Colburn and Emily Powers via the pole vault and javelin events. Overall, Damascus Christian finished with 105.5 points for the meet, beating Adrian’s 82 points to win the 1A state title. Ayla Pontius also contributed to the effort with a state runner-up in the 400 meters for Damascus Christian. Out of all the largest scorers for Damascus Christian, all of them are underclassmen that return in 2023, easily making them a repeat favorite in Class 1A.

A team that I was given plenty of notice about in the preseason showed up with huge force in Eugene: the Adrian Antelopes. This team from the middle of nowhere near the Idaho border, but they made a forceful impression at Hayward Field. Freshman phenom Addy Martin posted her first state titles in the sprint events, while contributing to the Antelopes pair of relay title teams that edged Damascus Christian both times. Sophomore Presley Speelmon also showed in the 800 and 1500 events, picking up 14 points for Adrian, and the trio of seniors Lizzy Nielson, Allyssa Dudley, and Riley Lucas all juiced out every last point they could towards the effort, which resulted in a state runner-up trophy for the Antelopes.

Here are the Top 5 team results from the 1A State Championship in Eugene:

  1. Damascus Christian: 105.5 Points, 6th state title (First since 2015)
  2. Adrian: 82 points, 4th state runner-up
  3. Crane: 64 points
  4. North Lake: 39.5 points
  5. St. Stephen’s Academy: 34 points

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