Eugene — Well, that is one way to return a blue trophy back to your trophy case. 12 years after their last state title, the Philomath Warriors have once again become state champions in Class 4A with a monster showing at Hayward Field in Eugene, reigning supreme in completely dominant fashion over their competition to return to the summit. This was a balanced team attack that ultimately got them their fifth state title in school history, an impressive showing in both track and field events throughout.
The power sisters Ingrid Hellesto and Janice Hellesto were truly a power team in the track events, combining for 29 points in the individual events and a state title for Janice in the 400 meters. The Warriors relay teams also had strong state performances, finishing state runner-up in the 4×100 relay while winning the state title in the 4×400 relay. Natalie Dunn also contributed a state runner-up in the 400 meters to help add insurance to the Warriors point total. Hoops star Sage Kramer is also a state star in track, as she picked up a pair of state titles in the shot put and javelin events, along with a fourth-place finish in the discus. Annika Steen added a third-place spot for the triple jump, and Ellie Morton squeezed in one last point from the high jump. Overall, Philomath finished with 87 points to win the 4A state title rather comfortably over Marist Catholic and Cascade.
Despite their best efforts, Marist’s talented group of track stars simply couldn’t keep up with Philomath’s balanced attack. Jennifer Tsai won the state title in the 800 meters and took runner-up in the 1500 event, with Avery Hedden and Emilie Nelson adding four points apiece to the team score. Sarah Triadou took state runner-up in the 100 meters, Avy Roundy chipped in five points from the 300 hurdles, and Reese Fitzpatrick added four points in the 400 meters. The 4×100 relay squad won the state title and Triadou had six points in the long jump, but their 69 points simply weren’t enough to beat Philomath.
North Valley’s Karlee Touey had a notable state meet performance, winning a pair of state titles in the 200 meters and 300 hurdles for the Knights. Cascade’s Emma Gates put a bow on her high school career with a pair of titles in the 100 meters and high jump event. Here are the top five teams from the 4A State Championship:
- Philomath: 87 points, 5th state title
- Marist Catholic: 69 points, 4th runner-up
- Cascade: 57 points
- North Valley: 44 points
- Astoria: 39 points