By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes
The McNary High School boys relay teams, a hurdler and one Lady Celt sprinter brought home medals for their performances in events at the state track and field meet last weekend.
The boys 4×400 relay team of Brendan Van Voorhis, Brett Hildebrand, Anthony Nguyen and Kyle Torres came home from Eugene with second-place medals. The Celtics finished less than half a second (3:21.48) behind the winning team from Jesuit High School (3:21).
“It’s been going well all season. In those big meets, things tend to go really wrong or come together just perfectly. Everyone was right on time with handoffs,” said Torres, a junior.
McNary’s Daniel Brattain took second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.54. Brattain’s time put him about a quarter of a second behind the race winner from Clackamas High School.
The boys 4×100 relay team of Austin Brown, Torres, Nguyen and Garrett Hittner took third in their event with a time of 42.02. Less than a second separated the first- and third-place teams.
For the girls, Daysha Simms-Garcia finished third in 400-meter sprint with a time of 58.12. The race winner from Central Catholic High School shaved nearly a second off her previous best to win the state title in 56.19.
A large number of the athletes McNary sent to the event endured through preliminary rounds to make the finals.
For the boys, Hittner took seventh and eighth in the 200- and 100-meter races with times of 22.43 and 11.19, respectively; Brattain finished in eighth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.55 and eighth in the pole vault clearing 13-00; and Perry Groves finished 10th in the long jump with a mark of 19-06.25.
For the girls, Danielle Duran took seventh in the 400-meter with a time of 59.46; Alyssa Looney finished eighth in the long jump with a 16-09.75 mark; Aisha Amaitsa finished 14th in the 1,500 meter with a time of 5:15.02; Sydney Hunter, Hali Thurston, Danielle Duran and Simms-Garcia finished 14th in the 4×400 relay with a time of 4:11.87.