Track & Field
Lane sweeps Southern Region titles
Meg Jackson won three events, and Lane swept the men’s and women’s titles at the NWAC Southern Region track and field championships on Saturday at Lane’s track facility.
Jackson won the shot put with a toss of 37 feet, 9 1/2 inches, leading a 1-2-3-4 sweep for Lane along with Miranda Conley, Sydney Belcastro and Sierra Carrier, and added victories in the hammer (133-6) and javelin (128-11) to lead the Titans to a team total of 267 1/2 points, well ahead of second-place Clackamas, which finished at 169. Clark was third with 119.
The Lane men won the regional title with 292 1/2 points, Clackamas was second at 178 1/2 and Southwestern Oregon was at third with 88.
The Lane women also got victories from Toni Hall in the high jump (5-2 1/2) and Mikena Shay in the pole vault (11-11/2).
On the track, Emily Viuhkola led a 1-2-3 sweep, with Trisha Liaw and Olivia Lane, in the 400 meters, winning in 57.32 seconds, and added a victory in the 1,500 in 4:54.25. Jaena Goddard won the 200 in 26.79.
The Lane men were powered by a pair of 1-2-3 sweeps on the track. Jacoby McNamara led a sweep in the 200, winning in 22.61 seconds, followed by Cornelious Berry (22.69) and Damien Williams (22.82), and Moises Martinez won the 1,500 (4:03.33), followed by Michael Martin (4:04.09) and Jake Littrell (4:09.24).
Other winners on the track for the Titans included Berry in the 400 (49.93) and Seth Anders (15.11) in the 110 hurdles. The Titans also won the 4x400 relay in 3:24.74.
In the field, Justin Petz won the pole vault, clearing 16-8 and leading a sweep of the top four places by the Titans, Nick Sieber won the discus (144-6) and hammer (144-8) and Tristan James won the long jump (24-1 3/4).
The Titans will compete in the NWAC Championships beginning May 22 in Gresham.
Titans sign with Division I programs!
- Grant Shurtfliff, after repeating as the NWAC decathlon champion earlier this week, signed with Eastern Washington University.
- Emily Viuhkola signs with Fresno State University. Viuhkola broke a 45 year old school record this past weekend at the Oregon State High Performance Meet.
- Charles Sudduth III and Austin Torres signs with Univeristy of San Francisco
- Note: Remaining sophomores are looking into future four year institutions/DI programs.
Lane's Grant Shurtliff and Clackamas' Chelsea Bone crowned NWAC Decathlon and Heptathlon Champions
Clackamas sophomore Chelsea Bone entered day 2 of the Heptathlon with a 72 point lead over Spokane sophomore Katie Collins and immediately added to her lead winning the long jump to expand her margin to a 332 point lead over Collins.
Spokane freshman Maggie Nelson, who started the day in 5th, then won the javelin throw to move her into second place, 516 points behind Bone.
The pair did just enough in the 800 meter run to finish first and second in the final standings while Collins took third.
Bone's total score of 4702 gave her the 7th best Heptathlon score in the history of the women's event dating back to 1979.
In the Decathlon, Spokane sophomore Tyler Blakely, who broke his own meet record in the high jump the day prior with a leap of 6-11, came into day 2 the leader with 3583 points.
Blakely's 36 point lead over 2016 Decathlon Champion Grant Shurtliff quickly evaporated when Shurtliff won the 110m Hurdles to take a 40 point lead over Blakely.
Lane sophomore Wyatt Thompson-Siporen then won the discus throw to move into 2nd behind Shurtliff moving Blakely into third.
Then the battle of teammates was on - Shurtliff took first in the pole vault while Thompson-Siporen grabbed second.
Shurtliff's lead was 136 over Thompson-Siporen at that point.
The javelin throw proved to make things interesting as Shurtliff struggled in an event he normally excels while Thompson-Siporen won the event to narrow Sturtliff's lead to just a slim 10 points going into the final - the 1500meters.
Shurtliff wasted no time capping the 1500 with another win while Thompson-Siporen could only muster a 4th place finish to give Shurtliff his second NWAC Title in the Decathlon.
Shurtliff's final of 6731 points places him 14th all-time while runner-up Thompson-Siporen's score of 6635 puts him 18th all-time in the 70 year history of NWAC Track & Field.
See more of these fine athletes at the 2017 NWAC Track and Field Championships which will take place on May 22-23 at Mt. Hood Community College [website].
Grady O'Connor Steps Down
EUGENE, Ore.— After 20 years of coaching at Lane Community College, Grady O'Connor will step down from his role as head coach after the end of this season, and move to full-time instructor.
“It is with a heavy heart that I step away, but it is time to hand over the reins to my successor,” O’Connor said. “Over the past 20 years, I have met some of the most amazing young athletes and it has been my privilege to help nurture and develop them.”
O'Connor has been a part of eight NWAC Cross Country and Track and Field Championships over his Lane coaching tenure. His programs are viewed as the most formidable in the state and beyond, winning 37 regional titles, including 13 straight for the Titan men. He has produced over 400 Junior College All-Americans, set 24 event school records and earned 10 NWAC Coach of the Year awards.
O’Connor’s impact runs deep in the sport. He has helped hundreds of student athletes transfer to four-year schools, including the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, University of Alabama, Michigan State University, among others. Some of the more notable Titans under O’Connor’s tenure have included Jordan McNamara, Cyrus Hostetler and Dakarai Hightower. McNamara ran a school record 3 minutes, 41 seconds and qualified for USA Nationals as a Lane freshman and is now a highly successful professional runner. Hostetler is a two-time Olympian who qualified for the 2008 USA Olympic Trials as a Lane athlete, throwing 241 feet. More recently, as a sophomore at Lane, Dakarai Hightower placed sixth in the 2016 USA Olympic Trials, qualifying with a school record jump of 7 feet, 5 inches.
Beyond the athletic accolades, O’Connor has been instrumental in securing and transforming Lane’s track into an Olympic-caliber facility thanks to voter support of Lane’s 2008 bond measure. O’Connor and staff hosted and directed many special community events at this updated facility. Most notably, the OSAA State Cross Country Championships, along with All-Comers meets and NCAA and USA championship practice events.
Before O’Connor officially ends his head coaching duties, he will be working for Lane’s fifth NWAC title in a row next month, May 22-23 at Mt. Hood Community College.