Track & Field

Dakarai Hightower and two other Lane Titan alumni compete for berths in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

07/03/2016 17:10

EUGENE, OR -- Lane Sophomore Dakarai Hightower is less than a week away from competing in his first ever Olympic Trials.  Hightower won his second NWAC high jump title last month in clearing an all-time NWAC best of 7'05". 

The high jump is scheduled for July 8th at 4pm.  Hightower is not the first Lane athlete to wear a Lane Titan uniform in an Olympic Trials. Javelin thrower Cyrus Hostetler holds that honor, as well. 

Cyrus won the 2008 NWAC javelin title, the same year he competed in his first Olympic Trials.  He later went on to qualify and compete in the 2012 Olympic games.  He will be looking to make the team again-- the finals are on the 4th at 4:25pm (NBCSN comcast channel 732).

Finally, another former Titan, Jordan McNamara, will be trying to qualify for the Rio Games in the 1500 meters on Thursday, the 7th at (NBCSNcomcast channel 732).  Jordan owns several NWAC and Lane Community College distance records.

Lane wins Men's and Spokane claims Women's 2016 Track & Field Championships - Three NWAC meet records were broken (updated with photos)

05/25/2016 15:17


Event Results | Team Scores
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GRESHAM, OR -- The Lane men and Spokane women took home the team championships Tuesday afternoon.

The Titans scored 275 points to top Spokane's tally of 202 with Clackamas taking third with 90 points.

The Spokane women just eclipsed Lane's score 215 to 209.5. Clackamas also took third with a distant 104 points.

Record Setters
Lane sophomore Dakarai Hightower set a new meet record high jump of 7' 5"....  And he didn't need to apologize to the former record holder - Hightower beat his own previous record of 7' 3 1/4" set at the 2014 championship meet.

Hightower did make an attempt for JC record of 7' 8" set in 1985 by Dennis Lewis (Long Beach), but narrowly missed the mark by the width of the Titan jersey material on his back

The automatic Olympic qualifying mark is 2.28 meters and with Hightower's 2.26m he stands a chance to make the US Team this summer in the Rio games.

Mt. Hood sophomore Josh Turner also set a record in the 110m High Hurdles with a time of 14.00 seconds. Turner broke the previous record of 14.15 seconds set by Gerald Ellis in 1986.

Clackamas freshman Roba Sultessa also added a new mark with is 1:50.71 record setting performance in the 800m. Sultessa beat 28 year old record mark of 1:50.78 set by Don Rouse of South Puget Sound in 1978.

Meet Honors
Lane freshman Rubie Cordey was earned the Women's High Point Scorer (39 points) while sophomore teammate Grant Shurtliff was the Men's High Point Scorer (38 points).

With the honor, both Cordey and Shurtliff were named the NWAC Baden Track & Field Athletes of the Year and will be honored at the NWAC Hall of Fame Banquet on June 3rd.

Lane sophomore Kylee O'Connor and Mt. Hood Freshman Danelle Woodcock were the Women's Track Athletes of the Meet.

Lane freshman Rashad Swank-Jones was named the Men's Track Athlete of the Meet.

Spokane freshman Elisha Allred was named the Women's Field Athlete of the Meet while Lane sophomore Dakarai Hightower was named the Men's Field Athlete of the Meet.

Lane head coach Grady O'Connor was named the Men's Coach of the Year while Spokane's Jason Cash was selected Men' Coach of the Year.

10,000M - Gracie Ledwith, Spokane - 40:13.70
Hammer - Elisha Allred, Spokane - 149'09"
Javelin - Taylor Rispler, Mt. Hood - 131'11"
Pole Vault - Marissa Taylor, Lane - 12'4.5"
Long Jump - Danelle Woodcock, Mt. Hood - 18'5.75
3000M Steeplechase - Madison Schell, Lane - 11:47.03
100m Dash - Danelle Woodcock, Mt. Hood - :12.23
200m Dash - Danelle Woodcock, Mt. Hood - :24.88
400m Run - Rubie Cordey, Lane - :55.61
800m Run - Danielle Gurard, Lane - 2:17.70
1500m Run - Danielle Gurard, Lane - 4:52.40
5000m Run - Gracie Ledwith, Spokane - 15:41.68
10,000m Run - Gracie Ledwith, Spokane - 40:13.70
100m Hurdles - Emily Bland, Everett - :14.93
400m Hurdles - Emily Bland, Everett - 1:02.69
4x100m Relay - Lane 
(Loomis, Cordey, O'Connor, Simms-Garcia) 48.10
4x400 Relay - Lane
(Simms-Garcia, Viuhkola, O'Connor, Cordey) 3:53.08
High Jump - Rashae Spencer Spokane - 5-01.75
Triple Jump - Olivia Rose, Clark - 37-00.25
Shot Put - Toa Levi, Spokane - 41-07.75
Discus - Elisha Allred, Spokane - 140-06
Heptathlon - Kylee O'Connor - 3661

10,000M - Elmer Shelevy, Lane - 32:40.74
Hammer - Mathew Lloyd, Clackamas - 
Long Jump - Dekker Lovitt, Spokane - 22'10"
Javelin - Cole Sunkel, Olympic - 191'04
Pole Vault - Kavic Belcastro, Lane - 16'4.75"
3000M Steeplechase - Corbin Carlton, Spokane - 9:27.35
100m Dash - Rashad Swank-Jones - :10.68
200m Dash - Rashad Swank-Jones - :21.43
400m Run - Cornelious Berry - Lane - 48.01
800m Run - Roba Sultessa, Clackamas - 1:50.71
1500m Run - Roba Sultessa, Clackamas - 4:00.10
5000m run - Ben Harter, Lane - 15:01.65
10,000m Run - Elmer Shelevy, Lane - 32:40.74
110m Hurdles - Joshua Turner, Mt. Hood - :14.00 (record)
400m Hurdles - Michael Capri, Lane - :53.29
4x100m Relay - Lane
( Sudduth III, Berry, Swank-Jones, Gaylor) :41.10
4x400m Relay - Lane 
(Berry, Gaylor, Swank-Jones, Capri) 3:16.32
High Jump - Dakarai Hightower, Lane - 7-5.00 (record)
Triple Jump - Joshua Turner, Mt. Hood - 47-01.75
Shot Put - Cilson Hodge, SW Oregon - 47-09.00
Discus - Sam Nichols, Lane - 142-05
Decathlon - Grant Shurtliff, Lane - 6587

Lane's Shurtliff and O'Connnor capture NWAC Multi-Event Championships

05/03/2016 20:36

FINAL ResultsDecathlon | Heptathlon

EUGENE, OR - Lane freshman Grant Shurtliff and Lane sophomore Kylee O'Connor captured the 2016 NWAC Multi-Event titles under fair conditions today at Lane Community College.

O'Connor was the first to earn her championship title and did it in true championship form during the final event, the 800 meter run with a personal best time of 2:20.75.

Coming into the 800m event she trailed Clackamas sophomore Ericka Pengelly by just 35 points, but also needed a solid time to hold off Spokane freshman Katie Collins, who trailed O'Connor by 142 entering the 800.

Pengelly took third overall while Collins moved into second with a third placed finish in the 800.

Shurtliff trailed Spokane freshman Tyler Blakely by 292 points coming into day 2, but made up ground in the 110m Hurdles and Discus  to close the gap to just 58 points.

Shurtliff pulled ahead for good in the Pole Vault with an event second best result of 14-03.25 to put him into a solid 240 point lead over Blakely, a lead Shurtliff never relinquished.

Blakely then slipped to third place as teammate sophomore Andrew Stich propelled into second place with first place finishes in the final two events.

Shurtliff's 6587 points places him with the 18th best score in the history of the NWAC Decathlon dating back to 1947.

O'Connor, Collins and Pengelly earn All-American honors on the women's side while Shurtliff, Stich and Blakely earned All-American honors for the men.

The All-American honor is O'Connor's second as a Heptathlete - she also placed third in the 2015 event.

The 2016 Track and Field Championships will resume on May 23-24 at Mt. Hood Community College [championship website].

Points from the Multi-Events are carried forward to the championship:
Lane 15 points
Spokane 14 points
Clackamas 10 points

Lane 15 points
Spokane 14 points
Clackamas 9 points
Olympic 1 point

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Titans in early lead at NWAC

05/24/2016 12:04

GRESHAM — Lane swept the top three places in the pole vault and held a five-point lead over Spokane after the first day of the Northwest Athletic Conference track and field championships at Mount Hood Community College on Monday.

The Titans, who are going for their fourth consecutive NWAC title, also finished 1-2-4 in the 10,000 meters. They have an 84-79 lead over Spokane, and Clackamas is third with 41 points.

On the women’s side, two school records in the pole vault and steeplechase helped put Lane in second place with 66 1/2 points. Spokane leads with 76.

Kavic Belcastro, a freshman out of Central Linn High, cleared 16 feet, 4 3/4 inches to win the men’s pole vault for the Titans.

Grant Shurtliff, a freshman out of Thurston High who had already won the NWAC decathlon, went 15-1 for second place, and sophomore Sean Duncan, a Douglas High graduate, was third at 14-5 1/4 to give Lane 24 points in the event.

In the 10,000, Elmer Shelevy led the way in 32 minutes, 40.74 seconds. He was followed by Sheldon High grad Ben Harter in second in 32:53.01 and Ricardo Castillo in fourth in 33:36.87 for 23 points.

Lane also got a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by Jake Littrell, a freshman out of Thurston, in 9:50.08.

In the women’s steeplechase, Madison Schell broke the school record with a winning time of 11:47.03. The previous mark of 11:54 was set by Tara Krempley in 2009.

Kendall Maslen was fifth (12:53.35) and Mitra LeBuhn seventh (13:11.49) to give the Titans 16 points in that event.

In the pole vault, Marissa Taylor cleared 12-4 1/2 to break Tara Carleton’s school record of 12-1/4 set in 2012. Mikena Shay, a freshman from North Bend, tied for third place at 11-4 1/2.

The Lane women are trying to win their third NWAC title in the past four years. Spokane won in 2015.

The meet concludes Tuesday.