Titans’ title quest ends happily
SPOKANE — For the past decade and a half, Lane had more second-place finishes at the NWAACC track and field meet than it would care to remember.
Tuesday, the Titans were back atop the awards platform.
Lane won its first men’s track title since 1996 and its first women’s title since 1997 on Tuesday, with the women taking seven event titles to blow away the field and the men hanging on in the final event to outlast Spokane.
Lane’s Allie Church won the 100 and 200 meters for the Titan women, and was a part of two victorious relay teams to lead Lane to 252 1/2 points, well ahead of the 173 by second-place Clackamas.
Church, named the women’s track athlete of the meet, won the 100 in 12.21 seconds — leading a 1-2-3 Lane sweep that also included Alisha Rowlee and Jahzelle Ambus — and took the 200 in 24.81. She also ran the second leg on the first-place 4x100 relay team, which won in 47.61 seconds, and anchored the title-winning 4x400 relay team (3:56.00, a season-best).
Madison Seaman won the discus for the Titans with a throw of 150 feet, 11 inches and shared field athlete of the meet honors with Mount Hood’s McKenzie Warren.
Lane also got victories in the 100 hurdles from Shaneesa Applegate (14.55), just edging out teammate Kara Hallock (14.56), and Kristin Clark, who won the triple jump with a mark of 37-1 1/4.
Hallock, who also finished second in the 400 hurdles, was the top scorer in the meet with 42 1/2 points.
The Lane men trailed eight-time defending champion Spokane by 1 1/2 points entering the final event, the triple jump, but the Titans used a 4-6-7 finish in the event by Diego Gonzalez, Joseph Hart and Gabriel Rodriguez to make up the deficit and beat the Sasquatch 227 1/2-222.
Lane, which entered the final day of the meet with a 39-point lead, won just three events on Tuesday but held on thanks to its depth.
Lane’s Jemiel Lowery, who entered the meet with the region’s top time, won the 100 in 10.94 seconds, and Seth McGetrick won the 110 hurdles in 14.92.
The only other victory of the day for the Titans came in the high jump, where Brandon Nash cleared 6-9 3/4, and Spokane took the lead temporarily when the Sasquatch won the 4x400 relay, though Lane kept it close by edging Clackamas for second place, and the Titans snatched the lead back when the triple jump concluded.
Lane coach Grady O’Connor, who hadn’t won an NWAACC title in his 15 years at the Titans’ helm, was named men’s and women’s coach of the meet.
Courtesy The Eugene Register Guard Website