By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.–Entering the last lap of the 4×400 PacWest Relays, Blanchet Catholic needed a kick of all kicks to catch up to front leaders in Jefferson and Salem Academy.
That’s when Emily Collier came in and the speedster that already brought home glory in the 800 and 1500 Friday, found that gear once more as she chased down the lead pack in a hurry in the first 100.
By the second 100, she was nipping on the heels and by final 100, Collier was passing the Crusaders Krista Mulkey for second and holding her off for second place.
“You know, I don’t really know,” smiled Collier. “It was more of a mental thing I think, I wanted to win, I’m driven to win.
“It was awesome, we definitely did not think we would be going to State in the 4×4, but we had a chance and I knew we had a chance. So we all did our hardest, ran our fastest, we had a chance so at least we had our chance.”
There hardest helped with a 4:28.32, and now they’re going to State, what about an encore?
“I don’t know,” laughed Collier. “It’s going to be fun to be there, it’ll be really fun to be there.”
The second-place finish was part of the Lady Cavaliers winning the Girls PacWest Championship as they too won the 4×100 meter relay.
Blanchet went one, two, three in the 100 meter dash with Bailey Hittner and Shelby Gwyn advancing to State. Hittner would also add a 200 meter Title to her 100 Title.
Leilani Salang and Kalea Salang went 1, 2 in both the Shot Put and Discus. Leilani Salang too won the Javelin (110-feet-7.50-inches). Gwyn took the Pole Vault (8-feet-six-inches), which is also a PR for the freshman.
On the Guys side, Drew Spear (Discus), Thomas Smith (Pole Vault) brought home District Titles.
For Full Results visit: https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/MeetResults.aspx?Meet=287774#97