By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– In their hosted Viking Relay event that’s entering it’s fourth-year, the North Salem Women’s 4×800 team broke the school record in the event by running the eight-lap relay race in 10:37.13, roughly two seconds faster than the previous school record for the ‘regular’ season event.
“I mean it’s great to leave a legacy and I’m pretty sure that the record is going to be hard to beat with me and Julissa (Escobedo) graduating. But I could be wrong, there’s could be some really fast girls coming in, but it feels pretty great knowing we beat a record,” starts Madison Willhoft as it leaves a challenge for the younger runners like Abi Swain to match if not surpass.
“It feels kind of cool, like make them work harder right? It’s leaving a legacy for the school, for North”
Other girls leaving their mark in this years edition of the Viking Relays includes sophomore Maliyah Thompson, who won the 100 meter dash in 12.92 seconds and PR’d in the 110 meter hurdles (16.13) and finished second in the Triple Jump at 34-feet-3.5-inches, Mackenzie Durrant was third in the Triple Jump at 32-feet-nine-inches. Dana Romero Montano took home the top spot in the 300 meter hurdles in 47.77.
In the field events, Kiara Ballard’s numbers in the shot put ring continued to increase with a new throwing style she’s been working on that has her hovering around 33-feet in her shot put throws this season including a 33-feet-nine-inch PR against South Salem on March 21 in the same pit she was throwing in Friday afternoon.
“This season is the first time I’ve ever done a rotational and so it’s a different style of throw and my PR was like a 33-something with just the regular that I did last year. So being at the same distance I was last year with the whole new rotational, it’s good for me. I could be doing better but I’m proud of myself,” said Ballard as she finished eighth in the shot put with a 33-feet-two-inch toss before going to javelin.
“I usually do pretty good at javelin, especially when I’m frustrated at shot. I usually tr to pump up at javelin so I’m really hoping that’ll work out.”
Ballard would finish third at javelin with a throw of 114-feet-four-inches.
On the guys side, heartbreak occurred for the Vikings Adam Foreman during one of his strong races of the hurdles.
In a match-up that saw him and McKay’s Tyrus Love-Zhou in the 110 meter hurdles, the senior tripped over a hurdle mid-race and Foreman had to be helped off the track as he got ice taped to his ankle to help with twisting it funny on the hurdle.
But, Foreman knows he’ll be back soon.
“Bad juju, someone stole my spikes,” smiled Foreman. “I’ll be back next week at Forest Grove.”
On the guys side Cris Davis PR’d in the Triple Jump at 41-feet-5.25-inches in his third place finish in the event. Braeden Holstege finished third in the Long Jump with a leap of 19-feet-11.5-inches.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald