By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– It’s moments like these that will help in the pursuit of a State Title. Or third-straight for Blanchet Catholic’s Trinity Phipps in the 100-meter Hurdles.
Phipps found herself in the sixth and final heat in one of the most challenging sprint events on the schedule Friday evening at West Salem High School and Phipps didn’t have the best time in her heat.
Her 16.14 time was second to 6A Sheldon’s Ella Thomas’ 15.95 in the 100 hurdles, but Phipps didn’t shy away from the challenge.
From the get-go, she worked her way to the front of the pack with Thomas as both were neck-and-neck coming down the stretch in the final 50 meters. It was her second-time racing in the event this season and it came at one of her favorite meets on the Cavalier schedule.
“Coming out of the gates, I was trying to get out strong and she was kind of edging me in the middle of the race. I just kept going and try to catch her at the end and I eventually did and I just have to push through that stretch,” said Phipps.
With 19 teams at the Titan Track Classic this year, it adds to the competition that made the Invite a go-to for teams in recent years.
Phipps found her kick in the final 50 meters of the race to edge Thomas by 0.24 seconds to win the event in 16.09 with Blanchet moving into their third league meet on April 11 at Salem Academy.
But Phipps admits that these big meets, whether it’s the Titan Classic, Stayton Twilight, Regis Community Twilight Meet or the Meet of Champions at Willamette University, just helps her in the pursuit of a third-State Championship.
“These are the competitions I really see at State so I think it’s great practice for that. We just have to be ready for the biggest meet of the year,” said Phipps. “It was really close. I think it’s really good to have because I haven’t had any good push yet this year and I was really glad she was there to push me.”
Phipps jumped 32-feet-six-inches in the triple jump and jumped 15’8.75 in the long jump. Phipps also ran a 51.40 in the 300 hurdles. Kalea Salang finished second in the Discus with a throw of 116-feet-3-inches and threw 35-feet-0.5-inches in the shot put Friday.
Emma Lutz finished tenth in the 3,000 meters with a PR time of 12:08.48.