By Jeremy McDonald
MOUNT ANGEL, Ore.– Coming around the corner entering the final 100 meters of the 400 meter dash, Gervais’ Brian Limage and East Linn Christian’s Jacob Vandehey were as even as can be with the District Title coming down to these two athletes.
Both are long and lanky, Limage holding the height advantage by about three inches. The Cougars sophomore has been working on his strides all season that has gotten him to this point. If he doesn’t win, he’ll be going to State for finishing second.
But hey why not win the whole thing while you’re in this situation? It’s not over until it’s over.
And did the Gervais sprinter took his chance.
Using his stride down the front straightaway, Limage got enough distance between himself and Vandehey to squeeze out his first district title of his High School career, PR-ing with a time of 51.75 for the win. Vandehey finished 0.42 of a second behind Limage.
“It was intense, everyone was screaming. It gave me the energy and I kind of gave a quick burst, I didn’t see him behind me so I went with it,” said Limage. “Beginning of the season I really needed to work on strides and it was good to know at the end of the season, I worked on it a lot and it helped me get first place and go to State.
Limage, who joins Katie Hansen after her dominant performance the 400 the race before his, is excited to be training with the sophomore Hansen in preparation for State next week at Western Oregon University.
Hansen had to find the grit and drive in their fourth and final event Saturday in the 800 meter run. The sophomore had already in Day 2 of the competition qualified for State in Long Jump, something she hoped to add with the running events from her freshman year, won the 400 and helped the Cougars finish third in the 4×100 meter relay prior to her 800 meter District Winning Race.
It was in that race where for about a lap-and-a-half Jefferson’s (name) was nipping at her heels before the Gervais runner dug deep and began to pull away in the final half-lap or so in the win.
“I just got to stop thinking about it and run and let my legs take over and not my mind. My mind may slip but you also got to get the will to not want to lose,” said Hansen. “Just hearing her footsteps behind me every single footstep I knew she was there. I didn’t care, I just had to push I had a 100 left.
“It was only a hundred and I usually run a four, a hundred I got it. You got to talk yourself up in your head.”
The 4×100 girls time of 53.25, 0.02 behind second place, would put Gervais in a favorable position for an at-large bid at the State race next weekend at Western Oregon University.
Mary Davidson was sixth in the Shot Put, Celi Vasquez finished third in the Javelin Ashley Marin Vallejo PR’d in the Discus for fourth (80-feet-3-inches). Jack Reinwald (seventh in javelin and ninth in Triple Jump), Auggie Guido (High Jump, eighth) Alejandro Contreras (Discus, ninth) finished in the Top 10 for Gervais.