By Jeremy McDonald
MOUNT ANGEL, Ore.– Liliana Lyness had to compete hard with the Senior athlete’s that were in front of her last season, something that she remembers well
“Last year I had a lot of Seniors in front of me, so I had to work really hard to get to where I am,” said Lyness.
Lyness won the Tri-River League title in the Shot Put as a sophomore in 2018, finishing 11th in the Discus and third in the Javelin entering this season. Remembering competing against those Seniors, Lyness used it to drive her towards her second District Title in the Shot with a 37-foot-3.5-inch winning throw.
“It’s really great, I miss them a lot because it was really nice to get to throw with them and keep my distance up there,” said Lyness. “It definitely taught me to work harder for what I do really want to achieve with myself. It taught me not be too hard on myself when I don’t do well, I’ve had bad days and good days and this helped a lot.”
Lyness finished third at State last season in the Shot Put with a 36-feet-0.75-inch throw at Hayward Field. Joining Lyness is Trevor Whitmire, who reached the State Qualifying mark by an inch in the javelin with his 153-foot-3-inch PR throw to finish third in the event Saturday.
“I PR’d and made it on Auto-Qualifier it’s awesome,” smiled Whitmire. “It feels so great, I’m so happy right now. I’ve been doing so much better. When I start out throwing, I was throwing Mid-130’s. Then I was going High-130’s and then I started throwing 140-something and now 153-3, it feels amazing.”
It’s weird to think too, as Whitmire was part of the 4×100 relay team for the Wolverines as well, that after a slow start in the first leg that resulted in a District Championship when Trevor Tinney used his foot-steep to hold off East Linn Christian for the Title.
“As soon I saw Hunter (Reeser) take it, he passed about a guy or two. Then Brody (Davidson) got a nice run and got us up into second, Trevor with his speed tore it apart right there. It was a crazy run, I thought we weren’t going to get to be honest,” described Whitmire on the race. Whitmire was the first leg of the relay.
“I think I just had a bad start, I had my blocks moved back one so I had a wider start, but I don’t think that worked. I thought I was going to be more explosive; I don’t know if that had something to do with that but I just had a bad start.”
Now it’s just a matter of polishing off the little things entering the State Meet at Western Oregon University this upcoming weekend.
Davidson, who won the Track/Field Boys Athlete of the Year, brought home District Titles in the 200 meter and Long Jump and qualified for State in the High Jump. Tinney finished second in the Pole Vault and third in the 100 meter dash with a 11.59 PR time.
Reeser finished seventh in the shot put and the 100 meter dash. Issac Turner was second in the 3,000 meter run and third in the 1,500 meter run.
Guadalupe Guzman was third in the High Jump. Jasymn Clark was fifth in the 100 and sixth in the Javelin.