By Jeremy McDonald
GRESHAM, Ore.—In his final race of his High School career, the 1,500 meter race, at State Saturday Dallas’ Senior Trevor Cross admitted that the speed on the course was the fastest he’s seen running in the event.
Of the racers with him, four finished with sub-4:00 minute times including Mid-Williamette Conference opponent in Silverton’s Halie Stutzman who PR’d with a 3:59.35 that was good for fourth-place in State.
“I’m really happy with the race, I’ve never been in a race where anybody’s gone under four minutes. So the competition was really exciting, I enjoyed it. I ran fast and ran fast,” said Cross of the race.
With how strong the runners are from Crater and Ashland in the distance races, it was no surprise that they would have paced the race.
The Grizzlies saw Evan Holland win the event in 3:51.92 that shattered the State record by two seconds. Second-place from the Comets Jantz Tostenson clocked in at 3:54.48.
Cross, who will be attending Cedarville next season for Cross Country and finished seventh in the 3,000 meter run Friday with a 8:45.65 PR, too PR’d in the 1,500 with a 4:03.71 as the Senior finished eighth.
And with the field around him, it gave Cross an extra taste of competition with him moving on to the college running scene this Fall.
“Just seeing someone in front of you, it really gives you motivation. It’s tough running out there by yourself,” said Cross.
Malaki Connella took home the 200 and 400 meter dash State Titles, Alex Sims won the Mixed Shot Put Para-Athlete State Title with a 24-foot-4-inch toss as the Dragons finished ninth in the 5A State Meet.
The Dragons 4×100 Boys Relay Team finished second.