By Jeremy McDonald
STAYTON, Ore.– Lauren Crowell got the Track and Field overall award of the year in the 2A Special District 2 while Rams teammate Whitley Stepp got Field Girls Athlete of The Year award following Regis’ dominant 84-point win over second-place Kennedy Saturday.
Both joked that they didn’t know a Track Meet offered such awards when it was announced after the 4×400-meter relay Saturday afternoon.
“I didn’t even know they had them” laughed Stepp while Crowell added “Neither did I”.
Emotions were high after the one-day District Meet in the 80-degree heat in Stayton. Crowell won District Titles in the Pole Vault (8-foot-6-inches), winning the tiebreaker over Regis’ Sara Vetter based on total misses, and in the 400-meters. Stepp added a District Title in the High Jump and the 4×100-meter relay while adding State bids in Long Jump and Triple Jump.
Both combined for four of the Rams 11 District Titles and two of Regis’ five second-place finishes to qualify for the State Meet.
“It’s been so great, this is a really special group of girls and I’m so lucky to even have six-weeks of a season with them,” said Julia McLaughlin. “We have amazing talent across the board so I’ve been so fortunate to be working with them this season.”
McLaughlin had a tough task of running the 1,500-meter, 3,000-meter races and running the 4×400-meter relay, winning the two distance races while helping the Rams to a second-place finish in the mile-relay. The latter, McLaughlin drew in Kennedy’s Kylee Rodriguez going into the final 100-meters before fading away with fatigue late.
“I’m pretty tired but I think I did the best I could. I knew it was going to be a long day and the heat especially contributed to that. So just doing the best I could for the rest of the team,” McLaughlin said. “No PR’s today but I’m saving that next week I hope.”
On the guys side, Preston Tinney and Grant Vogel went one-two in the 110-meter hurdles in PR fashion to qualify for State. Tinney also brought home the District Title in the 300-meter Hurdles as Cameron Diacetis won the District Titles in the Shot Put and Discus in PR fashion as well.
Diacetis credits looking back at the film from their meet last week at the Kennedy Invite to work on his technique entering the District Meet Saturday.
“Last week my form…it wasn’t right. I wasn’t feeling it, the weather was bad too. Then this week, I finally got the form down and I got it down much better,” smiled Diacetis. “It’ll definitely be better (next week). It’s a lot of footwork I can improve upon for sure.”
The Regis boys finished second behind East Linn Christian with 135.5 total team points. The Eagles won the Boys Meet with 148 Total Points.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald