Gates and Person Win Titles At Titan Track Classic

By Jeremy McDonald

SALEM, Ore.–  Dallas’ Logan Person let out a holler in celebration during his second Javelin throw of his preliminary throw at the fifth-annual Titan Track Classic Friday afternoon.

It was a celebration of a PR a long-time coming.  A 165-foot-six-inch PR.  Person admitted that he’s been hovering at the 150-foot mark since last year, his pervious best was 155-feet-four-inches that he set back on May 13 against Lebanon.

It was a start to the season he was looking and hoping for following his 150-foot-10-inch throw on March 17 and his 148-foot throw just two days ago against Central and North Salem.

“It was a awesome feeling because I haven’t thrown much over 150 (feet) since my freshman year, so getting out there and getting a ten-feet PR was a pretty great feeling,” smiled Person. “It was huge because now I’m figuring out how to transfer my energy better and get my block out. I should be able to get to the 180’s by the end of the year/”

Person would go on to win the Titan Track Classic with the PR Throw as he finished seventh in the Long Jump with a 19-foot-5.25-inch jump, a PR as well for Person.  On top of that, he finished second in the Triple Jump with a PR of 39-11.5-inch jump in the big meet.

Person celebrating his PR while going out to pick up his javelin during Friday’s Titan Track Classic (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

On the girls side, three years after winning her first Titan Track Classic High Jump Title, Cascade’s Emma Gates won her  second.  With her five-foot-nine-inch jump, five-inches higher than her first win total as a freshman, Gates finished seven inches better than Oregon City’s Grace Leasure in the Cougar seniors first high jump of the season Friday.

“It’s such a great meet, there’s so much great competition here,” Gates said.

Gates came close to surpassing five-feet-eleven-inches in the meet, but admits that her finishing within her range goal of five-nine and six-feet was a good starting point to open the season. as she works on her consistency while bridging her indoor season with now the outdoor season.

“I’m really glad with my height. Just staying consistent with five-nine to six-foot range. That was my goal going into it, I’m totally fine with my height,” Gates said. “Just bringing more speed and working on my strength during the season. Getting more consistent with outdoor, there’s so many different factors that go into it. The wind, the slight slope of the track. So just getting more consistent and pushing through those things.”

Some other notables from the meet from the Salem-area.  The Dragons Justin Parnell won both the Shot Put (51-feet-1.5-inches) and the Discus (141-feet-1-inch).  North Salem’s DeMari Thompson won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, the 200-meter dash was a 22.96 PR for the sophomore.  

West Salem’s Brady Bliven won the 800-meter (2:00.45 PR) and 1,500-meter (4:10.01 PR)

McKay’s Stephanie Urenda won the 400-meters race on the girls side and was third in the Long Jump with a 16-feet-0.5-inch jump.  Sprague’s Kaydence Nguyen PR’d in the 800-meters with a 2:27.84 time, Stayton’s Maddie Mitzel and Haley Butenschoen were second and third in the race.  The Olympians Sara Abbott won the 1,500 meter and was second in the 3,000-meters to the Vikings Isabel Swian.

The Titans Natalie Cunningham PR’d in the shot put (42-feet-7.5-inches) and was third in the Discus.  Phoebe Beckett PR’d in the Discus with 121-feet-2-inches for West Salem.  Dallas’ Maddy Straus won the Javelin with the Eagles Mitzel second.  Cascade’s Anna Wilson was second in the Pole Vault at nine-feet.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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