The Sheldon boys and girls saw themselves to impressive finishes at the 2013 Southwest Conference Track and Field Championships, placing first in both classifications to sweep the districts. For the boys there really wasn’t any real challenge towards the end of the meet, as they cruised to an impressive 167.5 points to finish 60.5 ahead of Grants Pass. The girls also had some distance between them and the second place team, as they finished with 147 points to South Eugene’s 112.
The Sheldon boys got off to a hot start on day two, taking home the 4×100 meter relay and placing 1-2-3 in the 100 meters to further their point total. Finishing with a time of 41.80 seconds in the 4×100, the squad of Adam Starnes, Nathan Starnes, Tyus Kuykendall, and Mitch Horning saw themselves in first over Grants Pass, whose squad finished with a time of 42.58 seconds in the event.
After a 1,500 meters that saw Kenny Freeman of Roseburg place first while Jackson Darland of Sheldon placed second, the Irish crushed the field in the 100 meters, seeing themselves to a 1-2-3 finish in the event. Horning led the way for Sheldon, finishing with a time of 10.80 seconds while N. Starnes finished with a time of 11.05 seconds and A. Starnes finished with a time of 11.07 seconds.
Darland would then be the next Irish boy to record a victory on the track, placing first in the 800 meters with a time of 1:57.61 seconds. Henry West of South Eugene came in second with a time of 1:57.64.
Horning and A. Starnes added to Sheldon’s point total with a 1-2 finish in the 200 meters, with Horning placing first with a time of 21.89 and Starnes placing second with a time of 22.39.
Sheldon would cap the track events with a decisive victory in the 4×400 meter relay, as Tyus Kykendall, Darland, James Stock, and Horning finished with a time of 3:22.57 to best Roseburg’s squad and claim first.
Though the Irish wouldn’t place first in any of the field events, they did have some impressive finishes that allowed them to continue adding to their point total. Tanner Davies placed third in the shot put, Taylor Tharp and Brian Chalkley went 2-3 in the javelin, Ryan Brady placed second in the high jump, Langdon Junge finished third in the pole vault, and Yadie Dunmore placed third in the triple jump.
The Sheldon girls were a little less dominant than the boys but still managed to overcome South Eugene to take home the district crown. Starting their day off with a third place finish in the 4×100 meter relay, the Irish girls wouldn’t record a first place finish until the 100 meter hurdles, when Sydnee Hale and Hannah Leatham recorded a 1-2 finish for Sheldon. Hale burst past her competition, finishing with a time of 15.31 seconds while Leatham beat out Maddie Doerr with a time of 16.00 seconds for second.
They would then have to wait for the 300 meter hurdles for their next victory, as Kylee O’Connor ran a 45.69 in the event to see herself over Halley Folsom of North Medford.
Despite not placing first in the 3,000 meters of the 4×400 meter relay, the Irish girls still placed well enough in both events to add to their point total. Maggie Schmaedick and Gracie Todd finished 2-3 behind Eric Clark of South Eugene in the 3,000 meters while the 4×400 meter Sheldon squad of O’Connor, Danielle Girard, Lauren Clay, and Taylor Carman placed third in their even with a time of 4:01.93.
Other notable finished for the Sheldon girls on the track were a 3-4 finish in the 400 meters and a 2-4 finish in the 1,500 meters.
The field events were a little more friendly to the Irish, as Leah Nicklason got things going with a victory in the shot put by throwing a distance of 37-03.50. Kristina Clark of Grants Pass finished right behind her with a distance of 37-03.00. Nicklason would also place fourth in the discus with a distance of 110-06.
Geneva Lehnert then gave the Irish a second place finish in the high jump by clearing a height of 5-02.00 to finish behind Folsom of North Medford, who cleared a height of 5-03.00. Leatham of Sheldon and Katie Evans of South Eugene would also clear a height of 5-02.00.
The long jump would see the Irish bring in more points, as they finished 2-3-4 in the event. Elizabeth Prevedello led the way for Sheldon in the long jump, reaching a distance of 17-04.25. Lehnert would reach a distance of 17-02.75 for second while Leatham reached a distance of 16-09.75 for third.
Belle Diouf would place third in the triple jump by reaching a distance of 34-07.25.