Narrow wins highlight track and field state meets

Summit edges Marshfield by 1 point, Jesuit adds another title
Staff Report
Toledo senior Seth Wenger runs through the finish after winning the Class 3A 100 meters.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning,
Damascus Christian junior Kristan Holding shows off her four champion medals from the Class 1A meet.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning,

Alex Needham's battle to win the boys 4x400 meter relay ended with a third-place finish, but that finish was enough to bump Summit ahead of Marshfield by one point for the Class 5A title at Hayward Field in the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires track and field championships.

Needham finished 0.97 seconds behind winner Nic Reinhard of Silverton, but 2.01 seconds ahead of Marshfield senior Blake Kemp and Summit beat Marshfield 78-77 in the final score. The score would have been reversed had Marshfield finished third.

Summit also won the girls title, giving the school four titles in spring after the tennis teams both won.

Jesuit added the 6A girls team title to its list of state championship trophies from the 2010-11 school year. The team title is Jesuit's eighth following titles in girls cross country, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, boys golf and boys tennis.

Sunset won the 6A boys title.

At 4A, Philomath won the boys title and finished second in the girls standings behind Newport.

St. Mary's won the girls title at 3A, while Nyssa won the 3A boys title.

Reedsport edged Portland Christian 77-76, for the Class 2A girls title, while Central Linn cruised to the boys title.

At 1A, Damascus Christian got four event wins from junior Kristan Holding and won the team title. Crane won the boys team title.