EUGENE — A young Seaside boys track team had just two placers in the state meet, but one state champion.
Sophomore Jackson Januik ran a 1:58.06 to win the 800 meters Saturday, edging Siuslaw senior Seth Campbell (1:58.35) at the tape. Astoria sophomore Lucas Caruana was fourth in 2:00.37, for the only points for the Astoria boys.
Januik’s victory put another Gull at the top of the podium for the second time in three years (Brett Willyard won the 800 in 2013).
Seaside’s Juneau Meyer added a point for the Gulls by finishing eighth in the 400 meters, in 52.32.
The Seaside girls managed four points on Day 1, with senior Danielle Willyard finishing fifth in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 1 ½ inches.
But Seaside began Saturday with a bit of bad luck, as the 400-meter relay team was disqualified for a runner out of the zone on an exchange.
Later, Allison Kilday took a fall on the last hurdle in the 110-meter final. She finished the race, but unfortunately an injury ended her day.
Willyard returned to finish sixth in the triple jump (35-3 ¼), and Seaside’s 1,600-meter makeshift relay squad of Kelly Willyard, Charlotte Blakesley, Lizzy Barnes and Danielle Willyard capped the day with a fifth-place finish (4:11.42).
The Seaside girls were 16th in the team results, with 13 points.
Warriors, Loggers at state
EUGENE — At the Class 2A level, Knappa senior Devin Lewis Allen was unsuccessful in defense of his individual state title in the 400 meters.
Junior Trevor Verhelst of Union surprised the field and won Friday’s final in 49.82, with Allen second in 50.14.
Earlier, Allen took sixth in the 100-meter final (11.69), and capped his day with a fifth-place finish in the 200 meters (23.57).
Knappa’s Chris Montano was eighth in the triple jump (38-11 ¼). The Loggers finished 16th in the team standings, with 16 points.
In Class 3A competition, Chris Ocana had Warrenton’s highest finish of the meet, throwing the javelin 164 feet, 8 inches for second place.
Warrenton’s Libby Biel scored a point by finishing eighth in the triple jump (32-4 ¼). Freshman teammate Macen Fritz was eighth in the 300-meter hurdles (53.10).
Bryton Kyme was eighth in the discus (120-10), after taking seventh in the shot put Thursday.