Seaside's Gretchen Hoekstre

Seaside senior Gretchen Hoekstre is ready to take a shot at the state title.

In the Cowapa League track championships May 10-11 at Scappoose High School, the Astoria girls scored 232 team points to easily win the title, with Valley Catholic a distant second with 145. Seaside and Tillamook tied for third.

The Valiants won the boys’ team championship, followed by Banks, Astoria, Tillamook and Seaside.

And now it’s off to state for a number of North Coast athletes.

The Astoria girls did not have a double winner, but Seaside did. Senior Gretchen Hoekstre will be the big favorite in both the shot put and discus, with throws of 45 feet, 11 ½ inches and 150-10, respectively. And just to make it a clean sweep in the throwing events in league, the Gulls’ Anna Huddleston won the javelin with her lifetime best of 124-2, edging Astoria’s Kelsey Fausett by one inch.

Despite their last-place finish in the team standings, the Seaside boys made some waves with a district championship by Henry Garvin in the 200 meters (in a personal best 23.01 seconds). He also qualified in the 100 (second in a PR 11.56). Parker Conrad had a throw of 158-1 to win the javelin, slipping past Jacob Slifka of Banks by one foot. Levi Card was a state qualifier in the 800 meters (2:05.34) and triple jump, soaring 38-5. He placed second in both events.

Hoekstre hits lifetime best

Seaside’s Gretchen Hoekstre was at it again May 3, as the Gulls’ senior athlete hit another milestone mark in her main event, and is once again No. 1 in the country on the list of high school female shot putters.

Competing in the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays, held at Cronin Stadium in Portland, Hoekstre won the shot put competition with a new personal best toss.

And Hoekstre hit the big one, with a throw of 50 feet, 1½ inches, the first high school female to break the 50-foot barrier this year.

The mark also stood out, as Hoekstre was competing against 46 other throwers, all from Class 5A and 6A schools.

The second-place mark was 44-6¼ by Angel Aleusi of Centennial. Keeley Rasmussen of Sandy was a distant third at 41-7.

Hoekstre’s new mark is the best in the country by almost two feet. Jaida Ross, a junior at North Medford, is second at 48-5, followed by Shyann Franklin of Golden Valley (California), at 47-11½.

Hoekstre had the No. 1 mark early in the season but had slipped to fourth, before Friday’s winning shot.

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