Seaside’s Gretchen Hoekstre was at it again May 3.
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.
Gulls host Astoria
SEASIDE — The Seaside track team hosted one last regular season meet May 1, before the big post-season meets begin.
It was a Clatsop Clash-plus one, as the Gulls invited Astoria and Valley Catholic to take part in a meet that served as a tune-up for the Cowapa League championship meet, May 9-10 at Scappoose High School.
And the results looked pretty much like they have all season for the local teams. The Astoria girls dominated the running and jumping events, Seaside’s Gretchen Hoekstre had another solid day in the discus and shot put, while the Astoria and Seaside boys were busy trying to chase down Valley Catholic runners for the better part of the meet.
Seaside’s Axel Martinez cleared a PR 9-6 to take the pole vault.
On the girls’ side, Astoria and Seaside athletes won all but one field event.
Seaside’s Anna Huddleston hit a PR 117-11 to win the javelin, while Hoekstre had a toss of 152-4 to win the discus, and a 45-11 to take the shot put.
“It was nice to have a few really good throws,” said Hoekstre, the state leader at the 4A level in both events. She has the best shot put by nearly nine feet, and leads Astoria’s Kes Sandstrom in the discus by 26 feet.
“This is about the time of year when you’re starting to peak, starting to be consistent at high numbers,” she said. “Things are really starting to settle into place, and the workouts are doing what they’re supposed to.
“I’ve done all the work, I’ve put all the time in, and I’ve worked my butt off,” said Hoekstre, whose personal best in the shot put (50-1 1/2) is the top mark in the entire country.
“It’s nice just to have things fall into place,” she said. “It’s important to me to really throw well when it counts. Because I’m a very competitive person.”
Once she gets to the state meet, she said, “I know I can win, and I honestly know I can break the state meet record (152-10, held by Astoria’s Laura Bobek, 2009). It’s just putting everything together at the right time. The other day I threw a 154-2, so I know I have it in me and I know I can throw farther.”