Sailor Hutton wanted another state record. She’ll have to settle for a little slice of history.
The Bandon senior became just the fifth girl to earn a state-meet sweep of the 3,000 meters with her fourth career victory Thursday during the opening day of the OSAA Class 2A Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field.
“I think it’s pretty unique,” said Hutton, who is headed to Boise State next fall. “It’s been a great opportunity to have a great team that gets to state every year.”
Hutton finished in 10 minutes, 23.75 seconds to get close to the state-meet record of 10:22.25 she set as a sophomore in 2016.
Beating that time was the goal coming into the day but, for the last half of the race, Hutton was running a solo effort as second-place finisher Alejandra Lopez of Kennedy fell far behind before crossing in 10:32.01.
“That part really challenges you because you’re all by yourself so it’s all mental out there,” Hutton said. “You have to remember there’s still more left even if there’s not somebody right next to you.”
Hutton joins Glendale’s Rosa Gutierrex (1978-81), Camas Valley’s Alyson Barrett (1994-97), Henley’s Taylor Wallace (2006-09) and Triad’s Sarah Eastbrook (2011-14) as the other four-time state champions in the girls 3,000 regardless of classification.
Wallace is the only one to sweep the 3,000 and 1,500 titles. Hutton will try to join her Friday as she goes for state title No. 4 in the 1,500.
Kyndal Martin is on a quest for another round of state titles as well.
The Monroe junior and defending 2A state champion in three events overcame a nagging quadriceps injury in her left leg to win the long jump, holding off a late challenge from Myrtle Point senior Maria Medina to get her first win of the week.
Medina took the lead when she jumped 16-11¾ on her fifth attempt, but Martin immediately answered with her winning effort of 17-4¾ on the very next jump.
“When stuff like that happens it kind of pushes me,” Martin said. “I don’t usually get too nervous in those situations. I just know I gotta put it all together.”
Martin, with her left thigh heavily wrapped after the long jump, went on to qualify for Friday’s finals in the 100, 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles. She won state titles in both hurdle races in 2017.
“I just knew I had to dig deep and give it all I got,” Martin said. “Even though it’s just prelims, I still needed to do what I could do to get to finals.”
Also Thursday, Catlin Gabel senior Maya Rayle won the Class 3A 3,000 in a state-meet record 9:46.90, which is also the best time in the state this season regardless of classification.
Grant Union junior Kylee Wright won the 2A high jump and also broke her own state-meet record in the javelin with a throw of 138-6. La Pine senior Jordynn Slater set a 3A state-meet record in the javelin with her win in 151-6. Slater also won the discus title. In the 2A discus, Culver senior Catylynn Duff set a meet record with a throw of 146-1.