Colahan wins state title in discus for Burns boys team
By Randy Parks
With only five athletes competing, the Burns girls track team racked up enough points to place second at the 2010 OSAA /U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires 3A, 2A, 1A Track & Field State Championships at Western Oregon University in Monmouth May 21-22.
Sophomore Maddye Dinsmore was a three-time state champion at the state meet, winning both the 100 (12.74) and 200 (25.92) meter dashes and earning another gold as part of the 4×400 relay team.
Rounding out the first-place 4×400 relay team were seniors Jamie Higle and Brea Ribeiro and sophomore Jen Higle.
Not only did they win the race, but they set another school record with a time of 4:03.51, breaking the record of 4:04.00 they had set just a week earlier at the district competition.
The same four runners teamed up for a second-place finish in the 4×100 relay. Catlin Gabel won with a time of 50.34, and the Hilanders were right behind with a time of 50.50.
Ja. Higle earned two silver medals in individual events, placing second in both the 400 (59.55) and the 800 (2:25.07) meter races.
Ribeiro brought home two bronze medals in individual events, placing third in the 100 meter hurdles (16.99) and the 300 meter hurdles (49.67).
The Hilanders’ Chelsea Siegner, a junior, added another three team points with a sixth-place finish in the discus with a throw of 106’ 2”.
Catlin Gabel won the girls team title with 85 points, and Burns was second with 69 points. Nyssa finished third with 44 points, followed by Bandon 33, Valley Catholic 32, Reedsport 28, Harrisburg 27, Rainier 25, Warrenton 24 and Riverside 23 in the top 10.
On the boys side, senior Carraig Colahan was the lone competitor for Burns, and he returned home a state champion in the discus. Colahan’s throw of 168’ 6” easily out-distanced Reedsport’s Ismael Osorio’s second-place throw of 149’ 3”.
Colahan also placed fifth in the shot put (47’ 10 1/4”).
The 14 points Colahan earned placed Burns in a tie for 17th in the team standings.
Horizon Christian won the boys title with 59 points, followed by Rogue River with 53, Reedsport 42, Nyssa 41, Riverside 40, Bandon 35, Grant Union 31, Colton 30, Sheridan 29 and Westside Christian with 26 in the top 10.
“Each and every athlete performed at the highest level,” Burns coach Eric Nichols said. “It was great to see each athlete step it up when performing on the ‘big stage.’ Each of these student-athletes deserves the highest respect from their peers because they get it done in the classroom, in the community and in the athletic arena.
“These kids fought through the tough spring weather, which made it very hard to train. They were a lot like postal workers, rain, sleet or snow, these kids battled through the elements, came to work and performed their job every single day.”