It was the biggest race of the day.
The boys 200-meter dash turned out to be a rubber match of sorts at the Central Valley Conference district meet Friday at McNary High School.
Standout seniors Carlos Ortiz of North Salem and Michael Trofimchik of South Salem had already won individually — Ortiz the 100 and Trofimchik the 400 — without facing each other.
They faced each other in the 200 to snag a second sprint title.
“Me and Trophy (Trofimchik), we’ve been waiting for this race ever since we raced at Roseburg,” Ortiz said.
On April 13 at the Jim Robinson Twilight Invitational, Trofimchik topped Ortiz by .02 seconds. Trofimchik edged Ortiz 22.57 to 22.78 in the preliminary races on Wednesday.
The rematch was close.
Ortiz shot out to a quick start and held an advantage over the first half of the race. Trofimchik made the race interesting with his closing speed, however.
The final meters were close, but Ortiz prevailed 22.31 to Trofimchik’s 22.33.
“We went all out,” Ortiz said.
Ortiz remains undefeated in the 100 this season, and his only 200 loss is to Trofimchik. The two will have one more chance to go head-to-head — next week’s state meet at Hayward Field in Eugene.
In the 100, Ortiz got out of the blocks quickly and pulled away for the win in a personal-best time of 10.88.
“Today, my start was my main key,” Ortiz said. “I think I did pretty well on it and I had a nice PR.”
Trofimchik gradually pulled away for the win in the 400 in a distict-meet record time of 49.37.
Trofimchik also anchored the winning boys 4×100 relay to start the day and came on strong for a come-from-behind victory on the final leg of the 4×400 relay.
Two other meet records fell at the hands of McNary sprinter Daysha Simms-Garcia, who won two individual events and anchored both winning relays for the Celtics.
The junior took the girls 400 in 57.79, a school and district meet record.
“The school record, I’ve been trying to get it since my freshman year,” Simms-Garcia said.
Simms-Garcia clocked 26.02 in the 200 for another district meet record.
“I finished strong, that’s always kind of been my weak point,” Simms-Garcia said. “I’m really excited.”
West Salem freshman Brooke Chuhlantseff doubled in the girls 1,500 and 800 in a pair of complete opposite races.
In the 1,500, Chuhlantseff pulled away gradually over the course of the race for an easy victory in 4:51.09.
The 800 caught Chuhlantseff by surprise, as she was in second place at the bell lap. It took a move with 300 meters to go for Chuhlantseff to take control and claim the win in 2:23.55.
“Like 300 into the race, two of the girls got in front of me and I flipped,” Chuhlantseff said. “I was like ‘oh no, what am I gonna do,’ so I stayed positive and I just powered through it and finally got ahead of them. It scared me.”
A pair of juniors — North Salem’s Riley Knebes and McNary’s Daniel Brattain — swept the hurdle races.
Knebes took the 100 hurdles in 15.77 and the 300 hurdles in 45.63.
The win in the 300 hurdles was the third consecutive title in the event. She will have a shot to make it four next year.
“It feels great,” Knebes said of the district title streak. “I hope that I can keep it up next year.”
Brattain was in control in both hurdles races, steadily growing his lead to win the 110s in 14.93 and the 300s in 40.23.
West Salem senior Emanuel Kraynick won the boys 1,500 in 4:10.60, but was just edged out for the double in the 800.
South Salem junior Janzen Aguilar-Nelson prevailed in that race in a photo finish, winning 1:58.76 to 1:58.78.
McNary senior Jessica Darras won the shot put with a mark of 38 feet, three inches after taking the discus title on Wednesday.
McKay senior Susannah Philbrick followed up her long jump title on Wednesday by winning the triple jump with a mark of 37-3.
West Salem won the boys district title with 165 points, 8.5 points ahead of McNary. The host Celtics won the girls meet with 152 points.
ATHLETES OF THE MEET
Boys field– Joshua Benton, South Salem
Girls field– Susannah Philbrick, McKay
Boys track– Daniel Brattain, McNary
Girls track– Riley Knebes, North Salem
Boys– West Salem 165, McNary 156.5, South Salem 129, Sprague 111, North Salem 76.5, McKay 16.
Girls– McNary 152, West Salem 116, South Salem 114.5, Sprague 105.5, North Salem 91, McKay 72
NOTE: Full results will run in Sunday’s edition.