EUGENE – Lindsay McShane claims that because she is short she has a hard time reaching the top rung of the podium at the OSAA Class 3A state track and field meet at Hayward Field.
She’s been up there a lot, though.
The Amity High School junior, who is generously listed at 5 feet, 9 inches, won the state championship in the discus with a winning throw of 144-7 for the third state championship of her career.
“I can’t even explain how excited I am,” McShane said. “I’m really proud of myself for PRing as much as I have this year. I’ve come a long way, and attribute that to weight training and spending long hours practicing. It’s just good to see it all come together.”
McShane’s winning mark of 144-7 was 24 feet farther than Cascade Christian’s Cheyenne Auchard’s second-place effort.
Her first throw of the competition, 125-2, was enough to win it, but it wasn’t nearly in the 140 foot range of the rest of her series of throws.
She had just finished competing in the javelin and only got two warm-up throws before the discus started.
“It just takes her a while to get warmed up in the discus,” Amity throws coach Randy Hayes said. “Once she got those two warm up throws and the first warm-up throw, then she started getting back into the discus mode and out of javelin mode.
“We knew this was coming because in our last practice she had nine out of her last 12 throws over 140.”
McShane placed third in the javelin with a mark of 136-9.
She wasn’t far off of her personal record in that event, but something in her form was off in that event.
“I was slow,” she said. “I don’t know. That’s a good question. I wish I could do that one. Definitely fueled my fire to come in there and be really fast and really throw the discus far.”
Amity is second in the team standings after the first day with 16 points, seven behind Cascade Christian.
Also for Amity, junior Lance Nelson placed sixth in the long jump (19-9.5) in his fourth competition in the event.
Dayton’s Maddie Shirley placed second in the long jump with a mark of 16-8.5, the seventh time in her career that she placed at the state track and field meet.
Sheridan senior Mackenzie Hall placed second in the high jump with a mark of 5-1 and Payton James placed fifth in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-0.
For Willamina, Riley Boardman placed third in the shot put with a mark of 45-11, Kasey Anderson placed fifth in the high jump at 4-10 and Brooke France was sixth in the javelin at 112-11.
Blanchet’s Katie Pratt placed fifth in the discus (107-11) and Leilani Salang was seventh (103-9) and Mark Geisler placed seventh in the 3,000 (9:26.18).
For Salem Academy, Andrew Werst placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 45-7.75 and freshman Hallie Baker placed eighth in the 3,000 (11:42.27).
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