Over the next week, we’ll be highlighting many of the state’s top high school track and field athletes.
Our first list focuses on the sprinters and hurdlers. Here are more than 50 of Oregon’s best in the 100, 200, 400, 110/100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.
All marks through May 5
Featured photo by Taylor Balkom: Brothers Colin Quinn and Finn Quinn of McDaniel (formerly Madison) High School
Aidan Kindt, Jr., Mazama
Personal bests: 100 meters, 11.17 seconds; 200, 22.87; Long jump, 20 feet, 6 inches
Kindt played a key role for a Vikings team that won the 4A Football Elite 8 Showcase championship in March, and now he’s resumed a track career that started with a fifth-place finish in the 200 at the 2019 state meet and running third leg on the title-winning 4×100 relay. “Aidan is at his fastest when the competition is at its best,” Mazama coach Justin Davidson said.
Aidan Vanderhoof, Sr., North Medford
Personal bests: 200, 22.29; 110 hurdles, 15.83; 300 hurdles, 40.42
Vanderhoof ranks among the state leaders in the 200 (third) and 300 hurdles (second), running personal-best times in each event this season. He qualified for state in three events as a sophomore but did not make the finals.
Alivia Pittman, Sr., Philomath
Personal bests: 100 hurdles, 16.33; 300 hurdles, 47.55
Pittman was just coming into her own on the track as a sophomore, winning three medals at the 4A state meet by placing eighth in the 100 highs, fourth in the 300 lows and second as the third leg on the 4×100 relay. Her season-best times in both hurdles (16.52, 49.48) lead the Oregon West Conference.
Austin Stampflee, So., Glencoe
Personal bests: 100, 11.07; 200, 22.28; Long jump, 21-7½
Stampflee is a track-first athlete who had his heart set on being a precocious freshman runner before the COVID-19 pandemic ruined those plans. “He was heartbroken when the season was canceled, and he has been very motivated to make this year count,” Crimson Tide coach Ian Reynoso said. Stampflee has made the most of it, ranking No. 2 in the state in the 100 and 200 and No. 5 in the long jump. “Austin has so much natural talent. We can’t wait to see what he can do when he has a full season of training under his belt,” Reynoso said.
Ava Gross, Jr., Westview
Personal bests: 100, 13.10; 200, 26.60; 400, 1:00.08
Gross never ran the quarter-mile as a freshman, but in her first competitive 400, she moved into the top 10 in the state rankings. “As she refines her race pacing, she could drop a few more seconds off her time this season,” Wildcats coach Rebecca Martin said.
Brianna Turner, Sr., Benson
Personal bests: 100, 12.61; 200, 25.56; 400, 1:01.11; 300 hurdles, 45.82
Turner trains with the Kitsap Fliers track club in Silverdale, Wash., in the offseason, running at the AAU Indoor National Championships in March. She won the PIL district title in the 200 as a sophomore and ran at state in three events. She’s added the 300 hurdles to her repertoire this spring and has the third-fastest time in the state.
Camille Lawrence, Sr., Sheldon
Personal bests: 100, 12.21; 200, 24.90; 400, 58.04
Lawrence took home sixth-place medals in the 400 and 4×100 as a sophomore from the 6A state meet. This spring, she has shaved more than half of a second off her 200 personal best and three-tenths off her 100 PR.
Catherine Touchette, Jr., South Eugene
Personal bests: 100, 13.02; 400, 59.84; 300 hurdles, 45.40; Long jump, 17-0½
As a freshman, Touchette chipped in a fourth-place finish in the 300 hurdles to the Axe’s 6A state championship. She sits fourth in the state rankings in the event this season and cut six-tenths of a second off her 100 personal best.
Catie Dice, So., Jesuit
Personal bests: 300 hurdles, 48.73
The Crusaders had to fill a slot on the 4×400 relay that two years ago won a state title and ran the second-fastest time in state history. Dice, who didn’t get a chance to run as a freshman, slotted in with the Grant twins and Chloe Foerster and helped them run a 4:01 in their first meet. She also ranks among the top 15 in the state in the 300 hurdles.
Chloe Shedrick, Jr., Sheldon
Personal bests: 200, 26.27; 400, 58.87
Shedrick has had a breakthrough junior season for the Irish, with her 400 time the second-fastest in the state and announcing her as a favorite at any culminating-week event.
Cody Gehrett, Sr., Ridgeview
Personal bests: 110 hurdles, 14.99; 300 hurdles, 41.74
Gehrett has the top time in 5A in the high hurdles (second-fastest among all classes) and is No. 2 in the intermediate hurdles.
Colin Quinn, Sr., McDaniel (formerly Madison)
Personal bests: 100, 11.27; 200, 22.44; 400, 49.68
Quinn runs better the longer the sprint — he qualified for state in the 200 and 400 as a sophomore, winning the district title in the quarter-mile and placing third at state. He ranks in the top 15 in all three sprints this spring, including No. 2 in the 400.
Denzel Pinto, Sr., Westview
Personal bests: 200, 23.03; 400, 49.80
Pinto is a team captain for the Wildcats who placed fifth at state in the 400 as a sophomore. He has committed to run track at Western Washington.
Easton West, Sr., Oakland
Personal bests: 100, 11.40; 200, 23.48
West qualified for the 2A state meet in four events as a sophomore, taking home a medal in the 100 with a seventh-place finish. He ranks among 2A leaders in the 100 (fourth) and 200 (fifth) this spring. He plans to enter the Navy after graduation and join an AAU track program with hopes of running collegiately down the road.
Ella Thomas, Sr., Sheldon
Personal bests: 100 hurdles, 14.76; 300 hurdles, 45.63; Long jump, 18-0½
Thomas announced herself as a state title contender at the 2019 state meet as a sophomore, when she took home medals in four events, including a fourth-place finish in the 100 hurdles. She signed with Colorado State in February and went past 18 feet in the long jump for the first time at a SWC dual meet May 5.
Emily Stefan, Sr., West Albany
Personal bests: 100, 12.37; 200, 25.88; Long jump, 17-9
Stefan won three medals at the 2019 Class 5A state meet, placing eighth in the 100 and seventh in the 200 and anchoring the fifth-place 4×100 relay. She has lowered her personal bests in both events by four-tenths of a second this spring while taking up the long jump for the first time, going 17-9 at her first meet.
Eryk Mayes, Sr., Mazama
Personal bests: 400, 51.53; Triple jump, 40-9½
Mayes dabbled in track his first two years at Mazama but has had a breakthrough senior season, adding a foot to his personal best in the triple jump and running a 4A-leading time in the 400 in just his second career quarter-mile. “The best thing about Eryk as a track athlete is the fact that he just goes,” Vikings coach Justin Davidson said. “He doesn’t necessarily need to know the strategy; he just gives you everything he has.”
Finn Quinn, So., McDaniel
Personal bests: 100, 11.22; 200, 22.90; 400, 49.95
Colin’s younger brother didn’t get to run as a freshman for the Senators, but he has quickly emerged as a future star in the program. He ran a sub-50 400 in his second meet.
Harley Daniel, Jr., Oregon City
Personal bests: 100 hurdles, 14.54; 300 hurdles, 44.26; Long jump, 18-9¾
Daniel won two state medals as a freshman (eighth in the long jump, fourth in the 4×400) and would have added a third after winning the district title in the high hurdles but was disqualified in the finals. She followed that performance with a fourth-place finish in the long jump at the 2019 USA Track and Field National Junior Championships, and this spring, she has cracked the state’s all-time top 50 lists in her three events.
Jacob Wolf, Sr., La Salle Prep
Personal bests: 100, 11.68; 200, 24.52
Wolf makes this list not only for ranking among the top 15 in 5A in the 100 this spring but also for the leadership qualities he brings to the Falcons program. “Jacob has a huge passion for the sport, and it shows in his work ethic,” La Salle Prep coach Mikel Rathmann said. “He stays late to practice, getting the extra interval in and the active recovery going to do more.”
Jada Hurley, Sr., Hidden Valley
Personal bests: 100, 12.20; 200, 25.64
In her first track season as a sophomore, Hurley won four medals at the 4A state meet, including gold as anchor leg in the 4×100. She took third in the 100, fourth in the 200 and fifth in the 4×400. Her personal-best time in the 100 this spring ranks third among girls statewide.
Jalen Owens, Sr., Westview
Personal bests: 100, 11.18; 200, 23.27
Owens is headed to Central Washington to play football in the fall but decided to turn out for track this spring. He was named a team captain and cracked the top 15 among state leaders in the 100.
Joley Sproul, Sr., Sherwood
Personal bests: 100 hurdles, 15.63; 300 hurdles, 45.72
Sproul won the first of what should have been multiple state medals as a sophomore when she placed sixth in the 300 hurdles. The pandemic ruined those plans, but Bowmen coach Terrel Smith said Sproul put her extended break to good use, improving her times and recruiting prospects and eventually earning a scholarship from Biola University in California. She reset her school record in the 300 hurdles shortly after committing to Biola this spring and ranks second in the state in that event and fifth in the 100s. “We think the relief of the decision and her preparation were factors in her ability to break the record even as she was not challenged during the race,” Smith said.
John Shawnego, Jr., Eagle Point
Personal bests: 100, 11.55; 200, 23.52
Shawnego shaved 1½ seconds off his personal best in the 200 in his first meet of the season — a mark that led 5A runners at the time and still ranks No. 3 in the classification.
Johnny Hortaleza, Jr., La Salle Prep
Personal bests: 100, 11.30; 200, 23.66; Long jump, 20-0½
Hortaleza has experienced a breakthrough season this spring, cutting a second off his personal best in the 100 (a 5A-best 11.30) and more than a second in the 200. “I wasn’t sure if track was his thing his freshman year, but now, it’s very important to him,” Falcons coach Mikel Rathmann said. “He has already had some great anchor legs for us in the 4×100.”
Josie Donelson, Fr., Lake Oswego
Personal bests: 200, 25.66; 400, 58.60
Donelson hasn’t garnered the attention of her ballyhooed classmate, Mia Brahe-Pedersen, but the classic rock enthusiast also has had a solid freshman season for the Lakers, running the state’s second-fastest quarter-mile May 5. “Josie always has a smile on her face even though you can’t see under the mask,” Lake Oswego coach Vince Kinney said. “She has high expectations of herself and has a desire to be great.”
Justius Lowe, Jr., Lincoln
Personal bests: 100, 11.08
Lowe has started catching the eye of college football scouts, moving to No. 15 on the 247Sports recruiting list for the state with offers from Eastern Washington and Idaho. His top-end speed on the gridiron is now being showcased on the track, where he ranks third in the state in the 100.
Kate Cheldelin, Fr., West Linn
Personal bests: 200, 26.42; 400, 58.65
Cheldelin ran her personal-best and state-leading time in the 400 in her second high school meet, and it figures that the best is yet to come for the freshman.
Katie Hanson, Sr., Gervais
Personal bests: 400, 58.88; 800, 2:29.37
The reigning 2A state champion in the 400 is one of eight girls to break 60 seconds in the event this spring.
Landyn Dupper, Jr., Roseburg
Personal bests: 100, 11.01; 200, 22.96; Long jump, 20-11
Dupper ran a state-leading time in the 100 on April 27 at a Southwest Conference dual meet against Grants Pass.
Liam Shores, Sr., Central Catholic
Personal bests: 100, 11.34; 200, 22.48; 400, 49.72
Shores entered track season after a successful campaign as central defender for the Rams soccer team, which has contributed to his improved strength and conditioning. He showed up at a recent meet wearing some pajama shorts, which sprints coach Paul Scarlett commented on. “I told him those are the same type of shorts in which I sleep,” Scarlett said, “and he appeared to instantly think it was no longer a cool look.”
Lily Jones, Jr., Roosevelt
Personal bests: 100, 12.16; 200, 25.53
Jones broke a 41-year school record in the 100 two weeks ago, and later in the same meet, she reset her record in the 200 for the second time this spring. She has a third school record to her name from running a leg on the 4×100 relay as a freshman, when she placed seventh in the 100 at the 6A state meet.
Macy Clemens, Sr., Mazama
Personal bests: 100 hurdles, 15.79; 300 hurdles, 47.44; Long jump, 17-3½; Triple jump, 35-1½
Clemens didn’t take up the hurdles until her sophomore season but instantly took to them, placing at the 4A state meet in the highs (sixth) and lows (eighth) and setting school records in both. She added the long and triple jumps this spring, and she ranks among the 4A leaders in all four events. She set a school record in the long jump. If the Western Oregon signee can add the triple jump mark before the season is over, she’ll be the only athlete on Mazama’s record board to hold four records.
Malcolm Boyd, Jr., Summit
Personal bests: 400, 50.43
Boyd has lowered his personal best in the quarter-mile by a second each of the past two years, leading Storm coach Dave Turnbull to posit that he’ll eventually break the school record. “He has great ability. He needs work on his technique still,” Turnbull said.
Mia Brahe-Pedersen, Fr., Lake Oswego
Personal bests: 100, 11.67; 200, 24.09
In just a month, Brahe-Pedersen has broken the 6A state freshman records in the 100 and 200 and moved into second on the all-time state list in the 100 and fourth in the 200. She also anchored the 4×100 relay to a school-record 48.02 on May 5. An injury two seasons ago is now well in her rear-view mirror. “It could have slowed her down, but she came back from it faster than the year before,” Lakers coach Vince Kinney said. “Mia is such a positive person, and she even asks to be put in more events like the 4×400 because she is a great teammate.”
Micah Perry, So., Barlow
Personal bests: 110 hurdles, 15.04; Long jump, 21-2
Perry moved into the top five of this spring’s rankings in the high hurdles in his first high school meet and ran his personal best April 23. He ranks No. 3 among all runners and No. 2 in 6A.
Michael Brittingham, Sr., Jesuit
Personal bests: 200, 22.77; 400, 49.24
As a sophomore, Brittingham ran on the Crusaders’ state-champion 4×400 relay team that went undefeated in nine meets and ran the fifth-fastest time in state history at the Jesuit Twilight Relays. He has signed to run at St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia. He’s run sparingly this spring as he recovers from a hamstring strain.
Morgan Burke, Sr., South Medford
Personal bests: 100 hurdles, 15.42; 300 hurdles, 47.42
Burke is a five-time state qualifier in the hurdles and 4×100 relay who ran the state’s second-fastest time in the high hurdles May 5.
Nathan Rider, Jr., North Medford
Personal bests: 100, 11.14; 200, 22.22
Rider ran his personal-best 200, which leads the state in the event, in a dual meet against Ashland on April 21. He also ranks among the state leaders in the 100.
Nerissa Thompson, Sr., North Salem
Personal bests: 100, 12.67; 200, 26.17
Thompson played a big role in the Vikings’ 5A state title in 2019, medaling in the 100 (fifth) and 200 (third) and leading off their state-champion 4×100 and 4×400 relays. She also ran leadoff on the 4×100 when it won the 6A title her freshman year, and she was so confident of victory, she had notes ready for when they spoke to the media afterward. “She has always been a hard worker and very confident in her abilities,” North Salem coach Don Berger said. “She is an amazing athlete who has become like an assistant coach in the program. Her knowledge of the events is extensive and her desire to excel exemplary.”
Nolan Malcomson, Jr., Ida B. Wells (formerly Wilson)
Personal bests: 110 hurdles, 14.82; 300 hurdles, 40.04; Long jump, 20-3
Malcomson flashed his immense talent as a freshman, when he qualified for the 6A state meet in four events and took home a medal with a sixth-place finish in the 110 highs. He started this spring with a bang, running his personal-best and state-leading time at a three-way PIL meet April 14.
Nora Hagan, Sr., Sherwood
Personal bests: 100, 12.25; 200, 25.23; 400, 1:00.44
The younger sister of former 6A state champion Caleb Hagan made a name for herself during her first two seasons, winning two individual medals at the state meet. She fully emerged from his shadow this spring when, in her second meet, she broke the school record in the 100 — a time that ranks No. 5 in the state (No. 4 in 6A).
Olivia Iverson, Jr., West Linn
Personal bests: 100, 12.66; 200, 25.39; 400, 57.94
Iverson turned out for the Lions for the first time this spring and has been one of their most consistent runners. She tuned up with her personal best in the 100 in the first meet, and she has finished first or second in every race since.
Patience Haff, Jr., North Lake
Personal bests: 100, 12.77; 200, 28.69
Haff was off to a promising start to her track career as a freshman and would have been among the favorites at the 1A state meet when, the day before the district meet, she was struck by an errant discus and sidelined for the rest of the season. COVID-19 then wiped out her sophomore year, but she’s returned with a vengeance this spring, cutting six-tenths of a second off her 1A-leading time in the 100.
Quinn Greene, Jr., Lake Oswego
Personal bests: 100 hurdles, 16.50; 300 hurdles, 48.11
Greene has steadily chipped away at her personal-best times this season, dropping her best in the highs by nearly three-quarters of a second and shaving three seconds off her PR in the lows. A viral performer on TikTok, Lakers coach Vince Kinney called Greene “her own best critic.” Kinney added: “She has improved a lot since she last competed, and it’s been great seeing her grow in these events.”
Rolin Griffiths, Sr., Ida B. Wells
Personal bests: 100, 11.08; 200, 22.83
Griffiths has emerged as one of the state’s top sprinters this spring, cutting more than a half-second off his personal best in the 100 and posting the state’s third-fastest time in the event.
Ryan Talbot, Jr., Harper
Personal bests: 200, 22.41; 110 hurdles, 15.10; Pole vault, 14-0
Talbot played a big part in the Hornets placing third at the 1A state meet in 2019 — their first trophy finish in the past 22 years — winning the 110 hurdles and taking eighth in the 300 hurdles. He’s added different events to his resume this spring, posting 1A-leading times in the 200 and 110 hurdles and ranking second in the pole vault.
Sarah Sigl, Sr., Oakland
Personal bests: 100 hurdles, 17.41; Triple jump, 30-1½
Sigl has been a key member of the Oakers program during her tenure, qualifying for the 2A state meet in the high hurdles as a sophomore and barely missing the finals. She quipped, “These four years went by faster than my 100.” She plans to attend Oregon State and study physical therapy.
Savien Burk, Jr., Mazama
Personal bests: 110 hurdles, 17.05; 300 hurdles, 43.23
Vikings coach Justin Davidson called Burk “a walking PR” as he has lowered his best in each hurdles event every week this spring. “Savien is so smooth going over the hurdles — it looks effortless,” Davidson said. “Every meet, he gets just a little bit faster.”
Sean Cummings, Sr., Philomath
Personal bests: 400, 52.30
Cummings prepared for his final track season by running cross country, winning the Oregon West JV district title in a time that would have been in the top 15 of the varsity race. That propelled him to a four-second improvement in his personal best in the 400 this spring.
Tatianna Ross, Sr., Grants Pass
Personal bests: 100, 12.31; 200, 25.51; 400, 58.52
Ross has been a steady force for the Lady Cavers sprint corps during her career, anchoring her 4×100 relay teams to two medals at the state meet and qualifying for three individual races in her first two seasons.
Timon Davis, Sr., Grant
Personal bests: 100, 11.09; 200, 23.02
Davis is preparing to join the Western Oregon football team in the fall by running track this spring. As a sophomore, he made the 100 final at the 6A state meet, placing eighth. He’s dropped nearly two-tenths off his personal-best time in that event this season.
Trevin Mitchell, Sr., Southridge
Personal bests: 100, 11.58; 200, 23.59; 400, 52.18
Mitchell is a four-year varsity sprinter for the Skyhawks and a team captain whom coach Katie Miller relies upon as a leader. He plans to run track collegiately next spring.
Tyce Chaney, Jr., West Salem
Personal bests: 200, 22.93; 400, 49.88
Chaney got his first taste of state-caliber competition as a freshman when he ran the leadoff leg on the Titans’ fifth-place 4×400 relay. This spring, he’s run the state’s third-fastest quarter-mile, breaking 50 seconds for the first time in his career at a dual meet against McNary.
Xavier Simpson, Jr., Central Catholic
Personal bests: 100, 10.96; 200, 22.24
As a freshman, Simpson placed sixth in the 200 at the 6A state meet. A standout receiver on the Rams football team, he is recovering from an injury and just getting into a rhythm on the track. His first day out, he’d forgotten where to line up as the anchor leg of the 4×100 relay. When sprints coach Paul Scarlett asked about it, his reply was simply, “We haven’t done this in a while.” He quickly refreshed his memory and anchored the 4×100 to a state-leading time of 43.27 on April 30.
Xian Hartenstein, So., Westview
Personal bests: 100 hurdles, 16.62; 300 hurdles, 48.27
Hartenstein’s freshman season was wiped out by the pandemic, but she’s quickly showing she’ll be a contender on the hurdles scene the next couple of years, moving into the 6A top 10 in both events. Wildcats coach Rebecca Martin has named her a team captain. Martin said Hartenstein is someone “who is highly motivated to keep getting better” as shown by her current work to transition from 4- to 3-stepping hurdles.