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h , ,:- - May 30, 2012 Page 11 SPORTS Huskies come thr00]ugh big on field atstate By Scott Swanson Of The New Era Going into the 2012 state track and field championships Fri- day at Hayward Field in Eugene, thrower Annie Whitfield was a veteran, while Jade Corliss was a relative rookie. Whitfield, a senior, was a four-time district champion who had achieved just about every milestone possible during her ca- reer as a javelin thrower for Sweet Home. She'd reset the school record multiple times her last at 144 feet, 2 inches, had won nearly every javelin competition she'd been in as a high school thrower, - and she'd been a three-time state placewinner, including two run- ner-up finishes. But she'd never won the big one. Corliss, a sophomore, threw the shot and discus in junior high, then decided to try softball as a high school freshman. She returned to track this year and steadily improved in both the shot and the discus, qualifying for state in the shot with a throw of 34-2 on May 19, nearly a 4-foot im- provement from her the beginning of the season. That all changed last week- end. On her second-to-last throw in the state finals, when Whitfield unleashed a throw of 141-11 to outstrip her nearest competitor, Kacie Hargett of Newport, by seven feet for the 4A title, finally nailing that elusive statetitle. On Saturday, Corliss nearly followed suit, launching a throw that landed at 37 feet, 10 inches - a personal best of more than 3 feet. Their efforts helped the Sweet Home girls to llth place in the team competition, with 22 points. Gladstone, with a deep team that relied on multiple place-winners behind one individual champi- on, took the team title with 65 points, followed by Molalla (55), Sisters (52) and Newport (51). Cottage Grove tied for eighth with 28 points. "We bad a good weekend," Coach Billy Snow said. "We knew we weren't going down there to trophy," he said. "We didn't have the guns. But we certainly had goals in mind. One was to get An- nie over the hump. Man, that was exciting." On the boys side, senior Nick Hall placed fourth in the 300 hur- dles (40.71) and sixth in the 400 (51.59). "Nick in the 400 struggled a bit," Snow said. "I don't know what happened. "He had some good hurdle races - decent times. He ran a good comer, but he just couldn't get into his rhythm when every- body got tired," Snow noted that Hall has placed in at least one event in four straight state meets, counting his leg on the boys 4x400 relay when he was a freshman. In the boys discus, senior See Track, page 16 Photos by Scott Swanson Jake Johnson whips the discus on its way in the finals. He placed fifth. Courtney Kent, second from right, runs the anchor leg as the girls relay team qualifed for finals for the fourth straight year. Nick Hall, left, runs the 300 hurdles. Jade Corliss fres off her best shot of the day, 3 feet farther than her life- time best coming into the state meet- 37-10. Devyn Makin lands one of six straight legal long jumps en route to fifth place in the event, which wound up with some massive leaps.