Monument High School has a student population of just 19, but that didn’t stop their four-member girls track team and one boy from shining at the OSAA 1A Track and Field State Championships held Thursday and Friday at University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene.
Sophomore Sophie Pettit won her second consecutive 1A 100-meter dash Friday.
“It was really cool to repeat,” Pettit said. “The competition for the sprints was a lot tougher this year. Everyone has gotten a lot better.”
She posted a time of 12.7, shaving .05 off her winning time from last year. Pettit also placed fourth in the 200 with a season-record time of 26.67, fifth in the long jump (15-06.00) and fourth as a member of the 4x100-meter relay team (53.46), which included Faythe Schafer, Kyla Emerson and Dinorha Vidrio Landin. Freshman Aubrey Bowlus was on hand as an alternate.
“The 4x100 was really exciting,” Pettit said. “At the beginning of the year, none of us thought we would go to state. It was really cool just to take the team to state and compete there. I think the relay and the 100 were my favorite.”
She said reaching state each year is her goal.
“I’m looking forward to next season,” she said. “I’m really trying to get a four-time repeat in the 100.”
Emerson set a personal record when she placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 16.90, and she was sixth in the 300-meter hurdles (50.93).
She said head coach Darrin Dailey helped her succeed in hurdles, teaching her techniques to improve her times.
“In the 100 hurdles, I was hoping that when I went there I would hit 16, and I did,” she said. “I liked the 300 hurdles, and I got a personal record the first day, and then in finals I wasn’t my fastest, but I was still on the podium.”
She added, “The 4x100 was super exciting just to be with my team and see everyone on the podium.”
John Ramirez, competing for the Monument boys, finished 10th in the 200-meter dash with 23.94.
For the girls team it was the school’s best state finish yet, placing seventh out of 39 teams. Last year, they placed eighth.
“I think it’s our best season since the comeback (2012),” coach Dailey said. “I’m proud to know every one of them.”
Dailey said the future for Monument track and field looks bright. He expects six middle schoolers, including five boys, to join the team next season.
“We haven’t had enough boys for a competitive team in a long time,” he said. “We may even have enough for a relay. It should be a larger team with the same potential for podium time that we’ve enjoyed in the past couple of years.
“It was a great season, and I’m so happy such a large percentage of athletes qualified for state and made it to finals.”