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Andy Atkinson / Mail Tribune South Medford’s Austin Boster (357) and Peyton Shipley (373) finish 1 and 2 in the boys 400-meter dash at the SWC Championships meet at North Medford High School Saturday.

Panthers pounce on SWC title

Austin Boster helped boost the South Medford boys to its first conference track and field title since 2003.The Panther sophomore sprinter raised his level of performance at the Southwest Conference district championships and posted personal records in winning the 200- and 400-meter races and rallied South Medford to a victory in the 4x400 relay at Bowerman Field on the North Medford High campus Saturday.“The 200 and 400 is probably the hardest double,” said South Medford coach Mark Losinski. “(Boster) is a pretty durable kid. He’s been running faster and faster each meet.”

In the 400, Boster’s time of 48.61 seconds broke the meet record set in 2015 by former Panther Kaizer Gillispie, who went on the win the state title in that event.

The Panthers scored 155 points to win the team title by a comfortable margin. Defending champion Grants Pass was second (119). North Medford finished sixth (56).

The only other South Medford boys victory came from senior Luke Ramirez in the 1,500 (4:00.23). But Peyton Shipley, who didn’t win an event, probably contributed to the Panthers district title more than any individual other than Boster.

Shipley, a senior, finished second to his younger teammate in both the 200 and 400 with personal best marks and ran the opening leg on the winning 4x400 relay and the anchor on the second-place 4x100.

But in the long relay, Boster needed a maximum effort on the final leg.

“Willamette was in the lead and we didn’t want to lose to them again,” said Losinski, referring to the Panther’s second-place finish to the Wolverines earlier in the 4x100 relay. “Austin took the baton in second place but he was close enough that we knew he had the speed to catchup. Our kids are very competitive and know how to win races.”

“Two guys can’t win a meet,” added Losinski. “Those kids, who are not our stars, really stepped up and got points. Overall, that’s about as well as a team as we could perform.”

While North Medford lagged in the team standings, senior Kaison Faust put on show with victories in the 200 and triple jump to go with a long jump win on Thursday.

In girls, Grants Pass defended its team title, scoring 150.5 points. North Medford finished fourth (96) and South Medford was fifth (76.5).

Black Tornado thrower Jaida Ross came through with an impressive throw of 130 feet, 7 inches to set a meet record in winning the discus. Ross also set a meet record on Thursday in the shot put (42-4?1/4).

“In the discus, (Ross) is finally puttting it together,” said North Medford coach Piet Voskes. “She really wanted to leave a mark that was significant.”

South Medford’s only victory on the girls side came from freshman Emma Schmerbach, who won the 1,500 in a personal-best 4:45.85. Schmerbach also won the 3,000 on Thursday.

BOYS

TEAM SCORES: South Medford 155, Grants Pass 119, Sheldon 117.5, Willamette 92, Roseurg 82.5, North Medford 56, South Eugene 38.

100 — 1, Kaison Faust, NM, 10.82; 2, Josh Beecher, Wil, 11.00; 3, Matthew Burgess, She, 11.12.

200 — 1, Austin Boster, SM, 22.21; 2, Peyton Shipley, SM, 22.58; 3, Josh Beecher, Wil, 22.66.

400 — 1, Austin Boster, SM, 48.61; 2, Peyton Shipley, SM, 48.81; 3, Griffin Jeskey, Wil, 50.06.

800 — 1, Nathan Burton, GP, 1:56.08; 2, Ty Boster, SM, 1:57.90; 3, Jacob Allmaras, NM, 1:58.04.

1,500 — 1, Luke Ramirez, SM, 4:00.23; 2, Daniel Beckstead, GP, 4:01.42; 3, Ian Twyman, SE, 4:05.26.

110 HURDLES — 1, Dylan Murray, Wil, 14.39; 2, Bryce Goggin, Wil, 14.75; 3, Blaine Johnson, SM, 14.94.

300 HURDLES — 1, Dylan Murray, Wil, 38.83; 2, Bryce Goggin, Wil, 39.46; 3, Wyatt Seidel, She, 39.56.

4x100 RELAY — 1, Willamette (Bryce Goggin, Griffin Jeskey, Josh Beecher, Dylan Murray), 43.15; 2, South Medford, 43.25; 3, Sheldon, 43.81.

4X400 RELAY — 1, South Medford (Peyton Shipley, Reed Hungerford, Ty Boster, Austin Boster), 3:24.29; 2, Grants Pass, 3:25; 3, Wilamette, 3:25.55.

DISCUS — 1, Tyler Sconce, Ros, 159-10; 2, Cole Boster, SM, 138-0; 3, Matt Metcalf, She, 133-6

HIGH JUMP — 1, Aidan Acord, She, 6-4; 2, Jordan Smith, Ros, 6-0; 3, Stephen Willey, GP, 5-10.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Kaison Faust, NM, 44-6; 2, Niko Phillips, GP, 42-5; 3, Reed Beaumont, GP, 41-8

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES: Grants Pass 150.5, South Eugene 125, Sheldon 123, North Medford 96, South Medford 76.5, Roseburg 53, Willamette 34..

100 — 1, Elise Unruh-Thomas, SE, 11.93; 2, Toni Coleman, SM, 12.4; 3, Gracious Lusby, Ros, 12.68.

200 — 1, Elise Unruh-Thomas, SE, 24.49; 2, Tatianna Ross, GP, 25.92; 3, Gracious Lusby, Ros, 26.25.

400 — 1, Tatianna Ross, GP, 58.7; 2, Emily Parker, NM, 1:00.11; 3, Jane Regali, She, 1:00.94.

800 — 1, Faith Schultz, GP, 2:18.07; 2, Claire Ebert, NM, 2:18.7; 3, Kenady Leighton, She, 2:24.48.

1,500 — 1, Emma Schmerbach, SM, 4:45.85; 2, Kate Bouse, SE, 4:56.5; 3, Melissa Berry, She, 4:57.36.

100 HURDLES — 1, Ella Thomas, She, 14.8; 2, Taylor Chocek, SE, 15.01; 3, Jaeda Boutwell, SM, 15.26.

300 HURDLES — 1, Taylor Chocek, SE, 47.17; 2, Morgan Burke, SM, 47.42; 3, Tylor Harper, Wil, 47.57.

4x100 RELAY — 1, South Eugene (Lisa Kochevar, Sasha Eustis, Julia Daniels, Elise Unruh-Thomas), 48.63; 2, Grants Pass, 49.18; 3, South Medford, 49.93.

4X400 RELAY — 1, South Eugene (Myreen Edwards, Julia Daniels, Lisa Kochevar, Elise Unruh-Thomas), 3:58.96; 2, North Medford, 4:04.29; 3, Grants Pass, 4:07.06.

DISCUS — 1, Jaida Ross, NM, 130-7; 2, Jessalyn England, GP, 117-2; 3, Molly Guerra, GP, 115-11.

HIGH JUMP — 1, Aubree Esterline, GP, 5-3; 2, Taylor Chocek, SE, 5-2; 3, Alyssa Mirabile, She, 5-0.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Camdyn Bruner, GP, 35-2.5; 2, Makayla Scurlock, She, 33-10.25; 3, Jane Ersepke, NM, 33-6.5.

Reach reporter Frank Silow at 541-776-4480 or fsilow@rosebudmedia.com

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