GRESHAM — For someone who just started hurdling this season, like Henley’s Hannah Peterson, and for someone who admittedly doesn’t have the best hurdling technique, like Peterson, landing on the podium at the Class 4A state track and field meet wouldn’t seem to be in the stars.
Yet it did.
With a time of 47.15 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles, Peterson not only placed at the state meet, but finished third.
“That was the best race that I’ve ran all season,” Peterson said. “I was just focused on getting over the hurdles smoothly because I don’t have the best form and just trying to stay focused and run fast.”
Run fast she did — as well as clearing the hurdles smoothly setting a personal record in her final meet as a high school track athlete.
“At districts I hit one hurdle and almost fell,” Peterson said. “The toughest part is staying focused, I used to run the 400 and you just run, it’s hard to run and jump.”
Peterson was one of five Klamath Falls athletes to land on the podium at this year’s Class 4A state meet.
Fellow Hornets Ryane Mattox set a personal best with a 60.51 in the 400, good for sixth place. Lyndee McLauchlin cleared four feet, 10 inches in the high jump for a eighth-place finish.
Klamath Union’s Shielteal Watah finished fifth in the javelin, heaving the spear 117-4. In the 1,500, teammate Eliza Blake ran past a runner late to get on the podium with an eighth-place finish with a time of 4:59.83.
“Getting on the podium was my goal,” said Blake. “I counted (how many were in front of me) at the last curve, but I wasn’t sure. At the end I tried to pass the person who was in front of me.”
The lone Mazama placer was Macy Clemens who finished eighth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 48.20, and sixth in the 100 hurdles in 16.12.
Henley also had several athletes who just missed the the podium.
Madison Shearer cleared 8-0 in the pole vault, which was the 11th best finish, Kinsey Hullman just missed the podium with a ninth-place finish in the 3,000 with a time of 11:12.97 and the Hornet’s 4x100 relay team of Shearer, McLauchlin, Peterson and Mattox finished ninth with a time of 51.11.