Lady Pirates roll to first track win

Neah-Kah-Nie’s Ashley Henderson didn’t win the 100 meter hurdles race at Nestucca Thursday. But, she did have one of the best 2A times in the state.

It was a busy day for Katie Clifford Thursday.

The Neah-Kah-Nie senior won the long jump, helped the Pirates win both the 400 meter and 1600 meter relays and finished second in the 100 meters at the Nestucca triangular meet.

She also celebrated the first meet of the track season with the best 2A long jump mark in the state (14 feet, 11 inches), helped the Pirates have the third-best mark in the 1600 meter relay (4:57.59) and the seventh-best 400 meter relay time (58.34) in the state.

The Pirates won the team battle with a 190-point total, while Nestucca was second with 115 points. The two 3A schools in the meet, Sheridan and Willamina, had scores of 82 and 18 points, respectively.

The senior, who qualified for the state meet as both a sophomore and junior, combined with Nicole Henderson, Jackie Elligsen and Ashley Henderson for the win in the 400 meter relay.

In the 1600 meter relay, it was Clifford teaming up again with the Hendersons and Mara Soans to take a decisive 10-second win over the host Bobcats.






Elligsen may have placed third in the 100 meters with a 14.11 time, but it was also the sixth-fastest time in 2A results so far this season.

Soans led a 1-2-3 finish for the Lady Pirates in the high jump, with Soans and Alex Woodward both clearing 4 feet, four inches. That tie put the teammates in a larger tie for seventh place among 2A best.

Cheyenne Spliethof won the shot put (28-3.5), but also led a sweep of the top four places by teammates Allyson Modrell (second, 26 feet, one-half inch), Woodward (third, 21-5) and Nicole Henderson (fourth, 20-2). Spliethof also placed second in the discus (73-2) and third in the javelin (64-6).

Ashley Henderson won the javelin with a throw of 82-10, giving the Pirates four victories in the seven field events.

Sheridan’s Ronni VanZant won both the 100 and 200 meters, setting the fastest 3A time in the state for the 100 (12.68 seconds) and the 200 (26.37).

Neah-Kah-Nie freshman Karissa Hadermann edged out Nestucca’s Jessica Bailey for victory in the 300 meter hurdles by about two-tenths of a second.