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Celt track and field brings home medals from Eugene

The McNary 4x400 team of Anthony Nguyen, Brendan Van Voorhis, Kyle Torres and Brett Hildebrand with coach Kelly Borreson (center). (Submitted)
The McNary 4×400 team of Anthony Nguyen, Brendan Van Voorhis, Kyle Torres and Brett Hildebrand with coach Kelly Borreson (center). (Submitted)

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The McNary High School boys relay teams, a hurdler and one Lady Celt sprinter brought home medals for their performances in events at the state track and field meet last weekend.

The boys 4×400 relay team of Brendan Van Voorhis, Brett Hildebrand, Anthony Nguyen and Kyle Torres came home from Eugene with second-place medals. The Celtics finished less than half a second (3:21.48) behind the winning team from Jesuit High School (3:21).

“It’s been going well all season. In those big meets, things tend to go really wrong or come together just perfectly. Everyone was right on time with handoffs,” said Torres, a junior.

McNary’s Daniel Brattain took second in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.54. Brattain’s time put him about a quarter of a second behind the race winner from Clackamas High School.

The boys 4×100 relay team of Austin Brown, Torres, Nguyen and Garrett Hittner took third in their event with a time of 42.02. Less than a second separated the first- and third-place teams.

For the girls, Daysha Simms-Garcia finished third in 400-meter sprint with a time of 58.12. The race winner from Central Catholic High School shaved nearly a second off her previous best to win the state title in 56.19.

A large number of the athletes McNary sent to the event endured through preliminary rounds to make the finals.

For the boys, Hittner took seventh and eighth in the 200- and 100-meter races with times of 22.43 and 11.19, respectively; Brattain finished in eighth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 39.55 and eighth in the pole vault clearing 13-00; and Perry Groves finished 10th in the long jump with a mark of 19-06.25.

For the girls, Danielle Duran took seventh in the 400-meter with a time of 59.46; Alyssa Looney finished eighth in the long jump with a 16-09.75 mark; Aisha Amaitsa finished 14th in the 1,500 meter with a time of 5:15.02; Sydney Hunter, Hali Thurston, Danielle Duran and Simms-Garcia finished 14th in the 4×400 relay with a time of 4:11.87.