Paisley’s athletic program has much to champion, at the moment.
The Lady Broncos clinched this year’s 1A/2A track and field championships at the district meet held on Saturday, May 18, at OIT in Klamath Falls. They narrowly edged out Gilchrist, winning the championship by one point, 101 points to Gilchrist’s 100 points.
“The kids performed wonderfully,” said head coach Mark Douglas. “It was really something to see.”
He noted the upset against Gilchrist was particularly significant, given that Paisley was viewed as the underdog in this case.
A total of five Paisley athletes qualified for competition at the state championships, which will be held in Eugene at Hayward field, starting Thursday, May 23.
The 4×400-meter relay team of Krysta Colahan, Julia O’Leary, Priscilla Norris and Tess O’Leary took the overall win with a time of 4:24.72.
In addition, Tess O’Leary won no less than three other events, qualifying thus for the state champs. O’Leary won the pole vault (8’6”), triple jump (33’4”) and 800-meter events (2:32.11).
“She was the only four-event winner (at the meet),” Douglas said.
Colahan took runner-up in the triple jump (32’7”), which marked a personal record by a margin of two feet, Douglas said. She also placed fourth in the 100-meter high hurdles (19.48) and fourth in the 400-meter event (1:08.68).
Julia O’Leary took second place in the pole vault (7 feet even) followed by Jessica Arrington in third (6’6”).
The men finished eight out of 11 teams competing in the 1A division, with 24.8 points.
For the men, a highlight included a second-place finish by sophomore Camden Jones in the 110-meter hurdles (19.07).