And the legacy continues, three years running.
The women of Paisley’s Broncos track and field program have much to celebrate, having defending for the third year running their state title in the 4×400-meter relay event.
Runners Krysta Colahan, Julia O’Leary, Priscilla Norris and Tess O’Leary — a team consisting of a lone senior, two freshmen and a junior — powered through to win the state title once again in 2013. The quartet’s finishing time was four minutes, 22.84 seconds.
The team ran away with the lead, winning by just under 2 seconds, as the second-place Triangle Lake’s team finished with a run-time of 4:24.46.
The Paisley team competed on Friday, May 24, during the state 1A/2A/3A championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
This marked the first appearance at state for the younger athletes on the team, but head coach Mark Douglas noted that the experience invigorated the athletes for next year.
Finishing her senior year on a major high point, Tess O’Leary additionally took home a victory in the 800-meter event, Douglas noted. Her finishing time was 2:28.70.
Douglas noted that this was a major high point for O’Leary, as it marked her first gold medal this year. She additionally placed fourth in the pole vault (9 feet even) and fourth in the triple jump (31’5.5”).
O’Leary’s pole vault score tied for third place with Cove’s Molly DelCurto, and only 6 in. shy of first place Lindi Burgeson of Damascus Christian.
Julia O’Leary took ninth in the pole vault (7’6”). Her score tied with seventh-place Milika Poggemeyer of Lowell and eighth-place Amanda Casey of Crane. Freshman Krysta Colahan took ninth in the long jump (13’10.5”) as well as ninth in the triple jump (29’7.5”).
As medals were issued up to eighth place, they narrowly missed the eligibility mark, Douglas said.
Camden Jones, the lone male athlete to qualify for state, took ninth in the 110-meter hurdles as well as ninth in the pole vault (10’6”). Jones earned a score of 19.52 in the preliminary rounds, just missing the eight-place cutoff as he was beat out by Dylon Tankersley of Spray’s 19.14.
“We just had a fabulous season, on the girls’ side,” Douglas said.