EUGENE — Marshfield senior Jamie Anderson rekindled memories of Mac McIntosh describing her motivation to place second in the pole vault on Saturday at the Class 4A state track meet.
“Coach Mac always said, ‘Don’t leave anything on the track,’” she said. “This is the first meet I did that fully.”
The same description fit all her Marshfield teammates as the Pirates, spurred on by three of the top four finishers in that pole vault, won the title at Hayward Field.
Marshfield coach Chad Scriven described the championship as a true team effort.
“They held on where they were seeded or they advanced,” he said of Marshfield’s effort. “All but one of them made the finals.
“All year long, we’ve been preaching squeeze every point you can out of every event.”
Marshfield finished with 60 points, five better than runner-up Astoria, with Philomath third (52.5) and North Valley fourth (50).
Khaley Aguilar became Marshfield’s 10th different state champion in the past 20 years in the pole vault (Chase Howerton became the ninth Friday) by outlasting Anderson. Marshfield’s Payton Davidson finished fourth and North Bend’s Kalista Ross was fifth as the South Coast again flexed its muscle in the event.
“It’s exciting to have us all up there,” Aguilar said of Marshfield’s strong finish.
All three Pirates were perfect through 10 feet and they would have swept the top three spots on the podium, but Astoria’s Darian Hageman cleared 10-6 on her final attempt to bump Davidson down to fourth.
For Aguilar, the win was a long time coming. She was the top seed the past two years, and finally won the title as a junior, clearing every height through 11 feet without any misses before finally coming up short at 11-6.
“I was really excited,” she said. “Once I get out there, I really just focus on what I needed to do.”
Anderson didn’t have a miss through 10-9, but couldn’t get over the bar in her three tries at 11 feet. But she was pleased with her effort.
“I am so happy,” she said. “After the first meet this year, I hadn’t improved at all.”
She also was happy for Aguilar.
“Khaley 100 percent deserved it,” Anderson said. “She has worked so hard every year.”
Davidson was competing at state for the first time, having picked up the event last year and then working hard on it during the summer.
“I’m excited that I got fourth,” she said. “I’m happy for the team.”
The 23 points Marshfield scored in the event vaulted the Pirates into the team lead heading into the running finals, and they held on from there.
The Pirates got two points in the 4x100 relay, when Ravyn Miranda, Kaylee Delzotti, Raegan Rhodes and Hannah Beaulieu finished seventh in 50.87.
Then Miranda and Beaulieu placed fourth (12.65) and fifth (12.71) in the 100, Elise Martin was seventh in the high hurdles (16.39) and Jazmin Chavez was seventh in the 800 (2:26.17).
Miranda finished off the scoring by placing fifth in the 200 (26.38) after she was the final qualifier to make the race (just as Martin had been in the hurdles).
“I am very tired,” Miranda said. “The only thing I would be discouraged about is not PRing. I placed higher on the podium and got more points for my team.”
Aside from the pole vault, Martin provided Marshfield its only field event points the final day when she placed fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 36-0 ½.
“I scratched all my big jumps,” she said. “There’s always next year.”
And, like Miranda, she had a team-first attitude, especially with the hurdles.
“It’s points for the team,” she said.
The end result left Beaulieu a proud senior captain.
“I am beyond happy right now,” she said. “It’s the perfect way to end my track career.
“I’ve been captain to these girls the whole season and watched them grow. I’m so proud of them.”
The Pirates had just three seniors — Beaulieu, Anderson and Jaycee Smith, who placed third in the high jump Friday.
Beaulieu made sure all the younger Pirates understood keeping up the legacy of McIntosh, who died last summer after a two-year battle with cancer.
“We did what he would have wanted us to do,” she said.
Ross provided the biggest highlight for North Bend on the final day with her effort in the pole vault.
Ross was pleased to place, but not pleased she wasn’t able to match the 10-6 she cleared while finishing second at the district meet a week earlier.
“I feel like I definitely could be more happy,” she said. “I think I’m more upset because this is my last one.”
Chelsea Howard, who won the long jump on Friday, finished eighth in both the triple jump and 100 on Saturday for the Bulldogs.
Siuslaw, meanwhile, got a state title when Hannah Rannow took the 800 meters, the sophomore finishing in 2:18.54.