A 'Runaway' for Women's Track and Field


EUGENE — With three individual champions and good depth, Jesuit High cruised to its third consecutive Class 6A girls track and field championship at Hayward Field.

The Crusaders scored 92 points. South Eugene and Sunset tied for second with 42.

The Crusaders got 71 points on the track, scoring in every race except the 100-meter hurdles.

And pole vaulter Annjolina Wessels and javelin thrower Sara Sanders joined 3,000-meter runner Makenna Schumacher as individual champions.

Jesuit coach Nick Davis said the Crusaders knew going in they could win another team title "if they did what they were capable of doing."

Still, he said, "in a big track meet, you don't expect all these things to happen at once."

Three individual victories on Friday got the Crusaders in sync.

Schumacher, a junior, started it off by repeating as winner of the 3,000. Her time of 9 minutes, 57.99 seconds beat runner-up Lucy Huelskamp, a sophomore rival from Sunset, by nearly four seconds..

Sanders, a junior, won the javelin by two inches with a throw of 43 feet, 2 inches.

Senior Wessels then dominated the pole vault, clearing 11-9 on her third and final attempt to edge Centennial's Savannah Schultz, who was ahead on misses through 11-6 1/4.

Jesuit received a boost all weekend from its upper-class leadership, and 14 Crusaders wound up scoring as Jesuit got points in 11 of the 17 events.

"They knew they had that target on them," Davies said of his athletes. "It didn't deter them. It didn't make them nervous. They were just excited to show up every day and work hard."

Jesuit's point total exceeded its winning counts of 71 a year ago and 65 in 2016. It was the highest winning total since the Crusaders rang up 96 in 2011. Continue reading on the

Congratulations to our men's track and field team, which placed 4th at the state championship meet, and congrats to all our hardworking student-athletes, dedicated coaches, and supportive parents! AMDG

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