Saldana's javelin victory highlights Mac-Hi's state meet

Pancho Saldana easily outdistanced his competition as the Pioneer boys finish 12th in Eugene.

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EUGENE - Mac-Hi's Pancho Saldana threw the javelin a meet-best 197 feet, 2 inches here Saturday to help lead Mac-Hi's boys to a 12th-place finish at the Oregon Class 4A state track and field championships at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field.

The Pioneers' Nathan Dombrosky placed second in both the 100-meter sprint (11.26) and the 200 (22.45).

"It was a great track meet for us," Mac-Hi coach John Milleson said. "The kids rose up to the occasion and did a great job."

Saldana's throws didn't exactly go off without a hitch, however.

"His first throw didn't even clear the judges stand," Milleson said. "It slipped out of his hand and slid down the field. We all kind of held our breath on the next throw but he actually won it on his second throw. He just had a great meet."

Saldana's winning throw went more than 20 feet farther thank his nearest competitor (176-09).

"It just kind of capped off his undefeated season, he was really happy about that," Milleson said. "He was hoping to get one out past 200 feet, so he was a little disappointed about that, but he had a great day."

Dombrosky's second-place finishes were both within hundreds of seconds (.11 in the 100 and .04 in the 200) of Molalla's Bryce Leedham's finishes (the champion in both the 100 and 200).

"It was a lot closer than what the times really showed," Milleson said of Dombrosky's races. "There was times where Nathan was in the lead and then the other kid would pull ahead. He got beat basically with a lean at the tape.

But Milleson was impressed with Dombrosky, nonetheless.

"He's a first year senior out for track for the first time, and to get second at both of those events was phenomenal," Milleson said.

Mac-Hi's Lucas Simpson was 10th in the pole vault (12-0).

Two Lady Pioneers placed seventh - Josi Lonai in the 800 (2:25.63) and Kristi Childers in the 100 (13.28).

"It's a great showing for the freshmen (Lonai and Childers) down there," Milleson said. "I couldn't have asked for better performances from either one of them. The competition was great for them and they were great."

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