The Camas High School track and field teams combined for an eighth place finish at the Oregon Relays Friday and Saturday, in Eugene.
Cade Greseth, Luke Albert, Yacine Guermali and Daniel Maton captured first place in the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 7 minutes, 57.68 seconds.
Greseth helped the Papermakers win this event when he was sophomore. Last year, they finished in second place. As a senior this year, he wasn’t going to settle for anything less than first.
“The entire time I was telling them, ‘We’re going to win this. We will not lose this race,'” Greseth said. “It’s an event that means a lot to me because of how long I’ve been doing it.”
Albert gave Camas a boost in his first Oregon Relays.
“I kind of let myself down in the (distance medley relay). It was really fun to redeem myself in that 3,200 and just see everyone put their whole heart into that race.”
Guermali kept Camas within striking distance on the third leg. Maton took the lead for good on the final lap.
“It was nice to get a backpack. That was my goal,” Maton said. “We were having a good time in the warm-up area. We were ready. We were more excited than nervous.”
Madison Peffers broke the school record in the high jump. She earned second place with a mark of 5 feet, 5.25 inches.
“It still feels like a dream because I’ve been thinking about it all through high school,” Peffers said. “I love the track, and just the whole environment of being there. Jumping where Olympians have jumped. It’s amazing.”
Brooke Roy stepped up for the Papermakers in the 3,000 steeplechase. She finished in third place with a time of 12:01.44.
“The toughest thing was probably getting over the water barrier,” Roy said. “I never had to do that before.”
She didn’t fall into the water. That was her goal.
“I’ll just remember trying to push myself to get over those hurdles as smooth as possible while keeping a good pace,” Roy said. “I was happy with how I placed, and I was glad to get those points for the team.”
Guermali, Albert, Greseth and Maton notched second place in the boys distance medley relay (10:29.17). Zachary Terry, Nathan Butterfield, Anthony Maton and Guermali grabbed fourth place in the sprint medley relay (3:39.36).
Ellie Postma, Emma Jenkins, Madison Child and Rachel Blair earned second place in the girls 3,200 relay (9:35.51). Halle Jenkins, Postma, Blair and Emma Jenkins took fifth place in the girls distance medley relay (12:30.07).
Halle Jenkins claimed third place in the freshman 3,000 (10:33.86), Daniel Maton finished fourth in the 1,500 (4:01.43), Maggie Wells earned eighth in the discus (117-3.75), Nkem Aduka notched ninth in the discus (116 feet) and Postma placed ninth in the 800 (2:23.14).
Camas competes at the McMinnville Invitational Friday, April 21, and the Jesuit Twilight Relays Friday, April 28.