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Pirates scuttle Tech's streak.

Byline: Rob Moseley The Register-Guard

In 1972, a sprinter named Fran Auer Sichting led a hard-working team from Marshfield to the girls state track title.

Auer Sichting won three events, and led the Pirates to their only other first-place finish in a relay. Otherwise, the meet was won on the strength of the team's depth.

On Saturday, a similar scenario unfolded as the Pirates returned to the victory stand as a team, scoring 58 points to end Benson's six-year reign over the OSAA Class 4A girls track and field championships at Hayward Field. The Techsters were second with 53 points, and Lakeridge a distant third with 30.

Auer Sichting is now Fran Worthen, and the head coach of the Pirates. Her team won just two events over the course of the two-day meet, but their depth of talent earned them the title, leading Worthen to compare them with that group from 23 years ago.

"That's what these girls did today," Worthen said. "You've got a couple of stars, but it was those other girls stepping up that won the meet."

Leah Worthen, the coach's senior daughter, was among the brightest stars Saturday. Benson's Sara Callier dominated the meet with four individual titles, but Worthen also scored in four events, finishing

no lower than third. She won the 400 meters for the second year in a row, took second to Callier in the 200, helped the Pirates to second in the 4x100 relay and then clinched the meet by anchoring the 4x400 relay team to third place.

Callier won the long jump Friday, then took first in the triple jump, 100 meters and 200 meters on Saturday. She won the 200 in 24.70 seconds, just ahead of Worthen, who finished in 25.11.

Worthen, who plans to run for the University of Oregon next year, was frustrated with her times in the 200 and 400 but thrilled with the two relays.

"I wasn't too happy with my individual events, that I didn't PR," Worthen said. "But as far as placing goes, you can't ask for anything more. ...

"The relays have been the highlight of my meet, the highlight of my whole season. It makes me sad I'm never going to run with them again."

Worthen took the 400 in 56.32 seconds, running away from the pack but failing to finish under 56 seconds.

"I was hoping with the competition that's here, I would be able to bring that time down," Worthen said.

Nevertheless, Worthen became a repeat champion in the event, which she won last year in 56.99.

"The second one doesn't have the same ring as your first state championship," Worthen said. "It was almost expected. But I'm satisfied that I did my part."

Marshfield's other winner Saturday was Muriel Roberge in the pole vault. She jumped 11 feet, 9 inches to set a personal record, then was the only jumper to clear 12 feet. She didn't miss a single attempt until failing on three tries at 12-2.

But just as important to the team race was the fifth-place finish of Amber Wiley in the same event, or the second-place finish by freshman Ali Worthen in the high jump, or her fifth-place showing in the triple jump.

The high jump and triple jump ran concurrently, dividing Worthen's attention and leaving her unable to change her spikes for one event. She stuck with her high jumping shoes because she needed spiked heels for that event, even though those same spikes slowed her down and probably cost her precious inches in the triple jump.

"It was pretty hard mentally, because they're two totally different events," Worthen said. "It was definitely distracting."

Three athletes joined Callier as multiple-event winners. Lincoln sophomore Bianca Mathabane won both hurdles races Saturday, setting a meet record of 14.58 in the 100-meter race.

Katelyn Van Brunt of Grants Pass won the 800 in 2:14.64 and anchored for the school's winning 4x400 relay team.

In the field events, Stephanie Horton of Tigard won the discus with a throw of 150-4, giving her another title to go along with the shot put crown she captured Friday.

Other winners Saturday included Sheryl Page of Sandy in the 1,500, Gresham's 4x100 relay team and Courtney McKinney in the high jump.


Marshfield's Leah Worthen takes the handoff from younger sister Alison and takes off on the last leg of the 4x400 relay Saturday at Hayward Field. The Pirates finished third in the event to move past Benson for the title. INSIDE Standing tall: Summit of Bend captures the 4A boys title / D11 Thomas Boyd / The Register-Guard Coach Fran Worthen (left) celebrates with Marshfield athletes Tracy Boatright (front) and (from left) Amber Wiley, Alison Worthen, Muriel Roberge, Leah Worthen and Sadie Benn as they wait for their Class 4A girls championship trophy.
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Title Annotation:Sports; Marshfield's depth overcomes Sara Callier's dominance in the 4A meet
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:May 22, 2005
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