EUGENE -- There is a little disappointment that Central's boys came up short in their bid to win the 1,600-meter relay May 21 at the Class 4A State Track Championships at Hayward Field.
But what really makes Central coach Eli Cirino said is that the season now is finished and graduation is only days away.
"I really want to emphasize what a great group of seniors we're losing," he said. "We have a lot of seniors who have put in four full years. They've not only been great performers on the track, but they've been great kids to work with, too. They treat our team as family. That makes it very rewarding as a coach."
Four of those seniors are Ty Phillips, Seth West, Quinn Lindley and Logan McClanahan, who ran the long relay for Central at state.
The race was a virtual dead heat after three legs between Central, Philomath and Banks. Banks ended up pulling away for the win in 3 minutes, 24.52 seconds. Philomath was second with a time of 3:24.97. Central finished third in 3:26.75.
"We were right there," Cirino said. "We had the lead after the second leg. Seth West ran a great leg to give us the lead. You just have to give credit to Philomath and Banks. Both their anchor runners ran under 49-second splits. We all took off together in a pack going to the last leg. They just pulled away at the end.
"Logan ran a 51-second split. He didn't run poorly at all. He'd had a long weekend by then. We went down there optimistically with the goal of winning the race. We were right there. I don't think the guys are disappointed. They knew they ran well. They know they've come a long way to get to that point."
Phillips ran third in the 200 with a clocking of 22.70. McClanahan was eighth in 23.08.
McClanahan also medaled in the 400 meters, finishing fifth in 50.92.
Anthony Padilla ran eighth in the 110 hurdles with a time of 15.99.
Padilla cleared 5 feet, 10 inches for 11th in the high jump, and Phillips claimed seventh in the high jump with a mark of 20-7.25.
Phillips joined Juan Carrillo, Toby Prescott and Kevin Alejandrez in the 400 relay. They ran a 44.86 and just missed a spot in the finals.
Taylor Huffman ran a 2:27.03 and finished 12th in the girls 800 meters.
Kaitlyn Mason finished off her high school career by taking third in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump. Once again, her best marks of 17-1.5 and 34-8.75, respectively, came on her final attempts.
"She just likes to make us nervous," Cirino said. "She comes up big when it's on the line. I've never seen anything quite like it. She can be down and hanging her head and all of a sudden she's able to pull it all back together and refocus. She's done it three times in the last three weeks. It was an awesome way for her to finish up."