Dallas' Stewart injured in practice accident

The junior is taken to Salem Hospital; the track team tries to regroup.

DALLAS -- Another strong showing last week by the Dallas girls track team was overshadowed when junior Parker Stewart was seriously injured April 10 in an accident at practice.

Stewart was retrieving his discus after a practice toss at Gallaspy Field when he was hit in the head by a discus thrown by a teammate. He was taken to Salem Hospital and at last report still was there in a medically induced coma.

"He was in the field getting his disc, and he was hit," Dallas coach Brodie Unger said of Stewart. "It was your basic accident. It was extremely scary. It kind of shocked everyone on our team, but we pulled together. We kind of talk about ourselves as family, and we're getting each other through it.

"Right now, he is stable. They're going to keep him (in the hospital) for a while. The swelling is reducing. Other than that, it's just a wait-and-see type of deal. We're just trying to support the family as best as possible. Our thoughts and prayers are with them."

Stewart finished second in the discus with a throw of 144-2 April 9 in a dual meet at South Albany.

The Dallas girls just missed pitching a shutout against South Albany, taking first in 16 of 17 events and winning 111-32 overall.

Erica Kreiley won all three throwing events, posting marks of 31-10.5 in the shot put, 121-0 in the discus and 109-11 in the javelin. Her mark of 121-0 in the discus is the best thus far this season for a girl in Class 5A.

"Erica Kreiley did a phenomenal job," Unger said. "She's doing well. Up until this point, she's just seen herself as a javelin thrower. Now she's seeing she has a lot of potential in the disc, and we're spending more time on that in practice. We've just been breaking things down and paying attention to detail on her technique."

Lexi Pola recorded first-place finishes in the high jump (4-6) and 400 meters (1:02.79).

Malena Thackeray cleared 7-6 for the top spot in the pole vault. Megan Barber leaped 14-0.5 to win the long jump, and Kendra Kuust's mark of 30-0 made her No. 1 in the triple jump.

Shelby Sayer posted her standard double in the hurdles, winning the 100 in 16.79 and the 300 in 49.40. Freshman Hannah Frederick was second in both events.

Freshman Samantha Skinner won the 100 in 13.74, and Chelsea Rutkowski turned in a 29.49 for first in the 200.

Brittany Brostrom took the top place in the 800 with a time of 2:34.56.

Kara Kuust turned in a 12:41.13 for first in the 3,000 and ran second in the 1,500 with a time of 5:42.27.

Sayer, Brostrom, Pola and Skinner won the 400 relay in 53.55, and Pola, Rutkowski, Sayer and Brostrom claimed first in the 1,600 relay with a time of 4:18.09.

For the boys, Jake Michaelson breezed to a first-place finish in the 400 with a clocking of 54.50.

Ty Tietjen took first in the 800 in 2:08.33, and Shaun Speelman ran a 45.05 for first in the 300 hurdles.

Speelman and Michaelson teamed with Emmanuel Paredes and Edwin Paredes for a 47.00 and first in the 400 relay.

The Dragons next will host Corvallis on Wednesday, April 16 before traveling to the Aloha Relays on Saturday, April 19.

"We're just going to continue to kind of bounce back from last week," Unger said. "The motto we're going to live by this week is 'Adversity doesn't define you. It's how you deal with adversity.' We're just going to continue to support each other and move on."

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