Ashland freshman Chris Frownfelter and the Grizzly girls 400-yard freestyle relay team qualified for state with standout performances at the Midwestern League district swim meet, held Friday and Saturday at Willamalane Swim Club in Eugene.
Frownfelter placed second in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 58.84 seconds just behind winner Elijah Dapkus of Springfield (57.72). The second-place showing earned Frownfelter a spot in the OSAA Class 5A state swim meet, to be held Friday and Saturday at the Mount Hood Community College Aquatic Center in Gresham. His qualifying time ranks 10th out of the 12 swimmers who qualified in the 100 backstroke.
The Ashland girls 400 freestyle relay team, made up of Olivia McMonagle, Becca McMonagle, Rachel Kahane and Bekkah Higgins, placed third in 4:20.87.
Springfield placed first in the MWL boys team title race with 448 points, and Marist won the girls district championship with 382. The Ashland boys placed fifth and the girls third.
College Track & Field
At Seattle, Southern Oregon junior Jessa Perkinson finished 11th in the mile run at the Washington Indoor Open Sunday and was one of the Raiders' two automatic qualifiers in the event after Kayle Blackmore placed 15th at Dempsey Indoor Facility.
Perkinson crossed the finish line in 4 minutes, 59.87 seconds. That was 10 seconds faster than her previous outing and ranks fifth in the NAIA. Blackmore finished in 5:04.04, the eighth-best NAIA mark.
Also representing SOU in the mile, Natalie Berania placed 31st in 5:10.44, good enough for a 'B qualifying time.