Madisyn Hartley

Nyssa’s Madisyn Hartley competes in the long jump event during a four-way meet at Ontario on April 9. The Nyssa senior placed second at the state championships in both the long jump and the 100-meter hurdles.

NYSSA — Heading into her senior year, Nyssa’s Madisyn Hartley had already collected a large amount of hardware. Competing in the sprints, 4x100-meter relay, hurdles, long jump and triple jump, Hartley competed in the state championship every year of varsity track.

But for her final year of high school, Hartley shifted into a new gear.

Focusing mostly on the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump, Hartley finished in the top three at every competition in 2019, took home Eastern Oregon League gold and 3A state silver in both of her events.

In long jump, she took her previous personal record of 16 feet, 4.5 inches and tossed it into the wind.

Hartley’s second competition of the season (the New Plymouth meet on March 21) saw her hit a 16-7 jump. But even that was dwarfed quickly by a barrage of 17-foot jumps, culminating in a 17-8 jump in the EOL tournament, a Nyssa High School record.

Hartley said she didn’t change her approach at all.

“I just noticed, and so did my coaches, that I was a lot more consistent in just hitting the board and getting my marks right,” Hartley said. “I think I was just a lot more focused this year. It really set in that this was my last year and I needed to make it count.”

In the 100-meter hurdles, Hartley also took her previous best time of 16.41 and shaved almost a half second off of it. She closed the season with a 16.00 mark at the state championship. She said her technique for the hurdles was crucial.

“I just focused on technique more than speed,” Hartley said. “Without technique, I don’t have the PRs that I did.”

Listed at five-foot-one on the Nyssa basketball roster, Hartley is rarely the tallest person in any social circles. But despite that, she’s been dominant at hurdles and long jump, events that she said Lee Long suggested she try out when she was in middle school.

“I didn’t believe him at first,” Hartley said. “But then I started winning.”

When thinking of Nyssa track, it’s easy to associate the name Hartley with pole vaulting. Hartley’s cousins, Sailor and Jocelyn, hold the top two vaults in school history with Sailor Hartley capping her high school career with an 11-foot, 4.25-inch jump at the state tournament. Jocelyn Hartley is in second place in Nyssa history with an 11-foot jump.

But Madisyn Hartley said pole vault was never in the cards for her.

“I was always scared of it,” she said. “I’ll just leave that to Sailor and Jocelyn.”

Hartley wasn’t the only Nyssa girl to bring home some hardware this season.

In the girls javelin, Samantha Moore finished her prep career with a personal best 124-04 in the finals.

Marly Ausman took sixth in shot put with a throw of 26-11.25.

Sara Stephens finished tied for fourth in the pole vault with a jump of 9-06.00.

In the 1,500-meter race, Olivia Page paced to a 5:10.06 finish, a season best that gave her eighth place.

In the long jump, Taylor Talbot placed sixth with a jump of 15-04.75.

On the boys side, the Bulldogs’ team of Mario Gramajo, Landon McDowall, Ethan Draper and Beto Amezquita finished in second place with a time of 44:54, just under half a second behind first-place Cascade Christian.

In the boys 300-meter hurdles, Amezquita just barely made it into the finals after falling the prelims and finishing eighth. In the finals, He rebounded for a 41.29 personal best, taking third place.

In the 100-meter dash, Gramajo placed eighth with an 11.76-second sprint.

Jose Sanchez placed fifth in the javelin (157-11) and seventh in the shot put (44-05.75).

Aidan Moyes finished fourth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.74 — the junior had to rush over to the track championships after competing in the State Jazz Band concert that morning.


Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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