LAUREL — Pipi Eitel crossed the finish line in the 1,600-relay, and the emotions took over.
The Belgrade distance star turned toward her teammates, including fellow mid-distance runner Jacob Grinwis, and cried as she hugged them.
It was the final race of her high school career, and icing on the proverbial cake to what was a record-breaking weekend for the senior.
Belgrade earned a fifth-place finish in the 1,600-relay, but by then it was already decided. The Panthers were the State A girls champions in track and field, thanks in large part to Eitel's performance.
After winning the 400 and setting a Class A record in the 1,600, Eitel picked up right where she left off. She started her day with a cruising win in the 800, took third in the 300 hurdles, and set a Class A record in the 3,200 at 10:56.69, breaking fellow Belgrade runner Darcee Gilbert's mark of 11:08.69 set in 1992.
"I'm just so happy that we were able to get that team title," she said. "That means the world to me.
"I just got done (with the 1,600-relay), and I got this feeling of I can't believe it's over. I can't believe that's my last state meet. I'm so thankful for all the coaches and all of the girls on the team and Jacob and everyone that's helped me get to this point. I guess I was really sad that I won't have another year with them but I'm really thankful."
Belgrade's win snapped Corvallis' streak of six straight State A titles, and gives the Panthers their first championship since 2009. Corvallis finished second and Dillon was third.
Alysa Henry added a first-place finish for the Belgrade girls, pole vaulting 10-9. She placed fourth in long jump and fifth in triple jump.
"Honestly, it feels great. I'm kind of soaking it in right now," Henry, a junior, said laughing as her and her teammates celebrated in the middle of the Laurel Sports Complex. "Trying to stay in the moment, it's pretty exciting."