Crusaders considered Metro favorite

by: TIMES FILE PHOTO - Jesuit's Tanner Tropio and Joey Alifieri are two of the favorites in the 100-meter dash at the Metro district championships this week at Aloha High School.

Parity probably won't prevail this week at the Metro boys' district championship.

Owners of 16 of the 17 top times or marks in Metro, the battle for a district team title will most likely come down to Jesuit and Lincoln at Aloha High School. Then again, taking into consideration the Crusaders crushed the Cardinals, 97-39, at the rivals' dual meet in April, Friday's team result could be a mere formality, a stepping stone to state for the defending 6A champions.

“It's all about the team effort and scoring as many points as possible,” said junior sprinter Chase Morrison. “Coach (Tom Rothenberger) just tells us to get points any way we can, whether it's getting third, second or first. Every point counts toward winning the meet.”

“No matter who wins, we're a family that pushes each other,” added sophomore sprinter Tanner Tropio. “It's all about the family and the team. It's not about us. We really drive and push for our team. It's all about the scoreboard at the end of the day.”

Jesuit has the top two fastest sprinters in the 100-meter (Tropio and Joey Alfieri), 200-meter (Max Dordevic and Tropio) and 400-meter (Dordevic and Carlos Coleman) dashes with Dordevic possessing the top 300-meter hurdle time (38.30). Sophomore Julian Body (38.52) is close to Dordevic in the 300 hurdles and has Metro's best time in the 110-meter hurdles (14.52) over Sunset's AJ Smith.

In the long distance races, Jesuit's Michael Godbout, Sahil Doshi and Sam Remington have held steady as the speediest 1,500-meter runners in the league. Aloha's Devin Sellers has the second-best 3,000-meter finish while fellow Warrior senior Joel Kramer's 1:58.36 in the 800-meter dash is close to the top in the district.

“We all have pretty good kicks,” said Kramer. “We've been working on our speed. We're all able to push each other, just like in practice. We've put in the work this season, so hopefully we can show it this season.”

Jesuit's 4x100 relay of Alfieri, Coleman, Tropio and Body ran a 42.83 that's slightly ahead of Beaverton's Anthony Albright, Stephen Marcille, Ross Hoffman and Johnl Jackson III's 43.21. Expect a competitive race between the two squads comprised of bold racers who feel their respective team is best.

“I feel like if things keep going right, I think we have the chance to beat Jesuit,” said Hoffman after Beaverton beat Westview. “(Jesuit) is a really good, strong team. But, the way our team is coming along with every guy dropping time and the handoffs getting smoother, Jesuit's got it coming. I like racing them. It's fun.”

Beaverton's Jadden Lake-King has one of the best high jump marks not only in Metro, but the state as well, clearing 6-09 as a junior. Aloha's Maurice McSwain and Lake-King will do battle in the long jump with the Warrior senior holding a slight edge over the Beaver. Jesuit's Kasin Pendergrass Anderson's 45-10 in the triple jump is 2 feet more than Lincoln's Rakan Alshammary. Crusader Zachary Grubb (177-02) and Westview's Ian Meyers (176-08) have the two best marks in the javelin.

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