The Falcons nearly double the score of the runner-up team from Molalla

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - La Salle senior Mark Holenstein earned district titles in the long jump and 200-meter dash. He was also part of a relay team that won district and qualified for state.MILWAUKIE — La Salle Prep’s boys track and field team ruled last week’s Tri-Valley Conference District Track and Field Meet, outscoring the runner-up team from Molalla 205-119.

It was the fourth straight district team title for the Falcon guys, who had winners in eight of the 17 events and qualified athletes for state in 12 events.

The Falcons were especially dominant on the track, where they won six events.

Seniors Mark Holenstein and Sterling Akles were tough in the short sprint races. Holenstein (23.02) and Akles (23.09) were the class of the field in the 200-meter dash, where they crossed the finish line a full second ahead of their nearest competition.

Akles (11.58) also set the pace in the 100-meter dash, where he beat out Gladstone speedsters Dakota Hollingsworth (11.86) and Eric Prom (11.91).

La Salle senior Colin Meisner (51.57) won handily in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finishing line half a second in front of Gladstone senior Tyler Bitter (52.16).

La Salle seniors Alex Soberanis (2:01.23) and Nick Lien (2:01.64) went one-two in the 800, where they got the best of Gladstone junior Trevor Browning (2:01.94).

The Falcons met their match in Molalla standout Pake Benthin in the 1,500 and 3,000, where he won with respective times of 4:12.81 and 9:01.60. But they still hauled in the points, with La Salle juniors Logan Veasy (4:17.05), Will Thompson (4:21.54) and Colton Passmore (4:28.21) going two-three-five in the 1,500; and Thompson (9:08.90), sophomore Jason Rae (9:19.70) and Veasy (9:34.85) going two-three-four in the 3,000.

La Salle junior Ben Hortaleza was tough in the hurdles, winning the high hurdles in 15.33 and placing third in the intermediates (42.01).

The Falcon 4x400-meter relay team of Akles, Meisner, Holenstein and Soberanis set the pace in that event, with a 3:26.22 clocking, finishing over four seconds ahead of the runner-up team from Molalla.

La Salle boys had two winners in the field events, Holenstein in the long jump (21-4) and junior George Lilly in the javelin (160-1).

Other state qualifiers included: junior Jacob Meek, second in the javelin (151-3); junior Cameron Mitchell, second in the pole vault (12-0); and freshman Michael Loeffler, second in the high jump (6-0).

La Salle boys scored points in every event except the triple jump and the 4x100-meter relay, where they were disqualified.

Heading into state, La Salle boys have several athletes who rank high: Holenstein is ranked third in the 200 and in the long jump; La Salle’s 4x400 relay team is ranked third; Lilly is ranked No. 4 in the javelin; Meisner is ranked fifth in the 400; Hortaleza is ranked fifth in the high hurdles; and Akles is ranked eighth in the 200.

La Salle girls

place fourth

La Salle Prep girls scored 120-1/2 points and placed fourth, just back of Estacada (125) in the TVC girls district meet. Gladstone (187-1/2) topped Molalla (151) for the title.

The Falcon girls were competitive, scoring points in every event.

La Salle girls qualified three individuals and a relay team for state.

Freshmen Talya Holenstein had a big district meet, winning the 400-meter dash (58.84), placing in the 200 (28.02), helping pace La Salle’s 4x400-meter relay team to second place and a berth at state, and running on a 4x100-meter relay team that placed third.

Holenstein’s time in the 400 ranks her fifth in the state in the event.

La Salle girls were also tough in the distances.

Senior Kelsey Cathcart (2:24.33) and sophomore Kate Christoferson (2:26.47) placed second and third in the 800; seniors Morgan Tholl (11:03.09) and Hannah Hildreth (11:31.85) placed second and fourth respectively in the 3,000 meters.

Amanda Byrne and Courtney Crain teamed up with Holenstein and Cathcart to get the job done in the 1,600-meter relay (4:05.39), where three teams qualified for state.

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