Depth in the field proves pivotal in a 77-1/2 to 67-1/2 dual win

by: JON HOUSE - EASTON CHRISTENSENDepth in the field events proved the difference, as Oregon City thinclads topped Lakeridge 77-1/2 to 67-1/2 in a hotly contested Three Rivers League boys track and field meet held in Oregon City April 16.

The Pacers won nine of the 17 events contest in the meet, but the Pioneers were dominant in the field events, where they outscored their guests 47-14, recording sweeps in the discus and pole vault.

“For the team, it was a very exciting meet,” said Oregon City coach Adam Thygeson. “Lakeridge is the first team to keep us under 80 points since Clackamas back in 2011.

“We built a pretty big lead early in the meet and held on to clinch it with the 200 and triple jump. [Lakeridge coach Joe Schloetter] has a very good team this year, with athletes who can score points all over the place. They were a tough match-up for us, so we were very thankful to come away with the ‘w.’”

The win left the Pioneers the only TRL boys team with a 2-0 record through the first two weeks of league dual meets.

Senior Kyle Anderson was the only double winner for the Pioneer guards. He cleared 13-4 to lead the sweep of the pole vault and he won the long jump by nearly a foot, with an effort of 20-7.

“This was the first time in a few weeks that Kyle has been able to long jump for us [because of minor injuries],” said Thygeson. “And it could not have come at a better time.”

Thygeson said that Anderson’s mark in the pole vault is “ninth best in school history.”

Senior K.C. Lopez (12-0) and junior Jerad Schweitzer (9-6) went two-three in the pole vault.

Senior Josh Miller (145-3) and juniors Tyler Dent (124-2) and Brandon Lee (120-1) went one-two-three in the discus. Miller’s winning mark was a lifetime PR by close to three feet.

Oregon City sophomore Trevor Bradford battled Lakeridge senior Brent Pottenger in the short sprint races, winning the 100-meter dash, 11.31 to 11.61, but coming up short in a close race in the 200, 23.00 to 23.23.

Oregon City freshman sprinter Jake Harthun continued to make waves, running away with first place in the 400, with a 51.84 clocking. The effort set a new freshmen class school record, shattering the old mark of 52.14, set by Josh Gehl in 2001.

The sprint relay team of Bradford, Harthun, Cameron Davis and Coy Vandehey also set the tone for the meet, winning the 4x100 relay in 44.82.

Oregon City senior Easton Christensen won the javelin (173-7) and Pioneer junior Austin DeWitz headed the field in the high jump (6-0).

DeWitz came up just short of winning the high hurdles, finishing an eyelash back of Lakeridge senior Cameron Clarke, 16.00 to 16.03. DeWitz was also second in the triple jump, with an effort of 40-5.

Oregon City girls won only five events, but they used depth to give Class 6A state power Lakeridge a run for its money, losing 79-1/2 to 65-1/2.

Senior Saskia McNairy was huge for the Pacers, winning the 400 (1:01.89), long jump (17-6-1/2) and triple jump (35-4-1/2).

The Pioneers also had their hands full in trying to keep up with sophomore Maddie Rabing, who won the discus with a state’s best mark of 138-8; the shot put, with an effort of 41-0; and the javelin, with a toss of 110-2.

Lakeridge senior Nicole Kangas cleared 10-0 to win the pole vault, and Lakeridge senior Maddie Moxness cleared 5-0 for a win in the girls high jump.

Oregon City continued tough in the sprints. Seniors Karin Shriner (12.70) and Becca Houk (12.72) went one-two in the girls 100-meter dash; Houk (25.70) and Shriner (26.26) went one-two in the 200. Oregon City freshman Maddy Griffith (1:02.33) finished not far back of McNairy in the 400.

The Pioneer girls relay team of Houk, Shriner, Jayde McCarthy and Griffith beat Lakeridge by over a second in the 4x100-meter relay.

Oregon City junior Miranda Nelson turned in an impressive distance double, winning the 1,500 in 5:12.25, and the 3,000 in 11:12.12.

Oregon City sophomore Jenna Hoiland drew some attention in the triple jump, where she soared 34-10-1/2, just six inches shy of McNairy’s winning leap.

With the dual-meet loss, Oregon City girls slipped to 1-1 on the dual-meet season.

The Pioneers return to TRL competition this afternoon, when they battle Clackamas on the road.

The Pioneers entertain cross-river rival West Linn on Wednesday, April 30.

Freshman runs

the 100 in 11.58

The Pioneers had several outstanding performances on Saturday, when they took some of their top athletes to Eugene’s Hayward Field for the Oregon Relays. Oregon City scored 28 points and placed 20th in the combined boys and girls team scoring. Federal Way (111-1/2) and Eastlake (95) out of Washington were the top teams. Sheldon (92-1/2) placed third overall for the top showing by an Oregon team.

“There were 50 total teams,” said Thygeson. “So to finish in the top 20 overall, and top 12 for Oregon, is something we can be proud to have accomplished.”

The Pioneers had two athletes place in the top three at the Oregon Relays.

Easton Christensen launched the spear a personal record 184-7 for third place in the boys javelin; and Jake Harthun raced to an 11.58 clocking for third place in the boys 100-meter dash.

Harthun’s time tied Oregon City’s freshman class record for the 100, set by Justin Cornejo in 2010.

Kyle Anderson was impressive in the pole vault, where he cleared an outdoor personal best of 13-5-1/4, good for fourth place.

Oregon City’s girls 4x100-meter relay team of Karrin Shriner, N’Dea Flye, Maddy Griffith and Becca Houk placed seventh (50.31), and Oregon City’s boys distance medley relay team of James Swyter, Harthun, Jordan Howell and Al Lacey placed seventh (10:57.38).

Maddy Griffith placed eighth in the girls 100, with a personal record time of 13.31.

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