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Kingsmen sprinters excel

But Sherwood wins the meet, 85-60


by: JAIME VALDEZ - Putnam senior Tyler Strauss (center) ran a Northwest Oregon Conference best 11.35 for a win in the 100-meter dash in last weeks dual meet with Sherwood. April 16 was a good day for the sprinters on Putnam’s boys track and field team.

Putnam senior Tyler Strauss ran a Northwest Oregon Conference best 11.35 in the 100-meter dash in an April 16 home dual meet with Sherwood.

And Strauss was followed closely by juniors Jon Snyder (11.55) and Dallas Schroder (11.62), as the Kingsmen swept the event.

The Kingsmen sprint crew of Strauss, Snyder, Bryan Marlatt and Elliot Bixby also turned in a speedy 44.30 clocking to win the 4x100-meter relay. The time ranks them No. 1 in the NWOC and sixth in the state in Class 5A this spring.

Putnam seniors Hank Benson and Dan Haxton had a great day in the pole vault, both clearing 12-0 for the first time in competition. Putnam swept the event, with sophomore Steven Scheetz clearing 10-6, for third place.

Marlatt met his match n the high jump, where he lost in a jump-off to Sherwood junior Ben Milligan. Both athletes cleared 6-4.

Marlatt was a runaway winner in the long jump, with an effort of 20-11-1/2.

Putnam boys also had winners in the triple jump, where sophomore Jonathan Wilson came through with a leap of 39-7; and in the 3,000-meter run, where senior Logan Anspach was clocked at 10:36.17.

Sherwood, with sweeps of the 800 and shot put, won the boys meet 85-60.

Putnam girls had four winners: senior Bella Geist in the 400 (1;03.34); senior Monserrat Martinon in the 3,000 (13:05.74); freshman Audrey Bright in the pole vault (9-6); and the Kingsmen 4x400-meter relay team (4:38.15).

Bright’s mark in the pole vault is a state’s best for Class 5A freshman.

Bright was also tough in the 100, where she placed third in a personal best time of 13.52.

Sherwood girls swept all three places in eight events and defeated their Kingsmen counterparts 112-28.

“Our kids are doing well,” said Putnam coach Ryan Mitchell. “They’re making progress. We had 55 PR’s.

The Kingsmen return to league action this afternoon, when they travel to St. Helens for a league dual meet. They entertain Liberty on Wednesday, April 30.



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