Milwaukie sophomore Tieara Norman had a big day on April 23, proving herself without question one of the top Class 5A track and field athletes in the state at a Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet at Liberty.

Norman went head-to-head against two of the state’s top Class 5A hurdlers and came out on top in both hurdles races. She also soared 16-11-1/2 in the long jump for an easy win in that event.

Norman squared off with Liberty senior Elizabeth Pecsok in the high hurdles and lead from wire-to-wire, completing the race in a season’s best time of 15.70 and finishing the race nearly a second in front of Pecsok.

Pecsok has run the high hurdles in 15.55 this spring. She placed fourth at state in the Class 5A high hurdles last year and she is the top returnee from last year’s Class 5A state finals.

Norman on April 23 also won a heated race with Liberty senior Sarah Martinez in the 300-meter low hurdles, winning by a nose, 47.92 to 47.95. Norman and Martinez are the two best low hurdles in the NWOC this spring, and they rank in the top five in the state in that event.

Norman continued impressive on Saturday, earning second place in the high hurdles (15.60) and second place in the long jump (17-1) at the 48-team Centennial Invitational. Her preliminary time of 15.48 in the high hurdles preliminary is a lifetime best.

Through competition last weekend, Norman had recorded the top time in the state in Class 5A in the high hurdles (15.48), the third best time in 5A in the low hurdles (47.41) and the top Class 5A mark in the state (17-6-1/2) in the long jump.

Norman was one of only three Milwaukie girls to win events in the dual with the Falcons, which was contested on a cool, breezy and rainy day.

The Mustangs also got a win from senior Megan Miettinen in the 100-meter dash (28.59) and from freshman Shelby Jarvis in the pole vault (7-0).

The Mustang girls were without middle distance runner Becky Ponnay (strep-throat) and the Falcons dominated on the track, sweeping the 400, 800, 1,500 and 3,000.

Liberty girls won the meet 103-42 and improved their league dual record to 2-2 with the win. Milwaukie girls slipped to 2-2 in league duals with the loss.

The Mustangs entertain St. Helens (2-2) this afternoon. St. Helens girls dispatched with Putnam 96-45 last week.

Milwaukie boys last week dominated in the field events, but it wasn’t enough, and they yielded to their Liberty counterparts 83-62.

Liberty swept the 100-meter dash and the Falcons won both relays.

Sophomore Tui Tuitele (106-0) led Milwaukie to a sweep of the discus.

Senior Dante Meade scratched in the long jump, but soared 42-7-1/2 to lead a Mustang sweep of the triple jump.

Milwaukie senior Jordan Stromvig cleared 5-10 to head up a one-two Mustang finish in the high jump.

Junior Griffin Johnson (11-0) led a one-two finish in the pole vault and sophomore Devin Meade (18-8-3/4) led a one-two finish in the long jump.

Dante Meade was in good form on Saturday, when he soared a personal best of 44-9-3/4 to earn second place in the triple jump at the Centennial Invitational. The mark is third best in Class 5A and the top triple jump mark in the NWOC this spring.

Liberty boys improved to 2-2 with last week’s dual win over the Mustangs, while Milwaukie boys slipped to 1-3 with the loss. St. Helens boys (2-2) defeated Putnam 87-55 last week.

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