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Mustang thinclads handle their cross-town rivals

Milwaukie girls go 4-3, surprising their coach


by: DAVID BALL - MILWAUKIE SOPHOMORE TIEARA NORMANMilwaukie High School thinclads closed out the Northwest Oregon Conference dual season on a bright note, dropping cross-town rival Putnam in a May 7 league meet at Milwaukie.

The Mustang girls defeated their Kingsmen counterparts 83-52 and finished the dual season with a 4-3 record; Milwaukie boys won 75-69 and finished up at 2-5.

Teams from Wilsonville and Parkrose were also at the meet. Wilsonville girls won counting dual competition with Milwaukie (111-34) and Parkrose (126-18) and went 7-0 on the dual meet season. Wilsonville boys beat Milwaukie (101-45) and Parkrose (121-24) and finished up at 6-1, trailing only Sandy (7-0) in the NWOC dual scoring. Milwaukie boys and girls also dominated Parkrose in a nonscored dual.

Putnam picked up its first dual win of the season in its dual with Parkrose, the Kingsmen boys winning 94-43 and the girls winning 73-48.

“We had a winning season and, with our youth and inexperience, that was unexpected,” said Milwaukie girls coach Barrie Malcolm. “I’m very proud of the girls for what they’ve accomplished.”

Malcolm said it was numbers that made the difference for Milwaukie in last week’s dual match-up with Putnam.

“Putnam has some good athletes,” Malcolm said. “But we’ve got more athletes and we were able to load up and beat them with our numbers. We did especially good in the throws and distances.”

Milwaukie senior Marisa Witting (2:49.07) and Milwaukie freshman Elsa King (2:51.94) crossed the finish line in front of Putnam’s top runner in the girls 800; Milwaukie senior Nada Mannai (12:53.52) crossed the finish line in front of Putnam’s top runner in the 3,000; and Mannai (5:49.50) and sophomore Marissa DeLaRosa (6:09.55) went two-three versus Putnam in the 1,500.

Mannai’s times were both lifetime bests and Witting’s time in the 800 was a PR.

Milwaukie sophomore Samantha Persad (102-8) had the second best throw of the day in the javelin; Mustang sophomore Kenady Hammond (96-11) had the second-best throw of the day in the discus; and Milwaukie junior Annette Sansburn (32-0) was second only to Putnam sophomore Angela Arrington (32-3) in a heated competition in the shot put.

Hammond’s mark in the discus was a four-foot PR and Persad was over 100 feet in the javelin for the very first time in competition.

Persad also cleared 4-6 for second place overall in the high jump.

It was a battle between two of the NWOC’s top female athletes in the hurdles and in the long jump.

Milwaukie sophomore Tieara Norman (16.04 and 46.43) got the best of Putnam senior Bella Geist (16.62 and 47.46) in both the 100-meter high and 300-meter low hurdles. Norman’s mark in the low hurdles was a season’s best.

Parkrose freshman standout Jewell Boland (17-4-1/4) got the best of Norman (17-1) in the long jump.

Putnam freshman Audrey Bright gained some believers when she cleared 9-0 for the top mark of the day in the girls pole vault.

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“Because Wilsonville is so strong and we knew we didn’t have a chance against them, we focussed on Putnam,” said Milwaukie boys coach Chuck Nott. “The distances sealed the win for us. We swept [Putnam in] the 1,500 and 800 and went one-two in the 3,000.”

Milwaukie senior Chris Spanovich (10:09.28) and Mustang sophomore Max Doman (10:09.33) were the first two runners to cross the finish line in the boys 3,000 meters, finishing just ahead of Putnam senior Logan Anspach (10:14.90).

Spanovich (4:39.03) also led the Mustang sweep of Putnam in the 1,500.

Milwaukie freshman Ben Davis (2:15.80) led the way in the 800.

Nott said that Milwaukie also picked up pivotal points from senior Jose Rubles in the hurdles. Nott said that Robles picked up a surprise win over Putnam in the high hurdles (18.07) and earned crucial second-place points from the Kingsmen in the intermediates (47.45).

“We had Jose as a possible second in the high hurdles,” said Nott. “When he won it, that was a turning point for us. We knew then that we had a pretty good chance of winning the meet.”

There was a showdown between the best jumpers in the NWOC in the boys long jump. Putnam senior Bryan Marlatt (21-6-1/4), Wilsonville senior Alex Roberts (21-0-3/4) and Milwaukie senior Dante Meade (20-2-1/2) went one-two-three respectively in the event. Milwaukie sophomore Wes Johnson picked up a point for the Mustangs, placing third in the dual with Putnam, with an effort of 19-8 in the long jump, a personal record by a foot.

Meade won the triple jump handily, soaring 43-11. Marlatt (6-0) was the class of the field in the high jump.

Milwaukie sophomore Tui Tuitele was tough in the weight events, finishing runner-up to Parkrose senior Chad Lott (137-1) with an effort of 123-4 in the discus; and second only to Wilsonville senior Kory Peterson (43-2) with an effort of 41-8 in the shot put. Tuitele’s mark in the discus was a personal record.

Putnam senior Tyler Strauss (11.45) finished a close second to Wilsonville junior Micco Mills (11.35) in the 100. And Putnam senior Hank Benson cleared 12-0 in the pole vault, finishing second to Wilsonville senior Kyle Roberts on misses.

The NWOC district championship meet runs Thursday and Friday at Sandy High School.

“We’re real young, so we’d be happy with middle of the pack,” Nott said. “We’re pulling some kids out of some events so they can focus on the events that they could do well in at state.”

Nott said Dante Meade should contend for a berth at state in both the long jump and triple jump and his brother Devin should be a contender in the triple jump.

Nott also says he likes Jordan Stromvig’s chances in the pole vault and high jump and Griffin Johnson’s prospects of making state in the pole vault.

Milwaukie girls coach Barrie Malcolm said he’s got several girls who have a shot at advancing to state if they can get it together at district, including: Norman in both hurdles races and in the long jump, senior Megan Miettinen in the 100, senior Becky Ponnay in the 400, Sansburn in the shot put and freshman Shelby Jarvis in the pole vault.

He said he expects a very heated competition in the girls long jump, where there are three athletes who have gone better than 17 feet — Norman (17-6-1/2), Boland (17-4-1/4) and St. Helens senior Kylie Reinholdt (17-1). State qualifying is 17-2.




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