La Salle Prep thinclads own district
The Falcons are dominant in winning both the TVC boys and girls meets
The La Salle Falcons owned the 2014 Tri-Valley Conference District Track and Field Meet.
La Salle boys ran away with first place, tallying 193 points to outscore the runners-up from Gladstone by 58 points.
La Salle girls tallied 156-1/2, finishing well in front of second-place Estacada (133) and third-place Molalla (132).
The Falcon boys had seven district champions and they qualified athletes for state in 10 events.
La Salle senior Ben Hortaleza had a big day, winning both hurdles races (15.26 and 40.59) and the long jump (20-7-1/2).
And the Falcon guys ruled in the distances, sweeping the first three places in the 1,500 and 3,000, and placing three athletes in the finals of the 800.
La Salle senior Logan Veasy set the pace in the 1,500 (4:12.17) and earned second place in the 800 (2:02.66).
La Salle senior Will Thompson headed the sweep of the 3,000 (9:10.76) and earned runner-up honors in the 1,500 (4:12.92).
La Salle junior Jason Rae qualified for state in the 3,000, placing a close second to Thompson, with a 9:12.49 clocking in that event.
The Falcons were also tough in the field events, with three athletes in the finals of the shot put, javelin, high jump and pole vault.
La Salle senior Jacob Meek was in top form, winning the shot put (49-11) and javelin (176-2) and placing second in the discus (143-10).
Three other La Salle boys qualified for state with runner-up finishes, senior George Lilly in the javelin (159-9), junior Justin Heller in the pole vault (12-6), and sophomore Michael Loeffler in the high jump (6-0).
La Salle girls had only two district champions, but they qualified athletes for state in 10 events and they had athletes place in every event.
La Salle senior Courtney Crain and sophomore Talya Holenstein will both compete for the Falcons in three events at state.
Holenstein qualified with a winning effort of 58.50 in the 400-meter dash and a runner-up finish in the 200 (26.69); Crain qualified with runner-up finishes in the high hurdles (16.51) and low hurdles (47.42). Both girls were a part of Falcon relay teams that won the 4x100 (50.57) and placed second in the 4x400 (4:20.88).
Other La Salle girls qualifying for state through runner-up finishes at district included: juniors Kate Christoferson in the 1,500 (5:14.61), Kim Le in the shot put (33-7-1/2) and Claire Primack in the long jump (15-8-1/2), and sophomore Carly Veasy in the 3,000 (11:32.40).
Christoferson also placed third in the 800 (2:27.69) and Le placed third in the javelin (107-1).