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McCahon vaults to weekly award

Forest Grove graduate Taylor McCahon was named the Biola University Athlete of the Week on March 30 for her pole vaulting efforts at the PLNU Collegiate Invitational in San Diego.

A 2010 Forest Grove grad, McCahon won the women’s pole vault at the meet with a clearance of 3.60 meters (11 feet, 9¾ inches). That mark automatically qualifies her for this year’s NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, slated for May 22-24 in Gulf Shores, Ala.

McCahon won the Class 6A girls pole vault state title for the Vikings as a senior in 2010. Indoors and outdoors, she is a now a seven-time NAIA national meet qualifier, as well as a four-time All-American for the Eagles of La Mirada, Calif. Most recently, she took eighth at the this year’s indoor national meet in early March.

McCahon’s best finish so far at a national competition is fourth place at the 2012 outdoor national championships. She is also a three-time Golden State Athletic Conference pole vault champion and the Biola outdoor school record holder at 3.72 meters (12-2½).

Pacific athletes honored by NWC

Two Pacific athletes were honored by the Northwest Conference for their outstanding performances last week. Senior Sara Aasness was named the NWC Softball Student-Athlete of the Week, while freshman Brennan Faith was selected as the Men’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Week.

Aasness had another impressive week in the pitching circle, seeing action in five games. In 15 1/3 innings, she allowed just one run on 10 hits and lowered her season ERA to 3.96. Over the last two weeks, Aasness has allowed three runs and has a 0.73 ERA in 28.2 innings.

“Sara has really stepped up for us the past few weeks,” Pacific coach Tim Hill said. “[She overcame] some mid-season difficulties to become the mainstay of our pitching staff.

“She has shown a mental and physical toughness that has not only allowed her to make major contributions in several recent games, but will serve us well over the final few weeks of the season.”

Faith won his lone singles match and captured two doubles matches to help the Boxers secure 9-0 victories over Pacific Lutheran and Linfield last week.

“Brennan had a strong weekend of play and did well as he got his first opportunity to play in the No. 1 singles position. He made the most of it,” Pacific coach Brian Jackson said. “We are really proud of all that Brennan has been able to contribute in his first year of college tennis and we look for good things in the future.”

Call for athletic HOF nominations

Forest Grove High School is still accepting nominations for its 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame class. Members of the public are welcome to make nominations, which are due by May 1.

Nomination forms can be found by going to edline.net/pages/Forest_Grove_High_School/Athletics/Hall_of_Fame and clicking on the nominations link. Forms can be submitted to the school athletics office.

This year’s Hall of Fame class will be the school’s fifth. Former athletes, coaches and teams can all be nominated as well as individuals based on meritorious service or in an honorary capacity. Members of the class will be announced in the coming months and officially inducted into the hall in the fall.

For more information, contact Forest Grove athletic director Doug Thompson at 503-359-2435.



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