Forest Grove athletes turn in some outstanding performances with district meet one week away

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: AMANDA MILES - Forest Grove's Geremia Lizier-Zmudzinski ran under four minutes in the 1,500 meters last week. When the weather heats up, apparently so does Forest Grove track and field.

The Vikings clearly enjoyed last week’s warm weather, if the marks some of them put up in a dual meet at Glencoe and at the Jesuit Twilight Relays can serve as evidence.

With just a couple of weeks remaining before the Pacific Conference district meet, Geremia Lizier-Zmudzinski showed that his times are trending in the right direction with a fine performance in the Twilight’s elite boys 1,500 meters on Friday.

Competing in a field that drew many of the top middle distance runners in the state, Lizier-Zmudzinski finished eighth in a time of 3 minutes, 57.37 seconds. That marked the third time ever that the Forest Grove senior cracked the 4-minute mark in the metric mile, and the first since he ran a personal-best 3:53.75 while winning the 2012 Class 6A state title.

Summit junior Matthew Maton took Friday’s race in a blazing 3:49.38, the second-fastest time in the country this year. After spending some time at the front of the pack earlier on, Lizier-Zmudzinski eventually finished fifth among Class 6A participants in a race in which the first 10 finishers posted the 10 fastest times in the state regardless of classification this spring.

Three other Vikings also competed at the Twilight. Tate de Sully finished 13th in the boys shot put with a throw of 47 feet, 2½ inches. On the girls’ side, Shannon Hammond took 10th place in the high jump with a 4-10 clearance, while Alyssa Villalobos posted a 12th-place result in the triple jump (34-4) and a 20th-place finish in the long jump (16-0).

Last Wednesday, Villalobos, de Sully and Hammond were even better in an 80-65 dual meet loss to Glencoe.

Villalobos not only won two of her three events, but she also set personal bests in all three of them. On the track, she cracked 17 seconds for the first time with a 16.76 in the 100-meter hurdles. In the long jump, she went 17-8 for the win, and in the triple jump, she posted a 35-11½ to finish behind Glencoe’s Courtney Vacek (37-2½). Villalobos’ long jump mark ranked sixth in Class 6A heading into this week, while her triple jump mark ranked seventh.

Hammond also was impressive in triple duty, winning the high jump (5-0) and finishing third in the long jump at 15-8 — just an inch shy of her personal record — and fourth in a highly competitive triple jump field in 33-9½, good for a 1½-inch PR.

As for de Sully, he topped the shot put field with a heave of 48-8, his second-longest throw of the season.

In addition to Villalobos and Hammond, top performers for the Vikings girls included Ilean Franco, a double winner in the 100 (13.15) and 200 (27.49); Ellie Schnorr, who took first in the 800 (2:43.08); Emilia Anderson, first in the 3,000 (11:32.42); Amber Harper, first in the discus (90-0); and Emily Parker, first in the pole vault (8-6).

The boys emerged as 99-46 victors against the Crimson Tide. Forest Grove individual event winners included Stacey Clayton (100, 11.66), both Gio Tayetto and Dylan Richmond in the 200 (23.58), Ricky Torres (400, 53.54), Seth Berdahl (3,000, 9:07.62), Ben Pearson (110 hurdles, 16.50; high jump, 5-10), Zac Collins (300 hurdles, 42.85), Bobby Taylor (discus, 131-0) and Jon Cirlincione (long jump, 19-6; triple jump, 38-7).

Forest Grove’s 4x100 relay team of Stacey Clayton, Tayetto, Jakob Orlowsky and Torres won in 45.31, and the 4x400 squad of Torres, Collins, Dylan Richmond and Duncan Stewart won in 3:42.24.

With the district meet looming next week, the Vikings round out their conference slate today at Tigard in a four-way dual meet that includes Century and Newberg.

Braves miss out on victory at Stayton Twilight invitational

The Banks boys track and field team came about as close as they could to winning the Stayton Twilight invitational meet on Friday, scoring 90.3 points to Philomath’s 90.5.

Devin King (100, 11.45), Garrett Markham (javelin, 161-5) and Dallin Shurts (discus, 159-6) and the 4x100 relay team of Nolan Hill, Aaron Streblow, King and Stephan Huang (45.36) all posted wins for the Braves.

King, Markham and Lucas Hidalgo, who took second in the pole vault (14-0), also recorded personal bests, and the 4x400 quartet of Nick Boguski, Shurts, Streblow and King set a season best in third place in 3:35.46.

Shurts led teammates Jake Sandhagen (139-9) and Enrique Smith (117-5) to a sweep in the discus. Sandhagen (45-2) and Smith (44-1½) also matched their respective placements in the shot put, while Huang topped 40 feet for the first time with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump in 40-5.

Amy Hilger and Annie Victor led the Banks girls with individual wins. Hilger cleared 5-5 in the high jump, just an inch off of her Oregon all-classifications co-leading jump. Victor took first place in the discus with a throw of 114-2 and added a fourth place in the shot (33-7).

The Braves took fourth place as a team with 81.7 points. Cottage Grove won the meet (100.8 points), followed by Philomath (100) and Willamette (87.8).

Other top performers for Banks included Maddison King, second in the 100 (13.16) and fourth in the 200 (27.38); Ellie Monroe, second in the discus (101-6); McKenzie Perry, second in the pole vault (7-6); and Lauren Birr, third in the high jump (4-8).

Banks is back in action today in a double dual against Yamhill-Carlton and Seaside in Seaside, and the Braves are slated to compete in the John Oliver Invitational in Independence on Friday.

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