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Newberg coasts to sweep of the Gophers March 21 despite not being at full strength

SETH GORDON - Sophomore Jared LaPointe throws the discus March 21 during Newberg's 83-61 home win over Gresham. LaPointe set a new personal-best with a throw of 112 feet, 11 inches to place second.

Even with several athletes out, Newberg track and field coach Brandon Ramey said he felt it was important to schedule a meet to kick off the 2018 season, althoughspring break was just a few days away.

The Tigers breezed to a sweep of Gresham, winning the girls meet 115-29 and the boys meet 83-61, but Ramey was most concerned with giving his athletes a chance to get out and stretch their legs after a long offseason.

"These meets are really good for those kids to show how much that hard work has been paying off," he said. "They've been working without any competitions, so you can see it on their face when they get done running, maybe how surprised and happy they are that all that work has come to fruition."

Senior Ashley Korb-Doty led the girls with wins in the 110 hurdles (16.27), triple jump (35-feet 4-inches) and anchored the winning 4 x 100 relay (50.97). With an eye toward possibly competing in the heptathlon in college, she also tried out the javelin for the first time, finishing fourth at 89-6.

"She's getting interest from quite a few schools," Ramey said. "She keeps coming up with all of her marks. She can run and jump and she's talented in pretty much everything she's been trying. That's another reason why we have these meets, kids can try things out they haven't done before and get some experience and you might find some kids that do really well and maybe you have to move them around. That's what she's doing."SETH GORDON - Newberg's Noelle Sawyer launches the javelin March 21. The senior finished second with a throw of 114 feet, 7 inches as the Tigers beat Gresham 115-29.

Korb-Doty joined a strong Tiger crew in the javelin, as Lala Frketich set a new PR at 118-9 to place first, with Noelle Sawyer taking second at 114-7.

Sophomore Anna Secrist also had a strong start, placing second in the 100 and 200 meter dashes in personal-best times of 13.48 and 27.14, respectively. In both races, she was bested by Fechi Nmereole, who was the state runner-up in the 100 last year.

"Any time you can PR at the first meet of the season, that's a good thing," Ramey said. "And she was running against a girl that got second in the state last year and didn't look out of place, so I was impressed with the way she did things."

Among the highlights on the boys side was a sweep of the 110 and 300 hurdles by senior Isaac Luedtke, who also recorded new PRs at 18.27 and 43.56, respectively.

"All the kids that have been out and training in the wintertime, doing the indoor stuff, you can see the difference in the way they run," Ramey said. "Isaac had a good meet. I think that Kyle Hatch had a good meet, a couple of JV kids, guys that have been out all year working really hard."

Also earning wins for Newberg were Jake Thompson in the long jump (20-7.25) and triple jump (41-4.5), Mason Darling in the high jump (5-8), Ben Gentile in the pole vault (12-6), Jared LaPointe in the javelin (151-5), Kyle Charbonneau in the 1,500 (4:21.04) and Carson Herrick in the 3,000 (10:24.29).

The Tigers will be off until April 4, when they will host a Three Rivers League meet versus Lakeridge and Sherwood.

"To get this is in was definitely important for us for team building, for experience and just get back into the groove of what we do and compete for a district title in both boys and girls," Ramey said.

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