Indians shatter both relay records from last spring

by: JOHN WILLIAM HOWARD - (From left) Justice Oman, Matt Shoun, Nick Rust, Braden Clark and Jarrett White combined to break the Scappoose school records in the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays.Scappoose got a minature preview of how tough the competition could be at the state competition last Saturday at the 50th Centennial Invitational in Gresham. When the field includes giants like Central Catholic, Newberg, Barlow, South Eugene and South Salem and you finish third, something is going right. All five schools hold at least one national track and field record, including Galen Rupp's pair of distance records from 2004.

And thanks to another record-setting performance from the Indian relay teams, that's exactly the feat Scappoose was able to pull off, finishing behind only Central Catholic and Newberg, but placing 17 spots above the next Class 4A boys' team.

Finally, Scappoose broke the school records in the boys 4x100 and 4x400 meter relays after weeks of inching toward the history books. The 4x100 team, made up of Jarrett White, Nick Rust, Matt Shoun and Justice Oman ran a blistering 43.26 to beat the old record by a tenth of a second. Braden Clark joined Oman, Rust and Shoun in the 4x400 relay, finishing almost a half-second faster than last season's record at 3:24.28.

Shoun and Oman made the highlight reel for Scappoose as the only Oregon school to have more than one athlete make the final in a single sprinting event. Oman took second in the 200, running a career-best 22.76 in the preliminaries and a 22.97 in the finals. Shoun set a new season-best mark of 23.43 for sixth place.

Dan Carrier made the finals as well, finishing 20th over all in the 1500 meter race and coming just barely short of a new lifetime PR, but coming in with a solid time of four minutes, 15.54 seconds.

The Indians also got an excellent showing from senior Kenny Klippel, who made the finals in both the shot put and discus throws. Klippel placed 22nd in the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 5 inches, and set a new career-best in the discus competition by tossing 148 feet, 5 inches.

Central Catholic senior John Nizich, seemingly on pace to snap a state record, won the javelin with a throw of 209 feet, one inch just a week after winning the competition at Gresham High School by setting a new personal best of 221 feet, 10 inches.

The Indians saw a number of girls make the finals as well, led by senior Charlie Davidson's 13th place finish in the 3000 meter race. For Davidson, who ran the race in 10:36.56, it was a new lifetime PR. Not only did she smash her old record by 23 seconds, she came within three seconds of setting her fourth school record. Davidson already holds the school marks in the 400, 800 and 1500 meter races.

The Scappoose 4x400 meter relay team ran their fastest time of the season, taking sixth with a time of 4:18.15 thanks to the efforts of Haley Wight, Abby Kessi, Eleanor Jones and Davidson.

Kessi made the final in the 800 meters, running a season-best 2:29.36. The Indians also had senior Lindsey Marquardt make the final in the 1500 meter race, finishing with a time of 5:48.31.

The Indians will cap off a tough stretch with a visit to Jesuit High School for the Nike Twilight Relays on Friday, May 2. Events will begin around 2:30 p.m. The opening ceremony, which will feature two athletes from each team and the National Anthem, will take place at 5:30 p.m. with the awards around 9:45 p.m.

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