Sandy sweeps midseason meet
5A Boys Track
SANDY — Even when they are not at full strength, the Sandy track team proved how good they could be in their dual meet with La Salle on Wednesday.
The Sandy boys dominated the Falcons with a 104-40 dual victory while the girls were able to win their dual 81-64
"I'm really excited with what we were able to accomplish," Sandy head coach Anouxa Vixathep said. "As a whole, we're posting some really good times for the middle of the season."
One thing that was really encouraging for the girls team was the performance of junior sprinter Marley Salveter.
In her first NWOC meet of the season after missing time due to a concussion, Salveter won the 100 meters with a personal-best time of 12.36 seconds.
"My coaches say that sometimes you just need a break and that rest can really help you come back faster," Salveter said. "I'm just glad that my team pushes me and my coaches push me and encourage me."
Salveter also won the 200 (26.55) and helped the 4x100 team run easily run their fastest time of the season (50.92).
"Always good to see Marley back and healthy," Vixathep said. "She did winter training with us for the first time this year, so it was good to see her reap the benefits of that…I think the girls are starting to see how good they can be as a group."
Molly Murphy-Brown won the 3000 with a time of 11:59.75 — the only victory for the Sandy girls in the distance events — while Kendall Martin won the 110-hurdles (17.28) and Adilynn Brotnov won the 300-hurdles (49.97).
Keeley Rasmussen picked up her sixth victory of the season in the discus with a throw of 126-feet-2.25 inches while Hannah Gillies also got her sixth win in the shot put with a throw of 38-6.25.
On the boys side, Dayne Gordien continued his record-breaking season for the Pioneers. He set the school-record in the shot put back on April 4 in a dual against Milwaukie with a throw of 61-2.75. And on Wednesday, he set the stadium record in the discus with a throw of 181-5.5 — beating his previous top throw by nearly four feet.
"We've been waiting for that one. You knew it was coming soon," Vixathep said. "It was exciting to see. He doesn't have the school-record in the discus quite yet, but I think it is well within his reach."
Gordien was getting over a sickness after the meet against Milwaukie. Even though he didn't miss any time, he didn't feel at full strength again until this meet.
"Getting sick set me back a little bit, but I finally feel like I'm healthy," Gordien said. "It feels great to break the stadium-record and now I'm going for the school record in the discus too… Not taking this too seriously and just going out there and having fun has really helped me this season."
Look for extended coverage in the April 25 print edition.