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Hurdling past the competition

Lindsey Rosette's blazing victory in the 100 high hurdles sparks the Tigers


by: DAN BROOD - WHAT A RACE -- Tigard junior Lindsey Rosette (right) has an early edge on Hillsboro's Anna Dean in the 100-meter high hurdles event at last week's race.TIGARD — Sure, it was just a regular season dual meet.

But it was more than to Lindsey Rosette.

For the Tigard High School junior, it was a chance to race against one of the best in the state, and it also was a chance to gain a little redemption.

She did both.

In what certainly seemed to be the highlight race of the meet, Rosette edged Hillsboro standout sophomore Anna Dean by the slimmest of margins in the 100-meter high hurdles event when the Tigers hosted the Spartans in a Pacific Conference dual meet.

“I was really excited to race against her today,” Rosette said after her victory. “I knew it would be a good race.”

Rosette, who also triumphed in the 300 low hurdles in addition to running a leg for Tigard’s victorious 4 x 400 relay team, helped the Tiger girls score an 82.66-62.33 win over Hillsboro in the meet held May 1 at Tigard High School.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 4-0 in league meets. Hillsboro dropped to 2-2 in league competition with the setback.

Rosette went up against Dean in the high hurdles once already this season. At the Oregon Relays, which featured many of the top competitors from Oregon as well as other states, Dean placed fifth in the 100 high hurdles in a time of 15.13 seconds. Rosette was right behind her in sixth place at 15.15.

“She beat me by .02,” Rosette said. “I wanted to show that I could beat her.”

With that motivation, Rosette got off to a blazing start in last week’s rematch with Dean.

“I’ve been working on my starts, and I had a good start today,” she said. “I got some extra adrenaline going.”

That flying start paid off, giving Rosette the early advantage. But the talented Dean slowly made up the distance. They crossed the finish line side by side.

Rosette wasn’t totally sure after the race whether she had won or not. But she knew it was a fast race.

“I’m excited to see my time,” she said. “I know it felt good.”

It was.

Rosette won the race in a time of 14.96. Dean was second at 14.97. As of Tuesday, those still rank as the top two times in Class 6A competition so far this season.

“It’s a fun rivalry,” Rosette said. “She’s nice, and it’s fun competition.”

Rosette, who finished fourth in the 100 high hurdles at last year’s Class 6A state meet, is hoping that last week’s winning mark is also a good sign for the rest of the season.

“Right now, I’m right where I was at state last year. That’s exciting,” she said. “And I want to get the school record (14.6) some time in my high school career.”

And how about the state championships this year?

“It would be very good to improve from last year, and get in the top three,” Rosette said.

Also at last week’s meet with Hillsboro, Rosette won the 300 low hurdles in 46.17. She also teamed with sophomore Sela Brazier, senior Katie Harbolt and junior Megan Franz to win the 4 x 400 relay in 4:07.37.

Franz also ran to victory in the 1,500 in a time of 5:06.79.

The Tigard girls controlled the field events in last week’s meet, taking first place in every throwing and jumping event.

Tigard sophomore Liz Prouty cleared 11 feet, 8 inches to win the pole vault and she also had a winning distance of 16-2 in the long jump.

Tigard junior Michelle Simmons triumphed in the triple jump with a mark of 30-10. Freshman Rachel Josephson had a winning height of 4-6 in the high jump.

In the throwing events, Tigard senior Justyce Luna won the discus event with a mark of 121-2. Senior Cassidy Freeman had a winning toss of 110-10 in the javelin and freshman Elise Conroy won the shot put with her mark of 33-4.

The Tigard boys also won at last week’s meet, as they blasted Hillsboro 107.33-37.66.

With the win, the Tigers improved to 2-2 in league meets while Hillsboro dropped to 2-2.

Tigard senior Cameron Bremner sprinted to a pair of victories at the meet. He won the 100 in 11.01 and he had a winning time of 21.94 in the 200.

Also on the track for the Tigers, sophomore Tyler Powers ran to victory in the 400 in 53.63, junior Matthew Walch won the 800 in 2:09.75, junior Nathanael Ditton triumphed in the 1,500 in 4:31.73, junior Mick Whitehead won the 3,000 in 9:41.74 and senior Zach Floyd had a winning time of 15.61 in the 110 high hurdles.

Floyd also jumped to a pair of victories. He won the long jump with a mark of 21-5 3/4 and he had a winning distance of 40-11 1/2 in the triple jump.

Tigard senior Blake Chamberlain was a two-time winner in the throws. He had a winning toss of 43-6 in the shot put and he triumphed in the discus with a mark of 133-9. Tigard junior Elijah Greenwalt-Simon cleared 5-11 to win the high jump and junior Jake Price had a winning height of 11-6 in the pole vault.

Tigard also got a win from its 4 x 400 relay team of Powers, Michael Roberts, Devin Distant and Greenwalt-Simon.

On Friday, some of the Tigers competed in the Jesuit Twilight Relays, held at Jesuit High School.

The Tigard girls finished in ninth place, out of 30 teams, at the meet with 29 points.

Rosette won the 100 high hurdles in 15.01 and Prouty cleared 11-9 to take first place in the pole vault. Prouty’s mark of 11-9 ties her with Tualatin’s Laura Taylor for the top mark in the state.

For the Tigard boys, who finished in 18th place in the team standings, Greenwalt-Simon took third pace in the high jump with a mark of 6-4 and Bremner ran to fourth place in the 100 in 11.03.

The Tigard teams were slated to face Century, Newberg and Forest Grove in a league four-way meet held Wednesday at Century High School.




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