Tigard sprints and jumps its way to a district title

by: DAN BROOD - WINNING FORM -- Tigard High senior Zach Floyd is on his way to victory in the 110-meter high hurdles during the Pacific Conference district meet. TUALATIN — It’s sometimes said that timing is everything.

Well, for the Tigard High School boys track and field team, timing, fast times, strong throws and big jumps are everything.

The Tigers, putting everything together at just the right time, claimed the team title at the Pacific Conference District Championships, held last Thursday and Friday at Tualatin High School.

“It feels great,” Tigard senior sprinter Cameron Bremner said of the district meet title. “We brought it all together at the end of the year. We peaked at the right time. We knew it could happen. We worked hard all season and we started to click.”

The Tigard boys, who went 4-3 in the league dual meet season, won the district meet title with a score of 142 points. McMinnville was second with a total of 127. The Tigard girls also triumphed at the district meet, making it a Tiger sweep of the titles.

“It’s an awesome day,” Tigard coach Shane Kessler said. “You think it could work out, but there’s a lot that can happen. It was clutch — it’s a credit to our kids.”

Many of the Tigers will get a chance to try for more clutch performances at the Class 6A State Championships. The top two finishers in every event at the district meet, as well as those individuals or relay teams that meet state qualifying standards or earn wild-card bids, advance to compete at the Class 6A state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

by: DAN BROOD - SUPER SPRINTER -- Tigard senior Cameron Bremner is on his way to victory in the 200-meter dash at the Pacific Conference district meet. Bremner also triumphed in the 100.“I’m excited for state,” Bremner said. “I’ve waited all year for it.”

Bremner and fellow Tigard senior Zach Floyd helped power the Tigard boys to the district crown.

At the district meet, Bremner sprinted to victory in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.03 seconds.

“I was second last year, so it felt good to win it this year,” he said.

Later in the meet, Bremner had a winning time of 22.19 in the 200, putting him just .15 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Trebriel Larry of Glencoe.

“I heard Trebriel coming,” Bremner said. “I wasn’t going to let him get me.”

Bremner also teamed with senior Kaz Greene, sophomore Devin Distant and junior Manu Rasmussen to place second in the 4 x 100 relay in a time of 43.53.

Now, Bremner is looking to do big things at this week’s state meet.

“I want to win the 100 and 200,” he said with a smile. “And also do well in the 4 x 100.”

Floyd, who is competing in track and field this year for the first time “since sixth or seventh grade,” picked up wins in two events and had a second place finish in a third event at the district meet.

“Two out of three, that’s cool,” Floyd said. “And going to state in three events — it’s cool. I just want to win. I’ve worked hard for this.”

At the district meet, Floyd took first place in the long jump with a mark of 21 feet, 4.5 inches and he had a winning time of 15.00 in the 110 high hurdles.

“It went smoother than any other race this year,” Floyd said of his winning performance in the high hurdles. “Maybe I hit one hurdle. That’s much better.”

Floyd also took second place in the triple jump with a mark of 42-3.5.

Floyd is now taking high hopes to the Class 6A state meet.

“I’d like to win one of my events,” he said. “The long jump might be my best chance. I can jump way farther than 21-4. If I get healthy, you might see me hit 23 feet.”

Tigard also got another victory at the district meet, as junior Jake Price cleared 12-6 to take first place in the pole vault.

Also for the Tigard boys, senior Blake Chamberlain placed second in the discus event at district with a mark of 136-11, earning him a state-meet bid. Chamberlain also placed third in the shot put with a mark of 44-10.5

Junior Elijah Greenwalt-Simon also is off to the state meet. His third-place height of 6-1 in the high jump was good enough to get him a wild card berth to state.

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