Taylor sets a state-best pole vault mark at LO invite

FOREST GROVE — The Pacific Conference track and field dual meet season just got underway, but it didn't take long for the young competitors on the Tualatin High School girls team to make an impact.

The Timberwolves, with many of their underclassmen stepping up, ran to a 79-66 win over Forest Grove in a conference-opening meet held April 2 at Forest Grove High School.

The Tualatin girls got seven first-place finishes at the meet from freshmen and sophomores.

Sophomore Karina Moreland and freshman Kate Intile had two individual wins apiece for the Wolves.

Moreland triumphed in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 2.25 inches and she had a winning mark of 33-10.5 in the triple jump.

Intile had a winning time of 5 minutes, 29.27 seconds in the 1,500-meter run and she was victorious in the 800 in 2:40.87.

Also for the Wolves, freshman Jordan Anderson sprinted to victory in the 100 in 13.46. Sophomore Nicole LaTourette had a winning mark of 1:01.61 in the 400 and sophomore Sarah Ortiz took first place in the shot put with a throw of 29-0.

The Tualatin juniors and seniors also had some strong marks.

Timberwolf junior Jasmine Gilmore picked up a victory in the 200 with a time of 27.80 and senior Laura Taylor cleared 11-6 to place first in the pole vault event.

In the 4 x 400 relay, the Tualatin team of Gilmore, sophomore Emily Leonard, LaTourette and Intile triumphed in a time of 4:33.64.

The Tualatin boys were edged 76-64 by Forest Grove at last week's meet.

The Wolves had their share of first-place finishes at the event.

On the track, senior Nick Hines sprinted to victory in the 100 in 11.61. Senior Nique Reid triumphed in the 200 in 24.27, junior Matthew Lovos had a winning time of 4:23.62 in the 1,500 and junior Cole Gerke won the 110 high hurdles in 18.00.

In the field events, senior Mark Toda had a winning throw of 144-4 in the javelin. Sophomore Tanner Hall had a winning height of 5-4 in the high jump. Senior Logan Work cleared 10-0 to place first in the pole vault. Jordan Wilson had a winning distance of 19-7 in the long jump and senior Nicholas Arellano triumphed in the triple jump with a mark of 37-2.5.

On Friday, the Tualatin teams had some strong marks at the Laker Classic Invitational, held at Lake Oswego High School.

The Timberwolf girls finished in sixth place at the 11-school meet with a score of 65.5 points.

Taylor led the way for the Tualatin girls at the invitational. She won the pole vault event with a height of 12-0, which ranks as the top mark in the state so far this season.

Moreland won the triple jump event with a distance of 36-5.5.

The Tualatin girls also finished third in both relay races.

For the Tualatin boys, senior Robbie Ellis took third place in the 110 high hurdles in 41.93 and he was fourth in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a mark of 41.93.

The Tualatin teams were scheduled to host rival Tigard in a conference dual meet on Wednesday. Results of that meet weren't available when The Times went to press.

The Wolves will be back in action Wednesday, when they host Century in a conference dual meet. Field events will begin at 3:45 p.m. and track events will start at 4:15 p.m.

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