Tigard boys beat McMinnville to move to 3-0

by: DAN BROOD - WINNER -- Tigard junior John Caufield sprints to the finish line to take first place in the 1,500-meter run in last week's meet. TIGARD — Things were going just fine for John Caufield.

The Tigard High School junior was striding smoothly as he led the pack in the 1,500-meter run.

But then, it happened.

With about 300 meters left in the race, McMinnville senior Wes Huble sprinted into the lead.

But Caufield wasn’t going to let his hard work be for nothing — and he wasn’t about going to let the victory get away from him.

So, in the final 200 meters of the race, Caufield chased down Huble, kicked past him and ran to victory.

“That was a fun race,” Caulfield said after his victory. “It was slow, but I just really wanted to win. I’m happy about that.”

Speaking of winning, the Tigard High School boys track and field team picked up another victory, as it downed the Grizzlies 85.5-59.5 in the Pacific Conference dual meet held April 16 at Tigard High School.

With the win, the Tigers moved to 3-0 in conference meets.

“We’ve had a lot of people really step up this year,” Caufield said. “It’s been really fun.”

In last week’s meet, Caufield seemed to be one of those Tigers who stepped up.

In the 1,500, he reluctantly went to the lead early in the race.

by: DAN BROOD - TEAMWORK -- Tigard's Alex Gradin crosses the finish line in first place in the 4 x 100 relay.“It was going too slow, so I had to take the lead,” he said. “With about 600 left, I got a little angry and picked it up.”

Soon after, Huble made his move.

“I think he got excited, and went to the lead,” Caufield said.

But the determined Tigard junior wasn’t going to be denied.

“After he did that, I said ‘I have to get him,’” Caufield said. “I think I was lucky. If I had underestimated him, he might have been able to hold me off.”

But, he didn’t.

Caufield ended up winning the race in a time of 4 minutes, 32.00 seconds. Huble was second at 4:32.45.

That was the start of a good day for the Tigard boys distance runners. Tiger senior Martin Ramos III won the 800 in a time of 2:06.94 and senior Devin Roche had a winning mark of 9:46.55 in the 3,000.

“We’ve been together for awhile,” Caufield said of the Tiger distance crew. “We definitely want to finish the season strong. I want to help send the seniors off on a good note.”

Junior Landon Floyd also had a big day for the Tigard boys. He sprinted to victory in the 200 in 23.42 and he had a winning distance of 20-11.25 in the long jump.

Tigard senior Michael Roberts was victorious in both hurdles races. He won the 110 high hurdles in 16.21 and he had a winning time of 42.46 in the 300 intermediate hurdles.

Also for the Tigers, junior Devin Distant triumphed in the 100 in 11.56, sophomore Tyler Rosette won the 400 in 51.23 and senior Jake Price cleared 13-0 to place first in the pole vault.

Tigard also got a victory, in a time of 44.35, from its 4 x 100 relay team of senior Justin Alvarizares, sophomore Alex Gradin, Distant and junior Tyler Powers.

The Tigard girls were edged 79.5-65.5 by McMinnville, giving the Tigers a 1-2 record in conference dual meets.

Senior Lindsey Rosette and sophomore Elise Conroy each had a pair of individual wins for the Tigard girls.

Rosette was victorious in both hurdles races. She won the 100 high hurdles in 15.40 and she had a winning time of 47.86 in the 300 low hurdles.

Conroy triumphed in the shot put with a mark of 35-9.75 and she had a winning toss of 104-3 in the discus.

Also for the Tiger girls, senior Megan Franz ran to victory in the 800 in 2:23.75, junior Hannaly Duff-McGaughey won the 3,000 in 11:30.73, sophomore Daria Weber won the javelin with a throw of 105-2 and sophomore Lena Green had a winning distance of 33-9.75 in the triple jump.

The Tiger teams also competed in the high school portion of the Oregon Relays, held Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Rosette had the top placing for the Tigard girls. She took third place in the 100 high hurdles in a time of 15.46. For the Tigard boys, Ramos took 11th in the 800 in a time of 1:59.76.

The Tigard teams will be back in action Saturday, when they compete at the Centennial Invitational, which is set to start at 11 a.m. at Centennial High School in Gresham.

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