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Tigard is ready for the relays


The Tiger 4 x 400 teams pick up pair of impressive wins

by: DAN BROOD  - OUT IN FRONT -- Tigard junior Kaylie Boschma gave the Tigers 4 x 400 relay team the early lead in last week's four-school meet.TIGARD — If the Tigard High School track and field teams were looking for some momentum going into the Pacific Conference district meet, well, they likely found some — in impressive fashion.

The Tiger squads, in their final races of the regular season, the 4 x 400-meter relay events, ran to dazzling victories when they hosted Century, Forest Grove and Newberg in a conference four-way meet held May 7 at Tigard High School.

“That was really good,” said Tigard senior Lindsey Rosette, who teamed with junior Kaylie Boschma, sophomore Natalie Bryant and senior Megan Franz to win the girls 4 x 400 race at last week’s meet.

“It’s clicking now,” Boschma said. “We’re peaking at the perfect time. We’re ready for district.”

It certainly appears that way.

At last week’s meet, the Tigard girls picked up a victory in the 4 x 400 relay in a season-best time of 4 minutes, 7.04 seconds. That mark puts the Tigers in third place in the conference rankings, close behind Hillsboro and Tualatin, going into this week’s district meet — with all three teams ranking among the top 11 in the Class 6A state ranks.

“The league has busted out,” Boschma said. “It’s going to be crazy.”

“We need to push hard this last week to be ready,” Bryant said.

The relay team, made up of four multi-sport standouts, seemed to push hard during the victory at last week’s meet.

“We’re all healthy now,” Boschma said.

“It’s just the second time we’ve run as a team this year,” Franz added. “It went really well.”

And, while all four of the girls look to be contenders in individual events at district, they say that they will be looking forward to the relay event.

“It’s more fun,” Bryant said.

by: DAN BROOD - HAPPY WINNER -- Tigard sophomore Tyler Rosette (left) smiles as he crosses the finish line in the 4 x 400 relay. “It’s an adrenaline rush, running as a team,” Rosette said.

Speaking of an adrenaline rush, the Tigard boys team looked to be riding a big adrenaline wave, as they came from behind to win the 4 x 400 relay at last week’s meet in a season-best time of 3:28.10.

“It’s been going good,” said Tigard sophomore Tyler Rosette, who teamed with senior Michael Roberts, senior Martin Ramos III and junior Tyler Powers to win last week’s relay event. “We keep getting PRs (personal records).”

In last week’s race, Rosette, running the anchor leg for the Tigers, sprinted past Forest Grove’s Christian Guerra in the final straightaway to get the victory.

“I’m glad I was able to get it at the end,” Rosette said. “I got up to him on the curve, but I wanted to weight until the straightaway to go past him.”

Now, the Tigard boys relay team, like the girls, is taking high hopes to this week’s district meet.

“We’re hoping to get to state,” said Rosette, who also looks to be a district-meet contender in the 400. “Everyone has been stepping up this year. It’s been awesome.”

In addition to the relay win, Rosette also triumphed in the 400 at last week’s meet with a time of 50.94. Roberts picked up a victory in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.04.

Also for the Tigard boys, senior Jake Price cleared 12 feet to get a win in the pole vault and the Tiger 4 x 100 relay team of senior Justin Alvarizares, Powers, junior Devin Distant and sophomore Alex Gradin got a victory in a season-best time of 43.58.

Franz had a big day for the Tigard girls. In addition to the relay victory, she triumphed in the 800 in 2:25.49 and she had a winning time of 4:58.57 in the 1,500.

Sophomore Elise Conroy also had a pair of individual victories for the Tigers. She took first place in the shot put with a mark of 37-5.5 and she had a winning throw of 115-4 in the discus.

Also for the Tigard girls, freshman Sareena Patzke won the 100 high hurdles in 15.79, Boschma triumphed in the 300 low hurdles in 47.58, sophomore Daria Weber had a winning toss of 114-9 in the discus and freshman Victoria Prouty cleared 10-0 to take first in the pole vault.

The Pacific Conference district meet will be held today (Thursday) and Friday at Newberg High School. Today, field events start at 2:30 p.m. and track events will begin at 4:15 p.m. On Friday, field events will start at 4 p.m. and track events begin at 5 p.m.