Tualatin's Saina opens up with a big throw
TIGARD — Gerald Saina likes competition.
The Tualatin High School senior thrives on it. Competition drove him on the football field. Track and field looks to no different at all.
When Saina and the Timberwolves opened their Three Rivers League schedule with a double dual meet against Canby and rival Tigard, there was certainly plenty of competition to be found. And Saina, and his Tualatin teammates, were up to the challenge.
Saina, facing a strong group of throwers from Tigard, started his league season by winning the shot put event with a personal-best throw of 52 feet, 7 inches at the meet held April 4 at Tigard High School.
"I love competition," Saina said with a smile after his victory. "It gets me fired up."
With the win, Saina helped the Tualatin boys get a sweep at the meet, beating Tigard 84-61 and dumping Canby 105-39.
Saina, who will play football next fall at Western Oregon University, had his winning throw in his third attempt of the competition. The mark easily bettered his previous personal best of 47 feet, from a year ago. The throw of 52-7, as of Tuesday, also was the top Class 6A shot put mark in the state.
"I knew I got it out there pretty good," he said. "Knowing I got 52 (feet) already feels good. But I'm looking to get better. Going 52 is pretty good, but I'll work hard to get better."
Working with a strong group of throwers at Tualatin, including juniors Nano Kis, Nick Sarka, Dane Norlin and Jalen Hale, among others, should also help.
"We all push each other," Saina said.
The Tualatin boys had first-place finishes in all three throwing events at last week's meet. Kis triumphed in the discus with a throw of 155-1 and Hale had a winning toss of 170-10 in the javelin.
The Wolves also shined in the sprints at Tigard. Junior Kwabena Lynn won the 100 in a time of 11.24 seconds and he teamed with fellow juniors Jake Anderson and Dominique Loggins and sophomore Kainoa Sayre to win the 4 x 100 relay in 42.83.
Hale, in addition to his win in the javelin, triumphed in the 100 high hurdles in 15.86. Also for the Tualatin boys, sophomore Andrew McDade won the 400 in 52.29, sophomore Andrew Payton won the 1,500 in 4:09.51, Anderson had a winning distance of 21-6 in the long jump, senior Henry Foster won the triple jump at 38-9 and the Wolves' 4 x 400 relay team of Sam Katsuda, Lynn, Roland Gil-Baute and McDade triumphed in a time of 3:37.70.
The Tualatin girls also came away with a sweep at last week's meet. The Wolves ran to an 81-58 win over Canby and they edged Tigard 70-66.
Seniors Alyssa Workman and Sierra Jones each had a pair of individual wins for the Tualatin girls. Workman took first place in the shot put with a mark of 35-9.5 and she had a winning throw of 126-3 in the discus.
Jones triumphed in the long jump with a distance of 15-11 and she won the triple jump with a mark of 32-6.
Also for the Tualatin girls, freshman Ellie Hammond cleared 5-3 to win the high jump and the 4 x 400 relay team of Rachel Krill, Niahm McDade, Jessica Olson and Keara Bingham ran to victory in a time of 4:35.44.
The Tualatin teams were scheduled to hose West Linn and Lakeridge in a league double dual meet on Wednesday. Results from that meet weren't available when the Times went to press.
The Wolves' next Three Rivers League meet will be Wednesday, when they face St. Mary's Academy (girls only) and Sherwood in a meet set to start at 3:30 p.m. at Sherwood High School.