Timberwolves ready to go in the relays
LAKE OSWEGO — Jake Anderson, Dominique Loggins, Kwabena Lynn and Kainoa Sayre have a few things in common.
They're all underclassmen at Tualatin High School — Anderson, Loggins and Lynn are juniors, Sayre is a sophomore.
They all play football.
And they're all fast — really fast.
Put them all together, and you have one heck of a relay team. They proved that right from the start of the 2018 track and field season, and they seem to be getting better, and faster.
"We're making a lot of progress," Sayre said during the Timberwolves' Three Rivers League regular-season finale double dual meet, held May 2 at Lake Oswego High School.
"We've had a lot of improvement," Loggins said. "And we're all on the football team. So we already have a good bond."
"And we're just having fun," Sayre added.
The Tualatin foursome cruised to an easy win in the 4 x 100-meter relay at last week's meet, grabbing victory in a time of 43.02 seconds.
"It went well," Lynn said of the race.
"It's going good," Anderson said. "We're getting a lot better."
With the victory, the relay team helped the Tualatin boys score a 94-51 win over Lake Oswego and an 84-62 victory over Newberg at last week's meet. With those two wins, the Timberwolf boys finished the regular season with a 6-1 record in TRL meets.
Up next for the relay squad, and the rest of the Timberwolves, is the Three Rivers League district championships, which starts Wednesday, and concludes Friday, at George Fox University in Newberg.
The top two finishers in each event at the district meet, as well as those competitors, or relay teams, that reach state-qualifying standards, or those who earn wild-card bids, advance to compete at the Class 6A state championships, which will be held May 18-19 at Hayward Field in Eugene.
The Tualatin relay team goes into the TRL district meet as the top seed in the 4 x 100, with a season-best time of 42.83.
"We just want to keep getting better," Lynn said, talking about the team's outlook for the district meet.
"We're going to keep working," Loggins added.
"And we want the win," Anderson added with a smile.
The Tualatin boys showed they're looking to be ready to go for district with a strong showing during the meet at Lake Oswego.
Lynn, in addition to his part in the relay win, also sprinted to victory in the 100 in a personal-best time of 10.91 and he triumphed in the 200 with a mark of 22.89.
Also for the Timberwolves on the track, sophomore Sam Smith won the 1,500 in 4:22.52 and senior Adam Klein ran to victory in the 3,000 in 9:18.94.
For the Tualatin boys in the field events, senior Gerald Saina won the shot put with a mark of 51 feet, 10 inches and junior Nano Kis had a winning throw of 158-10 in the discus.
The Tualatin girls came away with a split at last week's meet. The Wolves got an 88-47 victory over Lake Oswego, but they were edged 73.5-69.5 by Newberg. The split gives the Tualatin girls a final league dual meet mark of 8-1.
"The team is doing really well," Tualatin senior Rachel Krill said during last week's meet.
Krill, at the meet at Lake Oswego, ran to victory in the 300 low hurdles in a time of 48.07. In the 100 high hurdles, she got off to a fast start before hitting the last hurdle, and finishing second with a mark of 16.38.
"I was doing good at the start and in the middle, but I lost focus at the end. That's why I hit it," she said. "I haven't had a clean race yet, but I'm looking forward to district. I want to get to state."
Krill is also part of the Wolves' 4 x 400 relay team, which is taking high hopes to the district meet.
"We think we have a good chance at getting to state," Krill said. "We want to put it all together and (set a personal record)."
Also for the Tualatin girls at last week's meet, senior Sierra Jones sprinted to victory in the 100 in 13.24 and she had a winning mark of 32-9 in the triple jump. Senior Tabitha Shippy triumphed in the shot put with a throw of 38-6.25. Sophomore Savannah Taft cleared 5-1 to take first place in the high jump.
On Wednesday, action at the TRL district meet starts at 3:30 p.m. with the first field events. The first running preliminaries are set to start at 5 p.m. On Friday, the first field event begins at 3:30 p.m., with the running finals starting at 5 p.m.