Wildcats win all 17 events against shorthanded Lions

by: JOHN HOWARD / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Kristen Burke swept the two hurdles races to help the Wilsonville girls track and field team defeat St. Helens 134-9 on the road April 9.Asterisk or not, the Wilsonville girls track and field team engineered a meet for the ages.

With several key athletes out of St. Helens’ varsity lineup, the Wildcats took first place in all 17 events en route to a dominant 134-9 victory on the road April 9.

Wilsonville also earned runner-up honors in 13 events and executed 1-2-3 sweeps in nine events.

Weber State-bound senior Rebecca Wenz tied her career best of 4 feet 10 inches to take top honors in the high jump, and she also added victories in the shot put and discus throw.

Wenz was one of several multi-event winners for the Wildcats.

Bethany Cerdan won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, Taryn Rawlings cruised to victories in the 800 and 1,500, Kristen Burke swept the hurdles races and Zoey Grano posted the best marks of the day in the long jump and triple jump.

Other individual first-place finishers included Jade Weiss in the 400, Toni Gowen in the 3,000, Hailey Hayes in the javelin and Meagan Koeroghlian in the pole vault.

Rawligns and Weiss joined Kendall Tate and Dominique Holman to post a victorious time of 52.14 seconds in the 400-meter relay.

Rawlings, Holman, Burke and Kristine Johnson earned first place in the 1,600 relay with a 4:36.86.

Wilsonville’s boys won 10 events as part of an 89-55 triumph over the shorthanded Lions.

First-place finishers included Micco Mills in both sprints and fellow junior Lane Hull in the javelin and shot put as well as Austin Barnes (high jump), Alex Roberts (long jump) and Kyle Roberts (triple jump).

Alex Tomlinson, who won the 800, joined Steven Crosby, Derek Sunkle and Weylin Lam for top honors in the long relay. Sunkle, Mills, Alex Roberts and Nathan Burke teamed up for first in the short relay.

The Wildcats added 10 runner-up marks on the boys side as well as 1-2-3 sweeps in the 100 and javelin.

Wilsonville’s season resumes April 16 with a dual meet against visiting Liberty at 4 p.m.

The team will then host 19 other schools April 19 for the Wilsonville Invitational, which is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Teams from Oregon’s three largest athletic classifications as well as three teams from Washington state are scheduled to participate.

By Jeff Goodman
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