by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton junior sprinter Stephen Marcille won the 100 dash and helped the Beavers 4X100 relay take first against Aloha on Wednesday April 8.

Stephen Marcille has the mercurial speed to be the Metro League’s fastest man in the 100-meter dash.

All that’s standing in his way is, well, standing up.

A slight glitch brought on by years of long jumping brings Marcille straight up out of his sprinter’s stance immediately after pushing out of the blocks, and holds back the Beaverton racer for the first 50 meters of the race. Once Marcille’s down the track, few can keep up as evidenced by the junior’s fifth-best 100 time in the district.

“My start’s always the worst, that’s what’s killing me right now,” said Marcille. “But, as soon as I get halfway down, that’s where I really turn it up. That first 50 meters I’m at still-building pace, but once I get to the second half, that’s where I hit it hard.”

It’s a hinderance Marcille overcame on Wednesday, April 9 at Aloha when the Beaver wide receiver outraced teammate Ross Hoffman to the tape with an 11.55 first place victory. To beat Jesuit’s stable of sprinters, though, Marcille said he’s got to get lower out of the blocks, and stay that way until it’s time to pop up and power to the finish line.

“I’m a competitor, I love winning. I don’t like losing at all,” said Marcille. “Those guys will push me to get faster and make me get better. I feel I can get a lot faster. I keep progressing, and I’m hoping to get down to the low 11s, maybe break a 10 if I start right. If I keep my head down and not worry about what’s down the track, my coaches told me I ran .03, .04 seconds faster.”

Marcille was a part of the Beavers’ triumphant 4x100 relay squad (43.68) along with Hoffman, Chidubem Nnoli and Jadden Lake-King that has the second-best Metro time behind Jesuit. Nnoli — one of the fastest players on the Beaver football team — ran an 11.66 in the 100, which placed him second behind Marcille. Hoffman was a key piece of the Beavers’ 2013 short relay team that qualified for the state meet.

“We’re all new to it, we’re fresh,” said Marcille. “I’m a new kid on the team, but as soon as we get these handoffs down, it’s going to be pretty close.”

Beaverton javelin thrower Chris Sigler said he wanted to focus on getting his hips out in front of the spear in order to set a new personal record (148-01) and beat the competition by more than 20 feet. Sigler said his attempts were tossed at a good angle, not too high or low, so they flew the maximum distance through the windless, summery air with zip.

“It was loose, very relaxed,” said Sigler. “I didn’t feel any pressure, so I just went out and did what I usually do and threw a great day. Coach has been working with me on my footwork, so that’s been helping. My run-up’s been getting longer and longer, and that’s given me more speed with my throws.”

Sigler’s personal record is the third-best mark in Metro, behind a pair of Jesuit throwers, who are within a reachable distance. The junior’s set personal bests in every dual meet this season, which he hopes translates into a top-two place at districts and a subsequent visit to Eugene for state.

“I really want to get down there for the experience,” said Sigler. “I definitely have to work more on my footwork and hips. The better the hips, the better the throw because that’s where all the power comes from.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Aloha's Joel Kramer pulled away from a trio of Warrior teammates for a win in the 1,500.

In the 1,500, Aloha’s Joel Kramer trailed teammates Devin Sellers and Glapoujay and Glapougbae Garmondeh for most of the race, but bolted past the trio with a strong push on the inside with one lap to go that seemed to surprise the field.

“I thought ‘Maybe if I make a move now, I can lose them’,” said Kramer. “I was either going to be first or last, so I tried to get first and it worked out. I was able to hold them off. It really boosts your confidence because I run with these guys all the time, and I know I can stick with them.”

Knowing the Aloha crowd would be cheering him on in the final 200 meters, Kramer jumped ahead of Sellers about 100 meters early, and used the spectators’ energy to hold off the Sellers for the 4:08.84 victory.

“We all have pretty good kicks,” said Kramer. “We’ve been working on our speed. We’re all able to push each other, just like in practice. We’ve put in the work this season, so hopefully we can show it this season.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Aloha's Tongia Taufoou won the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles against Beaverton last week.

Aloha junior Tongia Taufoou continued his meteoric rise from greenhorn hurdler to potential district contender, by sweeping the 110-meter (16.27) and 300-meter hurdle (42.54) competitions over Beaverton’s Jan Droste.

Taufoou barged out of the blocks in the 110’s, getting over the first hurdle rapidly, which carried positive momentum for each proceeding barricade down the track.

“I loved my start, that’s the most important part of the race,” said Taufoou. “The first five hurdles I really try to push through it because that’ll help me at the end. I tried to focus on my form because that’s very important going over the hurdles. If you hit that trail leg, it slows you down, so that’s what I tried not to do.”

Taufoou just started participating in the hurdles a year ago, when an assistant coach took note of the junior’s natural form and exhorted him to continue to train and practice the difficult event. Fast forward a year and Taufoou has the third-best 110 and 330-hurdle times in Metro.

“Hopefully I’ll become the best in Metro,” said Taufoou. “I really don’t pay attention to (the other competitors’) times, I just go out and compete. It’s going to take lots of practice.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Beaverton's Jadden Lake-King tied the states top mark in the high jump, clearing 6-08 versus Aloha.

Aloha beat the Beavers, 79-66 thanks to strong first places from Shiqeri Murseli in the 200, Bryan Rodriguez in the 400, 800-meter runner Glapoujay Garmondeh and Tony Watts in the 3,000. Concepcion Rodelo won the shot put with a 44-11 heave. Beaverton’s Lake-King high jumped 6-08, which sky-rocketed him to the best mark in all of 6A. Junior Jeremy Sears took first in the discus (116-09), and Patrick Takata tied with Aloha’s Jared Rice for first in the pole vault by clearing 11 feet.

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