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Cross country runners best prepared for quick restart to track season, but others showed some potential

The Canby High track team got its season rolling Wednesday with a dual meet against Tigard. With the truncated season, some athletes are still getting their track legs under them, so not all events were contested in the meet, or were held as junior varsity events.

"The athletes were able to gain a little track and field knowledge and experience," said coach Tom Millbrooke. "It's our first meet in two years, for most their first high school meet ever.

"The participant numbers are expected to increase since were are only one-and-a-half weeks into our six or seven-week season," Millbrooke added. "The distance runners coming off the cross country season were more prepared then others."

Tommy O'Neil, coming off a high-level cross country season, was a double winners in the meet, taking home the 800 meters (2 minutes, 9.03 seconds) and 1,500 (4:18.94).

Here's a look at Canby's top performers.

FILE PHOTO - The Canby High track season has begun at last in 2021.

Boys

Maddox Oliver won the 3,000 in 10:30.31 and Natanael Gonzalez captured the 300 meter intermediate hurdles with a time of 50.75 seconds.

The Canby 4x100 relay won in a time of 53.10 and Zach Carson snagged a second place in the pole vault with a leap of 8-feet.

Girls

On the girls side, Kathryn Frentress led a one-two-three sweep in the 100 meters, clocking 12.47 seconds. She was followed across the line by Mallory Scott in second (12.96) and Sydney Matlock in third (13.30)

Those three would team up with Elise Gunnarson to win the 4x100 relay in a time of 57.36, while Catalina Slangagan won the pole vault with a leap of just over 7-feet.

Up next will be a dual meet with Lake Oswego on April 21 at Canby.


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