Cavaliers drop narrow duals in finale to Sandy
MHC GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
Tuesday, April 30
The Clackamas girls track and field team had a chance to pull even with Sandy atop the Mount Hood Conference standings, but a short-handed crew came up just short in last week's regular-season finale.
The Cavaliers sidelined their top distance runners after they had competed at the premier Centennial Invitational just a few days earlier. Sandy responded with sweeps in the 800-and 1,500-meter races, taking a 20-point advantage in the distance races to power it to a 79-65 win.
Sandy helped itself early in the meet when standout sprinter Marley Salveter made up a two-stride gap quickly on the anchor leg to send the Pioneers to a win in the 400 relay (49.24), causing a 10-point swing in the team score.
"We are strongly outnumbered in most events, so it will be a battle all day," Salveter said.
The Pioneers won 11 of the 17 events, while Clackamas scored the majority of the second-and third-place points to stay close.
Clackamas junior Kailee Yoshishige swept the hurdles, and senior Taberah Schmidt won the 400.
In the field, Emma Vladut cleared 8-feet-6-inches to lead a sweep in the pole vault, while Kyla Parypa cleared 5-2 for a 1-2-3 finish in the high jump. Isabelle Combs won the triple jump (33-5).
MHC BOYS TRACK & FIELD
Tuesday, April 30
Sandy also got out to a quick start to win the boys meet 79-66.
The Pioneers won the first six races on the track, and Dallin Thomas won a tight competition in the javelin — the first field event of the day.
Thomas traded the lead with Clackamas' Aaron Ruth in the preliminaries before Thomas popped off his best throw of 156-9 heading into finals. Next up it was Richard Kennewell's try, coming within a foot of first place on his next-to-last throw.
"Coaches at practice are taking a lot of time to critique us on the little things and that adds up to a big throw," Thomas said.
Clackamas' only success in the field came with Asomjwee Amponsah leading a sweep in the pole vault (10-6). On the track, Ben Steele won the 200 (22.74), Sebastian Thorp won the 3,000 (10:48.33) and Jean Fleck won the 300 hurdles (43.43).
The Mount Hood Conference district meet is Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14-15, at Sandy High.
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This story is slated for our May 8, print edition.