Wilsonville girls track drops talented La Salle 86-59
Facing powerful Wilsonville in Northwest Conference action on Wednesday, April 21, La Salle's girls were determined to hold their own.
And they did just that, winning eight of the day's 17 events, including both relays.
But it still wasn't enough.
Wilsonville won nine events, swept the top three spots in six of those and used that effort to beat the Falcons 86-59 at Wilsonville High School.
"I am so proud of my team this year," said Wilsonville senior Aurora Barkley, who won both the 1,500 and 3,000 meters against La Salle. "Everyone is working so hard and almost everyone is setting personal bests every meet. I was worried that we'd have a small and uncompetitive team this year, but so many kids have come out and have committed to running faster, jumping higher and throwing further."
With the win, the Wildcats' second straight, Wilsonville improved to 2-0 in NOWC action and 2-0 overall. La Salle, which opened its 2021 season with a win over Scappoose, fell to 1-1 in the NWOC and 1-1 overall.
Despite the loss, the Falcons knew they'd competed well.
"I'm proud of how our team hit the ground running this year, especially after so much uncertainty," said La Salle senior Abigail Sheets, winner of both the 100 high hurdles and high jump. "The best part is just getting to compete in general as well as having teammates that are really supportive of each other."
Barkley and senior teammate Emilia Bishop were both two-time winners against La Salle, with Barkley taking the 1,500 with a time of 5 minutes, 19.04 seconds (with La Salle senior Charlotta Schreuder second at 5:45.32), then coming back later to top the 3,000 at 11:07.46 (with junior teammate Esme' Krause second at 14:06.58).
"I honestly haven't been super happy with my times yet, but progress usually isn't linear and I'm working my way back from an injury in my IT band," Barkley said. "I'm super excited to continue to improve and push myself at the upcoming races."
Bishop made her mark in the throws, leading 1-2-3 sweeps in both the shot put and discus. In the shot, Bishop threw 36-4.5 to win (with senior teammate Grace Mager second at 31-7.50 and freshman Helena Tyberg third at 27-10.50), while in the discus, Bishop went 88-7 to take first (with Tyberg and freshman Avery DeVincenzi second and third, Tyberg at 80-2.5 and DeVincenzi at 63-1).
Other Wilsonville winners were: sophomore Kinsley Dart in the 400 at 1:08.55 (with senior teammate Carly Shanklin second at 1:10.02 and freshman Allison Cox third at 1:14.54); junior Gabriella Prusse in the 800 at 2:36.86 (with La Salle junior Erin McGinnis second at 2:38.40); Shanklin in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 56.72 (with senior teammates Haley Budroe and Gabi Bean second and third, Budroe at 59.02 and Bean at 1:03.26); senior Grace Mager in the javelin at 115-0 (with freshman teammates Braxton Bekooy and Tyberg second and third, Bekooy at 105-8 and Tyberg at 91-9); and freshman Grace Kelso in the triple jump at 33-6.50 (with freshman teammates Caroline de la Motte and Ashlyn Ring second and third, with de la Motte at 31-6 and Ring at 28-11).
Sheets led her team with two individual wins, leading the way in both the 100 high hurdles and the high jump, going 16.42 in the hurdles (with sophomore teammate Emelia Warta second at 17.48), and leaping 5-3 to win the high jump (with Ring second at 4-8).
"I'm eager to perform better, and I know I'm not where I have the potential to be, but I'm grateful for the opportunities I've had to compete in meets at all," Sheets said. "I think being in that competitive environment will motivate me to put in the work to improve."
Other La Salle winners included: Warta in the 100 at 13.62 (with Wilsonville freshman Kiera Easterly second at 13.80); senior Molly Jenne in the 200 with a mark of 27.34 (with senior teammate Victoria Azar second at 27.74); the 4 x 100 relay team of Sheets, Jenne, Warta and Azar at 50.82; the 4 x 400 relay team of Lauren Baker, Erin McGinnis, Lucy Lawton and Azar at 4:43.55; sophomore Madeline Obuchowski in the pole vault at 9-6 (with senior teammate Gretchen Pauli second at 8-0 and sophomore Emma Gall third at 7-0); and Azar in the long jump at 16-9.5 (with Wilsonville's de la Motte second at 14-9.25).
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