Track teams finish in top half at district
AURORA — The Estacada boys track and field team scored 132 points to secure a top-half finish at last weekend's Tri-Valley Conference district meet.
Senior Calvin Dryden led the charge with 21 points, highlighted by a win in the triple jump where the top three finishers landed only an inch apart. Dryden won the event with a personal-best of 38-feet-11.5-inches. He moved up two spots in the finals to finish third in the long jump to go along with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash. He also ran the opening leg on the Rangers' fourth-place short relay.
David Stamm produced the Rangers only other first-place points recovering from a slow start in the javelin to add more than 20 feet to his best throw and climb a couple spots up the leader board during the finals. His winning effort measured in at a personal best of 171 feet.
Sophomore Isaiah Schaffer came close to a win in the shot put where he held the best mark through the first round before being overtaken by Jack Foss out of Gladstone in round two. Schaffer moved within a hand print of the lead, using some quick footwork in the ring to launch his best throw of 42-feet-8-inches at the end of prelims.
Schaffer would go past 42 feet twice more in the finals, but was unable to catch Foss.
Foss finished with a slim 30-inch edge over the entire series of throws.
"I was hitting my foot placement, but I need to get my throw higher," Schaffer said. "I'm mad about coming in second, but I still have two more years to go get it."
Schaffer also found the awards podium in the discus and javelin.
Dakota Glover scored 16 points, highlighted by a third-place finish in the 300 hurdles. He also took fourth in the high hurdles and pole vault and ran anchor leg on the Rangers' third-place long relay.
The Estacada girls finished second with 147 points, led by junior Makaelyn Jennings with a win in the javelin (130-7), while placing second in the shot put and fifth in the discus.
On the track, rookie Faith Grainger swept the sprints, winning the 100 (13.04) and 200 (26.46), while Hayven Richardson came in second in the 400. Senior Cheyenne Abbett won the 3,000 (11:57.95) and was fourth in the 1,500.
Richardson and Grainger were joined by Amber Liber and Katie Willis for a win in the short relay (50.94).
Gladstone swept both team titles.
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