Central Catholic, Oregon City and Centennial zoom to the top of the boys district track leader board

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Centennials David Sanchez-Perez makes a trip down the runway on his way to a win in the pole vault Tuesday.

MHC district meet (Day 1)

Team (top 3) Score (thru 4 events)
Central Catholic
Oregon City

The Mount Hood Conference boys district track meet was expected to be a three-horse race, and that's exactly how it is shaping up after Day 1 action.

Central Catholic, Oregon City and Centennial are within seven points of each other at the top of the leader board through Tuesday's four event finals, with the Rams surging into the lead at the end of the day with Cameron Thompson and Ben Brown going 1-2 in the 3,000-meter final. Teammate Anders Bell came in two spots back in fourth place, giving Central 23 points in the event.

Centennial made its mark in the pole vault where David Sanchez-Perez, Raven Lickey and Adrian Garcia-Dena pulled off a 1-2-3 sweep with Sanchez-Perez clearing 13 feet, 3 inches for the win on a wet night that saw vaulters huddled under tents between attempts.

Oregon City's Jake Follett won a tight competition with Gresham's Malek Pate in the long jump hitting a mark of 22-7 — one inch farther than his counterpart.

Oregon City added 10 more first-place points in the discus where Lane Marshall entered as a heavy favorite and won by nearly 20 feet with a heave of 163-5. He had the five best throws of the competition.

The meet resumes at 3 p.m. Wednesday with the high jump and javelin, while the triple jump and shot put will be contested at 5:30 p.m. The 400-meter relay starts the racing finals at 5 p.m.

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