Centennial High sophomore Jimmie Barton hits the finish line in 10.63 seconds

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Centennials Jimmie Barton zips toward the finish line in the 200-meter final. He won the 100 earlier in the day.

Mount Hood Conference district meet

Team (top 3) Score
1. Central Catholic
2. Oregon City
3. Centennial

For Centennial speedster Jimmie Barton it wasn't how the day start, it was how it finished that counts.

The Eagles' sophomore saw his 400-meter relay team miss an exchange to start Wednesday's racing finals at the Mount Hood Conference district meet.

But he returned to the track about a half hour later and was ready to run off some steam in the 100-meter final — a race he went undefeated in during the dual-meet season.

He would have everyone looking at his back again in this one — breaking out of the starting blocks with the lead and maintaining a sizable gap through the finish line. He clocked in with a personal best of 10.63 seconds.

Barton finished second in the 200.

Gresham's Joel Yasin won the 800-meter race, taking the pace out early and leading start-to-finish. He anticipated a challenge from Central Catholic's Eric Brecht at the start of the final turn and was never in danger on his way to the win in 1:57.22.

Central Catholic ran away with the district meet title, beating defending-champion Oregon City by more than 60 points. The Rams won all but three races on the track and finished with someone in the top three in 13 of the 17 district events.

Centennial's David Sanchez-Perez, the league's leading scorer during the regular season, cleared 13 feet, 3 inches to win the pole vault during Tuesday's opening session.

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