A number of Hillsboro-area athletes are peaking with district meets coming up

With the district meet just around the corner, marks are heating up for the four Hillsboro-area track and field squads.

All four programs competed in dual meets last Wednesday and Hillsboro, Glencoe and Liberty also participated in their final invitational meets of the season last Friday. The Spartans and Falcons traveled to Portland for the Cotton Invitational, while the Crimson Tide took part in the Jesuit Twilight Relays in Beaverton.

For Hilhi, Anna Dean led the girls team to a fourth-place finish at the Cotton Invitational with a victory in the 100-meter hurdles. The Spartans scored 75½ points, trailing host Grant (114½), Westview (105) and Hermiston (99). Liberty took sixth place with 59½ points.

Dean showed she is on track for a possible repeat state title in the high hurdles with her Cotton win. Her time of 14.63 seconds was the fastest in the state this year, .01 faster than the mark she posted to win state last spring and just .02 off of Erin Kelly’s school standard from 1998.

Dean also led off Hilhi’s winning 4x100 relay quartet that included Krissy Thomas, Kennedy Taube and Kylee Taube. That foursome finished in 48.57, breaking a meet record (49.7) held by Grant since 1990. The time also was the second-fastest in school history and the fourth-quickest overall in Oregon this year.

While Dean and the short relay team won their races but just missed school standards, the 4x400 relay team finished second but broke a longstanding school record. Sami Moellmer, the Taube sisters and Thomas finished second to Grant (3:55.85), but their 4:00.21 was plenty fast enough to eclipse the 4:01.27 run by Aaryn Sanford, Kendal White, Mandy Bergey and Laura Andreas in 1996.

For the Hilhi boys, who finished fifth with 71 points, Debo Browning won the discus with a personal-best effort of 132 feet, and Cricket Browning won the 300 hurdles (41.23) and finished third in the 400 (50.79). Two days prior in a dual meet against Tigard, Browning set personal bests of 40.85 and 50.72, respectively, both top-three marks in the Pacific Conference this year.

Other top Spartans boys at the Cotton were runners-up Anton Dean (110 hurdles, 16.50) and Michael Gonzalez (long jump, 20-11).

For Liberty, after running the second-fastest time in the 300 hurdles (46.84) in Class 5A this spring at Putnam last Wednesday, Sarah Martinez won that event at the Cotton in 47.65 and took third place in the 400 (1:00.28). Chasing Class 6A state cross-country champion Ella Donaghu in the 1,500, Rachel Khaw finished second, setting a PR and school record of 4:44.90, which slotted her third in Class 5A this spring.

The Falcons boys finished fourth with 74 points behind Grant (118), Hermiston (94½) and Heritage (78). Josh Cole posted a 50.01 to win the 400 — the second-best Class 5A mark this year — which he followed with a second place in the 200 in 23.22.

Michael Francy, Jon Horn and Nick Bonat also picked up wins. Francy’s came in the 3,000, with his 8:57.72 being a 12-second PR and the fifth-fastest mark in Class 5A this spring. Bonat topped the 110 hurdles field in 15.95, while Horn won the shot put with a 48-2 toss, just eight inches short of the personal record he set against Putnam.

For the Crimson Tide, last Wednesday against Forest Grove, Leah McClain ran a conference-leading time of 47.17 to win the 300 hurdles, and Courtney Vacek won the triple jump in 37-2½, the state’s second-longest jump regardless of classification this year. The junior followed that with a third-place performance at the Twilight (37-0½).

Also against Forest Grove, Chloe Harris went 35-½ for third place in the triple jump and the league’s fifth-longest mark.

As for the Tide boys, at the Twilight, Mason Rouches placed fourth in the 3,000 in 8:51.14, just a fraction slower than his league-leading 8:50.76 run at last month’s Aloha Preview. Abe Teklu added a sixth place in the 1,500 in 4:05.33, a PR by more than five seconds and the third-quickest mark in the conference.

For Century, in last Wednesday’s dual against Tualatin, freshman Derek Jackson finished second in the 100 in 11.27, which slotted him fifth in the conference rankings. Meanwhile, Austin Albert threw 173-2 in the javelin, good for a PR by more than three feet and second place in the competition.

On the girls’ side, Martyna Adamiec posted the conference leader in the high jump with a 5-4 clearance, and Kassie Morrison went 9-6 in the pole vault for second place, tying her for third in the league.

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