The Spartan senior defends his 200-meter title after losing a photo finish in the 100 meters.

PAMPLIN MEDIA PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Hillsboro's Daekwon Mitchell runs the anchor leg of the Spartans' 4x100 relay team during the NWOC Track & Field Championships at La Salle High School.Hillsboro's Daekwon Mitchell may not be the district champion in the 100 meters, but he is the 200-meter champion, beating Sandy's Glynne McGaughey with relative ease to win his second straight NWOC title and again qualify for this year's OSAA 5A State Track & Field Championships.

After losing a photo-finish to Milwaukie's Jacob Sanders in the 100-meter dash, Mitchell won the 200-meter dash, coming off the corner with a clear lead and coming through the finish line a half-second ahead of McGaughey to win in 22.42 seconds.

"I came off the corner and we were a little spread out — there was no one else there," Mitchell said. "It was a good feeling, especially at the 100 — I definitely wanted to be a two-time district champ in the 200."

Despite the narrow defeat in the 100-meter dash, Mitchell was content with his performance and equally happy to have qualified for the event at this weekend's state meet.

"I started off a little behind in that one, but my last few strides caught me up," Mitchell said. "It was neck-and-neck at the line. I wasn't sure who had it, but it didn't bother me too much because I knew I still had made state."

The Sandy boys won the event going away, scoring 188 points to second-place St. Helens' 94.5.

On the girls' side, Wilsonville was crowned champion, scoring 171 points to Sandy's 126.

The Hillsboro boys placed fifth with 62 points, while the girls were fourth, scoring 83 points.

In addition to Mitchell, Spartan freshmen Alison Okorie qualified in the 100-meter hurdles, finishing second to Wilsonville's Emily Scanlan, and Rena French won the pole vault with a vault of 9-03, three inches clear of Milwaukie's MaKenna Presley.

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