The Buckaroos combine for 11 first-place finishes at the Mid-Valley Matchup

MOLALLA -- Building up a measure of confidence heading into spring break, the St. Paul track and field team won a total of 11 events March 21 at Molalla's Mid-Valley Matchup.

The Buckaroo boys picked up six of those wins in the unscored event, including a pair of victories by senior Holden Smith in the 800 (2:18.63) and 1,500 (4:42.11).

Sophomore Saul Martinez also had a solid day on the track, winning the 200 (25.59) and taking third in 400 (1:00.40). Martinez also ran a leg on the winning 4 x 100 relay team (46.97), while Smith helped the 4 x 400 squad to place first in 3:55.67.PHIL HAWKINS -- WOODBURN INDEPENDENT - St. Paul sophomore Abby Gonzalez competes in the shot put March 22 at the Mid-Valley Matchup at Molalla High School. Gonzalez placed fourth with a toss of 26 feet, 6 inches.

Rounding out the effort was sophomore Alex Dela Cerda, who won the shot put with a heave of 37-feet 8-inches and took third in the javelin (111-8) just behind teammate Alfonso Orobio (111-8) in second.

Sophomore Isabelle Wyss picked up two of the St. Paul girls' five victories, crossing first in the 100 (13.35) and the long jump (15-5) to go along with a fourth-place showing in the 200 (29.41).

Emma Connor led the distance crew by winning 3,000 in 15:23.27 and was also second in the 800 (2:48.16).

Also taking home victories for the Bucks were Jackie Diaz, who won the 1,500 in (6:33.58), and Stephanie Morales, who cleared 4-6 to win the high jump.

The Bucks will return to action April 5 in a Pac-West/Tri-River Conference meet at Regis.

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