NHS a dichotomy on track this spring
Although the Newberg boys track team hasn't been swept in a league meet in several years, let alone lost two league duals in a season, coach Brandon Ramey wasn't especially surprised last week.
Not only were several of the Tigers' top guns held out of their home meet versus Lakeridge and Sherwood April 4, as they slowly work their way back from injuries, but Ramey knows depth just won't be the team's forte this year.
Having runners like Cole Alteneder and Bryon Morris fully healthy may have been enough to overcome losses to the Pacers (73-72) and Bowmen (86-59), but Ramey expected that Newberg would be better suited for success at bigger meets, like invitationals, districts and state.
The Tigers promptly proved that by winning their own Chehalem Track and Field Classic last week, scoring 73 points to finish comfortably ahead of runner-up Century (60) and Westview (55).
"Our top kids Friday really performed well," Ramey said. "Collectively on Friday, I thought our kids did a great job."
The Newberg girls, on the other hand, are pretty much the mirror opposite of their male counterparts, as they rolled to easy wins over Lakeridge and Sherwood before finishing a solid yet unspectacular sixth against a field of 16 teams Friday.
"The girls are really deep and they set up really well and won both dual meets on Wednesday," Ramey said. "They had a good showing on Friday, but it just shows that one team has more depth and one more top-end talent."
Leading the way for the girls was the senior duo of Ashley Korb-Doty and Casey Novak, who combined to score a significant portion of Newberg's 61.5 points, which put the hosts 15.5 points shy of winner Glencoe (77).
Korb-Doty won her signature event, the triple jump by clearing 35-11.5, then also took second in the 100 hurdles (15.73) and tied for seventh in the pole vault (9-0)). Novak won the 1,500 in 4:54.03 and ran anchor on the third-place 4 x 800 relay (10:21.48).
Nonstandard (at least for Oregon) events like the 4 x 800 and sprint medley (100-100-200-400) relays are part of what make the Chehalem Classic a unique early-season event because it affords a good opportunity to face high-end competition and try out new events.
Ramey said he was also quite pleased with the way the community stepped up to help run the meet under the direction of assistant coach Keith Marshall.
On the boys side, senior Davis Smith was a powerhouse, scoring 29 points on his own by winning the pole vault (13-6) and triple jump (43-11), as well as taking second in the high jump (6-0).
Also contributing big points for the Tigers were: sophomore Riley Beecroft, who was second in the 100 (11.40); Kyle Charbonneau, who finished runner-up in the 1,500 (4:04.34) and Garrett Myers, who was fourth in the javelin with a PR throw of 162-0.
The Tigers travel to Canby Wednesday for a league meet that will include St. Mary's Academy, but several of the team's top performers, including Smith, Novak and Korb-Doty, will take it easy at that meet to stay fresh for the Oregon Relays at historic Hayward Field in Eugene.