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Cole Alteneder, Ashley Korb-Doty, Casey Novak and Kyle Charbonneau earn wins to lead Tigers to top-5 finishes

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: CHARLES BROWN
 - Senior Casey Novak rises on to the hurdle en route to winning the 2,000-meter steeplechase at the Summit Invitational Saturday in Bend. Novak's win helped the Tiger girls place fourth as a team.

BEND -- The Newberg track and field teams picked up four individual event victories and posted several impressive new personal records en route to a pair of top-5 finishes at the Summit Invitational Saturday.

Senior Casey Novak led the Tiger girls to a fourth-place finish with 54 points after winning the 2,000 steeplechase, a rare event for a high school meet, in 7:43.63. She also took fifth in the 800 (2:21.63) and ran a leg on the fourth-place 4 x 400 relay team (4:12.29).

Ashley Korb-Doty had a big day, winning the 100 hurdles in 15.58, placing third in the triple jump (33-10.75) and helping the 4 x 100 relay to a fifth-place showing (50.29).

Also contributing points for the Tigers were: Rilee Carstensen, who was third in the 300 hurdles with a new PR of 46.74 and eighth in the 100 hurdles (17.03); Abiail Hein, who was fifth in the 1,500 (5;04.82); Chloe Spaulding, who was sixth in the high jump (5-0); and Noelle Sawyer, who was eighth in the javelin (113-11).

Cole Alteneder, who is slowly working his way back into form after sitting out much of the season so far with an injury, claimed the title in the 300 hurdles after finishing in 39.30.

Fellow senior Kyle Charbonneau, who signed on to run at Grand Canyon earlier in the week, followed up his school-record performance in the 800 at the Oregon Relays (1:55.60) by winning the event again, this time in 1:56.94.

Do-everything senior Davis Smith set a new personal-best in the triple jump at 45-feet 7.5-inches, which was good enough for second. He also took third in the pole vault (13-6) and ran a leg on the eight-place 4 x 400 relay team (3:38.74). Jacob Willcuts also had a big PR, clearing 20-7.25 to place third in the long jump, as the Tigers score 53 points to finish one point shy of fourth-place Ridgeview (Wash.).

Also making the podium for Newberg were Garrett Myers in the javelin (fourth--153-9), Jake Thompson in the triple jump (fourth--41-0), Nathaniel Blair in the 2,000 steeplechase (eighth--7:20.62) and the 4 x 100 relay (eighth--45.11).

Earlier in the week, the Newberg boys bested Tigard 77-67, but oddly tied West Linn 71-71 even though the Lions lost to Tigard 82-58. The Tiger girls swept the meet, besting West Linn 110-35 and topping Tigard 75-68.

Softball

Newberg 8, Sherwood 7 – The Tigers (3-15, 2-4 TRL) exploded for six runs in the first inning Saturday, but needed single runs in the top of the fifth and the sixth to pick up their second conference win and move into sixth place.

Boys rugby

Newberg 35, Summit 0 – The Tigers (3-1-1) earned a forfeit victory Saturday in Bend and now sit in fifth place with 15 points, just four shy of league co-leaders Prairie, Battle Ground and Oregon City, all of which are 4-1.

St. Paul 8, Regis 7 – The Bucks (5-7, 2-6) upended the fourth-place Rams (6-7, 4-4) April 18.

Track and field

West Valley League meet – Veritas joined the 3A meet and scored in several events, including a win by Cam McChesney in the 1,500 (4:31.6). McChesney was also second in the 800 (2:08.63), while MeiLin Eakin was third in the 100 (14.19) and sixth in the 200 (30.62) to lead the Vanguard girls April 18 at Tigard High School.

Jewell Invitational – The St. Paul girls were second (113.5 points) after Isabelle Wyss won the 200 (27.51) and triple jump (33-9.25) and was second in both the long jump (15-5) and 400 (1:07.16). The St. Paul boys scored 81 points to place fourth after winning the 4 x 100 relay (46.66) and getting a sweep from Holden Smith in the 1,500 (4:28.67) and 800 (2:14.70).

Girls lacrosse

Summit 13, Newberg 12 – Hannah Huchette scored four goals, with Gracie Anderson, Josie Duey, Jezzy Fair and Sydney Thatch adding two scores apiece, in a non-conference loss Saturday.

Boys lacrosse

Newberg 11, Hillsboro 4 – The Tigers (5-7) followed up their 12-4 win over Century April 18 with a home victory Friday to earn back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Girls tennis

St. Mary's Academy 4, Newberg 4 -- The Blues won the tiebreaker 10-9 on sets April 18. Newberg got wins from Valeria Cosgrove at No. 4 singles, as well as at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 doubles.

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