West Linn boys track wins Battle for the Bridge over Oregon City 88-57
Separated by two miles.
In one longtime rivalry.
Getting after it in the Three Rivers League.
That was the setup when the Oregon City boys track team welcomed West Linn to Pioneer Memorial Stadium on Wednesday, April 20. In the end, the numbers added up for West Linn, with the Lions eventually pulling away to win 88-57.
"We're just here to get better and dominate over our past successes," said West Linn senior Parker Sullivan, winner of the 400 meters, second-place finisher in the 300 intermediate hurdles, third-place finisher in the high jump and a member of the Lions' winning 4 x 400 relay team. "I don't really care who wins the meet, I just like to cheer on people and run the best races I possibly can."
With the win, the Lions improved to 3-1 in dual-meet action for 2022, while the Pioneers dropped to 1-2 overall.
For his part, Oregon City senior Kamran Dahrens — he won the 100 and also ran on the Pioneers' winning 4 x 100 relay — knew his team had a chance.
"I think we (might win)," he said after the 100. "We just won the (4 x 100 relay), and in the 100, me and my teammate were first and second so that's going to get us some points."
The Lions built their win by dominating from 800 to 3,000 meters on the track, winning both hurdles races and holding their own in the jumps, throws and relays.
And no one had more success than West Linn senior Adam Maxwell, who won the 110 high hurdles with a time of 15.17 seconds, took the 300 intermediate hurdles with a 39.89, topped the high jump with a clearance of 6 feet, 6 inches, and also ran on his team's winning 4 x 400 relay. In that race, he teamed with senior Quentin Robinson, senior Cavan Mikami and Sullivan for a 3:39.94.
Sullivan, meanwhile, did his part in the 400 — posting a winning time of 51.98 — adding a 42.37 to take second in the intermediate hurdles and clearing 5-8 in the high jump.
"I feel pretty good. It's not like I haven't run it before so I feel pretty good," Sullivan said. "The 400 is my favorite race. … I was hoping to get a better time, but today was really just about working hard."
Other West Linn winners included: junior Sam Sanford leading a 1-2-3 Lions sweep in the 800 at 2:11.07; Mikami leading a 1-2-3 Lions' sweep in the 1,500 at 4:31.56; junior Liam Groah leading a 1-2-3 Lions' sweep in the 3,000 at 9:47.46; senior Jake Rams in the shot put at 46-9.5; junior Will Moir in the discus at 120-6; and junior Jack Gertenrich in the pole vault with a personal best of 10-7.
Oregon City, meanwhile, dominated the sprints, won the short relay and took the javelin, long jump and triple jump.
Dahrens stepped up to win the 100 with a time of 11.77 (with senior teammate Cam'Ron McDonald close behind at 11.79), then teamed with McDonald, freshman Nick Bocchetti and junior Jayce Bartley to win the 4 x 100 at 44.19.
"In the middle of the race, I could see myself next to my teammate Cam and the West Linn kid (junior Koffi Kouame), and I knew I had some more left so I just ran harder," Dahrens said after the 100. "Toward the end, near the 80-meter mark, I could feel myself not slowing down and I could just … see them slowing down as I was speeding up. I was just hoping to run a really good race."
Other Oregon City winners included: junior Caleb Jannsen in the javelin at 136-9; Bartley in the long jump at 19-7; and junior Kevin Villaseñor in the triple jump with a PR of 39-1.5.
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