PREPS: Roundup from around town
Portland Interscholastic League
Freshman Micah Williams tweaked a hamstring in the Class 6A 100-meter prelims on Friday and was disappointed to finish only third in Saturday's final. Then he had to scratch out of the 200 at Hayward Field.
"I wanted to do better in the 100," he said, after finishing in 10.76, just under his PR of 10.72.
• Jelisa Turner, a junior, ran PRs of 12.69 and 26.05 in the Oregon School Activities Association 100 and 200 girls preliminaries, but did not advance.
Three Warriors scored at the 6A track and field championships last week.
Junior Roth Morgan took second in the javelin with a personal-best throw of 184 feet, 10 inches. "I just love the javelin, and I've always had a good arm," he said.
Junior long jumper Sean Neuman was seventh at 21-11 1/4.
Senior Peter Gregory, who had to deal with an infection the week of the meet, placed eighth in the 110 hurdles in 15.76.
While senior Henry Mong was the individual featured attraction at Hayward Field on Saturday, winning the 1,500 and 800 in stirring fashion, Franklin also had senior Connor Griffin PR in the 800 (1:55.58) and place seventh. And, junior Will Eaton's PR of 8:43.06 nabbed seventh in the 3,000.
Junior Philip Quinton came on fast at the end of the track season, and his two-second-plus PR of 1:53.52 on Saturday earned second in a relatively new race for him, the 800.
"Probably as good as I could have hoped for, the way Henry is running," Quinton said of Franklin's Henry Mong, the winner.
Quinton shined at longer distances while in the CYO ranks and at The Madeline School. Now he has become someone to really watch next year, and in more than the 1,500 and 3,000 and cross-country, where he's finished 17th, 20th and 17th in three PIL district meets.
"I don't know what's changed, but I've been running really well and feeling good," he said.
Grant's other boys scorer in the state meet, junior Saivon Brown, ran a PR 49.74 in the 400 to grab eighth place.
Ramontre Williams, a late-arriving senior trackster making his first appearance at state, took sixth in the high jump at 6-2.
The Cardinals scored in two girls events at the state track and field meet. In the high jump, seniors Sydney Denham and Stephanie Hamilton were first and tied for eighth, going over 5-6 and 5-2. In the javelin, sophomore Charlotte Anderson and senior Colette Jesson placed fourth and eighth, thanks to their final attempts. Anderson threw a PR of 138-11, while Jesson posted her best mark of the season, 123-9.
• State boys javelin champ Sawyer Christopher also competed in the discus at state, placing 12th with a PR of 140-8, and his 2018 plans probably will include the high jump, a relatively new event for him.
• Lincoln had one other boy score at state. Dominic Arce, a senior, ran a PR 4:01.46 in the 1,500 to claim eighth place.
Senior Abdi Hassan threw the shot 50-4 1/2 — bettering his previous PR of 49-0 — to take sixth in state.
Senior Siyat Mohamed just missed scoring in the high jump. He matched the sixth-place finishers with a 6-2 clearance but wound up ninth on misses.
• Sophomore Rosie Folger-vent got to compete in three events and came close to scoring in all of them. She was ninth in the pole vault (10-6), 11th in the high jump (5-0) and 13th in the triple jump (34-1 1/2).
Senior Gene Taka was 10th in the shot put (48-9 3/4), and sophomore Cabree Figueroa took 12th in the triple jump (42-9 1/4).
• Sophomores Ahliah Nordstrom and Litzi Molina got their first taste of state meet competition. Nordstrom was 13th in the discus and 14th in the shot put, and Molina placed 15th in the shot.
Senior Caleb Seely did his thing at Hayward Field, pushing the pace in the 1,500 and 800, and he was the Trojans' top scorer after finishes of third (3:58.98) and fourth (1:54.26).
Alex Slenning, a junior, ran fifth in the 3,000 (8:41.09) and sixth in the 1,500 (4:00.63).
• Senior Emma Swanson was sixth in the 6A 300 hurdles.
• Freshman Avery Poulsen, coming off her PIL district meet 800 triumph, placed ninth at Eugene.
• Wilson junior Loren Sckerl was second among PIL golfers at the state championships last week. He finished 29th with an 18-over-par 162 total for 36 holes at Quail Valley in Banks.
Sckerl, who tied for 68th as a sophomore, played the front nine in 3-over both days but struggled with his swing on the back nines.
Wilson senior Atlas Assaro, who tied for 21st a year ago, opened with a 77 and had a 75 in the second that would have tied him for ninth, but he turned in an incorrect scorecard and was disqualified.
A playing partner put him down for a 5 instead of a 6 on one hole. Assaro learned of the error while talking about the round on the drive home with coach Chris Hudson.
"He asked me to turn around so he could go back to the scorer's table, where he verified his incorrect score and accepted his disqualification," Hudson says. "Not all kids would have taken the responsibility, but this is Atlas, a true player and champion in my eyes. I'm very proud of him and his performance."
OTHER CLASS 6A
The Rams' fourth-place team finish in the 6A boys track and field meet included a win by the top-seeded 4x400 relay of Austin Hill, Parker Mann, Korbin Williams and William Mundy. All are seniors except Mann, who also took second in the triple jump (PR 46-4).
"We had the mind-set that we have to win, and the drive to do it" Mundy said of the long relay crew.
The Rams could have some state scoring potential again next year. Junior Vicenzo Logan was fourth in the 6A triple jump (season-best 45-3 1/4), and freshman Joseph Nizich nailed third in the javelin (183-2). Logan, junior Alex Soo, Williams and Mundy were eighth in the 4x100. Williams, a newcomer to track this year, was ninth in the 200 and 400 at state.
• Mann's arrival on the track came in 2016, and only after he was "cut" from the tennis team. "Austin (Hill) made me come out for track," he says.
• The Rams girls got their seven points in the relays. The 4x100 team of Clara Boime, Malika Washington, Dahlia Maroney and Kellis Dack was sixth, and the 4x400 of Anna Laber, Kate Marron, Maroney and Boime took fifth.
Among those out of the money at Hayward Field was Amara Christensen in the 1,500, but the freshman ran a PR of 4:58.19 in placing 15th.
Boys golfer Andrew Barker, a freshman, tied for 36th out of 87 players in the 6A championships. He shot 86-79 for a 21-over 165 at Quail Valley.
Jesuit's 6A boys golf domination showed in a 23-stroke victory over second-place Clackamas.
Seniors Danny Terrell (3-over 147) and Nick Timm (150) were second and fifth. Terrell finished three strokes behind the winner, Clackamas' Sam Pyon.
Also for Jesuit, soph Austin Carnese tied for sixth at 151, freshman Johnny Ward tied for 13th at 154, and junior Samir Dutta tied for 33rd at 164.
The Crusaders had lost the 2016 tournament by one stroke to Lake Oswego, shooting 299-299—598 at Trysting Tree in Corvallis. This time, they opened with a 293 and cruised to a 602 total, with Sunset third at 627 and LO fourth at 635.
• In girls golf, Jesuit took third in the state. Westview (71-over 647) and West Linn (655) were the only teams ahead of the Crusaders (664) in the 12-team field.
Senior Amy Wagner led Jesuit with a tie for eighth and 15-over 159. The other Crusaders all figure to be back next season: freshman Mary Scott Wolfe (164, 13th) and sophomores Tabetha Kang (167, tied for 18th), Haley Hummelt (174, tied for 25th) and Clara Ganz (189, tied for 47th).
None of the five scorers for state champion Westview were seniors, though.
St. Mary's Academy
The Blues' senior standouts, Michelle Chandler and Lara Rix, saved some of their best for last as each placed fourth in the 6A track and field championships.
Chander clocked a PR 2:13.64 in the 800, while Rix ran a PR of 9:56.47 in the 3,000.
• McKenna Vanko's fourth-place finish led the Blues to fifth out of 12 teams in the 6A girls golf tournament at Emerald Valley in Creswell. She had a 13-over 157, two behind the runners-up, with winner Ellie Slama of South Salem 19 shots ahead of anyone with a 136 total.
Vanko was 33rd as a freshman, tied for 18th as a sophomore and tied for fifth as a junior.
The Blues were nine shots ahead of sixth-place Clackamas.
La Salle Prep
The Falcons had three boys score in the 5A track and field meet at Eugene. Sean Hamel was second in the 5A javelin (season-best 178-1). Jordan Gloden took fourth in the 100 hurdles, Jason Waters was fifth in the pole vault (13-6 1/4, a PR by 1/4 inch).
La Salle sophomore Brendan Dexter ran a PR 4:19.58 in the 1,500 and placed 10th.
• The Falcons had three girls qualify for state, and one placed — senior Teresa Tamashiro with a season-high 11-0 1/4 clearance in the pole vault, good for fifth.
Sophomore Brigid Hanley was ninth in the 3,000, while junior Philicia Robinson took 10th in the 200 and 400 (with a season-fastest 26.46 and a PR of 1:01.51).
Junior Spencer Tatafu got some great exposure as he placed second in the 5A discus and shot at Hayward Field.
The two-sport athlete, who is being recruited heavily in football, had a personal-best mark in the discus by 11 feet, throwing 179-2. His shot put of 54-10 tied his PR. He finished second in both events to Ridgeview senior Brent Yeakey, maing Tatafu the early favorite for 2018.
Scouts from UO and elsewhere are intrigued by the 6-2, 240-pounder's potential in the throws — though football is where he has received the most interest and from numerous schools, from the Pac-12 to the Ivy League (he has a weighted GPA of 3.8, says Parkrose coach Brian Davis).
Tatafu is a middle linebacker who, in the eyes of some colleges, might work there or at defensive end, or even at fullback, which he also plays for Parkrose.
• Also at state for the Broncos, senior Sam Saryon ran a PR of 22.92 in the 200 and just missed making finals in both sprints.
• Senior Kylie Storm capped her Broncos career with runs in the 100 and 300 girls hurdles. She just missed advancing to the finals.