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St. Helens invitational plays host to 16 other high school track and field teams

PMG PHOTO: JIM BESEDA - Waylon Nichols of St. Helens High heads to a victory in the 1,500 over Grant Ferguson of host Putnam in a three-team league meet on Wednesday.Seventeen high school track and field teams, including St. Helens and Scappoose, battled one another and the weather at the Lower Columbia Invitational on Saturday, April 13 at St. Helens.

Team scores weren't kept, and because of the number of teams each squad was limited in how many entries it could have.

But that didn't keep the Lions and Indians from posting some significant marks and getting into the spotlight.

"It was a good day, and I was proud of my athletes," St. Helens coach Megan Cox said.

Winners from the Class 5A Columbia County schools:

• Tess Conway of Scappoose in the 400.

A junior, she recorded a PR of 1 minute, 01.24 seconds, outdueling runner-up Victoria Azar, a La Salle Prep sophomore who finished in 1:02.62.

• St. Helens junior Savannah Hoffman in the high jump.

She cleared a PR of 5-0, four inches above the best leap of second-place Lilyanne Savage, a senior from East Linn Christian.

• St. Helens senior Waylon Nichols in the 3,000.

He posted his best time of the season, 9:37:13.

• Scappoose's Brisyn Maller in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles.

Maller's 15.43 in the high hurdles edged East Linn Christian junior Christian Wilson (PR 15.60). Maller later ran a season-best 41.89 in the longer hurdles race, nearly a second-and-a-half faster than second-place Jaren Bowler (PR 43.19), a sophomore at East Linn Christian.

• The Scappoose boys 4x400 relay.

Senior Connor McNabb, junior Josh Lull, junior Goldammer and freshman Neil Hoffman finished in 3:36.89. Banks was second in 3:37.26.

Elsewhere on the track and in the field:

• In the boys 100, Clatskanie senior Cooper Blodgett set a PR of 11.21 to top St. Helens junior Logan Page (11.42) and Scappoose's McNabb (11.77).

In the 200, Blodgett won in 22.59, with Page second in 23.09 and McNabb fifth in 23.92.

"Logan ran well considering the rainy conditions and having to run prelims," Cox said.

Page was faster in the 200 prelims (22.99) than in the finals and right on his time in the 100 prelims, being timed in 11.43.

Scappoose junior Josh Lull was second in the 400 with a PR of 53.12.

McNabb and Lull joined Goldammer and junior Tyler Holcomb to run a 44.84 and give Scappoose second place in the 4x100 relay. Blodgett and Clatskanie won in 44.75.

The Indians sent out Gage Ekstrom, Mason Earl, Franklin Gardner and Tyler Lager to run the distance medley relay, and they took sixth place.

St. Helens' distance medley relay team of George James, Brenden Clegg, Waylon Berry and Cooper Montgomery was seventh.

Freshman Rowen Suchoski of Scappoose was the runner-up in the 3,000, in 9:41.54.

Nichols of St. Helens took fourth in the 1,500 with a PR of 4:19.29.

Scappoose's Maller added a second in the triple jump to his hurdles victories. He jumped 40-7, to trail only Forest Grove senior Dominic Funk (PR 41-10- 1/4).

St. Helens senior Daniel Suon had a PR of 131-4 in the discus, good for second behind Milwaukie senior Kaiden Durheim (139-8).

In the javelin, Scappoose junior Conner Havlik was third with a throw of 157-8.

• In the girls meet, Scappoose freshman Sydney Hanke took fifth in the 1,500, with a PR of 5:15.22. Senior teammate Anne Morud was fifth in the 3,000, also with a PR (12:40.74).

The Indians' Kelsey Ela, a junior, was third in the 100 hurdles and fourth in the 300 hurdles. Both her times were her best of the year (17.73, 52.65).

St. Helens put together a girls distance medley relay that placed third. Carla Carreras, Isabelle Wallace, Mackenzie Trainer and Hillary Barley ran for the Lions.

St. Helens' Hoffman also nabbed fifth place in the triple jump (31-3), one spot ahead of sophomore Lion Kasten Warner (29-5 1/2).

Isabella Nelson, a sophomore at St. Helens, was third in the 200, fifth in the 100 and seventh in the pole vault. Her 200 prelim time of 28.43 was a PR.

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