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Indians use dual track and field meet vs. La Salle Prep to check out who might fit best where

Grading and judging meet outcomes this season — and at this part of any season — is a tricky proposition.

The Scappoose High track and field team is still tinkering with people and events, finding out who fits in the square pegs and round holes in a sport with 17 events for both boys and girls.

Continued experimentation was part of the order of the day on Wednesday as the Indians took on La Salle Prep in a dual meet at Scappoose.

The Indians came away with their share of success stories — winning nine of the 10 boys events on the track, for instance.

But first-year head coach Dennis Olstedt was planning to look deeper and at more subtleties in his post-meet analysis and as he plans for what the Indians can do to get better prepared for the May 16-17 Northwest Oregon Conference district championships at Putnam.

"We're looking at where we can put our kids so they can be successful and also help the team be successful," Olstedt said. "And we don't want our kids to have their best times a third of the way into the season. We want those times to come at district and state."

The Indians had a bunch of 2019 bests, though, against good competition from La Salle Prep.

Scappoose juniors Tyler Holcomb and Brisyn Maller both doubled individually.

Holcomb ran his fastest 100 and 200 meters of the year (11.64 and 23.96), with junior Henry Goldammer doing likewise (11.96, 24.39) to place second and third. Freshman Matthew Myton's 24.24 in the 200 was a PR and good for second place.

Goldammer and Holcomb were on the winning 4x100 relay, and Goldammer ran in the 4x400 crew that also took first.

Freshman Neil Hoffman (first in the 400) and junior Josh Lull (first in the 800) also were on the 4x400. Lull also ran the 4x100, and senior Connor McNabb was on both relays.

Maller swept his two specialties, the 110 and 300 hurdles, and joined Myton Holcomb and junior Gustavo Villalvazo on a 4x400 "B" team that placed second.

Freshmen Rowen and Luke Suchoski placed 1-2 in the 3,000 and 2-3 in the 1,500.

Another freshman, Colin Stoddard, competed for the first time in the pole vault, with only a couple days of practice, and cleared 9 feet for fourth, right behind junior teammate Matthew Reed, who made a PR 9-6.

Junior Conner Havlik won the javelin and took second in the discus and third in the shot put (PR 39-4).

The Scappoose girls captured both relays, too, and had firsts in five individual events.

Kyrah Harrison, a junior, was first in the triple jump (season-best 32-4) and high jump.

Junior Tess Conway won her best event, the 400, and sophomore Anika Havlik was first at the end of the girls 800. Junior Kelsey Ela won the 100 hurdles.

Conway, Havlik, Ela and senior Sierra Stafford comprised the winning 4x100 team. In the 4x400, it was Conway, Havlik, Stafford and junior Emma Jones.

Stafford placed third in the 100 with a season-fastest 13.79. She also was third i in the long jump with a PR of 15-10.25.

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