Sandy has solid showing at double dual meet
HILLSBORO — If there was one thing was evident for the Sandy track teams in their most recent dual meet, it was that they are peaking at the right time.
The Pioneers dominated their double dual with Parkrose and Hillsboro on Wednesday afternoon. The Sandy boys defeated Hillsboro 99-33 and beat Parkrose 112-29. The Sandy girls, on the other hand, got the 91-50 win over Hillsboro and defeated Parkrose 128-12.
"I think when we are healthy, we are a very difficult team to contend with," Sandy head coach Anouxa Vixathep said. "We have depth on both the boys and girls sides that help us carry through a dual meet. There is not another team in the conference that can cover the events like our boys team does."
One of the main highlights of the meet for the Sandy boys came early on when the team of Dallin Thomas, Glynne McGaughey, Dalton Lundry and Max Shannon broke the 4x100 school record with a time of 43.00 seconds.
"The amazing thing about this group is I really have five guys that can run and that I can plug into if one person is unavailable," Vixathep said about his 4x100 team. "They take a lot of pride in their hand-offs and working on that event."
Shannon followed up his showing in the 4x100 by setting a new personal best with his victory in the 100 meters (11.21). McGaughey, who finished in second with a time of 11.25, came out of the blocks with the lead, but Shannon caught up in the last 50 meters and was just able to get to the line first.
"I was just hoping to stick with Glynne. I really wasn't expecting to win that to be completely honest," Shannon said.
On the girls side, Molly Murphy-Brown was a standout in the 1500, winning with a time 5:32.76 and beating the next closer competitor by nearly 13 seconds.
Murphy-Brown hadn't competed in the 1500 in over a month, but that didn't stop her from posting her best mark of the season.
"Molly is awesome. I've worked with her for the past four years, and she has battled injury and fatigue this season and to see her come back and win in such a dominate fashion really made my day," Vixathep said.
Murphy-Brown got ahead of the pack from the get-go and never looked back.
"I raced way better than I thought I was going to," Murphy-Brown said. "I thought the heat was going to effect me, but I didn't even notice it while I was running."
Isabella Kansala had the other distance-event victory for the Sandy girls, winning with a personal-best time of 2:28.09.
Look for extended coverage in the May 2 print edition.