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The Pioneers sweep the relays and win six individual events to claim the NWOC title going away

OUTLOOK PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandy's Dallin Thomas finds his way past the finish line for a win in the 1,600-meter relay, while Milwaukie and Wilsonville battle for second play. The Mustangs would be disqualified for obstruction with about 40 meters to go, giving the Wildcats the last spot to state.



5A TRACK & FIELD
NWOC boys district meet

Team (top 3) Score
Sandy
188
St. Helens
94
Milwaukie
89


MILWAUKIE — The Sandy boys track team ran away with the district title, piling up 188 points over the two-day meet. Combining the totals of the next two teams in the standings, St. Helens and Milwaukie, wouldn't have been enough to catch a Sandy squad that scored eight first-place finishes and had someone in the top three in 14 of the 17 events.

Senior Dayne Gordien set district records in the shot put (61 feet, 2.5 inches) and discus (184-3) on Day 1, going 1-2 with Travis Brewster in the discus.

Meanwhile across the stadium on the long jump runway, teammates Glynne McGaughey and Maxwell Shannon were busy putting together their own 1-2 finish with McGaughey stretching out to a personal best 22-4.5 for the win.

It would be more of the same Friday for the racing finals, highlighted by Cole Hoecker and Dallin Thomas going 1-2 by a wide margin in the 400-meter dash. Thomas got out to the early lead and maintained his edge coming in front of the grandstands before Hoecker pulled up alongside and moved a stride ahead to win in 51.19 seconds.

Jackson Staples shared first-place points in the high jump, while Maxwell Shannon won the triple jump.

Sandy finished off the meet with a wire-to-wire win in the 1,600-meter relay after taking the 400 relay to start the day.

"Our goal was to qualify as many for state as we could — that's been the date that has been circled on our calendar the entire season," Sandy coach Anouxa Vixathep said. "We don't do that without coming in here and taking care of business today."

Heading into the state meet, on paper Sandy and Marist are the clear-cut favorites in the team chase — just one point apart based on seeding marks from district.


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