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TRACK & FIELD: The Pioneers claim both team titles at last weekend's Sandy Invitational

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys Marley Salveter comes through the finish line with a win in the 100-meter dash at Saturdays Sandy Invitational. She also won the 200 later in the day.

Sandy Invitational

Girls Team (top 5) Score
1. Sandy
2. Hood River Valley
3. The Dalles
4. Liberty
5. Central

When the Sandy track team schedules its annual invitational, area meteorologists can take the day off. History shows that it is almost a guarantee for rainy conditions at the early-April meet, but wet weather did little to dampen the host Pioneers performance Saturday.

Sandy collected wins across 10 events and swept both the boys and girls team titles at the 15-school meet.

The Sandy girls piled up 138 points to beat runner-up Hood River by almost 50.

Senior sprinter Marley Salveter highlighted the day by doubling up in the 100-meter dash (12.57 seconds) and the 200 (26.32). She has spent much of the off-season working on the early phases of her race, and that paid of with wire-to-wire wins Saturday.

"I've struggled with my starts through all of high school, and have always had to be the one who catches up at the end," Salveter said. "I've put in a lot of work in the weight room and on getting down techniques for my starts. It's something that not only helps me with my placing, but also with my times."

Salveter also ran legs on both of the Pioneers' winning relays.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys Adilynn Brotnov clears a corner hurdle on her way to second place in the 300-meter hurdles.

Sandy's duo of Bella Kansala and Souvanny Carpenter put on a solid showing in the 800, each running side-by-side at the front of the pack early in the race. Hood River's Frances Dickinson put on a challenge at the end of the opening lap, but Kansala answered with a surge and pulled away for the win (2:23.76) over the last 200 meters.

"In that first lap, I wanted to stick with the pack and see what the pace was," Kansala said. "I was feeling good, so I passed the girl and kicked it in. I knew there was some good competition today, so I wanted to hold my ground and not give up anything."

Carpenter finished fifth.

Adilynn Brotnov finished second in the 300 hurdles, leaning ahead of Central's Sophie Bliss at the finish line to edge her by 0.01 hundredths.

In the field, senior Keeley Rasmussen doubled up in the shot put (37-feet-8.5-inches) and discus (139-0), while Hannah Gillies was second in the shot put and Alyssa McNutt was third in the discus. Sandy's throwers combined to score 45 points.

Sandy rookie Camille Walker went a personal-best 16-6.25 to win the long jump by a thumb. She had four of the five longest leaps of the day.

Sandy Invitational

Boys Team (top 5) Score
1. Sandy
2. Liberty
3. Hood River Valley
4. The Dalles
5. Barlow

The Sandy boys tallied 95.5 points to beat second-place Liberty by 14.

The Pioneers ended the day with Wyatt Harley, Taylor Kellim, Dallin Thomas and Cole Hoecker winning the long relay (3:36.13) by a couple seconds over Hood River. Thomas picked up Sandy's only individual win with a personal-best heave of 152-5 in the javelin. He moved from fourth place to the top of the leader board on his fifth throw of the competition.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys Tayler Kellim moves along the backstretch with the lead on the opening lap of the 800-meter race. He led into the final turn before coming in second.

Kellim went out aggressively in the 800 and carried the lead until the final turn of the race when Ahmed Ibrahim out of Parkrose made his move. Kellim answered with a surge at the far end of the corner, pulling up on his opponent's heels before Ibrahim responded to maintain the lead. Kellim came through in second place — less than half-a-second off the pace.

Sandy also got runner-up finishes from Hoecker in the 400, Tanner Brewster in the discus and Jackson Staples in the high jump. Sandy's Tyler Callaway was third in the 3,000 and Nicholas Olsen was third in the shot put.

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This story is slated for our April 10, print edition.

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