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The Pioneers win a pair of close duals against Centennial and Central Catholic

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys Jordan McLeod comes out of the first exchange with the baton and the lead during the Pioneers win in the 400-meter relay.

Wednesday, April 17

Team Score
Sandy Pioneers
Centennial Eagles

The Sandy girls track team slipped past Centennial by the slimmest of margins for a 71-70 dual-meet win last week to emerge as the last unbeaten team in the Mount Hood Conference.

Centennial picked up a key early victory when Angel Aluesi used some quick footwork in the discus ring to move to the top of the leader board by a thumb length over Sandy's Keeley Rasmussen in the fifth round of throws. She claimed the win with a heave of 135-feet-6-inches.

"I woke up and realized I was in second place, and I needed to be in first," Aluesi said. "I came in focused on the things I've been doing in practice and it carried over into the meet."

She also won the shot put with a personal-best throw of 45-10.25 — more than seven feet farther than anyone else in the competition.

Sandy countered with Kendall Martin winning the javelin with a heave of 125-8 — more than 12 feet farther than her previous best.

"The throws were a big showdown, and getting a big PR really gave her a boost of confidence," Sandy coach Anouxa Vixathep said.

In the matchup of some of the state's best throwers, Centennial emerged with a three-point edge in the team score.

Sandy made up ground on the track with Marley Salveter sweeping the sprints, while also anchoring both winning relays.

Bella Kansala won the 800 (2:26.31) followed by teammates Gillian Moore and Brooklyn Starley each crossing the finish line ahead of Centennial's lead racer for a pivotal 1-2-3 sweep.

"We talked about this being a tight meet where our big guns would do their thing, but it was really those second and third-place points that were going to make the difference," Vixathep said.

Camille Walker won the long jump at 16 feet — more than a foot farther than anyone else in the competition.

Sandy scored a 79-65 dual win over Central Catholic.

"One of our goals is to win the dual-meet title our first year back, and this went a long way in doing that," Vixathep said.

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys Tyler Callaway moves along the backstretch during his second-place finish in the 1,500-meter race, coming in 0.06 hundredths behind Central Catholics Cole ODonnell.

On the boys side, Sandy dropped both team scores.

Again, the throws proved to be the Pioneers biggest point push with Tanner Brewster doubling up in the shot put (47-9) and discus (138-1), while Nick Olsen was second in both of those events. Jackson Staples cleared a season's best 6-6 to win the high jump by several bars.

On the track, Tayler Kellim won the 800 (2:01.29)

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This story is slated for our April 24, print edition.

— - MHC track & field

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