The Tiger boys also have strong marks in meet with Tualatin

by: DAN BROOD - STRIDING OUT -- Tigard High School junior Megan Franz (right) with teammates Elizabeth Dean and Hannaly Duff-McGaughey right behind her, is on her way to victory in the 1,500-meter run during last week's Pacific Conference dual meet with Tualatin. TIGARD — At first glance, it looked like the odds were against the Tigard High School girls track and field team.

After all, the Tigers were facing a formidable obstacle in their rivals from Tualatin.

But the Tigard girls smacked those odds around. And, in the process they scored a thrilling win over the Timberwolves.

The Tigers, getting clutch performances throughout the meet, posted a 75-70 win over Tualatin in a spirited Pacific Conference dual meet held April 10 at Tigard High School.

“It’s a nice, friendly competition when we go against Tualatin,” Tigard junior Megan Franz said during the meet. “But we really want to win.”

Tualatin moved to 1-1 in league dual meets with the setback. The Tigard girls upped their Pacific Conference mark to 2-0.

“All week, we were talking about getting kids to step up and find ways to improve places in every event,” Tigard coach Shane Kessler said. “On paper, we should not have won this track meet, but our girls stepped up and competed with a will to win and tremendous heart. That’s something paper can’t measure.”

Franz, and her distance-running teammates, helped the Tigard girls get off to a strong start to the meet, as they swept the top three spots in the 1,500-meter run.

“Having my teammates up there with me really helped,” Franz said. “And it was really nice to get the sweep.”

Franz ended up winning the 1,500 in a time of 5 minutes, 17.10 seconds.

“I felt great,” Franz said with a smile. “I felt confident and I had a good kick at the end.”

Right behind Franz was a pair of her Tigard teammates. Tiger sophomore Elizabeth Dean placed second in a time of 5:22.07 and sophomore Hannaly Duff-McGaughey was third at 5:33.03.

Franz also triumphed in the 800, winning that race in a time of 2:30.51.

Junior Lindsey Rosette also had a big day for the Tigard girls. Rosette sprinted to victory in the 100 in 13.00. She won the 100 high hurdles in 15.93 and she had a winning mark of 49.56 in the 300 low hurdles.

Freshman Elise Conroy was a two-time winner for the Tigard girls in the throwing events. Conroy triumphed in the shot put with a throw of 32 feet, 5 inches and she had a winning toss of 101-7 in the discus. Tigard, with senior Megan Risinger taking second and senior Justyce Luna placing third, came away with sweeps in both of those events.

Besides the victors, the Tigard girls had other key performances in the meet.

In a battle of two of the premier pole vaulters in the state, Tigard sophomore Liz Prouty placed second with a height of 11-0.

Freshman Natalie Bryant stepped up to place third in the 200 in a time of 27.73 and she ran to second place in the 400 in 1:02.66.

Another freshman, Rachel Josephson had a key third-place finish in the high jump with her mark of 4-6. Sophomore Michelle Simmons also had a crucial performance with her third-place finish in the triple jump.

The Tigard boys also found themselves in some intense competition at last week’s meet. The Tigers were edged 75-70 by the Timberwolves.

Tualatin improved to 2-0 in league meets while Tigard moved to 1-1.

Despite the close setback, the Tigard boys were also fired-up and they had some inspired performance during the meet.

“They’re our big rivals,” Tigard senior Cameron Bremner said of the Timberwolves. “We always want to beat them. It’s fun competition.”

Bremner sprinted to victory in the 100 in 11.14.

“It went alright,” Bremner said after the race. “I was just a little stiff.”

Senior Zach Floyd had a big day for the Tigard.

In his first time running the 110 high hurdles in competition, Floyd came away with a win in a time of 15.83. Floyd also stepped up in the clutch to get a win in a closely contested triple jump competition.

In that event, held as the meet was wrapping up, Tualatin senior Beau Kennedy took the lead with a mark of 42-5 3/4 in his final attempt of the competition. But Floyd, up next for his last attempt, reclaimed the lead with a jump of 43-5.

“The competitive response on this kid is special,” Kessler said. “That was fun to be a part of.”

Also for the Tigard boys, junior Martin Ramos III won the 800 in a time of 2:03.92, junior Devin Roche triumphed in the 3,000 in 9:38.55, junior Brandon Walker had a winning throw of 125-10 in the discus, junior Hadi Rahal-Arabi cleared 10-0 to take first place in the pole vault and junior Darren Rodrigues had triumphed in the long jump with a leap of 20-8 1/2.

Tigard senior Logan Charboneau had an 18-inch improvement to take second place in the long jump with a mark of 19-10.

The Tigard teams also turned in some strong marks at the Westview Team Challenge, held Friday at Westview High School.

Prouty had the big win of the night for the Tigers as she triumphed in the pole vault with a height of 11-7, which, as of Tuesday, was the best mark in the state this season.

Rosette won both hurdles events. She triumphed in the 100 high hurdles in 16.04 and she had a winning mark of 47.65 in the 300 low hurdles.

Also for the Tigard girls, Franz ran to victory in the 800 in 2:25.44, Conroy won the shot put with a throw of 35-11 and Luna had a winning toss of 11-6 in the discus.

The Tigard girls finished in third place in the team standings with 388 1/2 points.

Walker had the top finish for the Tigard boys. He took second place in the discus with a toss of 132-6.

The Tiger boys were seventh in the team standings with 280 points.

The Tigard teams were scheduled to compete in a league dual meet at McMinnville on Wednesday. Results of that meet weren’t available when the Times went to press.

The Tigers will be back in action Friday and Saturday when they compete at the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field.

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