Tigard boys move to 2-0 in league, girls have strong marks

by: DAN BROOD - WINNER -- Tigard senior Megan Franz is first across the finish line in the 1,500-meter run.TUALATIN — It very well was a perfect situation.

The skies were sunny, they were going against their spirited rivals and, as usual, the Tigers were motivated and ready to go.

It all added up to a day of strong performances for the Tigard High School track and field teams when they clashed with rival Tualatin in a competitive Pacific Conference dual meet held April 9 at Tualatin High School.

“This is fun,” Tigard sophomore thrower Elise Conroy said of the meet with the Timberwolves. “You get to see everyone you know, and it’s also a good match-up.”

Last week’s meet certainly seemed to live up to that billing. The Tigard boys stayed unbeaten in the early conference season by getting an 81-64 win over the Timberwolves.

by: DAN BROOD - IN THE LEAD -- Tigard senior Michael Roberts (right) is in first place going over the final obstacle in the 110-meter high hurdles.Meanwhile, the Tigard girls were edged 75-70 by Tualatin in a competitive meet, leaving the Wolves at 2-0 in conference while Tigard moved to 1-1.

Still, the Tiger girls seemed to turn in some very strong performances. Tigard senior Megan Franz seemed to be up to the challenge, as she ran to victory in both the 800 and 1,500-meter runs in her final Tigard-Tualatin dual meet.

“It’s weird to be a senior at this meet. It’s crazy,” Franz said after she won the 1,500 in a time of 5 minutes, 10.40 seconds.

In that race, Franz trailed junior teammate Hannaly Duff-McGaughey for part of the event before coming on strong to pull away at the finish to get an impressive victory.

“That felt pretty good,” Franz said. “I’m so happy for Hannaly. She’s trained so hard. And that really pushes me.”

Later on, Franz ran to victory in the 800 in 2:33.99.

She’s looking to keep going strong in both the 800 and 1,500 — both races that she won at last year’s Pacific Conference district championships.

by: DAN BROOD - READY TO LAUNCH -- Tigard sophomore Elise Conroy triumphed in both the shot put and the discus.“I’d like to repeat what I did last year,” Franz said. “That was exciting, and I’m healthy so far. Hopefully, I can get back to state and see if I can improve my times.”

Conroy also was a two-time winner at last week’s meet. She triumphed in the discus with a throw of 104 feet, 1 inch, and she had a personal-best winning throw of 38-2 in the shot put.

“The shot put went really well,” she said. “I didn’t expect it. I think I was angry because I didn’t do as well as I hoped in the discus, and I brought that to the shot put. The season has started off great. I’ve had a P.R. in almost every meet.”

Like Franz, Conroy is hoping for big things to happen this season.

“My goal is to get 40 feet in the shot put and 120 in the discus,” she said. “Last year, I got to state in the shot put. This year, I want to get to state in the discus, too.”

Also for the Tigard girls at last week’s meet, Duff-McGaughey won the 3,000 in 11:12.97, senior Lindsay Rosette had a winning time of 15.52 in the 100 high hurdles, junior Kaylie Boschma ran to victory in the 300 low hurdles in 49.74 and sophomore Daria Weber had a winning toss of 106-11 in the javelin.

“I think our team is super strong,” Franz said. “We’re all pulling our weight. It’s exciting. It would be nice to end the season with another district title.”

The Tigard boys, with their win over Tualatin, moved to 2-0 on the season, while the Wolves dropped to 0-2.

“We’re looking strong,” Tigard senior Michael Roberts said.

Roberts had one of the big wins for the Tigers in last week’s meet, as he triumphed in the 110 high hurdles in 15.96, edging Tualatin senior standout Robbie Ellis by.1 seconds.

“I was real happy with that,” Roberts said after the race. “During warm-ups, I was really focused. I wanted to maintain my form, and push through.”

by: DAN BROOD - IT'S CLOSE -- Tigard senior Martin Ramos III holds the lead head into the final stretch of the 800-meter run.Last year, Roberts looked to be in position to earn a state-meet bid in the hurdles, but he suffered an ankle injury during the preliminaries of the district meet.

“That’s got me motivated this year,” he said.

The Tigard boy showed plenty of depth in getting their team win at last week’s meet, as many Tiger athletes seemed to contribute to the victory.

Tiger junior Landon Floyd sprinted to victory in the 200 in 23.22. Sophomore Tyler Rosette ran to a win in the 400 and he teamed with junior Tyler Powers, senior Elijah Greenwalt-Simon and senior Martin Ramos III to win the 4 x 400 relay in 3:34.41.

Tigard senior Kyle Rose had a winning mark of 2:04.19 in the 800. Greenwalt-Simon cleared 6-0 to place first in the high jump. Senior Daniel Williams had a winning height of 10-6 in the pole vault and Ruben Arellano triumphed in the triple jump with a distance of 39-5.5.

by: DAN BROOD - THERE THEY GO -- Tigard junior Landon Floyd (center) got off to a fast start on his way to winning the 100-meter dash.Tigard also got a victory from its 4 x 100 relay team of junior Devin Distant, senior Justin Alvarizares, Powers and sophomore Alex Gradin, which had a winning mark of 44.45.

The Tigard teams also had some strong performances at the Westview Team Challenge, held Friday at Westview High School.

For the Tigard girls, Conroy bettered her personal-best in the shot put with her winning throw of 39-4.5.

Linsday Rosette ran to victory in the 100 high hurdles in 15.56 and freshman Victoria Prouty cleared 10-3 to win the shot put. Franz ran to second place in the 800 in 2:20.89.

For the Tigard boys, Tyler Rosette took second place in the 400 in 51.26 and Greenwalt-Simon had a height of 6-0 to place second in the high jump.

The Tigard teams were slated to host Century in a conference meet on Wednesday. Results of that meet weren’t available when The Times went to press.

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