The Eagles show off their strength at the WVL track meet

by: DAN BROOD - EAGLE POWER -- Westside Christian's Ryan Conlin (center), with teammates on each side of her, won both the 100 and 200-meter dashes during last week's meet at Dayton.DAYTON — Ryan Conlin insists that Jessie Mathison is the faster racer in the 400-meter run.

Mathison is then quick to point out that Conlin holds the edge when it comes to the 100-meter dash.

So, when the two Westside Christian High School seniors lined up side-by-side in the 200, all indications were that it was going to be a heck of a race.

It was — and it also helped show just how powerful the Tigard-based Westside Christian girls track and field team is.

The Eagles, with Conlin and Mathison helping lead the way, turned in a dominating performance at a West Valley League five-team meet held last Thursday at Dayton High School. The Westside Christian girls took the top in the team standings at the meet with 123.33 points. That put the Eagles more than 40 points ahead of second-place Dayton, which had a score of 83.

“The team is doing really good this year,” Conlin said following the 200-meter dash at last week’s meet. “I think we have a bigger team this year.”

“We want to break some school records,” Mathison added. “Our relays are really good.”

The Westside Christian girls look to be really good in many aspects when it comes to track and field competition.

For example, there’s last week’s 200-meter dash. Despite the race being held in far less than ideal weather conditions, Conlin turned in a winning time of 28.28 seconds. Mathison was right beside her in second place, at 28.40.

by: DAN BROOD - STRIDING -- Westside Christian's Ryan Krostag is all alone as he is on his way to victory in the 1,500-meter run.“It went really well,” Conlin said of the race. “But it was really windy.”

“And cold,” Mathison added.

Even though they both didn’t compete in each relay race at last week’s meet, Conlin and Mathison look to be key elements for the Eagles’ swift 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay squads.

In the 4 x 400 relay this season, Conlin and Mathison have teamed with fellow seniors Kayla Brase and Sarah Curtis to turn in a time of 4:11.04, which, as of Tuesday, ranked as the top Class 3A mark for the state.

In the 4 x 100 relay, the team of Conlin, Mathison, Brase and junior Micaiah Fischer have recorded a time of 51.54, which ranks as the third-best mark in the Class 3A ranks this season.

“We’re hoping to place high in the 4 x 400 at state,” said Conlin, who won the 100 at last week’s meet in a time of 13.51. “The 4 x 100 relay is good, too.”

“The relays are my favorite,” Mathison said.

At last week’s meet in Dayton, Mathison teamed with freshman Emily Curtis, senior Chantel Smith and Brase to win the 4 x 400 relay in 4:21.50. In the 4 x 100 relay, the Westside team of Emily Curtis, freshman Lillie De la motte, sophomore Gabbi Lorenzo and junior Lexi Goebel picked up a win with a mark of 55.96.

Brase also picked up a pair of individual victories at the meet. She had a winning mark of 50.58 in the 300 low hurdles and she triumphed in the long jump with a distance of 16 feet, 9 DAN BROOD - JUMP TO IT -- Westside Christian's Kayla Brase takes off on her way to winning the long jump.

Brase didn’t compete in the triple jump, but, as of Tuesday, she holds the state’s best mark in that event with a distance of 37-4.

Also for the Westside Christian girls at last week’s meet, De la motte had winning time of 1:07.46 in the 400, junior Elyssa Adams cleared 4-8 to take first place in the high jump and Goebel had a winning mark of 7-6 in the pole vault.

The Westside Christian boys also had a strong showing at last week’s meet in Dayton. The Eagles took first place in the team standings with a score of 115.25 points. Horizon Christian was second at 86.5.

The Westside Christian boys, like the girls, shined in the relays.

In the 4 x 100 relay, the Eagles team of senior Nehemiah Heye, junior Jeremy Howell, senior Jacob Sturtevant and junior Zijie Fu triumphed in a time of 45.63. In the 4 x 400, the Westside combination of junior Derek Baltzell, junior Marcus Raz, senior Morgan Ball and senior Ryan Krostag picked up a win with its mark of 3:50.31.

The Eagles also excelled in other races on the track. In the 100, Fu sprinted to victory in a time of 11.88. Sturtevant won the 200 in 23.71. Heye picked up a victory in the 400 in 54.61. Raz son the 800 in 2:14.31 and Krostag cruised to victory in the 1,500 in 4:33.11.

by: DAN BROOD - SUPER SPRINTER -- Westside Christian's Jacob Sturtevant picked up a win in the 200.In the field events, Westside junior Caleb Griffie cleared 5-10 to take first place in the high jump.

The Westside Christian teams will be back in action Saturday, when they compete at the King’s Invitational, which will be held at King’s High School in Shoreline, Wash.

The meet is set to start at 10 a.m.

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