Sherwood boys show their power in conference opener
SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School boys track and field team, in its first year in the Pacific Conference has some big goals — championship goals.
And, one meet into the conference season, the Bowmen look like they're taking that lofty goal seriously.
The Sherwood boys opened their conference schedule by powering their way to a 102-43 win over Forest Grove in a dual meet held March 20 at Sherwood High School.
"We work hard," Sherwood junior sprinter Caleb Hagan said during the meet. "Hopefully, this will be a good season for the whole team. We'd like to win district and be league champs. That would be pretty nice. We're looking pretty good."
"Same as last year, win it all," Sherwood sophomore thrower Noah Culbertson said, referring to the Three Rivers League dual meet title the Bowmen won last year. "Everyone get points and place. Track is a big thing here."
Culbertson and Hagan, who each placed at last year's Class 6A state championships, each got their Pacific Conference seasons off to strong starts.
Hagan, in his first conference race, sprinted to victory in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.07 seconds.
"It was pretty good," Hagan said after that race. "I think my start could have been better, but, after the first 50, I felt relaxed."
Later in the meet, Hagan had a winning time of 22.21 in the 200, giving him a promising start to the 2019 campaign.
"It's been going pretty good," he said. "I've been dealing with an injury, my hamstring is a little tight, but I'm working through it. Hopefully, this season will be a good season."
Hagan, who placed fifth in the 200, and sixth in the 100, at last year's Class 6A state meet, is looking for big things this season.
"I just want to do my best," he said. "Top three (in state) would be a goal of mine. I just need to keep doing what I'm doing, working hard."
Culbertson was also a two-time winner at the conference-opening meet. He triumphed in the shot put with a mark of 52 feet, 11.5 inches, and he had a winning throw of 145-8 in the discus.
"Not bad. I threw kind of average," Culbertson said after his victory in the shot put. "I wanted that 55, so it was average for me, but, overall, it was a good day."
Culbertson, who placed fifth in the shot put at last year's Class 6A state meet, is also looking for big things this season.
"I want to build off of last year," he said. "I want to improve and progress each year. I'm just preparing for state, trying to peak at state, so I can get that 60 feet. Yeah, that's a goal."
The Bowmen have another top shot putter in sophomore Bryan Cuthbertson, who took second place at last week's league meet with a throw of 48-1.5.
"It's really fun throwing with someone pretty close to my distance, and we're good friends," Culbertson said. "We push each other, and he helps me out, and I help him out."
Also for the Sherwood boys at last week's meet, junior Thomas Osborn won the 800 in a time of 2:02.93, senior Henry Giles ran to victory in the 1,500 in 4:10.92, senior Michael Klapp had a winning time of 16.31 in the 110 high hurdles, senior Dylan Blue ran to victory in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.68, freshman Davyon Jones cleared 5-10 to take first place in the high jump, Sam Findtner won the long jump with a mark of 19-9 and he also had a winning distance of 40-3.25 in the triple jump.
In the 4 x 400 relay, the Sherwood team of senior Ethan Heironimus, sophomore Asher Krauel, sophomore Charles Verkamp and junior Matthew Roelle had a winning mark of 3:52.32.
The Sherwood girls were also victorious at the conference-opening meet, getting a 95-49 win over the Vikings.
Sophomores Nora Hagan and Joley Sproul were each two-time winners on the track for the Lady Bowmen. Hagan sprinted to victory in the 100 in 12.99 and she won the 200 in 27.59.
Sproul had a winning mark of 17.61 in the 100 high hurdles and she triumphed in the 300 low hurdles in 47.60.
Also on the track for the Lady Bowmen, sophomore Kylah Williams won the 400 in 1:01.57 and freshman Taylor Card had a winning time of 5:17.73 in the 1,500.
In the field events, Sherwood senior Korynn Bowers won the discus with a toss of 81-1 and she triumphed in the shot put with a mark of 30-8.5. Sophomore Taryn Kelley won the javelin with a throw of 104-9. Sophomore Samantha Christensen cleared 4-10 to take first place in the high jump and she also won the triple jump with a distance of 32-3.
The Sherwood teams will be back in action on April 3, when they compete in a conference dual meet at Century.