Sherwood boys looking to win all the titles
HILLSBORO — This year, the Sherwood High School boys track and field team wants it all.
And, so far this season, it looks like the Bowmen very well could be on their way to getting it.
Sherwood picked up another impressive win on April 17, when it ran, jumped and threw its way to a 103-42 win over Glencoe in a Pacific Conference dual meet held at Glencoe High School.
"It's been going really good for the team," said Sherwood senior Dylan Blue, who ran to victory in the 110-meter high hurdles at the meet. "We were in a really tough league last year, and this year, it's really good competition for us, especially for the girls, they've really got good competition."
The Sherwood boys, like the girls, improved to 4-0 in conference dual meets with the victory. Success in dual meets is nothing new to the Bowmen, who won the Three Rivers League dual meet title last year. But, at last year's TRL district meet, Sherwood finished in second place in the team standings.
This year, the Bowmen want all the titles.
"Winning district is the big thing for us this year," Blue said. "Last year, we won the league (dual meet) title, but this year, we really want to win district. That's the big thing for us. We want both the dual meet and district titles."
Blue, at the meet at Glencoe, didn't have a perfect run in the 110 high hurdles, but he still won the race in a time of 16.18 seconds.
"It was rough," Blue said. "I hit the second hurdle with a little bit of a trail-leg clip. That set me back on the rest of the hurdles, but I tried to keep my speed up in between, keep my strides short and quick. I always have to keep my head up."
And, of course, getting the victory was a good thing.
"That's always good for the team. That's mainly the goal," Blue said. "If we can go one-two-three, that's definitely good."
That's what the Bowmen did in the 110 high hurdles, as Sherwood senior Michael Klapp finished second in the race in 16.69 and senior Robert Schmidt was third at 16.72.
Meanwhile, Blue is looking for big things in the high hurdles for the rest of the season.
"My season is going good," he said. "I'm really close to my (personal record) from last year, so I'm happy about that. I'm trying to lower my time down. My goal this year is to get the school record. That's 14.90, which is ridiculously fast. I'm going to have to push hard at practice. If coach says 'let's do three reps,' I'm not going to do just two and say 'oh, I'm tired now.' I have to put the effort in to get the effort back out and the reward."
The Bowmen also took the top three spots in the 300 intermediate hurdles at Glencoe. Klapp won that race in 41.66. Blue was second at 41.78 and Schmidt was third at 44.18.
Sherwood junior Caleb Hagan, a standout in the 100 and 200 for the Bowmen, ran the 400 at Glencoe, and triumphed in a time of 50.25.
"We've been pushing each other," Blue said. "And we've been placing people in different races strategically. We stuck someone (Hagan) in the 400, who's never run it before. We know he's fast, crazy fast, but if we want our 400 runners to get amazing times, we've got to put someone in there to push them."
Hagan also teamed with junior Thomas Osborne, Klapp and freshman Ethan Sturdivant to win the 4 x 400 relay in 3:31.54.
Also on the track for the Bowmen, Osborne had a winning time of 2:03.69 in the 800, senior Henry Giles ran to victory in the 1,500 in 4:10.87, and freshman James Crabtree won the 3,000 in 9:33.10.
As usual, the Sherwood boys dominated in the throwing events. Sophomore Bryan Cuthbertson won the shot put with a throw of 54 feet, 4.25 inches. Bowmen sophomore Noah Culbertson was a close second at 54-3.5. In the discus, Cuthbertson had a winning throw of 164-8, while Culbertson was second at 147-5.
Sherwood sophomore Asher Krauel triumphed in the javelin with a distance of 178-0.
Bowmen freshman Davyon Jones cleared 5-10 to win the high jump. He also triumphed in the long jump with a distance of 19-11. Bowmen junior Sam Findtner had a winning mark of 41-3 in the triple jump.
The next Pacific Conference meet for the Sherwood boys will be on May 1, when the Bowmen host McMinnville.