Gearin, Tualatin girls keep running strong
TUALATIN — It wasn't a big meet.
It wasn't a big race.
But that wasn't going to keep Kaitlyn Gearin from running strong. And nothing was going to keep her from winning.
Gearin, a Tualatin High School junior, started solid and seemed to keep getting stronger, as she ran to victory in the 1,500-meter run when the Timberwolves hosted West Linn and Oregon City in a Three Rivers League double dual meet held April 24 at Tualatin High School.
"I think it went pretty well, for a middle-of-the-week race," Gearin said after her victory.
With her win, Gearin helped the Tualatin girls get a 78.5-66.5 victory over West Linn at last week's meet. The Wolves were edged 77.5-67.5 by Oregon City. With the split, the Tualatin girls moved to 3-2 in league dual meets.
In the 1,500, Gearin took the early lead, and widened her advantage throughout the race. She ended up winning in a time of 4 minutes, 58.52 seconds, putting her more than 15 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher, West Linn's Moya Moses.
"I felt pretty good," Gearin said. "I'm working back up, getting ready for the meets ahead. I think I'm ahead of where I was last year at this time."
And last year, Gearin did pretty darn well, running to second place in the 3,000 at the Three Rivers League district meet, and then going on to place 10th in that event at the Class 6A state championships.
"I'm hoping to place high at district at district in both the 3k and the 1,500. I'm going to keep working on my speed and pace," Gearin said. "Cross country season was good, I've kept my fitness from that, and I've been working back from an injury the past few months."
Senior Gennavieve Marion was a two-time winner for the Tualatin girls at last week's meet. She sprinted to victory in the 200 in a personal-best time of 26.06, and she won the 400 in 1:02.11.
Also for the Wolves, sophomore Lily Hughes had a winning time of 11:43.74 in the 3,000. Sophomore Kendel Vanterpool took first place in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 4.5 inches.
On Friday, some members of the Tualatin girls team competed at the Stayton Twilight meet, held at Stayton High School.
At that meet, Vanterpool won the triple jump with a mark of 37-6. As of Monday, that ranked as the second-best triple jump in the state in the Class 6A ranks.
Gearin ran to victory in the 3,000 in a personal-best time of 10:16.73. Marion triumphed in the 400 with a time of 1:00.18. Senior Sydney Oleson cleared 8-0 to take first place in the pole vault.
The Timberwolves finished in third place in the team standings with 76 points.
The Tualatin girls will be back in action on Tuesday, when they face Tigard and Canby in a Three Rivers League double dual meet to be held at Tigard High School. Field events start at 4 p.m. and running events begin at 4:30 p.m.