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The Lady Bowmen beat McMinnville to stay unbeaten in Pacific Conference meets

PMG PHOTO: DAN BROOD - Sherwood High School sophomore Nora Hagan (center) is on her way to victory in the 100-meter dash during the Lady Bowmen's Pacific Conference dual meet with McMinnville.SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School girls track and field team looks to have a lot going for it this season.

The Lady Bowmen certainly seem to have plenty of depth, speed and talent.

But, in their quest to wrap up the Pacific Conference dual meet title, they also boast something else.

"Mental toughness," Sherwood sophomore sprinter Nora Hagan said, referring to what has been a key factor for the Lady Bowmen this season.

The Sherwood girls seemed to show that mental toughness on May 1, when they ran to a 101-44 win over McMinnville in a Pacific Conference dual meet held under warm, sunny skies at Sherwood High School.

With the victory, the Lady Bowmen improved to 5-0 in conference dual meets, moving them a step closer to a conference dual meet crown.

"It's pretty important," Hagan said of the title. "A lot of people on the team want that, and we've been working pretty hard."

Hagan definitely seemed to do her part for the Lady Bowmen in the victory. She sprinted to victory in the 100-meter dash in a time of 12.69 seconds.

"It felt pretty good," Hagan said with a smile after that race.

Hagan also ran to victory in the 200 with a mark of 26.89, adding onto her impressive sophomore season.

"It's been good," she said. "I'm trying to get down closer to 11 (under 12 seconds) in the 100. It's going to take a lot of training."

Hagan got closer to that goal at Friday's Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays, held at Jesuit High School, when she won the 100 in a personal-best time of 12.46.

Also for the Sherwood girls in the sprints in the win over McMinnville, sophomore Kylah Williams triumphed in the 400 in a time of 1:02.83. Williams also teamed with sophomore Jane Sandilands, freshman Grace Applegate and senior Alex Verkamp to with the 4 x 400 relay in 4:25.14.

The Lady Bowmen also took first place in both hurdles events. In the 100 high hurdles, Sherwood sophomore Hailey Blue took first place in a time of 17.32. Sophomore Joley Sproul had a winning mark of 48.01 in the 300 low hurdles.

Blue also took first place in the triple jump with a distance of 32 feet. 7.25 inches.

In the other field events, Sherwood freshman Tali Kozma had a winning throw of 34-8.5 in the shot put. Senior Korynn Bowers took first place in the javelin with a mark of 107-6. Senior Elizabeth Dahme cleared 8-0 to win the high jump. Junior Julia Leitzinger took first place in the long jump with a distance of 15-7.5.

The Sherwood girls will be back in action on Tuesday, when they compete at Liberty in a Pacific Conference dual meet finale. Field events are slated to start at 4 p.m., and track events are slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.

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