Sherwood boys make the big throws
SHERWOOD — This past fall, Bryan Cuthbertson was a burly, hard-hitting linebacker for the Sherwood High School football team.
Cuthbertson also reached the 220-pound championship match at the Class 6A state wrestling tournament.
Also during the winter sports season, Asher Krauel was a sharp-shooting, quick-footed defensive stalwart at guard for the Sherwood boys basketball team that came within one game of reaching the Class 6A state tournament.
While those accomplishments may seem totally different, this spring, Cuthbertson and Krauel have something in common — the Sherwood sophomores are both among the best javelin throwers in the Pacific Conference, and the state.
And they're making each other better.
Cuthbertson and Krauel pushed each other to personal-best performances in the javelin event when the Bowmen hosted McMinnville in a Pacific Conference track and field dual meet held under warm, sunny skies May 1 at Sherwood High School.
"So, he's got the muscle, and I'll take the technique," Krauel said with a laugh during the meet. "Yeah, we're pushing each other, and we're rooting for each other, and Sherwood. We just keep pushing each other to PRs (personal records)."
"We were all pushing each other. That helps a lot," Cuthbertson said. "When each thrower is throwing farther and farther, if you're ahead, you want make sure you stay ahead. If you're behind, you want to catch up, so we're pushing each other to go farther. Then, eventually, you throw really, really far."
Asher and Cuthbertson, with their one-two finish in the javelin, and, with Cuthbertson also taking first in both the shot put and javelin, helped the Sherwood boys get a 100-45 win over McMinnville at last week's meet. With the team victory, the Bowmen improved to 5-0 in conference meets, putting them a step closer to claiming sole possession of the conference dual meet title.
"We're chasing the league title, this year and next year, and then, hopefully go for state," Krauel said.
If that happens, it's a good bet that the Sherwood sophomore throwers will have a lot to do with it. In addition to Krauel and Cuthbertson, the Bowmen have a premier competitor in the shot put and discus in sophomore Noah Culbertson.
"I don't know what's in the water here, but it's all coming together," Krauel said.
In last week's javelin competition during the meet at Sherwood, it was Cuthbertson who made the first statement. In his third throw in preliminaries, he jumped into first place with a throw of 182 feet, 5 inches, which bettered his previous personal best by more than 10 feet.
"My technique is finally coming together, this time of the year, because I don't have time to do this year around," Cuthbertson said. "Today, I did a full approach, which is an add-on to what I've been doing. Yesterday was my first practice using that approach, and today was my first time competing doing that approach."
Cuthbertson's big throw very likely got Krauel's attention, as, in his third throw in preliminaries, he regained the lead in the competition with a personal-best toss of 186-8, which turned out to be the winning distance for the event.
"It was good weather, and I got some more crank on it," Krauel said. "Now, I'm looking to break the school record, at 189, and qualify for state, hopefully. I want to compete with the best in the state."
Sherwood senior Ethan Kelley also had a personal-best mark in the javelin at last week's meet with his fourth-place throw of 175-1.
"I think all of our techniques are getting better week after week, and we have perfect weather right now," Cuthbertson said.
According to Athletic.net, as of Monday, Krauel's mark of 186-8 in puts him third in the country among all sophomores, while Cuthbertson's 182-5 puts him fifth among all sophomores.
"We're a sophomore powerhouse, with me and Bryan pushing each other," Krauel said. "We're up there in the country as sophomores. We've got a good, silent rivalry."
Cuthbertson, who had to rush between the javelin and shot put events, took first place in the shot put with a mark of 53-0, putting him just two inches ahead of Culbertson.
"It was good, but it was kind of hard, because I had to go right from here (the javelin area) over there (to the shot put pit), so I didn't have much time to warm up," Cuthbertson said. "But I got a 53-foot, which is just under my PR, but it was still a good throw, being rushed like that."
In the discus, Cuthbertson took first place at 153-8. Culbertson was second at 148-0.
Also for the Sherwood boys at the meet, freshman Ethan Sturdivant sprinted to victory in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.38 seconds. He also won the 800 at 2:03.40. Senior Henry Giles had a winning time of 4:10.38 in the 1,500. Senior Dylan Blue won the 110 high hurdles with a mark of 15.87. He also triumphed in the triple jump with a distance of 41-6.75. Senior Michael Klapp ran to victory in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 41.54. Freshman Christopher Gallinger-Long cleared 11-6 to win the pole vault and freshman Davyon Jones had a winning mark of 20-10.5 in the long jump.
On Friday, at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays, held at Jesuit High School, Culbertson took second place in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 55-1.5. Cuthbertson was fourth in the discus with a toss of 152-10 and Krauel was sixth in the javelin with a mark of 184-11.
Sherwood junior Caleb Hagan took seventh place in the elite 100-meter dash in a time of 10.94.
The Sherwood boys 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.