NEWBERG — Bryan Cuthbertson and Noah Culbertson have pushed each other all season long.
At the Pacific Conference district track and field championships, the Sherwood High School sophomores pushed each other to an impressive one-two finish — as well as a record-breaking performance — in the shot put event at the meet held May 15 and May 17 at George Fox University.
"The competition helped us to throw farther and farther, and especially with the school record," said Cuthbertson, who won the event with a school-record throw of 56 feet, 9 inches. "Right now, when one of us PRs (sets a new personal record), it's a school record. We've gone back and forth with that."
"The competition was great, especially with my teammate Bryan," Culbertson said. "We were pushing each other. State is going to be even better. It's going to be fun."
With Cuthbertson and Culbertson helping Sherwood's powerful attack, the Bowmen easily claimed the boys team title at the district meet with a score of 185 points. Newberg was a distant second with a total of 117.
The Sherwood boys will next be looking to make their mark at the Class 6A state championships. The top two finishers in each event at the district meet, as well as those competitors, or relay teams that better state qualifying standards, or earn wild-card bids, advance to compete at the Class 6A state meet, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham.
"Hopefully, I can hit another 56, or higher," Cuthbertson said of the state meet. "It's going to be some really good competition."
In the May 15 shot put competition at the Pacific Conference district meet, Culbertson took the early lead with a throw of 52-6 in his first attempt in the preliminaries. That mark held the top spot until Cuthbertson's second throw in the finals, his fifth overall, when he unleashed his school-record toss of 56-9.
"Honestly, I didn't think I'd be able to get that here, but everything just came together," Cuthbertson said. "I attacked it. That felt good."
Culbertson, in his final throw of the competition, had a mark of 54-0.75, leaving Cuthbertson with the district title.
"It means a lot, especially going against Noah, my teammate," he said. "We were going in as the top two, so we were hoping to both be going to state, but also who was going to win."
"Today was really fun," Culbertson said. "I tried to get a really big throw. It didn't happen, but there is still next week."
Cuthbertson and Culbertson look to be two of the favorites in the shot put event at the Class 6A state meet, along with Tualatin senior Nano Kis.
"There's going to be good competition. That's going to get us hyped up to throw far," said Culbertson, who placed fifth in the shot put at state last year as a freshman. "I'm hoping for a big PR, maybe in the 57 range. We'll see how it goes. I just went to get it out there and have fun."
Cuthbertson and Culbertson will also be competing at state in the discus. Cuthbertson won the district title in that event with a throw of 149-5. Culbertson was third with a mark of 144-6, which was good enough to get him a wild-card bid to state.
In the javelin, Sherwood sophomore Asher Krauel came up big in his last throw, moving from fourth to second place with a toss of 182-10.
"It's big. I had to crank it," Krauel said. "It was dramatic. I had to come up clutch at the end. I was comfortable in that situation. I knew it was a good throw, because it hurt everywhere. I think I have a couple strained muscles in my side. It was either the last throw of the year, or I was moving to state, so I just let it go. It was a good feeling, and a sigh of relief."
Sherwood junior Caleb Hagan sprinted to a pair of victories at the district meet. He won the 100-meter dash in a time of 10.82 seconds and he had a winning mark of 21.66 in the 200. Hagan also teamed with junior Matthew Roelle, freshman Ethan Sturdivant and senior Michael Klapp to win the 4 x 400 relay in 3:27.48.
Sturdivant also ran to victory in the 800 in 2:00.80.
Also going to state for the Sherwood boys are senior Dylan Blue, who was second in the 110 high hurdles in 15.48, Klapp, who was second in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.07, and junior Sam Findtner, who was second in the triple jump with a distance of 41-10.
For the Sherwood girls, sophomore Nora Hagan was a two-time district champion. Hagan won the 100 in 12.55 and she had a winning time of 25.79 in the 200.
Lady Bowmen senior Korynn Bowers took second place in the shot put with a throw of 34-10.
"It's awesome. I was really happy with it," Bowers said of her second-place mark. "It's close to my PR. I worked really hard, practiced my technique over and over, and it all came together. It felt really good. So, I was happy."
She's also happy earning her first trip to the state meet.
"It means a lot," she said. "I worked really hard at the shot put this year. I've had some awesome teammates and coaches help me."
Bowmen junior Claire McGill ran to second place in the 200 in 26.65 to claim a state berth.
Sherwood sophomore Joley Sproul earned a wild-card bid to state with her third-place time of 46.66 in the 300 low hurdles.
The Sherwood girls finished in second place in the team standings at the district meet with a score of 142.5. Glencoe finished first with a score of 155.
On Friday at the Class 6A state meet, the first field event is set to start at noon, and the first running event begins at 2:15 p.m. On Saturday, the first field event starts at 11 a.m., and the first running event begins at 1:30 p.m.
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