St. Paul girls place second behind four first-place finishes from Isabelle Wyss; Gervais girls finish fifth

PHIL HAWKINS - Gervais senior Natali Herinckx scored a pair of top-five finishes at the league track and field meet hosted at Regis High School on Thursday. The Cougar girls finished fifth out of seven teams at the event.
Led by the quartet of senior Natali Herinckx and freshmen Mary Davidson, Lily Welburn and Katie Hanson, the Gervais girls track and field team finished fifth at the PacWest/Tri-River league match hosted at Regis High School on Thursday.

Together, the four athletes combined to place second in the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:45.38, shaving just more than 20 seconds off the relay team's previous best to open the year in March, despite the blustery conditions at Regis High School on Thursday.

Individually, Davidson and Hanson put up the best finishes, while Herinckx had a strong all-around performance at the meet. Davidson led the Cougars in the 200-meter dash, posting a personal-record time of 30.54 to place second in a near tie with Scio's Riana Martin, who finished just behind by 0.05 seconds.

Hanson matched Davidson with a second-place finish of her own, putting up a time of 2:34.51 in the 800 in her debut in the event. She was followed just behind by Herinckx, who placed third in 2:41.68, a little less than three seconds shy of her personal record of 2:38.07.

Herinckx added two more top-five finishes at the event, placing fifth in the high jump with a height of 4-00 and following suit with a fifth-place finish in the long jump at 13-09.5.

On the boys side, sophomore Jack Reinwald set a new PR in the javelin with a throw of 110-02 for his first mark over 100 feet. He added PRs in the 100 (13.67) and the triple jump (29-08) as well.

St. Paul

The St. Paul girls placed second at the PacWest/Tri-River league match at Regis High School on Thursday, while the boys team placed fourth.

Led by sophomore Isabelle Wyss, the Buckaroo girls won five events outright, including 12 total placing in the top three.

Wyss took home first-place finishes in the long jump (14-06) and 200 (28-94), setting a personal record in the latter, and added two more victories in the relays. Wyss, Taysha Veeman, Logan Robinson and Rachel Vela won the 4x100 in 52.90, knocking more than a second off the relay team's previous best.

The quartet regrouped for the long relay where they placed first in 4:38.59.

Vela added a first place finish in the 400 in a time of 1:09.64 and added a second-place finish in the 100 with a time of 13.86, followed by Robinson in third at 13.96. The St. Paul girls finished one-two-three in the 400, with Veeman placing behind Vela in 1:13.63, followed by Abby Gonzalez in third with a time of 1:18.54.

In the distance events, Emma Connor took second in the 1,500 with a time of 5:49.75, while sophomore Valeria-Vargas-Ayala and freshman Mayra Paniagua finished in second and third place in the 3,000 with times of 15:01.41 and 15:08.41, respectively.

For the boys, Holden Smith placed first in the 1,500 in 4:29.25 and added a second-place finish in the 800 in 2:14.60. He joined Jaidyn Jackson, Jaden Thompson and Saul Martinez to place first in the 4x400 relay in 3:52.78.

In the field events, sophomore Alex Dela Cerda scored top-three finishes in all three throwing events. Dela Cerda placed third in the shot put (37-04), second in the discus (112-00) and second in the javelin (135-10).

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