Woodburn hosts conference meet
The Bulldogs hosted their second conference meet of the season, welcoming the Central Panthers and Silverton Foxes to Woodburn High School on April 18.
Woodburn was led by sophomore thrower Luis Robles, who picked up the lone victory on the day for the Bulldogs, pacing the field in the discus with a throw of 114-03. It was the second consecutive victory in the event for Robles, and nearly identical to the personal-record throw of 114-04 he tossed the week before at Silverton to win the event.
While the Bulldogs didn't win elsewhere, the team had a number of runner-up finishes across the meet. At the high jump pit, juniors Tyson Doman and Nathan Corpuz finished tied for second, bowing out of the competition at 5-04.
The height was actually the lowest of the season for Doman, who has hit 5-06 in every previous event, including a 10th-place finish at the Wilsonville Invitational on Saturday. But it was a big PR for Corpuz, who eclipsed his previous best by four inches in his first season with the Bulldogs after spending his previous two seasons at Gervais. Corpuz and Doman were followed by freshman teammate Jonathan Marroquin, who placed fourth at 5-02.
Elsewhere in the field events, senior Christopher Serrano placed second in the long jump with a mark of 17-06, followed by teammate Isael Garcia at 16-10, setting a new PR. Garcia added a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash, coming in at 12.27 seconds, the best time this season for the senior.
Woodburn saw big finishes in the distance events as well. Junior Luis Rodriguez and sophomore Emiliano Perez each set new personal records in the 400, finishing second and third with times of 55.50 and 57.02, respectively.
In the 3,000, junior Aldo Alberto Sanchez placed second in 10:35.28. Sanchez finished the week with a big performance at Wilsonville, setting career-best times in the 1,500 at 4:45.79 and shaving more than 22 seconds off his previous best in the 3,000 with a time of 10:10.40.
On the girls side, junior Yliana Veliz led the sprinters with a sixth-place time of 14.29, followed closely by freshman teammate Jackeline Martinez with a PR time of 14.69. Martinez went on to lead the Bulldogs in the 200, placing fifth at 30.95 seconds.
In the field events, juniors Tatiana Garcia and Miriam Barbosa both set new personal bests in the javelin, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Garcia's mark of 75-02 upped her mark by more than two feet, while Barbosa's 71-10 throw added almost seven feet to her PR.
Barbosa also added more than a foot to her best throw in the javelin, finishing fifth with a mark of 69-09.
The Bulldogs will once again play host this week when the Corvallis Spartans visit Dale Yuranek Field for a duel on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. The Bulldogs will wrap up the regular season on May 2 at Crescent Valley before traveling to Lebanon High School for the Mid-Willamette Conference Championships May 9-10.