Trojans win six of seven field events to win their second league meet this season

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Kennedy senior Caitlyn Kleinschmit won the javelin event with a throw of 99-02, one of 10 victories for the Trojans at Gervais.The Kennedy girls track and field made it two-for-two this season against league competition after claiming victory over the field at Gervais High School on Thursday.

The Trojans won 10 events overall, including six of seven field events to score 139.5 points — nearly double that of the hosting runner-up Gervais Cougars (78).

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Kennedy junior Whitney Lopez set a new personal best with a first place finish in the 1,500 (6:41.30).It was the second league win this season for the Kennedy girls, which claimed victory at Regis earlier this month.

This time around, it was the team's stable of throwers who helped pave the way for the win. Caitlyn Kleinschmit claimed the top throw in the javelin (99-02), while fellow senior Lilly English doubled up with wins in the discus (97-05) and the shot put (30-02.5).

Senior Hallie Sprauer placed first in both the long jump (15-00) and the High jump (5-00) while sophomore Dalia Lopez competed off site in the pole vault, placing first with a personal record of 6-06.

In the running events, senior Cassie Traeger led the field in the 400 (1:11.90), while freshman Kylee Rodriguez set a new PR with a first-place finish in the 800 (2:57.10). Junior Whitney Lopez added a PR of her own with a win in the 1,500 (6:41.30), followed closely by teammate Catherine Butsch (6:41.40).


PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Kennedy senior Nick Suing took second place in both the discus and shot put at Gervais.

Oregon City

The Trojans finished the week with a trip to Pioneer Memorial Stadium in Oregon City on Saturday to compete in the annual Willamette Falls Invitational, a meet that features some of the top 6A teams in the state.

Kennedy was one of two 2A teams among the 40-plus programs from Oregon and Washington. Despite the crowded field, the Trojans were able to put their names up on the final scoresheet courtesy of a couple outstanding individual performance on both the boys and girls side.

For the boys, senior hurdler Carlos Saravia continued his comeback year after suffering an injuring late last season that kept him from qualifying for the state meet.

Saravia set a new personal best in the 300 hurdles at Oregon City, placing seventh with a time of 42.65 that shaved a half second off his previous best from earlier in the month. Saravia also clocked in at 17.19 in the 110 hurdles, a hair behind his PR of 16.78 set April 4 at Regis.

For the girls, fellow senior English mirrored Saravia with her own seventh-place finish, tossing 103-01 in the discus. It was the third time this year in which English has eclipsed the 100-foot barrier.

For their efforts, English and Saravia each scored two points, giving the girls and boys a 30th and 31st place finish, respectively.

Elsewhere in the field for the boys, sophomore Ruben Ramirez upped his personal best distance in the javelin with a 10th-place finish of 147-00.

Junior Nick Riedman likewise set a PR in the 400 with a time of 56.75, while sophomore Jose Salazar clocked in at 2:15.04 in the 800, also a personal best.

Sprauer nearly put herself into scoring position on the day, placing 10th in the high jump (4-10) and 11th in the triple jump (32-10).

Junior Mikayla Schaecher shaved off more than five seconds from her previous best in the 1,500 with a time of 6:03.20, while freshman Kyle Rodriguez clocked in at 1:07.92 in the 400 for her best time this season.

The Trojans will travel to Sheridan High School on Thursday for a league meet before traveling to Lane Community College for the Bill Dellinger Relays. Kennedy will return home on Tuesday to host another league meet.

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