Kennedy girls run away with victory at home meet
The Kennedy girls track and field team put on a clinic at home on April 23, thoroughly outperforming their visiting Special District 2 rivals by a nearly five-to-one margin in their final home meet of the regular season.
The Trojan girls racked up victories in all but three events in amassing 240 points, well ahead of second-place Gervais at 45 points, and nearly double that of the rest of the other four teams combined.
And it was a team effort for the Trojans, which saw nine different girls win in 12 individual events, in addition to wins in both relay races.
Three of those winners — Hallie Sprauer, Caitlyn Perez and Emma Beyer — picked up wins in multiple events.
Sprauer took advantage of the favorable conditions to add an extra inch to her personal record in the high jump, topping out at 5-04 to win the event for the sixth time this season. She set her previous best of 5-03 at last year's state championship meet and matched it earlier this season.
Sprauer also took home first in the triple jump for the third time this season, setting a seasonal-best mark of 34-03.25.
Perez made quick work of a small field in the hurdles events, adding wins in the 100 hurdles (18.13) and 300 hurdles (54.05) by a margin of several seconds.
And Beyer completed the trio in the sprints, setting a new PR in the 200-meter dash (27.97) and a season best in the 100 (13.47).
Kennedy's complete blockade in the winner's circle was denied by Gervais sophomore Katie Hanson in the 800 and the long jump. Hanson took first place in the 800 in her first attempt at the event this year and only the second attempt in her high school career, setting a PR of 2:30.38 to beat out Kennedy's Cassie Traeger by 18 seconds.
Hanson outdueled two of Kennedy's elite athletes in the long jump, setting a PR of 15-09 to edge past Sophia Rodriguez (15-07) and Sprauer (15-05).
Other Kennedy wins on the track included freshman Kyle Rodriguez in the 400 (1:06.25 PR), sophomore Cassie Traeger in the 1500 (5:46.50 PR) and senior Alejandra Lopez in the 3000 (11:27.45).
Kennedy was the lone school to field a 4x400 team, and the Trojans' short relay team of Perez, Beyer, Traeger and Sprauer (53.44) beat out the Cougars' quartet of Hanson, Judith Santos, Ashley Marin Vallejo and Dalia Kozina (56.07).
In the field events, senior Makayla Massey set a new PR and eclipsed the 100-foot barrier in the discus for the first time in her career with a throw of 108-07, while senior Caitlyn Kleinschmit took the top spot in the javelin with a throw of 98-07.
Sophomore Dalia Lopez added the Trojans' final victory, leading four Kennedy pole vaulters with a height of 6-06.
The Santiam Wolverines led the boys field with 142 points, followed behind by Kennedy with 93 points. Gervais placed fourth of five teams with 35 points.
Seniors Carlos Saravia and Nick Suing, along with junior Luke Hall led the Trojans with two wins each, while the Cougars were paced by a pair of second place finishes from Alejandro Contreras and Jack Reinwald.
Suing led the field in both the shot put (43-05.50) and discus (114-03), the latter of which he beat out Contreras, who set a new PR with a throw of 98-10.
Reinwald matched his Gervais teammate's placement, finishing runner up in the javelin with a throw of 120-08.
Hall shared first place in the long jump with Santiam junior Brody Davidson, as each athlete recorded a winning jump of 18-09. Hall added a season-best time of 2:12.46 in the 800, beating out sophomore teammate Jose Salazar by half a second.
Saravia picked up a PR in the 110 hurdles, with a brisk time of 16.23, and added a first-place finish in the 300 hurdles in 42.48.
The Trojans final victory came in the long relay, where Hall, Saravia, Gianni Velazquez and Nick Riedman combined to finish in 3:50.92.