Wilsonville boys track races past La Salle 110.33-33.66
The Falcons flew in the sprints and the long jump, but the Wildcats clawed their way to victory everywhere else.
In the end, the Wilsonville boys track team used its depth and talent to beat La Salle 110.33-33.66 in Northwest Conference action at Wilsonville High School on Wednesday, April 21.
"I felt like our team did a great job this meet," said Wilsonville sophomore Mason Weisgerber, who won both the 800 and 1,500 meters. "I worked really hard during the offseason, and it's great that our hard work could be showcased in (these) races."
With the win, the Wildcats' second straight, Wilsonville improved to 2-0 in NWOC action and 2-0 overall. La Salle, which opened its 2021 season with a loss to Scappoose, fell to 0-2 in the NWOC and 0-2 overall.
Along the way, the Wildcats got two individual wins from three different athletes, with Weisgerber taking top honors in the 800 and 1,500 meters, sophomore Cooper Hiday winning the 300 intermediate hurdles and high jump, and junior Logan Thebiay topping the field in both the javelin and shot put.
In his two wins, Weisgerber not only finished first, he also led 1-2-3 Wilsonville sweeps in both events. In the 1,500, Weisgerber rolled to victory with a winning time of 4 minutes, 19.24 seconds, followed by junior Ben McClelland in second at 4:23.07 and senior Ben Sheirbon in third at 4:25.21.
There was more greatness ahead in the 800, with Weisgerber leading the way again with a mark of 2:09.27, this time followed by senior teammate Sebastian Pinger at 2:10.54 and junior Caden Edwards at 2:10.72.
"I felt good on both my 1,500 and the 800," Weisgerber said. "We started the 1,500 off a little slower than I would have liked, but overall, I felt like I ran the race smart.
"For the 800, I was not expecting to lead, but I ended up leading and I felt like I ran that race hard, and I was able to get a (personal record)."
Hiday stepped up to win the high jump with a clearance of 5 feet, 6 inches; there was a three-way tie for second at 5-0 between La Salle senior Nathan Henry, Wilsonville sophomore Carlos Morales Brooks and La Salle junior Peter Fengler-Johnson.
In the intermediate hurdles, Hiday sped to victory at 43.40 (with sophomore teammate Liam Dunn second at 45.38 and junior Seth Wobig third with a 51.87).
In the throws, Thebiay took the shot at 54-6 (with senior teammates Jake Moore second at 47-3.5 and Cade Butterworth third at 42-6.5) and the javelin with a 162-3 (with senior teammate Colby Guenther second at 138-9).
Other Wilsonville winners on the day included: sophomore Gregory Keswick in the 400 at 54.72 (with Pinger second at 55.57); McClelland in the 3,000 at 9:32.61 (with Sheirbon second at 9:32.67); sophomore Jackson Pippert in the 110 high hurdles at 18.18 (with La Salle junior Seth Wobig second at 19.30); the 4 x 100 relay team of Dunn, Hiday, Wesley Hur and Butterworth at 45.8; Moore in the discus at 136-10 (with Thebiay second at 110-1 and junior Zaqueo Lopez third at 88-6); junior Luke Nelson in the pole vault at 12-0 (with senior teammate Austin Emmett second at 10-0); and senior Kyle Lam in the triple jump at 39-3.50 (with junior Wyatt Butler second at 34-2.75).
While Wilsonville was dominant, La Salle had its share of highlights, too, those led by junior Jonathan Hortaleza's wins in the 100 and long jump. In the 100, Hortaleza raced to victory at 11.80 (with Butterworth second at 12.03), while in the long jump, he soared 19-6.50 to win (with senior teammate Michael Drenner second at 18-6).
Also posting wins for La Salle were: senior Jacob Wolf in the 100 at 24.52 (with Wilsonville's Lam second at 25.41); and the 4 x 400 team of Nathan Henry, Bradley Kiltow, Hortaleza and Wolf at 3:48.16.
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