Wilsonville track teams sweep past St. Helens and Scappoose
The sun was shining, the competition was thrilling and personal records were falling when the Wilsonville track and field team hosted St. Helens and Scappoose on Wednesday, April 6.
In the boys meet, the Wildcats stepped up to win 14 of the day's 17 events in the three-way meet, finishing with 117 points while Scappoose took second at 56 and St. Helens third with nine.
In the girls meet, Wilsonville won 10 of 17 events and finished with 104 points while Scappoose took second with 41 points and St. Helens third with 30.
The Wildcats were dominant throughout their meet against the Indians and Lions, with senior Logan Thebiay winning all three throwing events, junior Mason Weisgerber taking the 1,500 and 3,000 meters races, junior Cooper Hiday topping both hurdles races and senior Kellen Hartford setting the pace in both the high jump and triple jump.
Thebiay was unstoppable in the throws, stepping up to win the shot by more than 10 feet with a mark of 52-8.5, taking the discus with a personal best of 130-6, then notching a season record of 162-3 to top the javelin by more than 17 feet.
Weisgerber did his part in the distances, leading a 1-2-3 sweep in the 1,500 with a winning time of 4:18.85, then coming back later to win the 3,000 with a personal-best time of 8:56.69.
"It was a bit hot, but I don't mind the heat. Warming up is definitely a lot easier," Weisgerber said after the 1,500. "My coach told me that I couldn't lead (in the 1,500) until the last lap so I just had to sit behind, and then, with 400 meters to go, I just started going and didn't look back."
In the hurdles, Hiday raced to victory in the 110 high hurdles at 16.76, then added another "W" in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a mark of 43.90. Hartford, meanwhile, took the high jump with a PR of 6-0, won the triple jump with a mark of 40-10.5 and also took second in the long jump.
The Wildcats also got wins from: senior Rocco Marshall in the 100 at 11.21; junior Brandt Jackson in the 400 at 53.61; senior Johnny Garcia in the 800 at 2:09.44; senior Luke Nelson in the pole vault at 14-6; and the 4 x 100 relay team of junior Gregory Keswick, Hiday, junior Wesley Hur and Marshall at 44.19.
Marshall, who made up 10 meters in his anchor leg of the 4 x 100 relay, was thrilled with the final result.
"I was maybe 10 meters behind — it was quite a catch," Marshall said. "I don't know what my time was, but I know it was fast. Getting the handoffs clean was the most important part, especially because we fumbled it last time. We had to get it around this time."
The Wildcat girls showed off their depth and talent, too, with their efforts led by two wins each from sophomore Ella Milanovich (in the 800 and 1,500) and sophomore Caroline De la Motte (in the long jump and triple jump).
After her win in the 1,500 — at 5:44.53 — Milanovich said she was pleased with her time in the day's warm (upper 60s) weather. She also took top honors in the 800 with a season's-best time of 2:38.93.
"It was definitely hot today, hotter than the last few weeks, and I know that can be tough for running," she said. "But today I did well and pushed through it, and we made it."
De la Motte, meanwhile, did her part in the jumps, winning the long jump with a personal-best mark of 16-9.25 in a 1-2-3 Wilsonville sweep, then coming back to top the triple jump with a 33-8.75 as the Cats again swept the top three spots.
Milanovich and De la Motte had plenty of help, though, including additional wins from: sophomore Sophia Gordon in the 3,000 at 12:28.43; sophomore Kiera Easterly in the intermediate hurdles with a PR of 51.17; sophomore Avery DiVincenzi in the shot with a PR of 31-11; freshman Kylie Fox in the javelin at 135-2; junior Faith Nashif in the high jump at 4-10; and the 4 x 100 team of freshman Carmen Marshall, Easterly, junior Lillian Wesse and De la Motte at 52.41.
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