Wilsonville boys and girls sweep Northwest Oregon Conference district track titles
The Wildcats ran wild.
There's no better description of Wilsonville's success at the Northwest Oregon Conference district track and field meet. The Wildcats, hosting the rest of the NWOC's best on Thursday and Friday, May 12-13, ran away with both team titles, with the Wilsonville boys scoring 145 more points than their nearest competitor while the Wildcat girls outdistanced second place by more than 100.
The Wilsonville boys built their victory by sweeping the throws and hurdles, dominating the jumps and more than holding their own on the track. The complete team scores included: Wilsonville 487, Scappoose 342, Hillsboro 134, Milwaukie 133, Putnam 116, La Salle Prep 100.5, Parkrose 79, St Helens 68.5.
In the throws, senior Logan Thebiay won both the shot put and the discus, and also finished second in the javelin behind senior teammate Chase Hix. In the shot, Thebiay threw 53 feet, 2 inches to win by almost 13 feet. In the discus, he went 135-3 to win by more than 12 feet. And in the javelin, Thebiay notched a 160-8 to trail only Hix's 172-0.
In the hurdles, the Cats saw junior Cooper Hiday strike gold twice, winning the 110-meter high hurdles in a personal best of 15.36 seconds and coming back later in the meet to top the field in the 300 intermediate hurdles in a PR of 41.31.
In the jumps, senior Kellen Hartford won the high jump at 5-10 and took second in the triple jump with a 41-2.75, while senior teammate Rocco Marshall topped the long jump with a mark of 21-2.
Other Wilsonville winners were: junior Gregory Keswick in the 400 in a PR of 50.69; senior Ben McClelland in the 800 at 2:02.58; the 4 x 400 relay team of junior Brandt Jackson, McClelland, junior Nathan Wilde and Keswick at 3:31.68; and senior Luke Nelson in the pole vault at 14-0.
While junior Mason Weisgerber didn't win an event, he took second in both the 1,500 (in a PR of 4:07.57) and 3,000 (9:01.89) and characterized the team's excitement for the upcoming Class 5A state meet.
"I'm excited to go and run on the Oregon track," he said. "I've always wanted to run there."
Also finishing second and heading to state is the Cats' 4 x 100 relay team — Keswick, Hiday, junior Wesley Hur and Marshall ran 44.65.
Milwaukie's efforts were highlighted by junior Logan Law's wins in both the 1,500 and 3,000. He notched an 8:38.57 to leave the rest of the field far behind in the 3,000, then came back to take the 1,500 at 4:00.53.
"I went out like I wanted to, just kept hitting the marks and got to state," Law said after the 3,000, adding that he's ready to do it again at state. "I'm going to win. (Crater junior Tyrone Gorze) is a great runner and there's some great competition … but it will be fun. I'm just going to go out there and do my best and see where I finish."
Joining Law in the winner's circle was junior teammate Carter Sprague, who won the triple jump with a mark of 41-11.
Other top-two area finishers were: Putnam sophomore James Bauman in the 100 at 11.44; Putnam senior Cameron Cutler in the 800 at 2:04.96; and Milwaukie senior Jake Cooper in the discus at 126-6.25.
In the girls meet, the Wildcats posted three wins and used their strength in the jumps to claim the 2022 NWOC district crown. The complete team scores included: Wilsonville 342, Putnam 240, La Salle Prep 220, Scappoose 198, Hillsboro 186, Parkrose 95, Milwaukie 91, St. Helens 78.
Wilsonville's wins came from: the 4 x 100 relay team of freshman Carmen Marshall, sophomore Kiera Easterly, junior Lillian Wesse and sophomore Caroline De la motte at 51.98; freshman Kylie Fox in the javelin at 129-7; and De la motte in the long jump at 16-9.5.
Runners-up also headed to state for the Wildcats are: sophomore Ella Milanovich in the 800 at 2:32.72; and De la motte in the triple jump at 34-8.
Around the rest of the league, Putnam's girls picked up three wins and La Salle's girls two, with the Kingsmen seeing freshman Grace Flowerday break through for "Ws" in both the 1,500 and 3,000.
Flowerday raced to a PR of 10.4977 to win the 3K (with junior teammate Noemi Lundgren second in a PR of 10:53.88), then came back to top the 1,500 at 4:58.68 (with Lundgren second again at 4:59.78).
"I felt good (but) … it was hard," Flowerday said after the 3,000, adding that Lundgren helps make her better. "She really pushes me."
"We were just trying to stay up front and place today," Lundgren added. "We were trying to PR, both of us, and just run the best time we can."
Also winning for Putnam was sophomore Ariana Barney in the 800 with a PR of 2:29.46.
For La Salle, sophomore Jasmine McIntosh came through with a win in the 200 at 27.14, while junior teammate Madeline Obuchowski set a PR of 11-1 to win the pole vault.
Other top-two area finishers were: McIntosh in the 100 with a PR of 12.96; the Putnam 4 x 400 relay team of junior Emma McDonald, Lundgren, Flowerday and Barney in 4:19.37; Putnam freshman Mallorie Weaver in the shot put at 32-10; Putnam junior Briana Lynch in the high jump at 4-8; La Salle junior Emma Gall in the pole vault with a PR of 10-9; and Milwaukie junior Aubrey Miller in the long jump with PR of 16-3.75.
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