Beavers and Warriors track teams trade shots all day in battle

BEAVERTON — Beaverton's boys knew it would be close.

Aloha's boys track team knew it MILES VANCE - DOUBLE WINNER - Aloha's Edward Tran clears the last hurdle on his way to victory in the 110-meter high hurdles against Beaverton last week.

And both teams — who matched up in Metro League action at Beaverton High School on April 10 — were right.

In the end, it was the Beavers who prevailed, but their win came by the slimmest of margins, edging the Warriors 75-70 for their first league win of the season. The victory lifted Beaverton's record to 1-2 and moved them into fifth place, while the Warriors fell to 0-3 and seventh place.

“Going in, we new it would be a tough close meet,” said Beaverton coach Bob Boyer. “It went back and forth all meet and came down to the last event and our guys gave it their all and grabbed the final points.”

Likewise, the Warriors knew that the day's final result might very well come down to the meet's final event.

“The coaches came up yesterday in practice and said this was going to be a very close meet and told us to push ourselves and focus on making ourselves better,” said Aloha senior Nate Jackson, winner of both the 100 and 200-meter races. “They told us it would be very close, so if we wanted to win this, we'd have to push ourselves at practice and all work together.”

The Beavers built their victory on a balanced effort that saw them succeed on the track, in the throws and in the jumps, getting two wins each from seniors Dan Oekerman and Max Bettendorf and sweeping both relays. Oekerman did his part in the 800 and 1500 meters, taking the 1500 at 4 minutes, 2.52 seconds (with Aloha's Glapoujay Garmondeh second at 4:21.61) and coming back later in the meet to win his first 800 of the year at 2:03.46 (Aloha's Glapouhbae Garmondeh was second at 2:06.09).

Bettendorf scored in the javelin and triple jump, throwing 139 feet, 11 inches to take the jav (Aloha's Jared Rice was second at 118-03) and then leaping 40-3 to top the triple jump (with teammate Joel Belsterling second at 38-9).

The Beavers also got individual wins from: Ezra Duilio in the 400 at 52.49 (with Aloha's Bryan Rodriguez second at 54.69; Michael Vahrenwald in the shot put with a mark of 49-02.50 (teammate Jeremy Sears was second at 43-11); and Patrick Takata took the pole vault at 10-6 (with Aloha's Rice second at 10-0).

The Beavers also found great success in the relays with Chidabem Nnoli, Matthew Kim, Duilio and Ross Hoffman running 44.40 to win the 4 x 100. And then, in the clinching event, Beaverton's Duilio, Hoffman, Kim and Carson Brom posted a 3:38.16 to beat the 3:42.81 by Aloha's Glapoujay Garmondeh, Klein, Tongia Taufoou and Bryan Rodriguez.

“We talked about who would be the one to compete and get those extra points,” Boyer said. “Some standouts were Oekerman in the 1,500 and 800, Michael Vahrenwald and JR Sears in the shot put and discus, and Ezra Duilio in the 400. They all competed so hard.”

While Aloha didn't get the team win it wanted so badly, it did get a whole bunch of wins along the way and pushed the Beavers to the very end. Along with Jackson's success in the sprints, senior Edward Tran and sophomore Jaiden Lake also won two events each for the Warriors.

Jackson scored in the 100 with a winning time of 11.30 (Beaverton's Matthew Kim was second at 11.46), then repeated that success with a 23.50 in the 200 (Duilio was close behind at 23.59).

“About 50 meters, I started passing people,” Jackson said. “I could tell from the side no one was there, so I just focused on me for the last 50 meters and tried to keep my form to make sure I could finish the race.”

Tran swept to victory in both of the day's hurdles races, racing to victory in the 110 high hurdles at 16.69 (teammate Tongia Taufoou was second at 17.29) and doing it again in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 45.59 (with Taufoou second again at 45.85).

And Lake broke through to win both the high jump and long jump, clearing 5-11 to win the high jump (Taufoou grabbed second at 5-4) and going 19-10 to top the field in the long (with Beaverton's Stephen Marcille second at 19-6).

Aloha also got wins from Glapouhbae Garmondeh in the 3000 at 9:34.60 (Beaverton's Drew Larabee was second at 9:37.47), and from Justin Leuth in the discus at 112-05 (Beaverton's Sears placed second at 111-09.

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