Nobach, Mutz-McCay, Kamis and Mueller all win twice vs. Warriors

by: MILES VANCE - SPEED BURNER - Beaverton junior Molly Mutz-McCay (center) races to victory in the 200-meter dash against Aloha last week at Beaverton High School.

BEAVERTON — This one felt good.

The Beaverton girls track team took it on the chin in the first two weeks of the 2013 season against powerful Lincoln and even more powerful Jesuit, but turned the tables on Aloha last week. The Beavers, hosting the Warriors on April 10, won 12 of the day's 17 events, took second in 11 more and used that advantage to notch a 101-44 victory.

“We knew we were doing pretty well, and we knew we just had to keep it up,” said Beaverton senior Morgan Nobach, winner of both the 100-meter high hurdles and the triple jump.

The victory lifted Beaverton's Metro League record to 1-2 and left the Beavers in fifth place, while the Warriors fell to 0-3 and seventh.

For their part, the Warriors just tried to remain focused on getting better and giving their best effort in every event.

“The coaches just told us to do our best and we'd have a chance, and that's what we did,” said Aloha sophomore Kenne Khiev, winner of the 400 meters.

In addition to Nobach's two wins, the Beavers also got two individual victories each from junior sprinter Molly Mutz-McCay, sophomore middle distance runner Allison Mueller and junior thrower Nila Kamis. In her wins, Nobach came from behind to take the high hurdles with a winning time of 18.30 seconds (with Aloha's Noheaililani Waiwaiole was second at 18.76), and later took the triple jump with a mark of 31 feet, 8.5 inches (Aloha's Emma May was second at 30-2).

“I just pushed it at the end. When I saw the last two hurdles, I knew I could get it,” Nobach said. “That gave me a little motivation at the end (when Waiwaiole hit the last hurdle) and I just went with it.”

In her two races, Mutz-McCay set the pace in the 100 at 13.22 (with teammate Caitlin Anderson second at 13.26), and won again in the 200 with a time of 28.21 (Aloha's May was second at 28.47). Mueller, meanwhile, raced to victory in the 1500 at 4:58.02 (teammate Corinne Murray was second at 5:10.39), and came back later to take the 800 with a time of 2:23.83 (with Murray second again at 2:33.31).

Kamis made her mark in the shot put and discus, throwing 31-1.5 to win the shot put (teammate Felize Singleton grabbed second at 27-2.5), and launched the discus 93-10 for victory (teammate Annalise Beshears was second with an 84-11).

The Beavers also got wins from Beshears in the javelin at 96-0 (teammate Roxanne Ellerbe was second at 95-02), Rebecca Huseby in the high jump at 4-06 (with teammate Anna-Liisa Sepp second at 4-02), and both of their relays.

In the 4 x 100, Mutz-McCay teamed with Anderson, Hailey Brocker and Nobach to win in 52.36. And in the 4 x 400, it was Huseby, Erin Gregoire, Mueller and Angela Richard that took first at 4:27.71.

The highlights were fewer and further between for the Warriors, but they still created their fair share of strong performances. Khiev, who also took fifth in the 200, made one of those in the 400 when she came from behind in the final 100 meters to win with a time of 1:07.17 (Beaverton's Richard took second at 1:07.76).

“I knew I had to push harder to catch up to them,” she said. “I didn't really know how good my competition would be so I just tried my best. I was happy with my race.”

Other winners for Aloha included: Allison Martinez in the 3000 at 11:03.26 (teammate Kathleen Neblett was second at 11:29.11); Madison Knudsen in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 55.18 (Beaverton's Anisha Malynur took second at 55.19); Mackenzie Torres in the pole vault at 8-06; and May in the long jump with a mark of 15-09.

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