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Smith, Osburn pace Cats' victory over Skyhawks


Westview senior Alec Smith sets a state's best mark in the 400

by: MILES VANCE - Westview's Matt Kingzett (right) turns the corner during his victory in the 1500 meters against Southridge at Southridge High School on April 17.BEAVERTON — The cream is rising to the top in the 2013 Metro League track race, and Westview’s boys are just glad to be part of it.

The Wildcats moved into sole possession of third place last week with a dominating win at Southridge, taking top honors in 14 of 17 events to roast the Skyhawks 108-37 at Southridge High School. The victory gave Westview a 2-1 record and left behind just league-leading Jesuit (4-0) and Lincoln (3-0) in the Metro standings.

“Our coach wanted us to come out and get a lot of points in the distance events today,” said Westview senior Matt Kingzett, winner of the 1500 meters and also a member of the Wildcats’ victorious 4 x 400 relay team. “We’ve been working hard recently and it’s been paying off.”

“We felt like the meet would be very close, but all of the guys were focused on their role in helping the team win,” added Westview coach Aaron Johnson.

Southridge, which competed shorthanded due to injuries to hurdler/jumper Royal Black and sprinter Devon Martinez, fell to 0-3 in league competition and sixth place.

“Our boys have some injuries that have hurt us, and we need some of the other athletes to step up and score points,” said Southridge coach Bruce Rife. And “Westview has a lot of athletes, and they competed well.”

Leading the way in Westview’s win were seniors Alec Smith and Daniel Osburn, both of them two-time winners against Southridge. Osburn got it done in the throws, winning the shot put easily with a mark of 43 feet, 9.75 inches (runner-up Tyler Cox of Southridge threw 40-10.25), then adding another big win in the javelin at 155-11 (Southridge’s Jordan Morgan took second at 138-11).

Smith, the reigning Metro League and Class 6A state champ in the 800, showed his speed in the shorter events against Southridge, running a state’s best time of 48.92 to win the 400 (teammate Asa Crimin was second at 53.64), then came back later in the meet to take the 200 with a winning time of 23.48 (Southridge’s Jeffrey Kan was second at 23.75).

Kingzett made his mark in the 1500, and made it with a whole bunch of his teammates in tow. Kingzett took off midway through the race and left everyone else far behind to win with a time of 4:25.32, while teammate Jake Schmerber was second at 4:32.16 and Westview runners also finished third, fourth and fifth.

“I decided to go after 600. That was the race plan for today,” Kingzett said. “I wanted to run a good 600, then just run a good second half of the race. And it was great to see some of the other guys that have been working hard come out and have good races too.”

Westview’s other wins came from: Jovanni Roland in the 100 at 11.70 (with Southridge’s Jordan Morgan second at 11.98); RJ Morgan in the 800 at 2:00.32 (Southridge’s Alexander Castillo took second with a 2:01.96); Glen Anderson in the 3000 at 9:27.8 (with teammates Timothy Motsiff and Morgan Nichols second and third at 9:33.3 and 9:57.9;) Daniel Abdie in the high hurdles at 16.35 (teammate Mohamed Adem was second at 17.18); Adem in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 43.1 (Southridge’s Nikko Thomas placed second at 43.6;) the 4 x 100 relay team of Karl Ficken, Matthew Allee, Evan Brehm and Roland at 45.04; the 4 x 400 team of Crimin, Zack Jolie, Kingzett and Morgan at 3:35.7; Keltan Carroll in the discus with a mark of 132-7 (Osburn was second there at 130-2); and Julian Ford in the triple jump at 41-1.

The pickings were relatively thin for the Skyhawks, but they did manage to break through in three events against the talented Wildcats. Sophomore Nikko Thomas stepped up to win the high jump at 5-10 (with Abdie second at 5-8), senior Adam Garske — the Metro League leader in the pole vault — won the vault at 13-0 (Westview’s Austin Kwong took second at 10-0), and Morgan took the long jump at 21-2 (Westview’s Jacob Pogorelc was second at 20-6).

“With the absence of Royal Black and Devon Martinez, we lose a lot of points,” Rife said. “And Jordan Morgan went down with an injury during the 100 too.”

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