Both teams turn in strong marks at last week's dual meet

by: JAIME VALDEZ - Beaverton's Ross Hoffman and Matthew Kim sprint to the finish line in the 100-meter run in a dual meet against Westview at Westview High School. Hoffman won the race with a time of 11.38.ROCK CREEK — The Beaverton High boys track and field team squeaked by Westview High by the narrowest of margins.

Every point counted as the Beavers topped the Wildcats 69-67 in a Metro League dual meet held April 24 at Westview High School.

The result was surprising to Beaverton coach Bob Boyer.

“Going into the meet, we had us losing and only scoring 52 points,” Boyer said. “That was not knowing that a couple of kids weren’t going to run certain races. But, one of the things we’ve been talking about all year long is competing. Thinking that when you get out onto that track you own it and everybody else has to come chase you. We’ve been trying to get that mentality of, ‘I can run with anybody, I can throw with anybody, I can jump with anybody, and I can compete.’ That’s been a bit of a hard message all year.

“(Wednesday) that happened. There’s 17 boys events, and in 14 of them, we had point changes from what I thought we were going to get, and only two of those were negative. All of the other events we gained points. The momentum just started to get going. It was pretty exciting for those kids to learn that we can compete and we can go out there and run with anyone. I was really proud of the kids for competing really, really hard.”

With the victory, the Beaverton boys evened their league record at 2-2. Westview also moved to 2-2 with the setback.

For Beaverton at last week’s meet, junior Ross Hoffman won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.38 seconds. Senior Ezra Duilio won the 200 with a time of 23.12. Senior Dan Oekerman won the 800 with a time of 1:57.31. Junior Drew Larabee won the 3,000 meters with a time of 9:39.19.

Beaverton won the 4 x 100 relay in a time of 43.60 with a team that featured Chidabem Nnoli, Matthew Kim, Hoffman and Duilio. Senior Michael Vahrenwald won the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 3.75 inches. Senior Max Bettendorf won the javelin with a throw of 155-0 and the triple jump with a distance of 42-2.50. Sophomore Jan Droste won the high jump with a leap of 5-08. Senior Brian Christensen won the pole vault with a height of 13-0. Sophomore Joel Belsterling won the long jump with a leap of 21-2.50.

After each meet, Boyer gives one of the athletes on his team the distinction of being the “Athlete of the Meet.” This week, Boyer decided to give the award to the entire boys team.

“The coaches were trying to talk about it, and we couldn’t pick any one kid who was that much better than everyone else. They all got it for us. So many kids stepped up.”

Westview coach Aaron Johnson was pleased with the way his athletes performed. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, while they set several personal records, so did the Beavers.

“On paper, we actually thought our boys were going to win,” Johnson said. “We had a lot of really good PRs on the boys side. Unfortunately, where we set some personal records, Beaverton also did. Beaverton did a great job of being the best team on a warm, sunny day of the year. We had some kids with some big PRs, but Beaverton had some that were a little bit bigger.”

Westview senior Alec Smith won the 400 with a time of 49.03 and the 1,500 with a time of 4:16. Senior Daniel Abdie won the 110 high hurdles with a time of 15.86.

Senior Mohamed Adem won the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 42.91. Westview won the 4 x 400 meter relay in a time of 3:28.62 with a team that featured Matthew Allee, RJ Morgan, Asa Crimin and Smith. Senior Keltan Carroll won the discus with a throw of 135-2.

Johnson said he looks at some of the individual results from the meet as positive building blocks for the Wildcats as the season progresses.

“RJ Morgan running an 800 under two minutes was huge for us,” Johnson said. “Daniel Abdie going under 16 seconds in the 110 meter hurdles was big. Our boys 4 x 400 meter relay, we were looking to get under 3:30, and they did that so that was big for us. While we didn’t win, those were a couple of the performances we’re looking at positively heading toward the districts. It felt like a really good start for us as a team looking toward the future.”

On Wednesday, Beaverton was scheduled to run at Sunset, and Westview was slated to host Jesuit. Results of those meets weren’t available when the Valley Times went to press.

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