Jesuits 4x400 relay clinches championship

Heading into the 4X400 meter relay—the final event of the day—the Jesuit High Boys led Sheldon High by nine points in the Oregon Schools and Activities Association Class 6A state championship track meet.

The Crusaders team featuring senior Xavier Coleman and juniors Carlos Coleman, Sahil Doshi and Max Dordevic sealed Jesuits first boys state championship since 2006 by winning the event with a time of 3:20.81. That gave Jesuit a 72-54 advantage over Sheldon and left no doubt that the Crusaders were the top team in the state.

Jesuit's 4X400 relay was neck-and-neck with both Lincoln and David Douglas for the first three laps of the race until Dordevic commandeered the backstretch with 300 meters to go and powered past the Scots' Josh Kellebrew for the victory.

Dordevic was downright perturbed after coming in second place in both the 110 and 300 meter hurdles but thought he had to stay relaxed, hang on, advance slowly and not make any sort of drastic moves until he had to. Once Dordevic saw Kellebrew tire just a tad, the junior darted around him in one mighty stride to clinch not only the 4X400 title but the team title as well.

“I kind of threw down the hammer about the 300-mark and took him down,” said Dordevic. “I didn't do as well as I wanted to in the hurdles and it was it was a great way to cap off the season. Just getting a state title and winning the very last event of the day is a crazy thing.”

Carlos Coleman said he was barely on varsity last season as a sophomore so to be a key contributor to a state-trophy taking squad was indescribable. The junior ran a solid first leg and held Jesuit steady until they could pass the baton to Dordevic.

“The first leg always sucks but all I was told was to keep the Lincoln guy right behind me,” said Carlos Coleman. “I felt like I did it enough and it went the right way for us. I'm just grateful I could do that. The work in the preseason paid off.”

After Dordevic leaned across the finish line the four Crusaders huddled together and screamed out in euphoria. For Carlos Coleman taking the triumph with two of his best friends and his older brother Xavier was especially sweet.

“All those kids are family,” said Carlos Coleman pointing at his 4X400 teammates.“All we've done is work together. In workouts, we never do it separate, we all do it together so in the end we know big things can happen. I'm just so happy to be part of this team.”

The win in the 4X400 meters was the only victory for the Crusaders boys in the meet.

Dordevic was able to claim two second place finishes in the 110 meter hurdles (14.75) and the 300 meter hurdles (37.70).

Dordevic was especially disappointed with how he ran in the 110 meter hurdles.

“I had a really good start, but that was about it,” he said. “I’ve run consistently around 14.5 and I just hit a lot of hurdles and it was pretty messy. I’ve been working really hard and I would’ve liked to win.”

Xavier Coleman nearly pulled out a win for the Crusaders in the 200 meter dash. Coleman got off to a good start, ran the turn well and was cruising toward home when Sheldon High junior Mitch Horning caught him and won the race with a time of 21.64, just.17 seconds faster than Coleman’s time of 21.81.

“I got out really well,” Coleman said. “It was one of the best drive phases I’ve had all year. I caught someone on the corner and then the focus was just to stay relaxed. I tried to lift after the turn and transition to my speed phase. I might have tensed up in the last 30. That’s when Mitch got me. But, overall, I ran a pretty good race. I haven’t broken 22 this year and to do that felt good.”

When he crossed the finish line second, Coleman let his emotions seep out, bending down and slamming the track with his hands in disgust. After being disqualified from the 100 meters on the second day of the meet, Coleman wanted to win the 200 badly.

“I was pretty disappointed,” Coleman said. “Getting second last year and having the guy who beat me graduate I had high expectations this year both in the one and 200. False starting yesterday in the 100 took a pretty big mental toll on me. It took quite a bit to regroup and get ready to run this two. I ran pretty well. Mitch was just the better man today. He ran an incredible race.”

The Crusaders also got some help with points by junior Henry Mondeaux, who took second place in the discus with a throw of 148-08.

Westview High senior Alec Smith capped off his prep career with a thrilling victory in the 800 meters. Smith allowed the other runners to set the pace for the first 300 meters. He then pushed the pace for the next three hundred meters. Then, he outkicked everyone on the track, taking the state championship with a time of 1:53.20, more than two seconds faster than Sheldon High senior Jackson Darland’s time of 1:55.30.

“I did exactly what I wanted to do,” Smith said. “I wanted to go out with them for the first 300, pick it up for the next three and kick it in for the last two. That’s exactly what I did. It went great.”

Sunset High senior Eric Zechenelly won the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 37.68. Beaverton High senior Dan Oekerman finished with a pair of third places in the 1,500 meters (4:01.863) and the 3,000 meters (8:39.62). Aloha High sophomore Jadden Lake took third place in the high jump with a leap of 6-04.00.

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