The Falcons rule on the track
The La Salle Prep Falcons rallied around their depth on the track to claim supremacy in Tri-Valley Conference boys track and field for the 2012 season.
The Falcons had athletes place in the top two in nine of the 10 running events, as they scored 149 points and finished just ahead of Molalla (139) and North Marion (136-1/2) in first place at last weekend's Tri-Valley Conference district track-and-field meet.
The Falcons were especially strong in the distances, with sophomores Logan Veasy (9:15.26), Will Thompson (9:30.83) and Colton Passmore (9:33.23) going one-three-fourth in the 3,000; Veasy (4:16.93), junior Patric Walsh (4:21.39) and Thompson (4:30.60) going two-three-five in the 1,500; and juniors Alex Soberanis (1:58.67) and Nick Lien (2:04.88) going two-four in the 800.
The Falcons won both relays, winning the 4x100 in a season's best of 43.79, and the 4x400 in a season's best of 3:29.18.
Junior Mark Holenstein proved himself the class of the field in the 400, winning that event in 51.17.
La Salle senior Henry Lilly launched the javelin 168-1 for the Falcons' only win in the field events.
La Salle junior Sterling Akles earned runner-up honors to qualify for state in both the 100 (11.37) and 200 (22.98).
Sophomore Ben Hortaleza placed second in the high hurdles (16.36) and sophomore Cameron Mitchell cleared 11-6 to finish runner-up in the pole vault.
Akles enters the state meet with the third-best time in the state for Class 4A in the 200; Soberanis ranks among the 800.
La Salle boys rank in the top three in the state in both relays.
La Salle's girls track-and-field team (115) had three individuals and a relay team qualify for state, as they placed third at district, back of Gladstone (218) and Molalla (151).
La Salle junior Morgan Tholl qualified with runner-up finishes in both the girls 1,500 (5:02.78) and 3,000 (11:06.40).
La Salle junior Allie Sprauer placed second in the 100 (12.95), La Salle freshman Kate Christoferson placed second in the 800 (2:29.91), and the Falcon girls 4x100-relay team (50.20) placed second.