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Mustangs roar at St. Helens

Doyle rules in the throws

ST. HELENS - Milwaukie High School's girls track and field program got off to a great start here last week, upending St. Helens 102-42 in their Northwest Oregon Conference opener.

'We have more depth than we've had in years past, and we're a more athletic team than we've been in a long time,' said Milwaukie girls coach Mike Petersen. 'What this means is we should be competitive. We've got athletes that can compete and place in every event.'

The Mustangs were highly competitive at St. Helens, winning 11 of the 15 individual events and both relays.

Milwaukie senior Kaitlin Doyle had a tremendous first meet, winning the shot put (35-0) and discus (112-7), and leading a Mustang sweep of the javelin (101-0).

Doyle's mark in the shot put was a personal record by nearly a foot, and it ranks her second in the state among Class 5A athletes in the event.

Milwaukie junior Shannon Susbauer and Milwaukie sophomore Sasha Gonzalez were no less impressive, going one-two in the 3,000 meters with times of 10:58.30 and 11:08.30 respectively.

Susbauer's time ranks her No. 1 in the state in 5A. Gonzalez' time ranks her third in 5A.

The Mustangs had a surprise in the triple jump, where sophomore Alexis Noren (31-8) finished a close second to Milwaukie veteran triple jumper Maddy Duretete (31-10-1/2). Noren had tried the event for the first time just two days earlier.

The Mustangs were tough in the sprints, with junior Chelsea Botteron (13.55) and senior Jordan Gregory-Garnett (13.65) going one-two in the 100, and sophomore Cordaja Ware (28.67) and Botteron (29.22) going one-two in the 200.

Milwaukie junior Nicole Hannifan showed she still has her stuff in the hurdles, winning the highs in 18.13 and the lows in 53.49.

Milwaukie junior Amandakae Blauser was another winner, setting the pace in the 800 (2:39.72).

'Based on the last couple of years, Sherwood and Wilsonville should be good, and Sandy girls won the Mt. Hood Conference last year, so they should be good,' said Petersen. 'Can we be competitive with these teams in league? It's a new league for us and it's hard to tell, but I believe we can….

'I think we'll probably be a better big meet team than a dual meet team. But that's not saying we won't be a competitive dual meet team. I'm excited about the season.'

The Mustangs will find out how they stack up on Thursday, March 31, when they play host to Sherwood. The Bowmen clobbered Parkrose 110-33 in their league opener.

Cameron Clay

tough in throws

Milwaukie boys took their lumps against a strong St. Helens boys team, losing 97-48.

The Mustangs had winners in only three events, but they did have some exceptional performances.

Milwaukie senior Cameron Clay was tough in the shot put and discus, winning the shot put with an effort of 50-5 and the discus with a toss of 137-4.

Clay was near his lifetime best mark in the shot put. His first of the season marks ranked him second in the state in Class 5A in both the shot and the discus.

The Mustangs swept the discus, with junior Nick Pettus (114-9) and senior Francisco Vega (108-0) placing second and third. Pettus' effort was a 10-foot PR.

Milwaukie junior David Santillan turned in a strong performance in the 3,000, outclassing the field with a near PR of 9:47.20.

Milwaukie junior Roman Gayduchik turned in an impressive double in the sprints, finishing just back of 2010 Northwest Oregon Conference sprint champion Will Lawrence with times of 23.97 in the 200 and 52.58 in the 400.

'Roman was just off his PR in the 400,' said Milwaukie coach Chuck Nott. 'He's come out in a lot better shape than last year.'

'Once we get everyone competing, I think we'll be a decent dual team, and a pretty good big-meet team,' Nott said.

With only a handful of seniors on Milwaukie's boys and girls teams, Nott said he expects a very good season for the Mustangs in 2012.

Milwaukie is slated to host the Northwest Oregon Conference district meet in 2012.

'It'll be the first time Milwaukie has hosted a district meet since at least 1976, and maybe the first time ever,' Nott said.