Gladiators, Cavaliers tough at Centennial
Kintz is over the bar at 10-6
GRESHAM - The weather hasn't been the best, but that hasn't slowed track and field athletes at Gladstone and Clackamas high schools.
Gladstone athletes won 11 events and Clackamas athletes won nine events at last week's season-opener at Class 6A Centennial.
There were a number of outstanding early season performances, foremost among them a winning vault of 10-6 by Gladstone junior Brita Kintz in the girls pole vault.
The mark is a state's best for all levels this year, and it's just six inches shy of Kintz' best mark from last year.
'Brita was over the bar at 11 feet by six or seven inches,' said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. 'She hit it with her arms coming down.'
Gladstone girls also made some noise in the long jump, where senior Kellie Skofstad and sophomore Madison Cronin placed one-two, with marks of 15-11-1/4 and 15-10-1/4. Skofstad's mark ranked her second in the state for Class 4A.
Senor Favian Sanchez, senior Jacob McKay and junior Tanner Charriere were standouts for Gladstone boys at Centennial.
Sanchez headed the field in both the boys shot put (49-3-3/4) and discus (132-6). His marks ranked him second in the state for Class 4A for both events.
McKay cleared 6-2 for first place in the boys high jump, winning that event by four inches. His mark ranked him the best in the state for all classifications.
Charriere cleared 12-0 to head the field in the boys pole vault. His mark ranked him No. 1 in 4A.
Gladstone seniors Jared Dummer (150-2), Kevin Zerzan (149-6) and Jacob Jordan (140-3) swept the first three places in the boys discus.
Gladstone junior Josh Wilson was a runaway winner in the boys 300-meter intermediate hurdles (45.11).
Gladstone sophomore D'onna Robinson headed the field in the girls shot put (33-8-1/2), where she outdistanced Clackamas senior Angela Haluska by 1-1/2 feet.
Gladstone juniors Ashley Beykovsky (102-2) and Katie West (100-9) went one-two in the girls javelin.
And Gladstone's girls 400-meter relay team of freshman Kelsey Hathaway, sophomores Taylor Plunkett and Madison Cronin, and Skofstad edged Centennial for first place with an effort of 52.13.
'The way the girls competed was just totally awesome,' said Kintz. 'We competed against huge 6A schools, three-times our size. The meet wasn't scored, but if it had been I think we would have beaten both Clackamas and Centennial….
'It was cold and rainy, and I think the girls were a little intimidated at first. I was so proud of them, competing the way they did in that kind of weather.'
Kintz said she expects her Gladiators to battle Molalla for the 2011 Tri-Valley Conference district title.
Senior Jordan Bergstrom was a standout for Clackamas boys. Bergstrom, who was last year's state runner-up in the 400 meters, proved he still has his stuff, outclassing the field with an effort of 51.69 in the boys 400 meters, and anchoring the Cavalier 400-meter relay team to a winning time of 44.52.
The Cavalier guys were also tough in the 200 meters, 110 high hurdles and triple jump.
Seniors Dominic Manyrath (16.70) and Daniel Fonken (17.10) placed one-two in the high hurdles; seniors Braden VanDyke (24.55) and Andy Feist (24.65) placed one-two in the 200 meters; and seniors Greg Frediani (39-9) and Dominic Manyrath (39-7) went one-two in the triple jump.
Clackamas junior Alan Johnston set the pace in the boys 1,500 meters (4:27.64).
Clackamas girls were impressive in the high jump, where senior Cassy Bieker cleared 5-2 for first place, senior Jessica Davis cleared 5-2 for second place, and junior Lauren Kelly cleared 5-0 for third place. Bieker's and Davis' marks ranked them fourth in the state.
Just days after finishing up basketball, Clackamas sophomore Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks made some waves in the girls triple jump, where she edged Gladstone sophomore Madison Cronin for top honors, 30-11 to 30-10-1/2.
Clackamas senior Rebecca Walters set the pace in the girls 100-meter high hurdles (17.98).