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Putnam pummels Pacers

The Kingsmen win 11 individual events, as they rout Lakeridge 98-43

MILWAUKIE - The Rex Putnam Kingsmen launched their 2008 Three Rivers League boys track and field campaign with a bang on April 2, upending Lakeridge 98-43 in a dual-meet mismatch.

The Kingsmen won 11 of the 15 individual events - including every field event, and they set the pace in both relays.

'It was a great start to our league season,' said Putnam coach Brent Eggers. 'We have some holes to fill, but not as many as I thought we had. We've had a lot of people step up and fill the holes.'

Putnam junior Ricky Garcia set the tone for the runaway, winning the 100 in 10.9, the 200 in 22.5 and anchoring both Putnam relay teams to victory.

'Ricky's going to concentrate on the sprints this year, but he ran a lot faster than I thought he would,' said Eggers. 'Those are shocking times for this early.'

Garcia finished six tenths of a second in front of teammate Caleb Sonflieth in winning the 100 and nearly a full second in front of classmate Spencer Forell in winning the 200. Garcia's times, which were both lifetime PR's, rank him among the top sprinters in the state.

Forell, who has switched from baseball to track, was impressive for a first-year track and field competitor. The up-and-coming junior won the 400 meters in 55.1, was runner-up in the 200 with an effort of 23.4, and he ran legs on both winning relay teams.

The Kingsmen had another double winner in senior Barrett Zetterberg, who cruised to first place in both the high hurdles (15.7) and the intermediates (42.6). Zetterberg was just off his PR in the high hurdles.

Senior Chris Hanson and sophomore Peter Delap made some noise in the horizontal jumps. Delap (39-5) led a one-two finish in the triple jump; Hanson (18-11-1/4) headed a one-two Kingsmen finish in the long jump.

Putnam junior Clay Johnson turned a few heads in the high jump, where he earned first place with a lifetime best leap of 6-3.

Senior Cody King was impressive in the throwing events. He headed the field in the shot put with a 3-foot PR of 47-5, placed second to teammate Kohl Calhoun (117-3) with an effort of 108-0 in the discus, and earned third place in the javelin (136-0). It was King's first time competing in the discus.

Competing in the 800 meters for the first time, Putnam sophomore Chris Olsen completed the race in 2:04.5, good for runner-up honors.

The Kingsmen (1-0) host Lake Oswego (1-1) this afternoon in the last meet on their present track for the Kingsmen.

Practices will move to Alder Creek Middle School, so that construction can begin on a new track and artificial turf football field at Putnam.

Crocker clocks 26.5 in the 200

MILWAUKIE - The Rex Putnam Kingsmen had several strong performances in an 88-53 dual meet girls track and field loss to Lakeridge on April 2.

Freshman standout Michaela Freeby picked up where she left off last fall, running an impressive distance double for wins in both the 1,500 (5:29.6) and 3,000 (11:54.9). And in-between races, Freeby, who qualified for state in cross country last fall, cleared 7-6 in the pole vault.

Putnam junior sprint specialist Melany Crocker drew some attention in the 200 meters, winning the race in 26.5, a lifetime best by half a second. The mark ranks her No. 1 in the TRL in the event.

Crocker also anchored Putnam's sprint relay to a 53.2 clocking and first place.

Putnam senior throws specialist Jazmine Stronks demonstrated that she is going to be a force in the shot put, winning the event with a heave of 34-1.

Putnam also had winners in the discus (Holly Kennedy, 92-9) and in the pole vault (Crystal Spring, 8-0).