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Aldredge sets new school standard in the discus

The Gladiators hold their own with Class 6A Centennial

GRESHAM - Gladstone High School coed thinclads more than held their own at a non-scored three-team track and field meet hosted by Centennial on April 2.

Competing with the Class 6A Eagles and Class 2A Portland Christian, the Gladiators won six individual events. And they had enough athletes place second and third that if the meet had been scored they would have defeated Centennial 75-70.

'We had a lot of girls who hadn't practiced in two weeks, because they had just come back from the [Gladstone] East Coast trip,' said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. 'Considering the layoff, it was a pretty good meet for us.'

The Gladiators had some pretty impressive performances.

Sophomore Taylor Aldredge made some noise in the discus, where she set a new Gladstone school record with a toss of 123-0. The old record was 120-0, set by Tera Lunde in 1997.

'Tera won state with that throw,' said Kintz. 'And our team ended up winning state by one point that year.'

Aldredge also launched the shot put 34-4, for the second best mark of the day in that event; and the Gladiator talent tossed the discus a personal best of 117 for second place in that event.

Gladiator senior Nikki Ramsey was near her lifetime best in the javelin, where she outclassed the field with an effort of 126-0.

Gladstone senior Shanoaleigh Roseby won the triple jump in a lifetime PR of 32-6-1/4, the low hurdles in a season PR of 51.6, and she cleared 5-0 for second place in the high jump.

The Gladiators swept Centennial in the triple jump, with freshman Jessica Vogel (28-2) and sophomore Mariah Piece (27-1-1/4) placing second and third respectively.

Freshman Hannah Whittet (55.7) and junior Shelby Hanson (58.0) placed in the low hurdles, earning the Gladiators a sweep of the Eagles in that event.

Another Gladstone senior, Taya Tarr, made some waves in the pole vault, clearing 8-6 for first place.

Gladstone junior Elle Durkee won the long jump with a leap of 15-7.

Gladstone freshman Kellie Skofstad raced to a 13.7 clocking to claim second place in the 100-meter dash.

Darrell Fields made some waves for Gladstone boys. The senior speedster set the pace in the 100 (11.4) and 200 (23.4) with season's bests in both events. He soared 20-5-1/2 for second place in the long jump, and he anchored Gladstone's 400-meter relay team to a 45.7 clocking and first place. It was Fields' first time competing in the long jump.

Gladiator junior Justin Lundgren was close behind Fields in the long jump, placing third with an effort of 20-3-1/4.

Tim O'Brien was another winner, clearing 13-6 for first place in the pole vault. It was a 1-1/2-foot PR for the Gladstone junior.

'Tim's going to have a school record before the end of the year,' said Gladstone coach Ken Stobie.

The Gladiators got a strong performance from junior Steve Holliman in the javelin. A first-year track and field competitor, Holliman earned second place with a heave of 143-0.

'We had a pretty good meet,' said Stobie. 'We had 50 season PR's.'

Stobie said that if the meet had been scored, his boys team would have lost to Centennial by only a 76-68 margin.

Gladstone girls continued tough at an eight-team meet hosted by Wilsonville on Saturday, scoring 95 points and placing third in a field that included mostly 5A teams.

Only Dallas (111) and Wilsonville (100) outscored the Gladiators.

'We were missing two girls to outdoor school training,' said Gladstone coach Joan Kintz. 'It was cold and windy and raining. We made a pretty good showing, considering.'

The Gladiators had two winners, senior Nikki Ramsey in the javelin (127-7) and sophomore Taylor Aldredge in the discus (117-1).

Aldredge also placed second in the shot put (32-5) and she finished runner-up to Ramsey in the javelin (117-1).

Shanoaleigh Roseby earned runner-up honors in three events, the high jump (4-11), triple jump (32-5) and low hurdles (51.3). It was only the second time that Roseby had competed in the triple jump.

Gladstone freshman Kellie Skofstad placed second in the 100-meter sprint (13.5).

Gladstone boys scored 81 points and tied Hidden Valley for third place. Wilsonville (179) and Scappoose (102) placed one-two respectively in the boys meet.

Justine Lundgren and Tim O'Brien were the top performers for Gladstone boys. Lundgren headed the field in the long jump with an effort of 20-0, and the Gladiator junior talent finished runner-up in the intermediate hurdles (42.4).

O'Brien cleared 13-0 in the pole vault and won that event by two feet.