The Mustangs go all out and turn what was expected to be a close meet into a blowout

LAKE OSWEGO - The Milwaukie Mustangs easily beat the Lake Oswego Lakers on April 2, winning 87-58 in a dual track and field meet at Lake Oswego.

'It was a great team win,' said Milwaukie coach Chuck Nott. 'We had a lot of guys come through with great competitive performances. We just out-competed them.'

Nott said that based on marks recorded prior to the meet, he had his Mustangs winning by only a 73-72 margin.

Nott said that the long jump and short sprints were pivotal events for the Mustangs. Lake Oswego standout James Ratcliff, who normally scores big in three or four events, finished out of the running in the long jump and 100-meter dash. And Ratcliff garnered only one team point with a third-place finish in the 200.

Mustangs Chad Boyd (20-3), Layne Iffert (19-3) and Donovan Nhoung (19-3) swept the long jump. It was a personal record for Boyd, who also headed the field with an effort of 40-1 in the triple jump.

Vincent Milner, a first-time competitor for the Mustangs in track and field, was a pleasant surprise for Milwaukie in the sprints.

The unheralded, but talented senior teamed up with classmate Garrett Schnell for a one-two finish in both the 100 and 200, winning in personal record times of 11.6 and 23.3.

The Mustangs also picked up unexpected points in the 400, where Milwaukie senior Taylor Wilkins (54.5) pushed Lake Oswego's Paul Hoard all the way in a runner-up finish.

Wilkins (157-4) also led a Mustang sweep of the javelin, where Schnell and junior Scott Pham finished two-three.

Milwaukie throws specialist Jon Opperud continued in form, outclassing the field in both the shot put (48-10) and discus (148-5).

Milwaukie junior Neo Smith got it done in the high jump, where he cleared 6-1 for the first time in competition to win that event.

Smith also placed second in the pole vault, with a PR of 11-0.

The Mustangs return to the track this Thursday at Oregon City.

'If we can get a little healthier, I think we can compete with them,' said Nott. 'It should be a heck of a meet. Both teams have their strengths. We have the throws and sprints; they're good in the distances and jumps.'

In girls track, Milwaukie fell to Lake Oswego 93-51.

Rachel Jordan was a double winner. The Mustang junior outclassed the field with an effort of 52.9 in the low hurdles, and she cleared 9-6 to top Lake Oswego senior Morgan McGuire (9-0) in the pole vault.

The Mustangs had five other winners. Milwaukie sophomore Erin McLaughlin (10:56) was a runaway winner in the 3,000.

Freshman Kaitlin Doyle (25-10-1/2) bagged first place in the shot put; sophomore Kaylyn Bobbitt (81-4) led a Mustang sweep of the discus; senior Emma Dancer (4-6) headed the field in the high jump; and sophomore Hannah Scott (33-3) won handily in the triple jump.

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