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Forest Grove boys race to victory against Tualatin

Track and field - Viks win 13 events to beat Tualatin in both teams' conference opener
by: Chase Allgood, Forest Grove senior Trevor Robbins clears the bar during the high jump event at last Wednesday’s Pacific Conference track meet.

Forest Grove's boys opened the Pacific Conference track and field season last Wednesday with a convincing win at home against Tualatin.

The Vikings won eight of 10 track events and five of seven field events to post an 85-64 victory over Tualatin in both teams' conference opener.

'We had [personal records] everywhere,' said Forest Grove head coach Scott McCahon. 'The kids performed like they've never performed before. It was a strong showing all the way around. It was good to see.'

Forest Grove was typically strong in the distance events, with senior Dusty Klein sweeping the 800 and 1,500 meters and fellow senior Eric Weinbender winning the 3,000. The real surprise was the team's showing in the sprint events, where the Vikings have traditionally struggled. Junior Nick Mulick won both the 100 and 200 meters, while senior Trevor Robbins took first place in the 400. Senior Nick Wallace added a win in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles (43.94 seconds).

Robbins and Klein also teamed with Steven Boone and Orion Collins to win the 4x400 relay with a time of 3:37.22.

The only two track events not won by Forest Grove runners were the 110-meter high hurdles and the 4x100 relay.

'We've got a strong senior class and a good group of young kids,' McCahon said. 'I was really pleased with our performance. Any time you can get a win it's great, but to get a win against a league [opponent] is even better.'

Klein, who missed part of basketball season with a stress fracture in his foot, rebounded nicely with a pair of wins last Wednesday. The senior distance star ran 2:07.71 to win the 800 meters, then followed it up with a winning time of 4:22.39 in the 1,500.

'Dusty ran well,' McCahon said. 'He's back from the stress fracture and that's helped us a lot. He's running really well.'

Weinbender made it a clean sweep of the distance events with his win in the 3,000 meters, finishing in 9:33.23.

Mulick was the star of the sprint events on Wednesday, running the 100 meters in 11.35 seconds to edge Tualatin senior Andrew Patton. Mulick added a win in the 200 later in the day (23.19). Robbins, meanwhile, ran 52.82 to win the 400 meters.

Forest Grove didn't challenge in the shot put or discus, but the Vikings did wrap the meet with wins in the javelin, high jump, pole vault, long jump and triple jump.

Robbins got his second win of the day by clearing 5 feet, 9 inches in the high jump. Wallace added two more wins to his total, taking the javelin with a throw of 144'6" and winning the triple jump with a distance of 39'10.25".

Other Forest Grove winners included Boone, whose jump of 19'0.25" was good for first place in the long jump, and Anthony Huffman, who set a new freshman record by clearing 12'0" in the pole vault.

Girls drop opener

The Forest Grove girls didn't fare quite as well, losing 91.5-53.5 to Tualatin, but the overall showing was still one of the best in McCahon's four-year coaching tenure.

'The girls had a great meet,' McCahon said. 'That's the most points the girls have scored in a meet since I've been here. I was really pleased.'

Forest Grove got five combined wins from the sophomore duo of Brandi Dawson and Elena Acosta. Dawson won the pole vault, long jump and triple jump, while Acosta swept the 100 and 200 meters.

Dawson and fellow sophomore Taylor McCahon each cleared 8 feet, 6 inches to tie for first place in the pole vault, and Dawson added two more wins by jumping 14'5.75" in the long jump and 29'6.25" in the triple jump.

Acosta raced to first place in the 100 meters with a time of 13.38 seconds, then nabbed first in the 200 by running 27.89 seconds.

Forest Grove's only other win came in the 4x400 relay, where Acosta, Jessica Hayes, Danielle Jackson and Chrissy Marshall teamed to run a 4:28.53.

Both Forest Grove teams return to action today on the road against Tigard. Today's meet with start at 3:45 p.m.