West Linn fares well in Sisters
Good things happen to those who work hard.
The West Linn High School track team proved that adage in the Sisters Rotary Invitational on Sunday.
The boys took first, scoring 113 points to beat out Crook County with 109.5, while the lady Lions were third with 78.5 points, behind Molalla and Sisters.
'We've been working hard,' said Coach Joe Cerny. 'When you do that, good things happen. This was our week.'
It helped the Lion boys to have three first place finishes. Ben Morrow was back on the victory stand after winning the 1500 meters in 4:18.77. 'It was a big breakout for Ben,' Cerny said. Taylor Kolasinski ran a superb tactical race to win the 800 meters in 2:02.18.
Bryce Baker took first in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 41.09. Baker was also third in the 110 high hurdles (16.56).
But it was overall team strength that propelled the Lions to victory at Sisters.
'It wasn't that we had one guy winning four events,' Cerny said. 'We had two or three people placing in events.
On the girls side, West Linn got some great news with the return of Ali Super to action. In her first meet of the season, the two-time state javelin champion took first with a toss of 138-01.
'Ali threw for the first time this year,' Cerny said. 'She is definitely back on the road toward repeating at state.'
Cerny had plenty to celebrate about the Sisters meet, but he seemed to be especially pleased with his relay teams. The boys set personal bests in both the 4 by 100 and 4 by 400 relays, while the girls had their best season outing in the 4 by 400 relay.
'Our girls are right there with everyone in our league,' Cerny said.
Boys finishing in the top three in their events were Alex Schlitt, second, 110 high hurdles (16.31); 4 by 400 relay team of Michael Bernert, Kolasinski, Morrow, Justin McKee, third (3:37.82); Austin Banta, second, shot put, (40-06.25); Jake Gianuzzi, second, javelin (159-2).
Girls with top three finishes were: Natalie Pittenger, second, 400 meters (1:02.27); Diana Crane, second, 800 meters (2:27.15); Erin Morrow, third, 800 meters (2:31.08); Kathryn Flyte, third, 3000 meters (11:56.33).
For all West Linn results at the Sisters Rotary Invitational, go to athletic.net.
The Lion tracksters travel to Oregon City for a dual meet on Wednesday, April 16.