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Cats muscle up in win vs. Aloha

The Wildcats pounce on Aloha for a 100-45 victory in Metro League action
by: JONATHAN HOUSE, RADER RANGE — Westview’s Keith Rader makes the extra effort in winning the shot put competition against Aloha.

ROCK CREEK - Westview aims to be a contender in the Metro League boys track race, showing why and how in its league opener.

The Wildcats won 12 of 17 events and used superior depth to beat Aloha 100-45 last Thursday at Westview High School.

The Wildcats were most dominant in the jumps, sweeping the top-3 places in the high jump and pole vault and going 1-2 in the long jump and triple jump for a 42-2 advantage in the team score.

Front and center among those performances was senior Geoff Bailey's clearance of 14-feet-1/2-inches in the pole vault to set a new school record. The mark was also the fifth-best in Class 6A for 2008. Teammates Andrew Corbin (12-6) and David Fernow (10-6) were second and third in the event, respectively.

Senior Sam Haag led a 1-2-3 Westview finish in the high jump by clearing 6-2, followed by juniors Kellen Austin and Robert Casteel, both at 6-0. Wildcat senior Kevin LeRoy won both the long jump (19-7½) and triple jump (40-0) followed closely by teammates Brad Wilkinson (long jump at 19-5) and Collin Brehm (triple jump at 39-7).

Senior Keith Rader added a win in the shot put as the Wildcats took five of seven field events. Rader threw a season-best 51-10 on his second attempt for the No. 5 mark in Class 6A this season.

After suffering mononucleosis and missing nearly all of the 2007 season, Rader has come out determined this spring. He's chasing the Westview school record of 57-9¾ and a state berth.

'Things have been going good,' Rader said. 'I've been focusing a lot on my technique and staying loose. It's nice when the things you work on pay off in a meet.'

The Wildcats also got a big day from sophomore Daniel Keel, who sprinted to victory in the 100 and 200 meters with times of 11.27 and 22.92 seconds, respectively. Keel also ran on both of Westview's victorious relays.

Junior Alex Emberlin

(2:03.45) snuck past senior teammate Nick Bugas (2:03.63) in the final stretch to lead a 1-2 Westview finish in the 800. Junior Erik Meyers added a Wildcat win in the 1,500, holding off Aloha's Jason Waldram for the victory with a time of 4:23.11.

Senior Richard Arnold earned the Wildcats' final track victory, pulling away down the stretch to take the 300 intermediate hurdles in 41.19 - Class 6A's No. 5 time of 2008 - and avenge an earlier loss to Aloha senior Derek Barfuss in the 110 high hurdles.

Barfuss and Arnold were even through five hurdles in the 110 when Barfuss clipped the next hurdle but only picked up steam to the finish line for the win in 15.14. The time was the fourth-best in Class 6A this season.

Waldram added a victory in the 3,000, widening his lead throughout the race to win in 9:25.83.

The Warriors won three races with sophomore David Fleming crossing first in the 400. Fleming, who also ran the 200 and both relays, competed in the 400 for the first time - but likely not last.

'I'd really like to go to state as a sophomore,' Fleming said. 'I think that would be a heckuva accomplishment. As long as I run my hardest, I'm happy.'

Aloha picked up two of its five victories in the throws with senior Spencer Moe (140-11) edging Rader (140-3) to win the discus and senior Colin Looney tossing the javelin 163-10 for the victory. Both marks are among the top-10 in Class 6A for 2008.