Track: Tualatin, which has high hopes, turns in strong marks at dual meet
FOREST GROVE - Sunshine brings warmth.
But it can also provide promise, optimism and some inspired performances.
That sure seemed to be the case for the Tualatin High School track and field teams.
The Timberwolves turned in some strong marks in their Pacific Conference dual meet opener with Forest Grove held under sunny skies April 2 at Forest Grove High School.
'The weather is pretty nice today,' Tualatin junior Anthony Cook said after running to victory in the 110-meter high hurdles. 'That helps a lot. It was the best weather we've had so far, and I felt fast today.'
Despite Cook's win in the high hurdles, the Tualatin boys fell 85-60 to the Vikings. The talented Timberwolf girls team opened league by running to a 91½-53½ win over Forest Grove.
'The sun made it a lot better today,' said Tualatin freshman Meghan Brohoski, who helped the Timberwolves score the team win. 'This is a lot of fun.'
Brohoski and the rest of the strong group of Tualatin sprinters showed their early-season speed in the victory at Forest Grove.
'We've got some pretty fast girls,' Brohoski said. 'We're going to be competitive in the sprints.'
Brohoski teamed with sophomore Tyler Morrison, senior Sarah Price and junior Melissa Arndorfer to win the 4 x 100 relay in a time of 52.94 seconds.
Brohoski also scored a come-from-behind win in the 200 with a mark of 27.91.
'I accelerated right at the corner,' said Brohoski, who also placed second in the 100 in 13.45. 'It was my first time in the 200. I love it now.'
Senior Amanda Chambers and sophomore Emily Wheeler each had a pair of individual wins for the Tualatin girls.
Chambers won the shot put with a mark of 32 feet, 8 inches and she had a winning toss of 100-0 in the discus.
Wheeler ran to victory in the 800 in 2:40.30 and she had a winning time of 5:04.48 in the 1,500.
Also on the track, Arndorfer won the 400 in 1:04.56 and senior Kelsey Stilson triumphed in the 3,000 in 10:52.14.
The Tualatin girls also had first-place finishes in both hurdles events.
Sophomore Corinne Wilcox won the 100 high hurdles in 19.30 and sophomore Julie Arndorfer won the 300 low hurdles in 53.49.
Senior Alexandra Johnson had a winning throw of 88-4 in the javelin and junior Alexa Stevens cleared 4-10 to win the high jump.
On the boys' side, Cook edged teammate Terrance Lowery, a Tualatin sophomore, to win the 110 high hurdles in a season-best time of 16.43.
'I was determined to beat him,' Cook said with a smile. 'I'm pretty happy with my time. I had a slow start to the season, but I'm going to train all the way through and I want to peak at district.'
Tualatin senior Dennis Ranck had a pair of victories in the throwing events. Ranck won the shot put with a mark of 54-4 and he had a winning toss of 150-0 in the discus.
Also for the Wolves, the team of sophomore Sean Acosta, junior Phil Pauly, senior Andrew Patton and freshman Taylor Altringer won the 4 x 100 relay in 44.49.
On Friday, the Tualatin teams competed in the Laker Classic, held at Lake Oswego High School.
The Timberwolf boys had a pair of individual wins at the invitational. Junior Kevin Oliver ran to victory in the 3,000 in 9:29.31 and Patton triumphed in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 40.33. Ranck was second in the shot put with a mark of 54-1½ and he was second in the discus with a throw of 143-9.
The Tualatin girls also had a pair of victories. Chambers won the shot put with a mark of 35-7 and Wheeler had a winning time of 10:45.25 in the 3,000.
The Timberwolf teams were scheduled to host Canby in a league dual meet on Wednesday.
Results of the meet weren't available when the Times went to press.
Tualatin will be back in action this upcoming Wednesday when it hosts Newberg in a league dual meet starting at 3:45 p.m. at Tualatin High School.
The Tualatin track teams, with a lot of competitors and a lot of young talent, have high hopes for the 2008 season.
On the boys side, the Wolves will be led by Ranck, who was a Class 6A state meet placer in both the shot put and discus last year.
Other top throwers include sophomore Jered Richter in all three events and sophomore Sean Acosta in the shot put.
The Wolves look strong in the hurdles events with Patton, Cook and Lowery.
Patton is also among a strong group of sprinters, which include Pauly, Altringer and Acosta.
The distance corps includes Oliver, Bubba Plunkett, Cole Brown, Matt Yarbrough and Mike Williams.
In the jumps and pole vault Tualatin will have Pauly, Jon Skogland, Ryan Darling, Jon Erickson, Brad Schuetz and Lowery.
We are working on filling some holes and adding depth to some events,' Tualatin coach Paul Zitzelsberger said of the boys team. 'I still have to go with Canby as the league favorite. Forest Grove and Tigard have some quality athletes as well. It will depend on which team fills the holes the best. We do have a number of big meet points.'
The Tualatin girls feature a strong group of distance runners in Wheeler, Stilson, Devon Frazier, Elizabeth Vogeltanz and Anna Bosley.
The sprinters include Brohoski, Price, Morrison, Melissa Arndorfer, Jessie Barry and Mikaela Anderson.
Lauren Kleven, Wilcox and Julie Arndorfer will compete in the hurdles. The throwers include Chambers, Johnson and Wilcox.
Stevens, Kelly Millager and Brohoski will compete in the jumps while Kate Skogland, Stephanie Tate and Laura D'Ambrosio will pole vault.
'We are looking to fill events to add depth to our line up. We have a lot of young athletes wanting to step up,' Zitzelsberger said. 'Tigard looks to have the most depth and are the early season favorites. Canby's numbers are down, but they still have a number of quality athletes. We hope to challenge at district.'