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Putnam thinclads drop LO

The Kingsmen are dominant in the field in a 79-1/2 to 64-1/2 dual win
by: John Lariviere, Putnam sophomore Peter Delap.

MILWAUKIE - Rex Putnam thinclads rallied around strong performances in the field events to drop Lake Oswego 79-1/2-64-1/2 in a Three Rivers League boys track and field meet contested here last week.

The Kingsmen (2-0) outscored their guests 52-11 in the field events to put the meet away.

'We really competed well,' said Putnam coach Brent Eggers. 'I had us underdogs going in.'

The Kingsmen won every field event. They swept the discus and had one-two finishes in the shot put and javelin, and in all three jumps.

The first running event of the day, the 400-meter relay was a pivotal event. Putnam junior Ricky Garcia out-kicked Lake Oswego's anchor to gain the Kingsmen a narrow victory, 44.7 to 44.9.

'That was a big win right off the bat,' said Eggers. 'They had the better time coming in.'

Junior Andrew Gay and sophomore Peter Delap were double winners in the field events.

Gay won the shot put in a lifetime personal record of 51-4, and Gay led the sweep of the discus with an effort of 129-6.

Delap had a great day all around, winning the long jump (19-0-3/4) and triple jump (38-6-1/2) and finishing runner-up to teammate Clay Johnson (5-10) with an effort of 5-8 in the high jump. Delap's marks in the long jump and high jump were both PR's.

Senior Cody King edged teammate Nate Dutson, 140-9 to 140-8, for first place in the javelin. King also placed second in the shot put (46-10) and third in the discus (113-8). He came through with PR's in the javelin and discus.

Senior Alan Young (10-0) picked up an unexpected win for Putnam in the pole vault, when Lake Oswego's top vaulter was unable to compete in the event because of an injury.

Garcia (11.2) won a close race in the 100-meter dash, where he nosed out Lake Oswego sophomore Chris Luetjen by two hundredths of a second.

The Kingsmen return to Three Rivers League competition this afternoon, when they meet Milwaukie (1-2) on the road.

A lack of depth cost Putnam's youthful girls track team a 100-45 loss in last week's meet with Lake Oswego.

The Lakers had at least two place-winners in every individual track event, and they had two placers in five of the seven field events.

The Kingsmen were tough in the discus, where senior Holly Kennedy (95-7), junior Jennifer Thompson and senior Samantha Wood placed first, second and third respectively.

Putnam junior Melany Crocker won the 100-meter dash in a TRL best 12.9.

Putnam freshman Jamie Galbreath continued to make waves, running away with first place in the low hurdles (51.7), and finishing a close second in the high hurdles (18.0).

The Kingsmen also had a winner in the high jump, where junior Alex Kasprick headed the field with a season's best leap of 4-10.