La Salle thinclads shine at Sandy
The Falcons have two champions and six athletes in the top five at the 16-team big-school meet
SANDY - La Salle High School, one of only two 4A teams competing in a big-school field of 16 teams, made some waves at the Mike Kostrba Invitational Track and Field Meet, held here Saturday.
The Falcons had six athletes place in the top five in individual events, and they had two champions.
La Salle senior Ryan Soberanis set the pace in the 1,500 meters (4:18.8) and La Salle senior Eric Whalen won the javelin (186-11) and placed third in the discus (159-1).
La Salle junior Laura Schmitt made her presence known in the girls meet, racing to a 1:00.2 clocking to earn runner-up honors in the 400.
Sophomore Genevieve Robinson placed third in the girls javelin (115-8), junior Maddie Morton placed fourth in the girls 3,000 (11:22.4), and junior Dan Jones placed fifth in the boys 1,500 (4:27.7).
Milwaukie made a strong team showing, with two champions and four athletes earning runner-up honors.
Milwaukie sophomore Erin McLaughlin ran a tough double in 80-degree heat, winning the 1,500-meter run (5:02.6) and placing second in the 3,000 (11:02.0).
'Erin was pretty impressive,' said Milwaukie coach Mike Petersen. 'She was the only girl there who doubled up and ran in both [distance] races.'
Mustang junior Rachel Jordan cleared 10-0 for top honors in the girls pole vault.
Milwaukie senior Jon Opperud had a big meet, placing second in the discus with a lifetime best heave of 167-10 and second in the shot put in a lifetime best of 49-8. His mark in the discus was an 11-foot PR.
'Jon had all of the coaches talking,' said Milwaukie coach Chuck Nott. 'He's only been throwing [the discus] two years, and he's still figuring things out. The talk was he's got a lot more in him.'
Milwaukie junior Chad Boyd placed second in the triple jump with an effort of 42-0-3/4, just inches shy of his personal record for that event.
Milwaukie sophomore Hannah Scott drew some attention in the triple jump, where she soared 35-1-3/4, the second best mark of the day.
'It was nearly a two-foot PR for Hannah,' said Petersen. 'That puts her in the top 10 in the state and No. 2 all-time for our school.'
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Rex Putnam junior Ricky Garcia was impressive in the 400-meter dash, where he raced to a 49.8 clocking and second place.
Garcia also teamed up with Matt Regan, Spencer Forell and Chris Olson for a time of 3:30.8 and second place in the 1,600-meter relay.
Putnam junior Andrew Gay was busy, placing third in the shot put (49-8), fourth in the high hurdles (16.1) and fourth in the discus (157-8).
Putnam junior Melany Crocker placed third in the girls 400 (1:01.7).
Ten teams from Oregon 6A schools took part in the meet, including: Aloha, Barlow, Newberg, Redmond, South Salem, Tigard, Wilson, Sandy, Milwaukie and Putnam.
Oregon 5A schools Glencoe, Hillsboro, Mountain View and Parkrose also had teams entered.
La Salle and Evergreen of Vancouver were the lone 4A schools taking part.