OC trio winners at 15-team meet

Kozak, Hippler, Groshong get it done at the Willamette Falls Invitational

OREGON CITY - Oregon City had three champions at the 15-team Willamette Falls Invitational Track and Field Meet, hosted by the Pioneers on Saturday.

Freshman Cody Kozak and juniors Jared Hippler and Hanna Groshong all won titles for the Pioneers.

Kozak made some waves in the high jump, clearing 6-2 to finish on top in a field filled with upperclassmen. His effort tied the Oregon City freshmen class record, which he set earlier this year.

Hippler proved his school pole vault record of 15-1 a week earlier was no fluke, as he headed the pole vault field with an effort of 15-0. The mark broke the meet record, set by Jared's brother Jack at 14-3 a year ago.

Groshong turned in an impressive distance double, winning the girls 3,000 in 11:17.4 and finishing runner-up in the 1,500 (5:13.8).

Oregon City had two other individuals and two relay teams earn runner-up honors.

Oregon City senior Jacob Goertz placed second in the 1,500 meters (4:07.9) and third in the 3,000 (9:07.0). His mark in the 1,500 was a lifetime PR by four seconds.

Oregon City freshman Kylee Cook was runner-up in the girls 400 meters (1:01.9).

Oregon City's boys and girls 1,600-meter relay teams both finished second.

Alex Seigal, Brycen Driver, Grant Wilson and Preston Converse paced the boys to a 3:31.7 clocking, a seven-second PR; Emily Dent, Sarah Doble, Cook and Megan Martin completed the girls relay race in 4:12.4.

Oregon City boys (82 points) and Oregon City girls (72) both finished fourth in the team standings.

Oregon City boys finished back of Union, Wash. (98-1/2), Heritage, Wash. (96) and Hermiston (89-1/2).

Oregon City girls placed behind Hermiston (92-1/2), Union (82) and Hood River (76).

Other teams entered included: Grant, Cleveland, Corvallis, Liberty, Marshfield, Pendleton, Woodburn, Estacada and Westside Christian.