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Running in the rain

Jesuit edges Sunset in a matchup of two Metro League powerhouses
by: MILES VANCE, FAST FORWARD — Sunset’s Garrett Sim (left) and Jesuit’s Keanon Lowe race home in the 100 meters.

CEDAR MILL - Jesuit's boys ran. Sunset's boys jumped and threw. The skies offered rain, sun, gloom and cheer.

And in the end, the Crusaders turned on the jets in the 4 x 400-meter relay to knock off Sunset 77-68 in a battle of the Metro League top two boys teams last Wednesday at Sunset High School.

'We were very pleased with the effort our kids gave,' said Jesuit coach Tom Rothenberg-er. 'And having the meet come down to the (final) relay and winning in a season PR of over four seconds just finished off the meet the way the kids had

competed all day.'

'We expected to win the meet, but had a tough break when Ryan Meyer (was injured) in the 400,' said Sunset coach Kevin Landon. Still, 'we were very pleased with the way the guys competed throughout the meet and took it down to the (last) relay, even without Ryan.'

The win lifted Jesuit to 2-0 in the Metro League (tied for first with Westview) while Sunset fell to 1-1.

Jesuit hit the accelerator on the track all day long, winning every running event from 100 to 3000 meters. The Crusaders got wins from Keanon Lowe in the 100 (at 11.35 seconds) and 200 (22.86), from Tim Kessler in the 400 (51.52), Hans Hagmeier in the 800 (1:59.56 - the fastest time in the Metro League this year), Brian Manning in the 1500 (4:06.44) and Peter Maag in the 3000 (9:13.68).

Jesuit also won both of the day's relays, with Lowe, Raphiel Lambert, Mitch Fry and Nigel Rogers taking the 4 x 100 at 43.81 seconds, while Lowe, Hagmeier, Kessler and Manning set the pace in the day's final event, the meet-clinching 4 x 400, at 3:27.34. Sunset's 4 x 400 quartet of Tad Herzog, Armando Andrade, Deonte Powe and Taylor Abdie came home in 3:28.93.

The Crusaders' lone victor from the day's field events was Jake Baertlein, who took top honors in the pole vault at 12 feet, 6 inches.

After his win in the 100, Lowe said he was just glad to have contributed in an important meet on a cold day.

'It's a cold day so it's good to go out there and win it because anything can happen,' he said. 'We were all even and then probably halfway down I started to pull away so it felt pretty good. I've just got to keep getting better every meet.'

'They rose to the challenge of a quality team (Sunset) and took our young team to a new level,' Rothenberger said.

Other highlights for Jesuit included sweeping the 800, 1500 and 3000, Kenny Ulrich's second-place finish in the discus and Ramazan Muhammad's runner-up finish in the high jump with a PR of 6-4.

The Apollos responded, however, by winning all three jumping events, all three throwing events and both hurdles races.

Garrett Sim stepped up to win both the long jump (21-4¼) and triple jump (45-6). Ben Novak took top honors in both the shot put (48-10¼) and discus (142-4). And Abdie grabbed victory in both hurdles races, taking the high hurdles in 15.29 and the intermediates at 40.34.

Other winners for Sunset included Wes Wenzel in the javelin at 147-5 and Phil Campbell in the high jump at 6-4.

While disappointed with the loss, Sunset came away determined to get healthy, regroup and battle again at the district meet.

'We're hoping (Meyer) will be back at full strength for the district meet to make things interesting,' Landon said.

In upcoming meets, Sunset competes at the Westview Team Challenge at 4 p.m. Friday, while Jesuit participates in the Ron Lowe Invitational at noon Saturday and also in the Pasco Invitational at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.