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Crusader girls just too much for Sunset

Unbeaten Jesuit wins all but three events in its Metro victory over Sunset
by: MILES VANCE, DOUBLE WINNER — Sunset’s Andrea Leiken leaves the competition behind while racing to victory in the 400 meters against Jesuit last Wednesday afternoon at Sunset High School.

CEDAR MILL - It's been so far, so good - so very, very good - for the Jesuit girls track and field team thus far in the 2008 season.

The Crusaders won for the fifth straight time this season (and for the second consecutive time in Metro League action) last Wednesday when they blew past Sunset 97½-47½ at Sunset High School to remain in a first-place tie with Southridge's girls. Sunset, meanwhile, fell to 0-2.

The Crusaders did it by winning 14 of the day's 17 events at Sunset High School, getting two victories each from Sarah Bridges (in the 800 and 3000 meters) and Jennifer Monk (in the two hurdles races) and keeping the pressure on throughout the day.

Bridges took the 800 in 2 minutes, 22.92 seconds and the 3000 in 10:40.90, while Monk set the pace in the high hurdles at 15.53 and the intermediates at 46.69.

Other Jesuit winners on the day were Rachel Sebastian in the 100 (13.23), Adrienne McGuirk in the 1500 (4:46.01), Carly Wellington in the shot put (28 feet, 10¾ inches), Marissa Wilkins in the discus (96-0), Page Honeyman in the javelin (99-10), Alexis Hosfield in the high jump (5-0), Nichole Shaw in the pole vault (11-0) and Tegan Clark in the long jump (16-9).

After her win in the pole vault, Shaw said that, given the day's rainy, windy, cool conditions, she was happy just to come away with the win.

'The rain held off while I jumped, which was nice,' she said. 'I got in and everything worked out just right and it was good. It's a good day.'

Sunset was led by Andrea Leiken, who broke through for victories in both the 200 (26.75) and 400 (1:01.68), while teammate Erin O'Brien was her team's other winner, taking the triple jump in 35-4.

'I wasn't really expecting to get first in (the 400),' Leiken said. 'I sprinted the first 75 meters and then I kind of paced myself on the back and ran as fast as I could on the last 100. I thought I heard people saying 'They're right on your shoulder. They're right on your shoulder' … so I just ran as fast as I could.'

Iris Craig added runner-up efforts in both hurdles races for Sunset (at 16.90 and 47.51), Samantha Potter was second in the shot (28-8¾) and discus (95-11), and O'Brien was also second in the high jump (4-10).

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.