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Tigard's Patterson jumps to new school record at invite

One Tiger competitor soared to a school record height and another one raced to victory at the Mike Kostrba Invitational track and field meet, held Saturday at Sandy High School.

Tigard High School senior Spencer Patterson set a new school record in the high jump with his second place mark of 6 feet, 9 inches at the invitational. The old Tigard school record was 6-8, set last year by 2007 Tigard graduate Chase Dalton.

Patterson placed second in the high jump event at the invite to Hillsboro's Billy Butler, the defending Class 5A state champion, who had a height of 6-10.

For the Tigard girls, senior Sarah Walch had a winning time of 11 minutes, 0.09 seconds in the 3,000-meter run.

Walch's victory helped the Tiger girls finish in a tie for sixth place at the 15-school meet with a score of 48 points.

Also for the Tigard girls at the meet, sophomore Kaleigh Morrison finished second in the high jump with a mark of 5-2. She also was fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 33-11¼.

The Tigard team of junior Andrea Kirch, Walch, freshman Amanda Craig and freshman Christine Browning was second in the 4 x 800 relay in 10:51.18.

Junior Heather Loyd was fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 33-5½, senior Cassie Carroll was fifth in the 3,000 in 11:23.61, freshman Diana Merchant was fifth in the 300 low hurdles in 51.17 and senior Sarah Rehm was sixth in the javelin at 110-0.

The Tigard boys placed seventh in the team standings at the meet with 43 points.

Tiger senior Neil Cronkrite cleared 11-6 to finish second in the pole vault. Sophomore Jordan Latt ran to third place in the 400 in 50.81. Sophomore Ian McGetrick was fourth in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 41.87.

The Tigard boys also had plenty of success in the relay races. Ian Walch, Andrew Taylor, Zane Rogers and Dominic Ferraris teamed to place third in the 4 x 800 relay in 9:20.16. David Herlan, Travis Howe, Latt and Kyle Gustafson placed fifth in the 4 x 100 relay in 44.61 and the team of Latt, Zachary Schlachter, Gustafson and James Kennedy was fifth in the 4 x 400 relay in 3:36.61.

Prior to the invitational, the Tigard teams took on Forest Grove in a Pacific Conference dual meet held April 9 at Tigard High School.

The Tigard girls scored a 95-50 win over Forest Grove to even their league record at 1-1. Morrison had three individual wins to help the Tigers get the victory. She won the pole vault with a height of 9-0. She had a winning mark of 16-3 in the long jump and she was victorious in the triple jump at 32-4.

Freshman Katie Humphrey (400), freshman Kelsi Schaer (800), Walch (1,500), sophomore Chelsea Terry (100 high hurdles), Merchant (300 low hurdles), freshman Amanda Carlson (shot put), Rehm (javelin), freshman Elyse Fleck (high jump) and senior Alysha Brannon (discus) also had individual wins for the Tigard girls.

The Tigard boys fell to 0-2 in league meets after being edged 77-68 by the Vikings.

Latt (400), Ian Walch (3,000), McGetrick (110 high hurdles), junior Leif Erickson (shot put), junior Tim Beckman (discus), Patterson (high jump), Cronkrite (pole vault) and sophomore Don Terry (long jump) all had individual wins for the Tigers.

The Tigard teams were scheduled to compete in a league dual meet at McMinnville on Wednesday. Results of that meet weren't available when the Tigers went to press. Tigard will be back in action Saturday when it runs at the Aloha Relay, starting at noon at Aloha High School.