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GIRLS TRACK - Field events lift Gresham to the key early-season win
by: David Ball, Gresham's Ali Mosher heads for home during her win in the high hurdles Thursday. She also won the 300 hurdles later in the meet.

PORTLAND - The Gresham girls track team won some key early battles to take quick control during its 76-69 dual-meet win against St. Mary's on Wednesday, April 16, at David Douglas High School.

The Gophers moved in front 24-8 after four events when Kyra Speer and Nche Onyima combined for a 1-2 finish in the long jump. The Gresham duo pulled off another 1-2 finish in the triple jump later in the day, helping the Gophers clinch the team victory by building a 21-point lead with two races remaining.

'Our kids were never satisfied, and they just kept competing. Sometimes those field events come down to inches,' Gresham coach Chris Koenig said. 'St. Mary's covers a lot of events, so this was a real test for our team.'

Gresham also got a boost in the throwing events where Kelsey Strot led a 1-2 finish in the shot put. The Gophers also got multiple wins from sprinter Schavey Hill in the 100 and 200, along with Ali Mosher in both hurdle races.

Gresham (4-0) faces another test next week when it hosts Sandy in a battle of the league's only remaining undefeated teams Wednesday, April 23.

• The Gresham boys defeated David Douglas by 12 points, clinching the victory by outscoring the Scots 24-3 in the throwing events. J.R. Velasquez won the shot put, while Sam Crouser won the discus and javelin.

Look for extended track coverage in the Saturday, April 19, issue of The Outlook.