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Gladiators tame Huskies

The Glads score big in boys and girls track and field

GLADSTONE - Gladstone High School thinclads were impressive in last Thursday's Capital Conference opener with North Marion.

The girls swept all three throwing events en route to a 101-39 trouncing of the Huskies.

The Glad guys prevailed 92-53, as they rallied around junior hurdler/jumper Justin Lundgren, who headed the field in four events.

'My throws are just cleaning up right now,' said Gladstone girls coach Joan Kintz. 'We're pretty excited! We were competitive all around the board. We won 13 of the 17 events.'

'We had three top athletes on a field trip and we were missing three other guys with hamstring pulls,' said Gladstone boys coach Ken Stobie. 'I didn't know if these guys were going to be able to step it up and pull it out. But they did. They showed a lot of character. They rose to the challenge. We had 32 PR's. It looks like we may be picking up where we left off last year.'

Stobie said that when he scored things out on paper prior to the meet, he had his Gladiators a point short, losing 73-72.

Seniors Nikki Ramsey and Arynn Pfortmiller; juniors Nicole Hedden, Nadine Berrington and Nikki Penni, sophomore Taylor Aldredge, and freshman Janielle Hawkins got the job done for Gladstone girls in the throwing events.

Ramsey launched the javelin 130-5, a new personal best that ranks her No. 1 in the state among Class 4A athletes this season.

Aldredge headed the sweeps in the discus (119-8) and shot put (34-5) and finished runner-up - behind Ramsey - in the javelin (119-6). Aldredge's mark in the javelin was a new personal record and it ranks her eighth in the state in that event. She's also No. 3 in the state in the discus.

Hedden, Berrington, Penni and Hawkins all recorded PR's in scoring for the Gladiators in the throwing events.

The Gladiator girls made some waves in the sprints. Freshman Kellie Skofstad (13.6, 28.1) and junior Elle Durkee (13.9, 28.4) placed one-two in the 100 and 200, with lifetime best clockings in both events.

They also placed one-two respectively in the long jump.

Competing on a tender ankle, Gladstone senior Shanoaleigh Roseby still won the low hurdles in a conference best of 49.1. And Roseby made only one attempt in the triple jump, but still won handily, with an effort of 32-0-1/2.

Sophomore Katie Voelker turned in lifetime best times of 5:48.6 and 12:42.5 for wins in both the 1,500 and 3,000.

Gladstone senior Taya Tarr cleared 8-0 for first place in the pole vault and senior Nichole Kneeland cleared 4-0 for first place in he high jump.

Lundgren had a great day competing for Gladstone boys. The junior talent headed the field in the high hurdles (16.9), intermediate hurdles (43.9), long jump (20-3-1/4) and triple jump (39-5-1/2). He nosed out North Marion's Julien Frolov in the high hurdles, winning by three one hundredths of a second.

Lundgren's mark in the triple jump was a season's best and he was near his lifetime best in the long jump.

Gladstone senior sprint standout Darrell Fields raced to winning times of 11.1 and 23.9 in the short sprint races, despite having no real competition.

'Darrell's time in the 100 was a season's best by two tenths of a second and he was sick,' Stobie observed.

Gladstone junior Austin Foteff (11.8 and 24.3) and freshman Taylor Doll (11.8 and 24.9) also ran well in the sprints.

Doll's mark in the 100 ranks him in Gladstone's all-time top five for freshmen sprinters.

Gladstone junior Tim O'Brien cleared 13-3 to lead the Gladiators to a sweep of the pole vault and senior James Towne (9:58.4) headed a Gladiator sweep in the 3,000 meters.

O'Brien's mark in the pole vault was a 3-inch PR.

'Tim's got a lot more in him,' said Stobie. 'He cleared the bar by a foot and a half.'

Towne also placed second in the 800 (2:09.7), despite competing in the event for the first time.

The Gladiators swept the triple jump.

Gladstone junior Travis Kersting was a runaway winner in the 400 meters (54.8).

The Gladiators entertain La Salle this Thursday, and they face Cascade and Stayton in a tri-dual meet at Stayton next Tuesday.