Mustangs second at Wilson meet
Track and field
PORTLAND - Milwaukie High thinclads held their own at last weekend's Wilson Invitational Track and Field Meet, finishing runner-up to Beaverton in the boys competition.
'Based on conditions [cool and breezy], it was an amazing performance,' said Milwaukie coach Chuck Nott. 'The kids are beginning to compete the way I hoped they would. They competed like champions. Hopefully they'll continue stepping it up and we'll be contenders for the district championship.'
Team scores were: Beaverton 155, Milwaukie 139, Wilson 113-1/2, Franklin 65 and Woodburn 50-1/2.
Milwaukie had several winners. Senior throws specialist Jon Opperud won the shot put in a lifetime best of 51-11-1/2 and he set a new meet record of 163-3 in winning the discus. Milwaukie High graduate Bryan Smith had set the old meet record at 163-0 in the early 1990's.
Milwaukie junior Chad Boyd soared 42-8-3/4 in the triple jump for a new personal record and first place in that event.
Mustang senior Vince Milner had a big day, finishing runner-up in the 100- and 200-meter sprints, anchoring Milwaukie's 400-meter relay team to victory, and pacing the Mustangs' 1,600-meter relay team to a season's best time of 3:36.5 and third place.
Senior Taylor Wilkins got the job done in the intermediate hurdles, setting the pace in 42.8.
Sophomores Warren Nelson and Devon Robinson were tough in the field events.
Nelson won the javelin with a lifetime best heave of 144-8; Robinson cleared a foot-PR of 11-6 to tie for first in the pole vault, but finished second in a jump-off.
Junior Zach Stephens made some noise in the discus, finishing runner-up to Opperud in a 10-foot PR of 153-7.