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Putnam girls put one in the win column

The Kingsmen get the best of Milwaukie 83-62

MILWAUKIE - The throwing events, relays and hurdles proved the difference, as Rex Putnam's girls track team put one in the win column on April 16, defeating Milwaukie 83-62.

'I had us winning by two or three points beforehand,' said Putnam coach David Cauthers. 'The throwing events were huge! And I didn't expect a double win in the hurdles.'

The Kingsmen outscored the host Mustangs 23-4 in the throwing events, and freshman Jamie Galbreath won both hurdles races, nosing out Milwaukie junior Rachel Jordan - 51.77 to 51.81 - in the low hurdles.

'We swept the discus,' said Cauthers. 'We went one-two in the shot put and one-three in the javelin. Jazmine Stronks, Holly Kennedy, Crystal Spring, Jennifer Thompson and Samantha Wood did a great job of competing.'

Stronks (33-7-1/2) headed the sweep of the shot put; Kennedy (92-4) won the discus and Spring (95-10) won the javelin.

Putnam junior Melanie Crocker continued tough in the sprints, outclassing the field in the 100 (12.8) and 200 (27.1), and anchoring Putnam's sprint relay team to a 51.1 clocking and victory. Her time in the 100 was a lifetime best.

'Melanie is still the top of the league [in the 100] and she keeps getting better every week,' said Cauthers.

The Kingsmen cinder boss also had praise for freshman Michaela Freeby, who set the pace in the 800 (2:38.1), placed second to Milwaukie distance standout Erin McLaughlin (5:10.6 to 5:17.5) in the 1,500, and cleared 7-6 for third place in the pole vault.

'We had 15 PR's,' said Cauthers. 'We continue to improve and we're getting closer to our end of the season goals.'

McLaughlin was a double winner for the Mustangs, setting the pace in both the 1,500 and 3,000 (11:24.4).

Milwaukie sophomore Heather Edwards won handily in the 400 (1:06.0).

The Mustangs were dominant in the jumps, finishing one-two in the horizontal leaps, and winning the high jump and pole vault.

Milwaukie senior Emma Dancer headed the field in the long jump (15-0-3/4) and high jump (4-8); sophomore Hannah Scott outclassed the field in the triple jump (32-9); and Jordan cruised to first place with an effort of 9-6 in the pole vault.

Putnam (1-2) returns to league competition this afternoon at Oregon City (3-1). Milwaukie (0-4) takes a break from league action this week; the Mustangs vie at West Linn (0-3) next Wednesday.