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Sandy girls win three team dual meet

by: Darrell Jackson, Eric Anderson tosses the shot put. Anderson finished second in the event.

Sandy girls track team won nine of 12 events enroot to a victory at the Mount Hood Conference three-team dual meet on Wednesday April 16 at Sandy High School.

Sandy totaled 85 points to second place Barlow's 74 for the victory and Hood River placed third at 71.

'We knew both Barlow and Hood River had good teams and we aren't completely healthy yet,' Sandy coach Anouuxa Vixathep. 'Our goal was to remain undefeated in dual meets before the district meet, and we are still on pace to do that.'

Keree Smith won the 100m hurdles, 300 m hurdles, triple jump and ran a leg of the 4x100 meter relay team that finished first.

Smith set a school record with a jump of 35'8 in the triple jump.

'Keree was definitely out top performer today,' Vixathep said. 'She set a school record in the triple jump and was dominate in her other events.'

Sarah Kathrein, who has been one of Sandy's stronger runners this season, finished first in the 200 meter, 400 meter, part of the 4x100 relay team and part of the second place 4x400 relay team.

'Sarah has been so successful in the past, but has elevated herself to be one of the best in the state in her events,' Vixathep said.

Siara Leininger was also a dominant runner, finishing first in the 100m, and part of the 4x100 meter relay team. She also finished second in the 200 m and part of the second place 4x200 m relay team.

Kathleen Pelchar continues to dominate in the high jump, winning for the second consecutive time at a Sandy High School event. Pelchar completed the high jump at 5'2''. Pelchar jumped at 4'10'' then waited until 5' to jump, then missed at 5'5.

'My shins have been hurting so I didn't want to waste any jumps today,' Pelchar said. 'I was confident I would clear 4'10 and knew I could get to at least the winning jump.'

Vixathep said he expected a drop in times with a meet so soon after the Mike Kostrba Invitational held at Sandy High School April 12, but was satisfied with the girls finish.

'We have great leadership and it has been outstanding all season. I expected a drop in times and marks, but the girls responded well and they showed their the strong characteristics of this team.'

On the boy's side, Barlow won the meet winning 10 of the twelve events for a dominating Mount Hood Conference victory. Sandy finished second, winning two events and finished second in nine more.

Malcolm Johnson started the meet off quickly for the Bruins getting an almost perfect start in the 100 meter final and cruising to a victory over teammate Will Dufala. Sandy's Jordan Gray made a late surge to finish third.

'Will (and Jordan) were coming up fast and I just had to keep my pace,' Johnson said. 'I got a good start and the rest was just running my race.'

Johnson also finished second in the 200 meters to team mate Eric Cappelle, closing the gap in the final 50 meters, but Cappelle hung on for the victory. Sandy's Alex Yungeberg finished third and Gray fourth.

Barlow's Ryan Crouser continued his dominance in the shot put winning for the second time in a week at Sandy High School. Crouser won the shot put at the Mike Kostrba Invitational on Saturday and completed the sweep by tossing the shot put 55'00, finishing 11' ahead of Sandy's Eric Anderson.

Sandy's Blake Bithell finished third and Brett Laber fourth to take three of the top four spots.

Sandy's lone event victories on the boys team was Wesley Hughes in the 3000 meters and Jordan Gray in the triple jump.

'Jordan has been one f our most improved athletes this season,' Vixathep said. 'He is talented and had success last season, but this year he could be one of the best in the state in his events.'

Barlow finished with 115 team points to win and Sandy was second with 98 in the three-team meet. Hood River Valley was a distant third with 47 points. 'We've had two great consecutive meets here that Barlow had done very well at,' Vixathep said. 'They have been tough all year and continue to be very tough and will probably be one of the top team's in the state.'