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Track teams do battle against Oregon City

In its third dual meet of the season last Wednesday, West Linn got strong performances against a deep Oregon City squad.

In the boys' meet, the Pioneers were dominant in the sprints but Jake Gianuzzi just edged out Oregon City's Mitch Wagner in the 200 for second place with a time of 24.6 seconds.

The Lions took second and third in the 800 thanks to Taylor Kolasinski and Tim Donnelly while Cullen Wannarka and Michael Bernert took second and third in the 1500.

West Linn recorded a sweep in the 3000. Ben Morrow won the event in 9:33.07 followed by Taylor West and Matt Crawford.

The Lions also dominated in the hurdles. Alex Schlitt won the high hurdles in a time of 16.18 seconds and Bryce Baker was just five hundredths of a second behind in second place.

Then, in the intermediate hurdles, Baker came away with the win, followed by John Cornelius.

West Linn's 4x400 relay team of Kolasinski, Bernert, Wannarka and Justin McKee picked up an easy victory and Austin Banta and Tommy Patrick finished one-two in the shot put.

In fact, the Lions' boys swept the throwing events. Mark Gorewicz won the discus with a best throw of 124'11' and Josh Oltman won the javelin with a toss of 162'11'.

For the girls, Oregon City was strong in the sprints as well but West Linn was equally powerful with its distance team.

In the 800, Natalie Pittenger, Erin Morrow and Kathryn Flyte finished in first, second and third place. Flyte would also win the 1500 by less than a second over teammate Taylor Nowlin.

Nolwin would counter with a victory in the 3000 in a time of 11:30.92, while Kelsey Guerins took second and Chelsea Ollar finished in third in the event.

West Linn also picked up a victory in the low hurdles from freshman Erin Klepper.

The Lions avoided getting swept in the throwing events with Ali Super's victory in the javelin. Her winning toss went 129'9'.

West Linn recorded another one-two finish in the long jump. Lauren Wolf won the event with a leap of 15'5.25' and Annalisa Koll jumped 15'3.75'.

Koll would also win the triple jump by a foot over her closest competitor. The Lions took on Lakeridge on Wednesday and will compete in the Centennial Invitational on Saturday.