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Skyhawk girls step on it

Southridge wins 14 of 17 events to beat Westview and stay unbeaten in '08
by: JOHN LARIVIERE, WINNER — Southridge’s Kelsay Hones races to victory in the 100 meters against Westview last week with Wildcat Megan Snell trailing in the event.

ROCK CREEK - Pick an event. Any event.

The Southridge girls track team likely has it covered by a first-place threat.

The Skyhawks continued to show as much in a 103-42 win over Westview last Wednesday at Westview High School. Southridge won 14 of 17 events behind a wide array of talent that has the Skyhawks undefeated in Metro League duals at 3-0.

Southridge had six different winners on the track and a monster meet from Kayde Schaefer, who swept the throws.

Schaefer, who has the Metro's No. 2 mark in the shot put and javelin and is No. 4 in the discus, opened by winning the discus with a throw of 98 feet, 2 inches. The senior moved to the shot put ring for her second victory with a personal-best effort of 34-11 and ended with another PR, this time on a toss of 126-6 to win the javelin

The Skyhawks also had a pair of two-time winners in juniors Kelsay Hones and Trinna Miranda. The pair teamed with Emily Tran and Lainey Nash to open action on the track by winning the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 50.61 seconds.

The duo was at it again in the 100 with Hones winning in 12.90 and Miranda the runner-up for the first of the Skyhawks' five 1-2 finishes on the track. Hones, who holds the league's top 100 and 200 times, returned to win the 200 in 27.24, while Miranda headed to the sand pits for her two wins.

Miranda, with the Metro's top mark in both the long jump (and second best in Class 6A) and triple jump (tops in 6A), won both events Wednesday despite using just four of her six allotted jumps to save her legs for Saturday's Aloha Relays.

'We want the big one to be Saturday,' said Miranda, who has already set personal bests in

each event by more than nine inches in 2008. 'I'm just trying to put up as big of marks as I can.'

Miranda set her sights on a long jump of 17 feet in 2007, but has already hit 18-0 this spring following summer training. She won the long jump at 17-2½ and the triple jump at 34-11¾ last week.

'I feel I've progressed a lot,' said Miranda, who took sixth at state in the triple jump last year and just missed qualifying in the long jump. 'I peaked pretty early in the season, or maybe I haven't. I hope I still have some left.'

Beyond Schaefer, Hones and Miranda, Southridge had plenty left in its arsenal. Sophomore Andra Thompson attacked in the backstretch to win the 400 in 1:03.60. Junior Chloe Steinbeck (who was second to Hones in the 200) led a 1-2 Skyhawk finish in the 800, winning in 2:25.69 with junior teammate Taylor Hunt second.

Southridge took the top three places in the 3,000 uncontested, led by junior Brooklyn Snow in 12:12.51 and followed by junior Marissa Ching. The Skyhawks also swept all three scoring spots in the 100 high hurdles with freshmen Lainey Nash (17.07) and Haley Rife taking first and second. Sophomore Taryn Dee edged Westview's Jennifer Coffey to win the 300 hurdles in 50.17.

Junior Michelle Hulquist added a victory in the high jump, clearing 4-8 in fewer attempts than senior teammate Cindy Chen, the runner-up.

Senior Bianca Martin earned Westview's lone individual win on the track, crossing first in the 1,500 in 4:51.04 - the Metro's third-best time of 2008. Martin also combined with Kirsten Myers, Megan Snell and Emily Sippel to win the meet-ending 4x400 relay in 4:27.43.

Junior Maureen Fitzgerald was the Wildcats' only winner in the field events, clearing 8-0 for first in the pole vault.

Southridge was the team runner-up at the Ron Lowe Aloha Relays on Saturday led by Miranda, who won the triple jump and was second in the long jump.

Nash, Hones, Steinbeck and Hunt combined to win the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:05.61. Hones added a third in the 100 and teamed with Nash, Tran, and Miranda to finish as runner-up in the 4x100.

The Wildcats took third in the boys and girls combined standings at their host Westview Team Challenge on Friday. Martin (800), Myers (3,000) and junior Kelly Pullin (javelin) won events for the Wildcats, while their 4x200 relay team of Coffey, Snell, Kelsie Jordan and Maliea Luquin also took first.

In a Metro bye week, the Wildcats and Skyhawks next compete Friday and Saturday in the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field in Eugene.