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Hawks use depth to win again

But talented Westview gives Southridge a run, winning nine events
by: JOHN LARIVIERE, UP AND OVER — Westview’s Richard Arnold clears the final hurdle on his way to victory in the 100-meter high hurdles against Southridge last week.

ROCK CREEK - Individual speedsters kept the Westview boys track team in the race.

But Southridge's depth more than made up the difference, as the Skyhawks handed the Wildcats their first Metro League loss 81-64 last Wednesday at Westview High School.

The Wildcats won six of 10 races and nine of the day's 17 events, but couldn't run away from Southridge, which drew even with Westview at 2-1 in league duals. The Skyhawks took 10 seconds, 11 thirds and got big days from seniors Austen Timm and Michael Brown.

Timm was first in three events, winning the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches), long jump (20-10½) and triple jumps (42-1½). The reigning Metro high jump champ is among the league's top four in all three events in 2008 and has Class 6A's third-best mark in the high jump and fourth-best distance in the triple jump.

Brown was equally impressive in setting season-bests to win the 800 and 1,500 meters. He pulled away from Westview's Alex Emberlin on the final two corners for his 1,500 victory in a personal-best of 4 minutes, 11.21 seconds. Brown also won the 800 in 2:00.03 - nearly another personal best.

Westview had its fair share of bright spots. Wildcat Daniel Keel continued a stellar sophomore season by bursting ahead to win the 100 in 11.38 and the 200 in 23.36.

'My brother and dad always told me to run relaxed, keep pumping and moving, and the legs will come,' said Keel, a state qualifier in the 200 last year and

holder of the Metro's top time of 2008. 'I'm trying to break 11 (in the 100). If I do, I think I did well my sophomore year.'

Keel is also chasing older brother Isaiah, who graduated from Westview in 2007 and now runs for Portland's Concordia University.

'I'll get him someday,' Keel said. 'I haven't beaten him yet - not without a 10 or 20-meter lead.'

Wildcat senior Richard Arnold had about that much of a cushion in winning both hurdles races. He won the 110 high hurdles with a time of 15.56, crossing when his closest pursuers were on the final hurdle.

Richard then took first in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 41.12

to cap a 1-2 Westview finish in both hurdle races. David Fernow was second in the 110 with Seth Monson the runner-up in the 300.

The Wildcats also got wins from sophomore Seth Monson (400 in 51.75) and junior Erik Myers (3,000 in 9:46.82) as Westview won six of eight individual races.

Southridge countered by winning each relay with senior Dan Smith running on both the 4x100 (45.99) and 4x400 (3:31.08).

Westview made up ground in the pole vault and shot put by taking the top two spots. Seniors David Gertson (49-5½) and Keith Rader went 1-2 in the shot, while seniors Geoff Bailey (13-6) and Andrew Corbin did likewise in the pole vault.

Rader added a victory in the discus with a personal-best throw of 152-2. The mark is the Metro's best of 2008 giving him the top spot for both the discus and shot put.

Southridge junior Trevor Harman has the Metro's No. 2 throw in the javelin after Wednesday's effort, with senior teammate Sam Evers right behind in third. Both set season-bests with Evers taking the early lead with a third-attempt throw of 163-9.

Harman responded with a mark of 164-1 on his next toss to set a personal best in his first sea-

son throwing javelin. Harman, a former baseball player, hurt his hip high-jumping in the season's first meet, shifted his concentration to the javelin and has found quick success.

'It was definitely a surprise,' Harman said. 'I'm still learning. At the start of the year, I didn't take it very seriously. Then I got hurt and couldn't jump so it's a little different now.'

Evers outdid Harman in Saturday's Ron Lowe Aloha Relays, taking second to Harman's fifth to help the Skyhawks win the boys team title. The Skyhawks earned big points in the relays, taking first the 4x100, second in the 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800, and third in the distance medley. Timm (triple jump) and junior Terry Norris (long jump) each added a runner-up finish while senior Tyson Welling was third in the pole vault.

Bailey broke his own school record, clearing 14-10 to win Saturday's pole vault competition and help the Wildcats take third in the boys and girls combined tally at the Westview Team Challenge on Friday.

Emberlin won the 800, Keel took second in the 100 and 200, and Myers added a second in the 1,500 to pace the Wildcats on the track. Westview also went 2-3 in the shot put (Rader and Gertson) and high jump (senior Sam Haag and junior Robert Casteel).

With the Metro's bye week, Westview and Southridge next compete Friday and Saturday in the Oregon Relays at Hayward Field in Eugene.