Track team finish first and second at dual meet
At the Mount Hood Conference 3-team dual meet on April 23 at Gresham High School, the Sandy boys track team won only six of 16 events and battled to a team victory over Gresham.
'Sandy didn't win all the events, but they had enough guys place high to give them the victory,' said Gresham head coach Chris Koenig said 'It goes to show that you don't need to win every event, just place high to get your team some points.'
Jacob Cuniff got the Pioneers first victory, winning the 1500-meter run by over three seconds. Cuniff started with the pack, staying close for the first two laps, before pulling away on the final lap and cruising to victory.
Sandy had four seconds; five third; eight fourth and four fifth place finishers to win the meet.
'We got more first place finisher's, but they got more to place,' Koenig said. 'Our guys won when they needed, but the guys behind them just couldn't get up in the standings.'
Along with Cuniff, Toby Maunu (800 meters), Elliot Frank (110 high hurdles), Jordan Gray (long jump), James Myrvold and Eric Gaines (tied high jump) all finished first in their respective events.
On the girls side, the Pioneers battled the wind, rain and cold to win nine of the 16 events, but finished second to Gresham.
Gresham scored 107 to Sandy's 87.
The Gopher girls won eight of 16 events and had eight more second place finishes as the Gophers battled to victory.
'We came out and were focused today,' Gresham head coach Chris Koenig said. 'We wanted to come in here and take the victory, especially being at home.'
Lyndsey Chamberlin got the Gophers off to a quick start, jumping from the gate to take a quick lead in the 100-meter finals. Sandy's Sarah Kathrein caught Chamberlin at half-track and pulled ahead to win by .20 seconds.
'I thought Chamberlin was going to hang on after her quick start,' Koenig said. 'But Sandy's Kathrein used a strong push to get the victory.'
Courtney Tripp won both the shot put and discuss to lead the Pioneers victory.
'She was throwing both of them a long way today,' Koenig said. 'She was just dominating.'
Keree Smith and Sarah Kathrein also won two events at the meet. Smith won the triple jump and Kathrein the 100-meter race and both were part of the winning 4x100 meter relay team (with Siara Leininger and Malia Ingrao)
All eight of Gresham's victories were in the track events.
Schaveyantay Hill, Ali Mosher and Kyra Speer each won two events for the Gophers. Hill won the 200 and 400-meter runs and Mosher won the 100-meter high hurdles and the 300-meter low hurdles, while Tidwell won the 800 and 1500-meter races.
'There wasn't much we didn't do in the running events today,' Koenig said. 'Give our girls the credit, they came out and dominated when they needed to.'
In the 800-meter race, Tidwell battled Sandy's Tressa Hoffman for half the race until Tidwell started to pull away on the final lap. Tidwell looked like she was going to pull away from the pack when Hoffman made a push to battle on the final turn. Tidwell used a late push to pull away on the final straight away and win by just over four seconds.
'Sandy's (Tressa) tried a late push but just couldn't get past (Tidwell),' Koenig said. 'She (Tidwell) made a jump and pulled away at the end that gave her the victory.'