OC girls too deep for Putnam

The Pioneers notch wins in 13 events en route to a 102-39 runaway victory
by: Anthony Roberts, Justine Belliveau scored big for Oregon City last week, winning three events in a dual meet with Putnam, and winning the shot put and placing in two other events at last weekend’s Prefontaine Invitational.

OREGON CITY - The Oregon City Pioneers flexed their track and field muscle in a Three Rivers League girls dual meet with Putnam on April 23, winning 13 of the 17 events en route to a 102-39 victory.

'They're pretty impressive,' said Putnam coach David Cauthers. 'They're deep in the sprints, they've got good throwers, and Emily Dent is so versatile she can do a number of events well. I think [Oregon City will] be in the mix at district.'

'We mixed things up a lot, with people doing different things, and holding some people out,' said Oregon City coach Kristin Mull. 'We didn't have great marks because of the weather, but the girls competed hard.

'It's nice to have the numbers. We've still got the super stars, but we also have depth. Our jayvee is solid.'

The Pioneers won both relays and they swept the 400, high hurdles and pole vault.

And Oregon City senior all-around talent Justin Belliveau was a force to be reckoned with, winning the shot put (33-7), javelin (105-11) and high jump (4-8).

Oregon City junior Alyson Lamb (18.1) led the sweep of the high hurdles; freshman Kylee Cook (1:04.2) led the sweep of the 400, and sophomore Anna Humphreys (8-6) headed the Pioneer sweep in the pole vault.

Oregon City junior Hannah Groshong (5:22.3) won a nail-bitter in the 1,500, where she out-leaned Putnam freshman Michaela Freeby to win by five hundredths of a second.

Dent outclassed the field in both the low hurdles (49.6) and long jump (15-10-1/2).

Freshman Tiffany Forbito (2:40.0 in the 800) and junior Amanda Nuss (11:43.9 in the 3,000) were also winners for Oregon City.

Despite getting blown out, Cauthers said he was not displeased with his charges' efforts.

'We had 21 PR's, even with the conditions,' said Cauthers. 'I know that the kids were kind of upset that they didn't score more, but I like the fact that we continue to bring our times down and increase our distances.'

Putnam sophomore Melany Crocker continued tough, defeating Oregon City sprint standout Sarah Doble 13.4 to 13.7 in the 100, and setting the pace in the 200 meters (28.6).

Crocker was the TRL's top sprinter and Doble boasted the league's second best time in the 100 heading into the meet.

Putnam senior Holly Kennedy (98-11) won the discus and Putnam junior Miranda Martine (31-1) came through with the meet's best performance in the triple jump.

Putnam senior Crystal Spring gave Belliveau a run for her money in the javelin, where she finished second with a two-foot PR of 105-9.

With the win, the Pioneers improved their record to 4-1 in league dual meets. Putnam slipped to 1-3 with the loss.

The Pioneers draw a bye from league competition this week, before finishing things up next Tuesday as hosts to Lake Oswego (3-1).

Putnam meets Clackamas (5-0) on the road this afternoon, and the Kingsmen vie at West Linn (0-4) next Tuesday.