The Pioneers find a new distance runner in sophomore Jesus Valdez

COOS BAY - Oregon City High School thinclads turned in a strong performance at the Prefontaine Rotary Invitational Track and Field Meet, held here Saturday.

Both the boys and girls finished runner-up to host Marshfield in the 18-team field.

Marshfield boys topped Oregon City 112-97, and Marshfield girls prevailed 117-1/2 to 106.

Oregon City girls were toughest in the relays and in the throwing events.

The relay team of Emily Dent, Amy Hermansen, Sarah Doble and Tiffany Forbito headed the field in the 1,600-meter relay, completing the race in 4:22.8. Oregon City's 400-meter relay team of Doble, Hermansen, Dent and Lindsay Goff earned runner-up honors, with an effort of 52.1.

Justin Belliveau was the only Oregon City boy or girl to head the field in an individual event.

Belliveau launched the shot put 34-3-1/2 for first place. The Pioneer senior leader also finished runner-up in the javelin (119-10) and fourth in the high jump (4-10).

Doble, a sophomore, was runner-up in both the 100 (13.1) and 200 (27.5).

Dent place third in the low hurdles (48.6); sophomore Anna Humphreys cleared 9-6 for third place in the pole vault.

Oregon City guys were the class of the field in the 1,600-meter relay, where the team of Grant Wilson, Preston Converse, Brycen Driver and Alex Seigal crossed the finish line a full second in front of the next best team, in 3:32.1.

The Pioneers guys were tough in the jumps. Derek Hinkle (6-2), Alex Humphreys (6-0) and Kody Kozak (5-10) placed second, fourth and fifth respectively in the high jump.

Trevor Ferguson (42-11), Tyler Ferguson (41-9-3/4) and Hinkle (41-5-1/2) placed third, fourth and fifth respectively in the triple jump. Trevor Ferguson's mark was a lifetime PR and it ranks him No. 1 in the Three Rivers League.

Jared and Jack Hippler both cleared 14-0 to place third and fourth respectively in the pole vault.

The Pioneers had a pleasant surprise in the 3,000 meters, where sophomore Jesus Valdez was clocked at 9:34, good for third place. It was the first meet of the season for Valdez, who has been awaiting clearance to compete after transferring in from Mexico.

Oregon City junior Chris Meeker placed sixth in the 3,000 in a 14-second PR of 9:49.

Oregon City senior Jacob Goertz earned third place in the mile run, covering the distance in 4:25.8. The time converts to 4:06 for 1,500 meters, which would be a lifetime best for Goertz.

Oregon City sophomore Brycen Driver continued to improve in the 400 meters, where his lifetime best time of 52.1 earned him third place.

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