Lundgren wins four events, as the Gladiators improve to 2-0 in conference dual meets
GLADSTONE - The sprints and jumps were pivotal, as Gladstone won a knock-down, drag-out battle with La Salle 79-66 in a Capital Conference boys track and field meet held here April 24.
The Gladiators out-scored their guests 22-5 in the three short sprint races and 22-5 in the three jumping events.
Justin Lundgren was huge for the Gladiators, winning four events. The junior talent led a Gladiator sweep of the long jump in a new personal best of 20-9-1/4, the second best mark in the conference this season.
Lundgren also headed the field in the triple jump (39-6-1/4) and he set the pace in both hurdles races (16.7 and 43.2). Neither hurdles race was close and he won the triple jump by 1-1/2 feet.
Senior Darrell Fields continued the class of the field in the short sprints, leading a Gladiator sweep of the 200 with an effort of 24.2, and winning the 100 in 11.6.
Gladstone junior Travis Kersting got the job done in the 400, where he turned in a season's best of 53.8 to beat La Salle sophomore Gabe Asch by two tenths of a second.
Gladstone senior James Towne (10:04.8) won the 3,000 meters handily, after finishing second to La Salle junior Ryan Soberanis in the 1,500.
Gladstone junior Tim O'Brien equaled his career-best of 13-6 to top La Salle senior Connor Steed (13-0) in a heated competition in the pole vault.
The Gladiators also held their own in the high jump, where Nick Maszy (5-8) and Marco Thompson (5-6) placed first and second.
The Gladiators started the meet strong, with the 400-meter relay team of Taylor Doll, Andrew Ma, Austin Foteff and Fields winning handily, in a season's best time of 45.3.
The Falcons had winners in five individual events and in the 1,600-meter relay.
Eric Whalen lost out to Fields and Foteff in the 100, but bounced back to finish on top in the shot put (45-7), discus (155-6) and javelin (168-0). Soberanis set the pace in the 800 (2:06.0) and 1,500 (4:27.0).
The win put the Gladiators at 2-0 in the Capital Conference heading into this week's meet with Cascade and Stayton. La Salle slipped to 2-1.