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Gresham girls claim title at elite Centennial Invite

TRACK AND FIELD - Gophers host the Dean Nice meet on Friday
by: David Ball, Gresham's Kyra Speer competes in the long jump during a meet earlier this year. She took second in the event Saturday at the Centennial Invitational and was third in the triple jump.

The Gresham girls track team dominated action at the elite Centennial Invitational, breaking the century-mark to claim the team title Saturday, April 26.

The Gophers piled up 106 team points to beat in-state contender Jesuit by 14 in the team trophy chase.

'I love to see them reap the rewards of all their hard work,' Gresham coach Chris Koenig said.

Gresham made its strongest surge by winning both relay races, setting the tone in the opening event when Nche Onyima, Lyndsey Chamberlain, Schavey Hill and Ali Mosher won the 400-meter tag-team race by almost a full second over a talented Benson group.

'We still have a way to go,' Koenig said. 'You're always a bobble away from disaster in that race, but they ran clean for the first time this year which was good to see.'

Hill added a pair of runner-up showings in the finals of the 100 and 200 sprints after clocking the best preliminary times earlier in the day. Mosher finished second in the high hurdles, while Jamie Demars took second in the 300 hurdles.

Gresham's Kyra Speer led the way in the field events by taking second in the long jump, missing a win by just three inches. .

• Gresham High School will host 14 teams at its Dean Nice track invitational on Friday, May 2. Field events and a special 5,000-meter race will open the meet at 2 p.m. with the other racing finals to start at 6 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and free to students and seniors.