TRACK AND FIELD - Crosstown rivals Gresham and Barlow meet in season-finale at Mt. Hood CC
Some of the state's top track athletes will be on display when the Mount Hood Conference boys regular-season title is decided at the City Meet held Tuesday, May 6, at Mt. Hood Community College.
Barlow and Gresham each enter the meet with 5-0 dual records, but one team will see its perfect season vanish under the lights Tuesday night. The Bruins were the preseason favorite and have backed up the hype with five athletes ranking among the top-10 in the state for their various events.
Senior Eric Capelle leads that group with the best time in the state in each hurdle race, along with the No. 2 mark in the 100-meter dash. The Bruins also pack a punch in the throwing events where freshman Ryan Crouser holds top marks in the shot put and discus.
'Going undefeated is one of their goals, but our conference is always tough,' Bruins' coach Sherry Gustafson said. 'We have to make sure we take care of business. When we step onto the track, we need to be ready to go.'
Gresham is a bit of a surprise at the top of the standings after graduating the bulk of their first-place threats last spring.
'We've had some close meets and ended up on the right side of the point total each time.,' Gophers' coach Chris Koenig said. 'The effort has been there from our kids all year.'
Gresham's best scoring opportunities will be in the jumps where Emerald Ressler is among the state's best. Gophers' sophomore Sam Crouser should also challenge in the throws, which marks the first time that the Crouser cousins have faced each other in a high school event.
'Barlow has some of the biggest guns in the state, but we're going to give it our best shot,' Koenig said.
Gresham (6-0) is also trying for a perfect regular-season in the girls meet.
The three-way meet begins at 4 p.m. with the girls discus, while other field events will begin at 5 p.m. The racing finals are set for 6 p.m. Centennial is the other team involved in the meet.