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Westview runs down victory in finale vs. Skyhawks

Both the Wildcats and Skyhawks say they're ready to go for district
by: Miles Vance SEASON FINALE — Westview’s Uche Uba (left) and Matt Landon clear the final hurdle last week at Southridge High School.

BEAVERTON - One more shot.

The Westview and Southridge boys weren't battling for the Metro League title last week, but just the same, both teams reveled in the opportunity to take one more run against one of the league's quality teams.

In the end, Westview swept both hurdles races, swept both relays, and also swept the javelin and pole vault to pull away and win 88-57 at Southridge High School on May 4. The win lifted Westview's final regular-season record to 2-4 while Southridge finished at 1-5. Both teams opened the 2011 district meet yesterday (Wednesday) after the Valley Times' press deadline, and will conclude beginning at 4 p.m. Friday at Aloha High School.

One of the highlights of the meet at Southridge was the battle between Westview teammates Uche Uba and Matt Landon in the 110-meter high hurdles. Uba and Landon both ran personal records in the race, with Uba crossing first at 15.21 seconds while Landon took second at 15.23.

'I was happy with it. It's a PR, but I'm trying to get under 15,' Uba said. 'I think I can still go faster.'

'I haven't run fast (in the high hurdles) since our first meet, but I've been working hard on it,' Landon said. It was just 'the weather, I've been working on getting lower on the hurdles, and I've been trying to run a full race and not just the first half.'

Landon came back later to win the 300 intermediate hurdles at 41.65, and teamed with Daniel Huber, Jordan Lemoine and Jordan Bacon to win the 4 x 100 relay at 44.14.

Both he and Uba said they were looking forward to big things at district.

'I'm looking forward to running well again in the highs (at district), and to run against Zechenelly of Sunset in the lows,' Landon said. 'He's got a good time so it will be good competition.'

'I'm hoping to hold back Ryan Cope of Jesuit (in the high hurdles), and Matt's a really good competitor too,' Uba added.

Westview's other winners were: Jordan Bacon in the 200 at 22.78; Austin Alexander in the 1500 at 4:14.31; Samuel Pitcavage in the 3000 at 9:25.51; the 4 x 400 team of Uba, Christopher Hickey, Lemoine and Sean Clausen in 3:36.1; Brian Cheney in the javelin at 146 feet, 7 inches; Eli Casteel in the pole vault at 12-6; and Diego Gonzalez in the triple jump at 41-7.

While Westview held the upper hand in the team scoring, Southridge had its highlights too, getting wins from seven different athletes in the meet.

'Wednesday was a disappointment for us,' said Southridge coach Bruce Rife. 'We're just not deep enough everywhere to score points.'

Still, the Skyhawks got wins from: Alex Cartmill in the 100 at 11.39; Andrew Lubash with a PR in the 400 at 51.34; Justin Rocereto in the 800 at 2:03.65; Nathan Leddige in the shot put at 48-10; Naji Saker in the discus at 136-10; Tate Woodford in the high jump at 5-8; and Kevin Frazier in the long jump at 20-8.

'The guys gave us good performances in the throws, with Nathan Leddige winning the shot and Naji Saker in the disc,' Rife said. And 'Alex Cartmill ran well in the 100 and also in the 200.'