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Warriors race into second

Aloha's boys are the best of the rest, eye more success at state
by: Miles Vance JUST FLAT FAST — Aloha’s Thomas Tyner (here flanked by Sunset’s Reggie Coulter, Aloha’s Sheldon Prince and Lincoln’s Austin Cheadle) races to victory in the 100 meters on Friday at the Metro District Track meet.

ALOHA - While Sunset's boys played the rude guest at last week's Metro League district track meet at Aloha High School, the Warriors did a pretty darned good job of making themselves right at home.

Sure, the Apollos ran away with wins in seven events and took the team title with 144 points, but Aloha was right there challenging Sunset every step of the way before finally finishing second with 129 points. The Metro district meet was held May 11 and Friday at Aloha High School.

The Warriors got two wins from sophomore sprint star Thomas Tyner in the process, but it was the one race that got away that really stuck in Tyner's craw. In Friday's 4 x 100-meter relay, the favored Warriors took a slight lead into the final leg where Tyner - the fastest sprinter in Oregon history - was waiting.

But Aloha struggled with its last handoff, and despite Tyner's best effort, the favored Warriors had to settle for second place with a mark of 42.33 seconds, just .01 behind Sunset's winning time. Both teams qualified for the upcoming state meet.

Energized by that disappointment, Tyner came back to take the 100 at 10.35, then replicated that win later in the 200, taking top honors there at 21.50.

'I'm not satisfied,' Tyner said. 'I'm feeling better, but not good. But I still have state to come. I'm just a little disappointed.'

While the Warriors won just one more event - James Euscher's victory in the shot put with a personal record of 53 feet, 11.75 inches - Aloha took second in seven events and piled up a bundle of points along the way.

'I was being rushed because I had shot and jav at the same time,' Euscher said. 'But I was able to make my first three throws in the prelims, and my second throw was 53-11. Then I rushed over to the jav and did my three throws there and PR'd there too. Apparently I need to be pressured into something.'

Aloha's runner-up efforts included: Sheldon Prince, second in the 100 at 10.83, and in the 200 at 21.70 (third-best in the state); Alex Foote in the 3000 at 8:47.90; Tyler Higley in the shot put at 47-9, and again in the discus at 136-1; Euscher in the javelin with a PR of 175-4; and Chris Un in the triple jump at 44-0. The Warriors also got a third place from Mike Kluge in the discus at 129-9.

Jesuit made its presence felt too, winning four times en route to its third-place team finish. Those wins came from: senior Steven Raimondi in the 800 at 1:56.85; junior Ryan Cope in the 110 high hurdles at 15.10; senior Miles Weatheroy in the triple jump at 44-8.5; and senior Jordan Talley in the long jump at 21-6.

'I was a little bummed because I thought my best chance to go was in the 400, but … to come out on top was a great way to end the season,' Raimondi said. 'To get first and know for a fact I'm district champ and going to state is great.'

'I was just really focused on all my phases, just been practicing all week and got good rest and came out and competed and it worked out well,' Weatheroy said of his victory in the triple. 'I'm really excited about (winning). And next week I'm hoping to do a lot better.'

Jesuit also got runner-up finishes from Jack Hagler in the 800 at 1:57.52, Dylan Johnson in the pole vault at 13-4, and Xavier Coleman in the long jump at 21-5.25. Beyond that, Joey Wallace added a third in the high jump at 5-8.

Beaverton stepped up to take fourth at district, thanks in great part to sophomore distance runner Dan Oekerman and throwers Collin Wiseman and Dave Lowe. Oekerman ran to victory in the May 11 3000 at 8:46.75, then came back Friday to take second in the 1500 at 4:08.07. Wiseman, a junior, set the pace in the discus at 138-3, while Lowe, a senior, took the javelin at 177-7. Matthew Baker added a third in the shot for the Beavers at 45-11.

Westview's boys took fifth overall with 71 points, their efforts paced by Uche Uba's runner-up effort in the high hurdles at 15.12, Matt Landon's second in the intermediate hurdles at 39.74 and his third in the highs at 15.13, Zachary Niebur's third in the pole vault at 12-5, and Dallin Leavitt's third in the long jump at 21-0.

Southridge was seventh overall with 44 points, the Skyhawks' efforts led by Andrew Lubash's third in the 800 at 1:58.14, and Justin Rocereto's third in the 1500 at 4:08.81.

The Class 6A state track meet is set for Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, with competition opening at 10 a.m. each day.