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Sunset is second at Metro 11

There are plenty of highlights to go around at the Metro district track meet
by: Miles Vance FLYING — Beaverton’s Morgan Rennekamp soars to victory in the high jump at the Metro district track meet on Friday at Aloha High School.

ALOHA - It was no big surprise that Jesuit's girls earned the biggest headlines at last week's Metro League district track meet.

Despite that, there were still plenty of other big stories produced by the rest of the Metro League's girls teams. The district meet was held May 11 and Friday at Aloha High School.

Southridge's girls, after finishing just fourth in the regular season, showed their big-meet capability big-time last week, finishing second overall with 104 points (Jesuit won with 195), followed by Sunset's 91, Beaverton's 78, Westview's 77.5, Aloha's 66, and Lincoln's 41.5.

The Skyhawks' efforts were led by sophomore sprinter Sabrina Moore (she holds the state's best time in the 100 meters) and the 4 x 400 relay team of Haley Hunt, Lora Ross, Lily Mayko, Lainey Nash. Moore avenged a loss to Westview's Dominique Keel (the reigning Class 6A state champ) a week earlier by running a state's best time of 12.03 seconds to win the 100 on Friday, then came back later in the meet to finish second in the 200 at 25.07.

'It was great competition. She's a really nice girl and it was a great race,' Moore said of racing Keel in the 100. 'I knew I had to get out fast if I was going to have any chance of beating her. I worked on (my start) yesterday, so that was what I was really focused on. I put together everything I've been working on from the whole season.'

Southridge also closed the day with a win, with Hunt, Ross, Mayko and Nash taking the 4 x 400 at 3:59.38. Other top performances from Southridge came from: Nash, second in the 400 at 56.81; Mayko, second in the 300 intermediate hurdles at 45.90; the 4 x 100 team of Nash, Lauren Vincent, Moore and Madison Smukalla, second at 48.29; and Jordyn Searle, second in the long jump at 16 feet, 10.50 inches.

Sunset picked up two wins of its own on the day, with senior Georgia Henderson racing to victory in the 400 with a time of 56.56, and the 4 x 100 team of Hayley Mackay, Maddie Thom, Taylor Coon and Henderson going 48.14 to win the day's first event.

Henderson, who considered herself more of a 200 runner before Friday, notched the state's best time in winning the 400 and re-set her sights on success in that even at state.

'I was actually planning to go (to state) in the 200 - I wasn't sure about the 400,' Henderson said. 'But it looks like I'm going in the 400 instead. I didn't know if I was going to win, but I was going to try my best. I had really good competition so I knew I had to compete.'

Other top marks for Sunset came from: Erica Willes, third in the high jump at 4-11; and Natalie Hendry, third in the triple jump at 35-5.25.

Beaverton's girls made their marks too, getting wins from junior Morgan Rennekamp in the high jump and from senior Ally Aschbacher in the 800. Rennekamp matched her PR by going 5-3 to take the high jump, and Aschbacher followed suit with a two-second PR in the 800 at 2:15.11.

'I'm really excited about it,' Rennekamp said of her win. 'I really wanted to go to state again like I did last year so I was really nervous about it, but I'm really happy with my performance.'

The Beavers also got two runner-up finishes from Justine Rennekamp (she threw 38-6.25 in the shot put and 97-2 in the discus), and a third from Alexys Martens in the pole vault at 10-5.

While Aloha's girls were just sixth overall, they won three different events, with senior Taisha Moore taking the triple jump for a third straight year, senior Brianna Bain winning a second straight time in the javelin, and Summer Young taking top honors in the discus.

Moore - also the two-time defending Class 6A champion in the triple - set a season's PR of 38-6.25 to win the triple jump on Friday, a mark that is also now Oregon's best for 2011.

'The triple, I don't know, it's been getting a beating this year, but I couldn't just go out without a 38,' Moore said. 'I needed that, so I'm happy I got that on my last jump. After my second jump my body felt really relaxed and I knew then that's when everything was going to carry.'

Bain won the javelin by nine feet with a mark of 151-1, and while that's far shorter than her best this year, she does carry the state's second-best mark heading into state. Young, meanwhile, threw 106-3 to win the discus by more than nine feet. Crystal-lyn Gullungs added a third in the discus for Aloha at 97-0, while Bailey Flynn was third in the javelin at 135-5.

Westview's girls got another big-time effort from Keel, who took second in the 100 at 12.28, then came back later in the meet to win the 200 with a time of 24.84. Also scoring for Westview were: Justine Bird, second in the high jump at 4-11; Maliea Luquin, third in the intermediate hurdles at 46.72; and Helen Harder, third in the shot put at 34-3.