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Lady Bowmen start NWOC slate with win

Track: Sherwood runs strong in its 88-56 victory over Glencoe
by: DAN BROOD, UP AND OVER — Sherwood freshman Kathryn Mariman clears the hurdle on her way to victory last week. She also won the pole vault competition.

SHERWOOD - The Sherwood High School girls track and field team came away from its first-ever Northwest Oregon Conference dual meet with a victory.

The Lady Bowmen opened their NWOC schedule by scoring an 88-56 win over Glencoe in a meet held March 21 at Sherwood.

'It was our initiation to the Northwest Oregon Conference,' Sherwood coach Terrel Smith said. 'We realize that we'll have good competition week in and week out. It will give our kids reason to compete.'

Freshman Kathryn Mariman provided one of the big highlights for the Sherwood girls at the meet as she won the pole vault with a height of 10 feet.

'That's a little surprising to most people, but we knew she was ready to break through,' Smith said. 'And she'll keep getting better.'

In addition to her victory in the pole vault, Mariman also won the 300-meter low hurdles race in a time of 54.3 seconds.

Sophomore Kristin Oenning also had a pair of individual victories at the meet. She won the 800 in a time of 2:37.5 and she cleared 5-0 to win the high jump. Lady Bowmen freshman Frances Pavao also had a mark of 5-0 in the high jump.

Sherwood sophomore Allina Schmeltzer sprinted to victory in the 100 in 13.9. Junior Erica Chamberlain won the 200 in 29.1 and senior Ilsa Paulson had a winning mark of 4:59.7 in the 1,500.

Also on the track, the Lady Bowmen came away with victories in both relay races.

The team of junior Courtney Smurdon, Chamberlain, freshman Stephanie Smith and freshman Kaitlyn Harbick won the 4 x 100 relay in 54.3. Sophomore Michelle Hlasnik, junior Amanda Dutra, Stephanie Smith and freshman Monica Bletcher won the 4 x 400 relay in 4:35.9.

Sherwood senior Kristina Cauthorn had a winning distance of 32-3 in the triple jump.

The Sherwood boys fell 81-62 to Glencoe in last week's league opener.

The Bowmen picked up four victories in the field events.

Senior David Irish won the javelin with a throw of 163-8. Junior Curtis Fisher had a winning distance of 42-1½ in the triple jump. Sherwood also got a victory in the long jump, where senior Tim Otto won with a mark of 20-7.

Freshman Jeff Maddox cleared 11-0 to win the pole vault.

On the track, Sherwood sophomore Greg Crump won the 110 high hurdles in 17.9. Junior Greg Lemay won the 1,500 in 4:25.2.

'I'm very encouraged about our progress,' Terrel Smith said. 'We're ahead of where we've been before at this time of year. It was a good day and we competed well.'

The Sherwood teams will be back in action Wednesday when they face Hillsboro in a NWOC dual meet starting at 4 p.m. at Hare Field in Hillsboro.