Gophers overcome early deficit to race past Blues

TRACK - Gresham girls dominate in the throwing events
by: David Ball, Gresham junior Ali Mosher clears a barrier down the final stretch of the 300-meter hurdles. She won the race in 48.6 seconds.

The Gresham girls track team survived a challenge by St. Mary's to stay unbeaten in the Mount Hood Conference with an 86-59 win over the Blues on Wednesday afternoon.

The Gophers (4-0) stumbled out of the blocks after being disqualified in the opening relay for missing an exchange zone. St. Mary's (3-1) added a 1-2 finish in the 1,500-meter race to take a quick 13-1 lead in the team tally.

Gresham regained control with first-place points in the shorter events where Lacey Meusec won the 200-and 400-meter races, while Schavey Hill won the 100 and 800 races. Teammate Ali Mosher added wins in both hurdle events.

'After having our relay getting that DQ, we all needed to step up and make up for those lost points,' Mosher said.

The Gophers clinched the victory by outscoring St. Mary's 25-2 in the throwing events, led by Kelsey Strot with wins in the shot put and discus.

Distance runner Taylor Fitch led the Blues by winning the 1,500 and 3,000 races.

Both teams won their team duals against Reynolds.

• In boys action, Gresham beat the host Raiders 102-43, scoring 1-2 finishes in eight of the 15 individual events. Robert Manwell paced sweeps in each of the hurdle races. Kyle Lane led Reynolds by winning the long jump and taking second in the high jump.

In other MHC meets, the Centennial boys swept its three-way against Central Catholic and Hood River. Kyle Warner (high hurdles, triple jump) and Chris Struckman (high jump, long jump) earned multiple wins for Centennial.

The Centennial girls team also picked up a sweep, led by multi-event winners Michelle Dettmann (800, 1,500), Julie DeCourcey (high hurdles, 300 hurdles) and Jessi LaMain (shot put, discus).

Look for extended track coverage in the Saturday, April 14, issue of The Outlook.