Boys and girls track teams bury Pioneers
- Bill Stewart
- West Linn Tidings - Sports
Shawn Miller won three individual events and Sambaran Chatterjee claimed a pair of wins to lead the West Linn boys track team to a hard-fought 78-67 victory over Oregon City last Wednesday.
Miller's wins came in the two hurdle events and the long jump. He also ran the anchor leg on West Linn's winning 4-by-400 relay team, an effort that helped seal the team victory for the Lions.
Miller is part of a talented contingent of hurdlers at West Linn. They swept the 110-meter high hurdles with Miller finishing first (with a 15.7 time) while Alex Schlitt was second and James Low was third. In the 300 intermediate hurdles, the Lions went 1-2. Miller had a winning time of 41.6 seconds while Bryce Baker was second with a 43.6 time.
Miller was even more dominating in the long jump, an event that he won with a 20-7½ leap. That was nine inches ahead of the second-place finisher, Zach Fisher of Oregon City.
Chatterjee, meanwhile, turned in a dominating performance in the sprints. He won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.4 seconds. That gives him the third-best mark in the district so far this year. He won the 200-meter race with a time of 23.2, which ranks him fifth in the TRL.
In addition, Chatterjee ran the anchor on the Lions' winning 400-meter relay team. That squad's winning time of 45.1 was nearly a full second faster than the Oregon City team ran the race.
The Lions also got individual victories from Jesse Pyrch (in the 400), Taylor Kolasinski (800) and Michael Bernert (1,500).
Pyrch won the 400 with a time of 54.7 as he held off a pair of Oregon City runners at the finish. Kolasinski won the 800 with a time of 2:05.5 while teammate Charlie Lammers was second at 2:07.
In the 1,500, Bernert's winning time was 4:26.36, which was almost a full second ahead of the second-place finisher, Jacob Goertz of Oregon City. Their order of finish was then reversed in the 3,000. West Linn's Ben Morrow finished third in each of those races.
In the field events, West Linn's best efforts came in the discus, the high jump and the long jump.
In the discus, Robert Truax and Austin Banta claimed the second and third spots, respectively. In the high jump it was Spencer Dorway and Nico Matthews who finished second and third. In the long jump, it was Miller in first while Matthews was third.
Matthews also had a third-place finish in the 200 and he ran the opening leg on West Linn's winning 400-meter relay team.
The West Linn girls team, meanwhile, had an easy time last Wednesday with a 103-42 victory over the Pioneers. The Lions won 12 of 17 events in that meet, including a trio of victories by sprinter Jazmine Whitlock and a pair of field-event wins by Sam Dewart.
Whitlock had strong winning times in the 100 (13.3 seconds) and the 200 (27.5) but she was closely followed in both events by teammate Taylor Brooke.
Whitlock had a slightly easier time in the 400, where she beat teammate Kristi Pace by 2.4 seconds. That event was a clean sweep for the Lions as Erin Axelrod claimed the third spot.
The Lions also swept the 800, 1,500, 100 high hurdles and javelin.
In the 800, the order of finish was Taylor Nowlin, Alyssa Jernigan and Whitney Harmon. In the 1,500, it was Natalie Pittenger, Diana Crane and Kathryn Flyte who went 1-2-3.
In the high hurdles, Kelli Walters, Kaitlyn Reid and Amy Kestek claimed the all of the available points. Reid and Walters also were the stars in the 300 hurdles, but the order of finish was reversed with Reid coming in first.
Meanwhile, the javelin was completely dominated by West Linn. Ali Super easily won the event with a toss of 146-1. But that was approximately four feet shy of the state-leading throw she unleashed early in the season.
Super was followed in that event by Dewart and Nikki Aden. It was Dewart who set the pace in the shot and discus with winning throws of 35-1 and 116-1½, respectively.
The Lions also got an individual victory from Sami DeMars in the high jump. She cleared 4-10, which was the same mark as Oregon City's Justine Belliveau. But DeMars claimed the first-place medal with fewer misses.