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Masterson drawing her own cheers

Track and Field: The Tualatin sophomore is turning in impressive times in the hurdles events
by: DAN BROOD, WINNING SMILE – Tualatin sophomore Ellee Masterson (right) has a smile on her face as she nears the finish line just ahead of Newberg’s Alysha Beck.

NEWBERG - Last year, when she was a freshman, Ellie Masterson cheered her older brother on to much success.

Now, as a Tualatin High School sophomore, Masterson is giving her Timberwolf track and field teammates plenty to cheer about.

Just like her older brother Eddie, a 2006 Tualatin High School graduate who shined in the sprints, Ellie Masterson is showing her speed on the track for the Wolves.

'I loved cheering on my brother,' Ellie Masterson said during Tualatin's rain-soaked Pacific Conference dual meet at Newberg on April 11. 'But I didn't go that fast last year. This year, I'm more focused and I'm in better condition.'

That certainly seems to be showing for Masterson in the hurdles races this year - it definitely showed during the meet at Newberg.

In the 100-meter high hurdles, she scored a win over Newberg junior Alysha Beck, who was a state-meet qualifier a year ago.

'When I went across the finish line, I had the biggest smile on my face,' Masterson said after the race. 'Last year, she beat me bad at district.'

Despite the rain, and a chilly, hard-blowing wind, Masterson turned in an impressive winning time of 16.75 seconds.

'I was praying before going over each hurdle,' she said with a laugh.

Beck was a close second in a time of 16.80.

Beck, Masterson and Canby's Melissa Leighty will likely battle it out for the league's two automatic berths to the Class 6A state meet in the hurdles events.

'I really want to go to state,' Masterson said. 'Just going as a sophomore would be really great.'

Masterson went to the state meet last year, to cheer her brother on.

'I was screaming the whole time,' she said. 'I had no voice when I left.'

With her win in the high hurdles, Masterson helped the Tualatin girls score a 76-55 win over the Tigers, leaving both teams with 1-1 records in league dual meets. It was the first league dual meet setback for Newberg since the 2004 season.

Freshman Erin Ennis sprinted to a pair of victories for the Timberwolf girls. She won the 100 in 13.57 and she had a winning time of 28.77 in the 200.

Tualatin sophomore Melissa Arndorfer won the 400 in 1:07.42. Junior Devon Frazier triumphed in the 3,000 in 11:41.2. Also on the track, the Timberwolf girls won both relay races. The team of Alexandrea Olson, Masterson Jessie Barry and Arndorfer won the 4 x 100 relay in 54.75. The team of Marissa Senger, Kaileigh Cushing, Barry and Arndorfer was victorious in the 4 x 400 relay in 4:29.4.

Tualatin senior Melanie Schafer won the long jump with a mark of 15 feet, 5½ inches and she had a winning distance of 31-1 in the triple jump.

The Tualatin boys evened their Pacific Conference dual meet record at 1-1 by scoring an 83-62 win over Newberg.

The Timberwolves had a big day in the sprints. Junior Jesse Clemente had a winning time of 12.33 in the 100, junior Austin Schaumburg triumphed in the 200 in 25.21 and senior Taylor Whitcher won the 400 in 53.96.

Tualatin sophomore Bubba Plunkett ran to victory in the 3,000 in 9:52.5. Senior Omar Cuevas had a winning time of 18.23 in the 110 high hurdles and junior Andrew Patton won the 300 intermediate hurdles in 42.86.

The Timberwolf team of Christopher Reid, Clemente, Cuevas and Phil Pauly won the 4 x 100 relay in 46.06 and the combination of James O'Conner, Whitcher, Reid and Patton won the 4 x 400 relay in 3:42.1.

Tualatin junior Dennis Ranck picked up a win in the shot put with a throw of 49-3.

Junior Jon Skoglund cleared 10-6 to win the pole vault and he had a winning mark of 34-10 in the triple jump. Senior Jake Hendrickson won the long jump with a distance of 18-3.

The Tualatin teams were scheduled to host Forest Grove in a league dual meet on Wednesday. Results of that meet weren't available when the Times went to press.

The Wolves will be back in action Wednesday when they host McMinnville at 3:45 p.m.