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Bowmen push aside the superstitions

Track and Field: Sherwood competitors turn in strong marks at Friday's Aloha Relays
by: JOHN LARIVIERE, IN FLIGHT — Sherwood's Curtis Fisher takes off during triple jump competition at the Aloha Relays.

ALOHA - Normally the only mention of things breaking at a track meet are individual personal bests. And Sherwood's athletes did their fair share of that at the Aloha Relays.

But Bowmen Frances Pavao dealt with something else altogether, breaking a mirror in the morning and electing to test the superstition - on Friday the 13th of all days. After considering staying home, Pavao pushed on and continued to showcase her leaping ability in the competitive meet at Aloha High School.

While a fatigued Pavao was disappointed with her top clearance of 4 feet, 9 inches, it was good enough for third place - the highest finish for a Sherwood girl at the 16-team meet.

'I had a couple meets this week and had to jump in all three,' Pavao said. 'It didn't seem like many of us were jumping our best.'

West Linn's Sami Demars and Canby's Hannah Bell each cleared 4-11 to take first and second, respectively. Eight girls cleared 4-9 with Pavao and two others doing so on their first attempts to earn a tie for third out of 26 competitors.

Pavao has a personal best of 5-3, which she did as an eighth grader, and has cleared 5-2 this season, including Wednesday in a winning effort at the dual meet with Liberty. That height is tied for No. 4 in Class 5A.

'I have high expectations for myself,' said Pavao, who nearly cleared 5-4 earlier this season. 'I'd really like to get 5-5. I need to work to get stronger.'

Pavao's efforts led the Sherwood girls to 13th out 16 schools with 17 points in a meet featuring 12 Class 6A programs.

Senior Ilsa Paulson led the Bowmen girls on the track, taking fourth in a 3,000-meter race containing some of Oregon's top distance runners. Clackamas' Claire Michel, the defending Class 6A champion in the event, was first in 10:05.39 and Jesuit's Sarah Bridges took second in 10:05.95, producing the state's top two times of 2007. Aloha's Shelby Brennan (10:18.13) ran the No. 4 time this season to take third ahead of Paulson, who finished in 10:27.74.

Paulson ran a 10:21.54 in the Hillsboro meet for Class 5A's top time of 2007 and also has the No. 4 time in the 1,500 at 4:59.7. The shorter race was not run in Friday's meet, which featured five relays and four individual events on the track.

Bowmen sophomore Kelsey Irish took sixth in the javelin with a throw of 96-11 on her third of four attempts. Senior teammate Katrina Krempley was ninth out of 25 competitors with a top effort of 94-0.

Kathryn Mariman placed seventh in the pole vault with a clearance of 8-6. The freshman has topped 10-0 this season, good for Class 5A's No. 4 height.

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Tim Otto and Kole Krieger both earned runner-up finishes to lead the Bowmen boys to ninth with 35 points. Otto sprinted to second in the 100 with a time of 11.45. The senior also went 20-7½ to place eighth in the long jump and ran on the 4 x 100 relay team that took fifth in 45.14.

Krieger cleared a personal-best of 13-6 to finish behind only Canby's Thomas Juhala, who won the pole vault at 14-0. The Bowmen junior eclipsed his previous best of 13-0 set last season and moved into a tie for the No. 3 Class 5A clearance of 2007 with Friday's effort. He also ran a personal-best 16.17 in the 110 high hurdles to finish 10th.

Junior Curtis Fisher finished one spot ahead of teammate Otto in the long jump, soaring 21-0 on his second attempt to place seventh and set a personal best by nine inches.

'The weather was perfect for jumping,' said Fisher. 'I had some competition for once and a lot of it. There wasn't just one guy to beat but six or seven.'

And they were closely packed ahead of Fisher with six inches separating the winning effort of 21-7½ from sixth place.

That wasn't the case in the triple jump where Fisher leapt 42-4½ to take third, nearly three feet behind Aloha's Jude Graves, who won at 45-3, but also 1½ feet ahead of the fourth-place mark.

Sherwood senior David Irish produced a personal best in the javelin with a toss of 166-9 on his first attempt.

The mark beat his previous best set in 2006 by three inches, earning him fifth Friday and Class 5A's No. 7 throw this season.

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The Sherwood boys improved to 2-1 in Northwest Oregon Conference meets by cleaning up in the field events to beat host Liberty 114-31 on Wednesday.

Six different Bowmen won in the field.

Fisher was Sherwood's only multiple winner after leaping 40-7 to take first in the triple jump to go with his victory in the 300 intermediate hurdles (45.45).

Sherwood took the top-3 spots in eight of 17 events, including all three throws.

The Bowmen girls team lost a close one with the Falcons 76-69 on Wednesday. Sherwood swept the team points in four events and used its depth to stay close, but was unable to catch Liberty, which won 11 events in improving to 2-1 in league meets.

Sherwood fell to 1-2 with the narrow setback.

The Bowmen squads were scheduled to face Century in a NWOC dual meet on Wednesday.

Results from the meet weren't available when the Times went to press.

The Sherwood teams will be back in action Saturday at the Centennial Invitational.

On Wednesday, the Bowmen will host Parkrose in a league dual meet starting at 4 p.m.