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Dalton comes through with state's best throw

Track and Field: The Tigard boys take second in the team standings at the Mike Kostrba Invite

SANDY - Tigard High School senior Chase Dalton stormed to the front of the javelin pack.

In the process, he passed by the competitor that edged him for the state title last year.

Dalton placed first in the boys javelin competition, with a personal-best, and 2007 state-best mark of 209 feet, 4 inches at the Mike Kostrba Invitational track and field meet, held Saturday at Sandy High School.

Dalton, in winning the event, finished ahead of Southridge senior Michael Thompson, who placed second with a mark of 201-6. Thompson edged Dalton, by just one inch, to win the championship at last year's Class 4A state meet.

Dalton's win helped the Tigard boys place second in the team standings, with 88 points, at the 13-team meet. Southridge placed first with 108 points.

Senior Brian Westlund also picked up a victory for the Tigard boys at the invitational. He triumphed in the 400-meter run in a time of 51.66 seconds.

Junior Scott Grady sprinted to second place in the 100 in a time of 11.37 and he also took second in the 200 in 22.67.

Junior Spencer Patterson cleared 6-2 to win the high jump and senior Joseph Pape took second place in the triple jump with a distance of 42-0¾.

Dalton, in addition to his state-best winning performance in the javelin, also took second in the 110 high hurdles in 15.46. Freshman Ian McGetrick was fifth in the 110 high hurdles in 16.55 and he was fifth in the 300 intermediate hurdles in 43.21.

The Tigard girls finished in eighth place in the team standings at the invite with 41 points.

Tiger junior Ali Davis ran to victory in the 3,000 in a time of 10:54.20. Teammate Sarah Walch, also a junior, was third in that race in 11:18.62.

Junior Cassie Carroll provided the Tigard girls with even more success in the distance events as she placed second in the 1,500 in 4:59.58.

Junior Kaila Bittinger cleared 8-0 to take fifth in the pole vault. Junior Alysha Brannon took sixth in the discus with a throw of 107-8. Heather Loyd was seventh in the long jump in 14-9.

Freshman Kristin Taylor sprinted to sixth in the 200 in 28.57. Sophomore teammate Becky Robinson was right behind her in seventh in 29.20.

Prior to the invite, the Tigard teams swept McMinnville in a Pacific Conference dual meet held April 11 at Tigard High.

The Tigard boys scored an 83-62 victory to move to 2-0 in league meets.

Dalton won the javelin, the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles. Grady sprinted to victories in both the 100 and 200. Patterson set a personal best with his winning height of 6-6 in the high jump.

The Tigard girls evened their record at 1-1 with a 79-66 win over McMinnville.

Davis won both the 800 and 1,500 while senior Courtney Schild triumphed in both the 100 and the 300 low hurdles.

Trianna Brannon cleared 5-2 to win the high jump.

On Tuesday, the Tigard boys remained unbeaten in league, scoring a 85½-58½ win at Newberg. The Tigard girls fell 81-62 to Newberg.

The Tigard teams will be back in action Friday when they participate at the Cotton Invitational, starting at 4 p.m. at Grant High School.