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Gladstone guys heat up at Estacada

Aldredge ups his school record in the discus, as the Glads close on the Capital Conference dual-meet title

ESTACADA - It was cold, showery and blustery, but the members of Gladstone High School's boys track team left Estacada High School with a warm glow on April 17.

The reason?

They had just handled Molalla (88-67) and Estacada (95-51) in a Capital Conference tri-dual track and field meet.

The pair of dual wins put the Gladiators at 5-0 on the league dual season and effectively earned them the conference dual-meet championship. Their only remaining league dual meet was with a winless team from North Marion.

'The Capital Conference does not honor a dual meet champion,' said Gladstone coach Ken Stobie. 'But it means a lot to us. To come into a new league and go undefeated is just truly outstanding! I couldn't be prouder.'

Gladstone senior standout Jordan Aldredge continued on track, winning four events, and breaking his own school record in the discus with a heave of 175-4, the best mark by any high school athlete in the state this season - at all levels.

Aldredge's old school record was 169-1, set earlier this year.

Aldredge and teammate Darrell Fields blew away the field in the 100 meters, sprinting to impressive times of 10.74 and 10.86. The times rank them first and third in the state in that event.

Aldredge also outclassed the field in the javelin (171-7) and shot put (53-10).

Molalla senior Jake Barker (51-5) was among those Aldredge defeated in the shot put. Barker and Aldredge placed one-two respectively in the shot put at last year's state meet.

Fields had a great day all-around as well. Besides finishing a close second to Aldredge in the 100, the up-and-coming junior beat Estacada sprint standout Jake Theander, 23.41 to 23.50, in the 200 meters. Fields' winning time ranks him sixth in the state in the event.

And Fields anchored Gladstone's 400-meter relay team to a 45.61 clocking, which ranks that relay team among the best in the state.

'It was a 3/4-second PR and we had two bad handoffs, so it was very encouraging,' Stobie said of the relay performance.

Gladstone distance ace Matt McCrary proved he is going to be a force to be reckoned with at district, defeating Estacada distance standout Robert Prettyman in the 3,000 meters and finishing a close second to Molalla talent Marshall Roses -and in front of Prettyman - in the 1,500.

Roses was state runner-up in the 800 meters a year ago; Prettyman placed in the 1,500 at last year's state meet.

McCrary finished the 1,500 in a lifetime best time of 4:19.11, and he won the 3,000 in 9:33.83, a PR by 10 seconds.

Prettyman (4:15.03) is the Capital Conference leader in the 1,500 this season; La Salle's Alex Gay is the only Capital Conference runner with a 3,000-meter time faster than McCrary's mark.

Stobie said he was also encouraged by the performance of Gladstone's James Towne, who placed third in the 3,000 at Estacada in an 18-second PR of 9:46.

Hurdles/jumps specialist Justin Lundgren was no less impressive than Aldredge, Fields and McCrary. The Gladiator sophomore beat Estacada's Cody Best with efforts of 16.58 in the high hurdles and 42.59 in the intermediates. Both are PR's and the marks rank Lundgren second only to North Marion senior Kyle King in the Capital Conference.

Lundgren also continued consistent in the long jump, winning that event with an effort of 19-4.

Gladstone hosts an invitational meet this Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m.

The Gladiators host the Capital Conference District meet on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12.