OC guys earn first place in an 18-team field
Saturdays stormy weather didnt slow Oregon City High schools track and field team, as the Pioneers rallied around their depth in talent to finish second only to Summit at the 18-team Sandy Invitational.
Oregon City boys topped the runner-up boys team from Capital (Boise, Idaho) 98-86 for first place in the boys team scoring; Oregon City girls tallied 67 points and tied McNary and Centennial for second place, behind Summit girls (128).
Oregon City boys and girls together scored 165 points, placing them second only to Summit (211) in the combined team scoring.
Oregon City boys had 11 athletes place in 11 individual events and in three relays; Oregon City girls had 13 athletes place in 11 individual events and in three relays.
The kids were troopers, said Oregon City boys coach Adam Thygeson. It was the first nasty weather theyve had to compete in this year, but they hunkered down and did their events. They did great!
Oregon City had two individual champions and the Pioneer boys 4x100-meter relay team won that event in a seasons best time of 44.52, edging McNary by two hundredths of a second.
It was a season PR, even with a bad exchange and not so great weather, Thygeson said.
Oregon City veteran Beau Brosseau cruised to first place in the boys shot put with a states best heave of 55-4.
And Oregon City senior Justin Cornejo was impressive in the 100-meter dash, where he edged McNarys Garrett Hittner 11.47 to 11.51 for first place.
Cornejo also teamed up with Ryan Cox, Nick Martin and Mitch Thompson in the 4x100 relay.
After turning in a near career-best time of 22.92 in the preliminaries of the 200-meter dash, Cox earned runner-up honors with a 23.25 clocking in the finals.
Oregon City sophomore Austin DeWitz battled the elements to earn runner-up honors in the high jump (5-10) and he earned sixth place in the triple jump.
Oregon City boys also had a runner-up in the 4x800-meter relay, where the team of Corey Hedger, Keaton Stroh, James Swyter and Tyler Dille had a combined time of 8:58.62.
Oregon City senior Brady Heinsoo was busy, earning third place in the high hurdles (16.05), fourth place in the intermediates (43.90) and fifth place in the pole vault (10-6).
Oregon City junior Al Lacey held his own in the 1,500-meter run, where he was clocked at 4:22.45, good for third place.
Oregon City girls were led by their sprinters. Junior Becca Houk placed third in the 100 (12.84) and fifth in the 200 (27.91); junior Karrin Shriner placed sixth in the 100 (13.30); and sophomore Chelsea Bone placed sixth in the 400 (1:05.29).
The team of Shriner, Bone, Sydney Cox and Karli Kolsut placed second in the 4x400-meter relay (4:18.72); and the team of Shriner, Bone, Kolsut and Houk placed fifth in the 4x100-meter relay (52.64).
Pioneer freshman Taylor Shaw cleared 4-8 to finish tied for second place in the high jump, an event in which 10 girls scratched or no heighted.
Oregon City senior Katie Kohler placed third in the low hurdles (49.45) and Oregon City junior Alisa McEniry placed third in the pole vault (8-6).
Other individual placers for Oregon City boys included: Mitch Thompson, fourth in the 200 (23.60), Easton Christensen, fourth in the javelin (150-11); Kyle Anderson, fifth in the triple jump (40-0-1/2); Chris Durant, eighth in the 1,500 (4:32.15); and Josh Miller, eighth in the shot put (46-4) and eighth in the discus (125-10).
Other individual placers for Oregon City girls included: Jenna Holland, fifth in the triple jump (32-0-1/2); Mollie Thurber, sixth in the pole vault (7-6); Rachel Crawford, seventh in the 1,500 (5:15.96) and eighth in the 800 (2:36.58); Emily Leonetti, seventh in the high hurdles (18.31); Sydney Cox, eighth in the 400 (1:06.38); Mollie Thurber, eighth in the low hurdles (52.92); and Kolsut, eighth in the long jump (14-8-1/2).
Rounding out the boys team scoring were: McNary 85, Barlow 82, Summit 79, Wilson 58, Centennial and Sandy 42, Milwaukie 35, Horizon Christian 24, Estacada 22, Glencoe and Rainier 19, Union (OR) 4, Clatskanie and Faith Bible 3, and Damascus Christian 1.
Rounding out the girls team scoring were: McNary 63, Capital 59-1/2, Estacada 46, Wilson 41, Sandy 38, Union 36, Glencoe 28, Milwaukie 22, Portland Lutheran 14-1/2, Damascus Christian 10, Clatskanie 5, Faith Bible and Horizon Christian 2.
Oregon City hosts Grant in its Three Rivers League opener this afternoon, and the Pioneers host an 18-team invitational meet beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Among the top teams competing will be McNary, Century and Union of Vancouver. La Salle and Putnam are also scheduled to take part.