Alexis Noren excels in the jumps

Milwaukie High School’s track teams jump-started the Northwest Oregon Conference season with wins over the St. Helens Lions in last week’s conference opener at St. Helens.

Milwaukie’s girls track team last week rode the legs of seniors Alexis Noren, Cordaja Ware and Sasha Gonzalez, and the throwing arm of junior Kayler Hammond-Stief to a 74-66 victory in the Mustangs’ Northwest Oregon Conference opener, hosted by St. Helens.

Milwaukie boys prevailed 83-62 over their Lion counterparts, rallying around their strength in the sprints and jumps to put the Lions away, outscoring their hosts 26-1 in the sprints and 24-3 in the jumps.

Noren more than held her own in the jumping events, clearing 5-0 for first place in the high jump, leaping 16-7-1/4 for first place in the long jump, and leaping 33-9 to edge St. Helens junior Kylie Reinholdt (33-6-1/2) in the triple jump.

Noren’s marks in the high jump and long jump were career bests, and she was just seven inches off her lifetime best in the triple jump. The marks rank her in the top five in the state in Class 5A in all three events.

“Alexis is the first female high jumper at Milwaukie to clear five feet in 15 years,” said Milwaukie coach Barrie Malcolm. “The last Milwaukie girl to go that high was Erin Sitz, in 1998.”

Hammond-Stief made a lot of noise in the throwing events. Her winning toss of 114-4 in the discus ranked her tops in the state in 5A in the event, and she won the shot put with an effort of 32-4. The mark in the discus was a 16-foot PR.

Ware set the pace in the 100- (13.63) and 200-meter (28.12) dashes, and she helped pace the Mustang 400-meter relay team to a 54.75 clocking and victory.

Gonzalez wasn’t at the top of her game, but she was still a double winner in the distances, winning the 1,500 in 5:24.38 and the 3,000 in 12:03.42.

The Mustangs also had a winner in the 400-meter dash, where Milwaukie junior Becky Ponnay won easily, with a 1:04.76 clocking.

In last week’s boys dual meet with the Lions, Milwaukie seniors Richard Ramsey (11.48), Javonte Hughes (11.83) and Jeff Johnson (12.16) swept the 100-meter dash, and Ramsey (23.21) and Johnson (24.80) went one-two in the 200.

Milwaukie senior Thomas Nisbett (56.59), junior Dante Meade (56.64) and sophomore Jazz Johnson (59.78) went one-two-three in the 400.

Ramsey ranks third in the state among Class 5A sprinters, with his season-best times of 11.14 and 22.74 trailing only Wilsonville senior Ryan Walsh (11.04 and 22.44) and Sherwood senior Cristian Morris (11.05 and 22.58).

Milwaukie senior Kendrick Bourne (20-7) and Milwaukie junior Dante Meade (19-6-1/2) went one-two in the long jump; Dante Meade (40-7-1/4) and Milwaukie senior DeJuan Gant (36-6) went one-two in the triple jump; and Milwaukie senior Trevontae Anderson (5-6) and Gant (5-6) went one-two in the high jump.

Bourne was also tough in the high hurdles, where his winning time of 15.74 ranked him third in the state in 5A.

Milwaukie veteran weightman Jake Leary continued impressive in the throws, outclassing the field in the shot put (50-7) and in the discus (142-7). His effort in the shot put ranked him third in the state in that event, and Leary has the state’s best 5A mark in the discus, at 147-4.

Milwaukie boys also had a winner in the pole vault, where junior Jordan Stromvig cleared 11-0 and won on fewer misses.

Milwaukie had a surprise winner at last weekend’s Sandy Invitational, when sophomore Griffin Johnson cleared 10-6 in the pole vault and won the event on fewer misses.

Milwaukie’s only other winner at the 18-team meet was Hammond-Stief, who won the girls discus with an effort of 113-3.

Gonzalez earned runner-up honors in the girls 3,000 meters with an 11:10 clocking.

Milwaukie thinclads could have their hands full this afternoon, when they entertain Sherwood. Sherwood handled Parkrose last week, with the boys winning 115-30 and the girls winning 125-11.

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