DeWitz clears 6-4 and ties his class record for the high jump

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon City senior Justin Cornejo (center) crossed the finish line first in the 100-meter dash in last weeks dual meet with Grant.Oregon City thinclads rode their strength in the field events to relatively easy wins over Grant in their Three Rivers League dual track and field openers, held in Oregon City April 10.

The Pioneer girls outscored the Generals 58-5 in the field events, winning all seven field events and sweeping the shot put and triple jump, en route to a 97-47 runaway win.

Oregon City guys topped Grant 89-56, outscoring the Generals 52-11 in the field events, winning every event except the long jump, and placing at least two athletes in each event.

“Going into the meet, we were a little worried, because Grant had beaten both Clackamas and Canby in a three-team league dual meet a week earlier,” said Oregon City boys coach Adam Thygeson. “But between our top kids and our depth, we got it done.”

Senior Brady Heinsoo had a big meet for Oregon City guys, clearing 11-1 to lead a Pioneer sweep of the pole vault, heading up a sweep of the high hurdles with an effort of 16.06, and leading a one-two finish in the intermediate hurdles, with a lifetime best clocking of 42.64.

The Pioneers also swept the javelin, where three juniors — Easton Christensen (166-5), Alex Canchola (144-2) and Jacob Cardwell (134-7) — all beat Grant’s best thrower.

Oregon City senior Beau Brosseau continued to get it done, winning the discus with a 17-foot PR of 140-0 and upping his state’s best 6A mark in the shot put to 55-4 to run away with that event. Brosseau’s mark in the discus ranked him in the top 10 in the state.

Oregon City sophomore Austin DeWitz had a big day in the high jump, clearing 6-4 for the first time in competition. The effort, which tied Oregon City’s sophomore class record [Kody Kozak, 2009], ranks DeWitz second in the state in 6A.

Oregon City senior Daniel Slack soared 42-2 to run away with first place in the triple jump.

Oregon City boys also had three winners on the track — senior Justin Cornejo in the 100 (11.28), senior Ryan Cox in the 200 (22.90) and junior Al Lacey in the 3,000 (9:28.51).

Senior Breanne Johnston scored big for Oregon City girls, leading a sweep of the shot put with an effort of 31-9-1/4, and tossing the discus 90-3 for first place in that event.

Freshman Jenna Holland was impressive in the triple jump, leading a Pioneer sweep with an effort of 33-10, a personal record by close to two feet.

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon City junior Becca HoukJunior Becca Houk had a big day for Oregon City in the sprints, winning the 100 in 12.74 and finishing a close second to Grant standout Piper Donaghu (26.47) with a 26.57 clocking in the 200.

Houk’s times were lifetime bests and they rank her in the top 10 in the state in both sprint races.

Other Oregon City winners included: senior Emily Leonetti in the high hurdles (17.71), senior Katie Kohler in the low hurdles (49.04), senior Nicole Simons in the javelin (106-5), junior Veronica Laughlin in the pole vault (7-6), sophomore Chelsea Bone in the 400 (1:03.23), sophomore Karli Kolsut in the long jump (15-7-1/2) and freshman Taylor Shaw in the high jump (4-10).

The Pioneers (1-0) return to league competition this afternoon at Lakeridge. Lakeridge girls (1-0) handled Lake Oswego 94-51 in last week’s dual meet with the Lakers; Lakeridge boys lost in a 73-71 barnburner with their cross-town rivals.

Oregon City guys win

Willamette Falls Invitational

Oregon City boys continued on track on Saturday, when they won the large division of their own Willamette Falls Invitational for the third year in a row, out-pointing the runner-up team from Hermiston, 176-1/2 to 123-1/2. Other teams in the division included: McNary, Liberty, Pendleton, Union, Putnam, Cleveland, Corvallis, Mountain View (Washington), Woodburn and Century.

Oregon City girls (75 points) placed third, finishing back of Union (112-1/2) and Corvallis (92).

Oregon City boys had four athletes record the top marks of the day in their events.

Cornejo (11.36) won the 100-meter dash; Heinsoo won the high hurdles (16.23) in a photo finish, and he finished second in a photo finish in the intermediate hurdles, where he was clocked in a lifetime best of 42.07.

Brosseau won the shot put (53-6-3/4) and he placed second in the discus, with a lifetime best mark of 142-8, a mark that ranks him fifth in the state in 6A.

Oregon City junior Josh Miller won the hammer with a throw of 109-4.

Oregon City’s 4x100-meter relay team of Cox, Nick Martin, Mitch Thompson and Cornejo finished runner-up to McNary in a photo finish in that race, with a season’s best 43.45 clocking.

Cox was tough in the sprints, recording the second-best time of the meet in the 200 (23.36) and the third-best time in the 100 (11.46).

Oregon City junior Easton Christensen placed second in the javelin (158-2), Slack was runner-up in the triple jump (41-11-1/2), and DeWitz was runner-up in the high jump (6-2).

Putnam junior Bryan Marlatt cleared 6-4 for the top mark of the day in the high jump.

Top performers for Oregon City girls included: sophomore Miranda Nelson, with the second-best time of the meet in the girls 3,000 (11:05.26); junior Alisa McEniry, with the second-best mark in the girls pole vault (8-6); and junior Becca Houk, with the third-best time in the 100-meter dash (12.95).

La Salle boys won the six-team small division of the Willamette Falls Invitational, scoring 200 points to finish well in front of the runner-up team from Horizon Christian (147). Estacada (144-1/2) and La Salle (124) went one-two in the girls small school division.

La Salle senior Mark Holenstein was the fastest quartermiler at the meet, with his winning time of 50.56 in the 400 meters. Holenstein also won the long jump (21-7), and he helped pace the Falcon boys to a 3:30.28 clocking and first place in the 4x400-meter relay.

Estacada (50.22) and La Salle (50.62) recorded the top times of the afternoon in the girls 4x100-meter relay.

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