Bourne comes to the rescue as the Mustangs earn a 79-66 victory

The Milwaukie Mustangs stunned Sherwood, winning 79-66 in an April 10 Northwest Oregon Conference boys dual track and field meet at Milwaukie.

“It was a little bit of an upset,” said Milwaukie coach Chuck Nott. “Going in I had us, on paper, down by a few points.”

The win left the Mustangs (2-0) tied with Wilsonville (2-0) and Liberty (2-0) in first place in the yet young conference dual standings.

“This win means we’re still in the hunt for the league dual title,” said Milwaukie coach Chuck Nott. “But I think the league’s tougher this year than it has been in some time, so we’ve still got some work to do.”

Nott said he sees Wilsonville and Sandy (1-1), which lost to Wilsonville in its season opener, as his Mustangs’ toughest competition in league. The Mustangs were to battle Sandy on the road this afternoon.

“Hopefully it will come down to us and Wilsonville,” Nott said. “We meet them at Wilsonville in the last meet of the year. They’ve beaten us the last couple of years, but we’re hoping to return the favor this year.”

The Mustangs had a number of heroes in last week’s dual win, but perhaps the biggest was Milwaukie senior Kendrick Bourne.

“My top two hurdlers weren’t available, so Kendrick Bourne, a kid who hurdled for the first time in his life last Monday (April 1), volunteered in the 300 intermediates,” Nott said. “This is a kid who I don’t think had ever run anything longer than 100 meters in competition. He works hard at practices, but I don’t think he ever runs as far as 300 meters, even in practice....

“He tells me, ‘Coach, no problem, I’ve got it.’ He cruises to first place [in the intermediate hurdles], and he looks like he’s run them his entire life.... His form is amazing. It’s almost perfect....”

Bourne also cruised to first place in the 110-meter high hurdles, beating out Sherwood hurdler Austin Tull, 15.77 to 17.94. And he earned second place in the long jump, with a leap of 20-6-1/2, leading a Mustang sweep of that event.

Bourne also ran the first leg in the 4x100-meter relay, as the Mustangs upset Sherwood in that event, 44.33 to 44.43.

Bourne holds the Northwest Oregon Conference’s best time this season for the high hurdles, at 15.74, a time he posted on April 3 during a meet at St. Helens.

The Mustangs’ 4x100 relay win was indeed a huge upset. Sherwood entered the meet with the best time in Class 5A in the event. Competing in the relay with Bourne were Javonte Hughes, Dominique Meade and Richard Ramsey. Meade made up a five-meter deficit during his leg, and Ramsey nosed out Sherwood’s anchorman for the win.

The Mustangs’ relay time was a personal record by over a second, and it’s the fourth best time run by an Oregon Class 5A sprint relay team this season.

The Mustangs were especially tough in the field events, where they outscored the Bowmen 44-19.

“We swept the discus, and I was hoping for five points [out of the nine points possible],” Nott said. “That was probably the turning point in the meet.”

Mustang veteran Jake Leary won both the discus (147-7-1/4) and the shot put (48-5-1/2), as expected.

C.J. Hubbard, a senior out for track for the first time, placed second in the discus with a heave of 129-0, a personal record by some 22 feet. And Milwaukie senior Jake Schroeder placed third, with a toss of 116-0-1/4.

Leary’s mark in the discus is a lifetime PR and it ranks him second in the state in Class 5A.

The Mustangs picked up some unexpected points in the pole vault and javelin early in the meet.

Junior Jordan Stromvig (11-6) and sophomore Griffin Johnson (11-0) both came through with career bests to finish one-two in the pole vault; senior Trevontae Anderson (137-4) and junior Edgar Pantoja (126-5) went two-three in the javelin.

The Mustangs made some noise in the horizontal jumps. Senior Dominique Meade (21-5) and junior Dante Meade (19-5-1/2) teamed up with Bourne (20-6-1/2) for the unexpected sweep of the long jump.

Anderson (41-4-1/4) and Dante Meade (40-11-3/4) went one-two in the triple jump.

Dominique Meade’s winning leap came on his final jump, which moved him up from fourth place. The effort was within an inch off his lifetime PR and it ranks him first in the NWOC.

Dominique Meade also had PR’s in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. He placed second to Ramsey (11.26), with a time of 11.31 in the 100; and second to Sherwood’s Hunter Pfefferkorn (23.29), with a time of 23.49, in the 200.

The marks recorded by Anderson and Dante Meade in the triple jump rank them first and second in the NWOC for that event.

April 10 turned out to be a long day for Milwaukie girls, as they got out-manned by the Bowgirls 90-44.

“They drove up with four busses and 170 kids,” said Milwaukie coach Barrie Malcolm. “That’s 70 more kids than we have.”

The Bowgirls swept the 800, javelin and pole vault, and they won both relays.

Milwaukie girls made the strongest showing in the jumps, where they outscored the visitors 21-6.

Milwaukie senior Alexis Noren and Tereza Markova, an exchange student from the Czech Republic, both cleared 4-10 and the placed first and second respectively in the high jump.

Noren (32-10-1/2) and Milwaukie senior Mackenzie West (31-7-1/2) went one-two in the triple jump, and West (15-2) won the long jump.

Mustang veteran distance runner Sasha Gonzalez won the 1,500 meters in a season PR of 5:08.75, a mark that ranks her No. 2 in the NWOC.

Milwaukie’s only other win was in the 400, where Becky Ponnay earned first place, with a 1:04.10 clocking. Milwaukie senior Cordaja Ware was clocked in a season’s best of 13.40 in the 100-meter dash.

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