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Pioneer guys get it done at Lakeridge


Brosseau unleashes a monster throw in the discus

LAKE OSWEGO — Oregon City High School’s boys track and field team rallied around its strength in the throws and pole vault to put Lakeridge away, winning 80-1/2 to 64-1/2 in a Three Rivers League dual meet held here April 17.

“This was one of the meets we circled as being a big match-up for us, so it was good to leave with the win,” said Oregon City coach Adam Thygeson.

Oregon City senior Beau Brosseau and Pioneer juniors Josh Miller, Easton Christensen and Alex Canchola teamed up to outscore the Pacers 24-3 in the three throwing events, while Oregon City senior Brady Heinsoo (11-6), Oregon City junior K.C. Lopez (10-6) and Pioneer sophomore Joseph Heisler (10-6) swept the pole vault.

Heinsoo was also tough in the hurdles, where he got the best of Lakeridge junior Cameron Clarke (16.52), winning that race in a season’s best of 15.86.

Brosseau came up with a monster throw of 163-10 for a runaway win in the discus, and he finished second to Miller (47-10) with an effort of 47-0-1/2 in the shot put.

Brosseau’s mark in the discus is a personal record by some 21 feet. It is the best throw in the state by any high school athlete this spring and it puts him No. 3 on Oregon City’s all-time list — back of only Rich Gaiser (170-2 in 1982) and Greg Skipper (169-5 in 2011).

Miller (127-5) was second to Brosseau in the discus at last week’s dual.

Christensen and Canchola were impressive in the javelin, where they edged Lakeridge’s Owen Hart (159-6) with respective marks of 161-9 and 161-0, ranking them in the top five in the TRL this season. Canchola’s winning throw was a lifetime best by six feet.

The 100- and 200-meter dashes were hotly contested, where Oregon City senior Justin Cornejo and Lakeridge senior Alex Alamida, two of the state’s top sprinters did battle.

Cornejo (11.07) edged Alamida (11.13) in the 100, while Alamida (22.32) got the best of Cornejo (22.54) in the 200.

Cornejo’s winning mark ranks him fifth in the state in the 100; Alamida and Cornejo’s times rank them both in the top five in the 200.

Oregon City junior Al Lacey picked up crucial points in the 1,500, where he set the pace at 4:21.61, crossing the finish line 1.6 seconds in front of Lakeridge’s top half-miler.

Oregon City senior Daniel Slack made waves with a winning leap of 43-2 in the triple jump. The mark ranks him third in the state in the event this spring.

The Pioneers were also tough in the 4x100-meter relay, with the team of Ryan Cox, Nick Martin, Coy Vandehey and Cornejo crossing the finish line over three seconds in front of the Pacers, in a season’s best time of 43.72.

The dual win put Oregon City boys at 2-0 on the TRL dual season heading into this afternoon’s home meet with Clackamas (1-2).

Oregon City girls last week met their match in Lakeridge’s standout girls team, yielding 86-59.

The Pioneers’ greater depth gained them two placers in 10 of the 15 individual events. But the Pacers won 10 individual events and both relays.

Senior Katie Kohler had a good meet for Oregon City, winning both the high (17.58) and low hurdles (47.85). Her 300-meter time ranks her No. 1 in the TRL.

Other winners for Oregon City girls included: junior Becca Houk in the 100 (12.94), sophomore Miranda Nelson in the 3,000 (11:05.73) and freshman Taylor Shaw in the high jump (4-8).

Lakeridge junior Nicole Kangas and Oregon City junior Alisa McEniry both cleared 9-9 in the pole vault, which is the best mark in the TRL this season.

Lakeridge senior Kelly O’Neill turned in an impressive double, winning the 800 in 2:16.80, and setting the pace in the 1,500, at 4:44.65.

Heinsoo is big

in the hurdles

Oregon City guys had their share of good marks at the Oregon Relays, held Friday and Saturday at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field.

Oregon City senior Brady Heinsoo had a huge meet, turning in lifetime bests of 15.60 in the high hurdles and 41.81 in the intermediate hurdles. The marks rank Heinsoo 12th and 17th in the state respectively in the two events.

Oregon City senior Ryan Cox ran a lifetime best of 22.60 in the 200, ranking him in the top eight in the state along with classmate Justin Cornejo, who has a season’s best of 22.54.

Oregon City junior Al Lacey continued to improve in the 1,500, where he was clocked in a personal best of 4:17.28. Oregon City freshman James Swyter knocked 15 seconds off his personal best for the 3,000 meters, completing the race in 9:50.63.

Beau Brosseau and Josh Miller continued tough in the throws. Brosseau placed fifth in the discus (147-7-1/4), and Miller was not far back, with a lifetime best toss of 135-10-1/4.

Miller also earned seventh in the hammer throw with an effort of 133-5, a lifetime best by nearly 25 feet.

Oregon City’s sprint medley team (200-200-400-800) of Mitch Thompson, Cox, Cornejo and Chris Durant earned fourth place (3:39.56).