Milwaukie improves to 3-1 in boys track and field

After a disappointing showing in a meet with Sandy (a 79-66 loss) a week earlier, Milwaukie High thinclads were all business in last week’s boys dual track and field meet with Liberty, and the Mustangs prevailed 80-65.

“The kids competed really well, which they didn’t do at Sandy,” said Milwaukie boys coach Chuck Nott. “I was really pleased.”

Nott said that on paper, he had his Mustangs projected to lose the meet by nine points, 77-68.

Injury kept Phillip Opager, the Falcons’ top jumper, out of the meet. But Nott says his Mustangs would have prevailed, even if Opager had been able to compete.

The Mustangs were dominant in the jumps, earning sweeps of the long jump and triple jump, and going one-two in the high jump.

Milwaukie junior Dante Meade had a big day, heading up the sweeps of the long jump and triple jump with marks of 20-3-3/4 and 42-1.

Milwaukie senior Kendrick Bourne, competing in the event for only the second time, leaped a personal best 41-11 to earn runner-up honors in the triple jump.

Bourne also won the high hurdles in 15.77, finishing just ahead of Liberty’s Nick Bonat (15.89). And he finished second, with a 45.15 clocking in the intermediate hurdles, breaking up an anticipated one-two Falcon finish in that event.

Milwaukie senior Trevontae Anderson cleared 5-8 for first place in the high jump.

Milwaukie sophomore Griffin Johnson and Mustang junior Jordan Stromvig both cleared 11-0 for a one-two finish in the pole vault.

Milwaukie senior Jake Leary, as expected, won easily in the shot put (46-10) and in the discus (143-0).

And Milwaukie senior Richard Ramsey picked up big points in the sprints, winning the 100 in 11.26 and the 200 in 23.11.

“Richard’s been struggling, so it was good to see him get back on track,” Nott said.

And the Mustang cinder boss said that Milwaukie picked up unexpected points in the 400, 800 and 1,500, where Sergio Zurita (56.16), Mitchell Ponnay (2:11.07) and Chris Spanovich (4:35.91) contributed to the winning tally.

The dual win put Milwaukie boys at 3-1 in Northwest Oregon Conference dual meets heading into this afternoon’s home meet with Parkrose (0-4). Liberty, which dropped a 73-72 heartbreaker to Wilsonville (4-0) on April 17, slipped to 2-2 in NWOC dual meets with the loss to Milwaukie. The Falcons host Sandy (3-1) this afternoon.

It was a long day for Milwaukie’s girls track and field team on April 24, as they fell to Liberty 89-43.

Liberty girls won both relays and all but four of the individual events.

Junior Elizabeth Pecsok scored big for the Falcons, winning the shot put (33-11), high jump (5-0), triple jump (33-8-3/4) and high hurdles (16.09).

The dual win left the Falcon girls (4-0) and Sherwood (4-0) the only remaining unbeaten NWOC girls teams.

Despite the dual loss, the Mustangs were not without some strong performances.

“We had 24 PR’s,” said Milwaukie girls coach Barrie Malcolm. “I feel pretty good about that.”

Malcolm singled out juniors Becky Ponnay and Kayler Hammond-Stief, and senior Alexis Noren for especially strong performances.

Ponnay was tough on the track, winning the 400 in 1:03.94 and the 800 in 2:37.67.

Hammond-Stief came through with at lifetime best of 114-9 to win the girls discus; and she finished second in the shot put, with a lifetime best of 32-10.

Noren scored big, winning the long jump (15-9-1/2), and earning second-place points in the triple jump (33-0) and in the high jump (4-10).

Milwaukie girls slipped to 1-3 on the NWOC dual season with the loss.

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