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Pioneers eye a 4th straight dual title

Also: Oregon City guys are tough at Jesuits relay meet


Oregon City High School thinclads closed in on the 2013 boys track and field dual-meet title, breezing to a 101-44 victory over cross-river rival West Linn in a May 1 Three Rivers League dual mismatch at West Linn.

Winning first place in 12 of the 15 individual events, the Pioneers were especially dominant in the three short sprint races, where they outscored their hosts 27-0.

Senior Ryan Cox (11.28) and sophomores Coy Vandehey (11.46) and Cameron Davis (11.67) went one-two-three in the 100-meter dash.

Cox (23.35), Vandehey (23.68) and Davis (24.37) swept the 200.

And seniors Justin Cornejo (51.92) and Mitch Thompson (52.14) and junior Alex Canchola (54.84) went one-two-three in the 400.

Two other Oregon City athletes were double winners. Oregon City senior Brady Heinsoo put on a clinic for West Linn sophomore Tristan Stallcup in the hurdles, winning the high hurdles in 15.65, and the intermediates in 42.03.

Oregon City junior Kyle Anderson had the best marks of the afternoon in the long jump (20-0-1/2) and pole vault (12-0). It was Anderson’s first time this season over the bar at 12 feet.

Oregon City junior Al Lacey won the 1,500 meters in 4:17.93, crossing the finish line nearly three seconds in front of West Linn senior Connor Cushman (4:20.67).

Oregon City junior Josh Miller (47-11) was the class of the field in the shot put, and Oregon City senior Beau Brosseau (142-11) had no competition in the discus.

Oregon City sophomore Austin DeWitz was the only athlete over the bar at 5-10 in the high jump.

Oregon City senior Daniel Slack (41-3) had the best mark of the afternoon in the triple jump.

The win put Oregon City boys at 4-0 on the TRL dual season heading into this week’s final league dual competition of the season, scheduled on Tuesday (May 7) with Canby (1-3) and Lake Oswego (4-0), at Canby.

“We’re going to load up and go after it,” said Oregon City coach Adam Thygeson. “The seniors have never lost a league dual meet in their four years, and they want it really bad.”

Oregon City’s girls track and field team continued on track at West Linn, winning 12 individual events and placing at least two athletes in all but two individual events en route to a 100-45 runaway win.

Oregon City junior speedsters Becca Houk and Karrin Shriner were especially impressive, going one-two respectively in the 100 (12.53 and 12.93) and 200 (25.66 and 26.12).

Houk’s time in the 100 ranks her second in the TRL and sixth in the state, and her time in the 200 ranks her first in the TRL and in the top five in the state in that event. Both of her marks were lifetime bests.

Shriner’s mark in the 200 was a lifetime best and it ranks her No. 3 in the TRL and in the top nine in the state in that event.

The Pioneers scored big in the throws and jumps.

Oregon City sophomore Jenny Holbrook (33-2-1/2), senior Breanne Johnston (31-9) and sophomore Meaghan Preston (28-1-1/2) went one-two-three in the shot put.

Johnston (84-5), Holbrook (80-3) and freshman Hailey Stockwell (70-5) swept the discus.

Oregon City senior Nicole Simons (104-1) and sophomore Chelsea Bone (100-9) placed second and third in the javelin.

Holbrook’s mark in the shot put was a lifetime PR and it ranks her third in the TRL.

Oregon City sophomore Karli Kolsut (15-9) and Pioneer freshman Jenna Holland (14-8-1/2) went one-two in the long jump; freshman Taylor Shaw (4-10) and junior Alisa McEniry (4-10) went one-two respectively in the high jump; and Holland (32-2) and classmate Zoe Griffith (29-4-1/2) placed first and third in the triple jump.

McEniry also cleared 8-6 for a win in the pole vault, giving the Pioneers a clean sweep of the field events.

The Pioneers also held their own in the hurdles and in the distance races.

Oregon City senior Katie Kohler set the pace in both the high hurdles (17.49) and low hurdles (48.24). Senior Emily Leonetti (17.52) earned runner-up honors in the high hurdles, while sophomores Sydney Cox (52.88) and Mollie Thurber (52.91) went two-three in the low hurdles.

Oregon City senior Rachel Crawford and Pioneer sophomore Miranda Nelson got it done in the distances. Crawford (5:11.29) won the 1,500 and placed second in the 3,000 (11:38.00); Nelson set the pace in the 3,000 (11:12.71) and finished second to Crawford in the 1,500 (5:15.27).

The win put the Pioneers at 3-1 in league dual meets heading into this week’s meet with Lake Oswego (2-2) and Canby (1-3).

OC guys third

at Jesuit Twilight

Oregon City boys more than held their own at Friday’s Jesuit Twilight Relays, scoring 48 points and placing third — behind Jesuit (108) and Sheldon (59-1/2) — in the 29-team field.

The Pioneers had only one champion. Pioneer senior Ryan Cox won the boys open 100-meter dash in 11:07. Oregon City senior Justin Cornejo placed fifth, with an 11.10 clocking, in the boys elite 100.

Cox’s time was a lifetime PR, bettering his previous best time of 11.20, which he ran at last year’s district meet.

The Pioneers also got a strong performance from sophomore sprinter Coy Vandehey, who ran the 100 in 11.35, a time that ranks him second all-time at Oregon City for sophomore sprinters.

Oregon City senior Brady Heinsoo turned a few heads in the high hurdles, where he placed sixth with a 15.43 clocking. The time ranks Heinsoo ninth all-time at Oregon City.

Oregon City had some relay teams come through with impressive performances.

The Pioneer boys 4x100-meter relay team of Cox, Mitch Thompson, Vandehey and Cornejo finished a close second to Sheldon (42.29), completing the race in a school-record time of 42.57. The old mark of 42.64 was set last year by Sam Hoult, Trevor Dye, Cox and Cornejo, on a relay team that placed third at state.

Cornejo made up most of a 10-meter deficit and nearly gained the Pioneers a win in the boys 4x200-meter relay. The team of Thompson, Cox, Cameron Davis and Cornejo was clocked at 1:29.97, just two tenths of a second slower than the Lincoln team that won the race.

Oregon City’s boys 4x400-meter relay team of Thompson, Alex Canchola, Cox and Cornejo came through with a nine-second season PR of 3:26.75 to place in the top 10 in that event.

Oregon City senior Beau Brosseau placed third in the discus (150-6), Oregon City senior Daniel Slack placed fifth in the triple jump (41-9) and Oregon City junior Easton Christensen placed fifth in the javelin (172-8).

“They wanted a trophy and we got third, so the boys were happy with that,” Thygeson said.

Oregon City girls scored 20 points and placed 12th out of 30 teams. Camas edged Jesuit, 73-1/2 to 70-2/3, for the girls team title.

Oregon City girls were led by Houk (12.53) and Shriner (12.68), who placed third and fourth respectively in the girls 100.



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