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Mustangs tame the Broncs

Milwaukie boys and girls win handily


by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Milwaukie senior Kendrick Bourne (right) heads for first place in the high hurdles in last weeks 95-49 dual win over Parkrose.Milwaukie High thinclads last week breezed by the short-in-numbers Parkrose Broncos, with the boys winning 95-49, and Milwaukie girls winning 111-21.

With their win, Milwaukie boys improved to 4-1, and they remained in the hunt for a share of the Northwest Oregon Conference dual-meet title. It was the second league win of the season for Milwaukie girls (2-3).

Milwaukie boys were to meet Wilsonville (5-0) and Putnam (0-5) this afternoon at Wilsonville, with a share of the NWOC dual-meet championship on the line.

“[Wilsonville is] extremely talented,” said Milwaukie coach Chuck Nott. “They have some of the best kids in the state. We’re definitely underdogs. But if we can neutralize their points in the sprints and score some points in the distances, I do think that we have a chance.”

Commenting on last week’s meet with Parkrose, Nott said, “Parkrose is struggling with numbers, so it was like an inter-squad meet for us, which is not conducive to great marks. They only have 15 to 20 boys and five or six girls in their entire program.... There werea several events where they didn’t have an entry in the varsity meet.”

Nott’s Mustangs outscored their Bronco counterparts 54-9 in the seven field events, sweeping the triple jump, high jump, pole vault and javelin.

Milwaukie guys had two double winners, senior Jake Leary in the shot put (44-2) and discus (142-5); and senior Kendrick Bourne in the high hurdles (15.77) and triple jump (40-7).

“Kendrick had a pretty good meet,” Nott said. “He was close to his PR’s in the triple jump and high hurdles, he ran the 200 for the first time and placed second (24.01), and he was part of our 4x100 relay win.”

Milwaukie sophomore Griffin Johnson cleared 11-6 for the first time in competition to lead the sweep of the pole vault.

“Griffin keeps getting better and better,” Nott said. “He’s got a great, great work ethic. He’s going to become an excellent track and field athlete by the time he graduates.”

Other individual winners for Milwaukie boys included: junior Chris Spanovich in the 800 (2:11.02), senior Mitchell Ponnay in the 1,500 (4:41.36), senior Thomas Nisbett in the javelin (134-5), senior Javonte Hughes in the long jump (19-0-1/2) and senior Trevontae Anderson in the high jump (5-10).

“Javonte Hughes has been a good leader for us this year,” Nott said. “Leading vocally and by example. He had a good meet for us, winning the long jump, running right at his PR to take second in the 100, and helping lead our 4x100 relay team to victory.”

Milwaukie girls took no hostages in their dual with Parkrose, winning 14 of the 17 events and sweeping six events — the 100, 200, 400, shot put, discus and javelin.

Milwaukie coeds had four double winners: senior Cordaja Ware in the 100 (13.51) and 200 (27.73), junior Roo Cachero in the high hurdles (20.59) and low hurdles (56.10), junior Kayler Hammond-Stief in the shot put (32-4) and discus (109-3), and senior Alexis Noren in the high jump (4-10) and triple jump (33-9-1/2).

Noren’s mark in the triple jump was her best mark of the season in the event and it ranks her fifth in the NWOC.

Other Milwaukie winners in individual events included: junior Becky Ponnay in the 400 (1:02.99), senior Sasha Gonzalez in the 3,000 (10:55.11), senior April Meads in the javelin (108-8) and sophomore Odalys Diaz in the pole vault (6-0).

Ponnay’s and Gonzalez’ winning marks were both season PR’s. Gonzalez’ time in the 3,000 was just six seconds off her lifetime best and it ranks her second in the NWOC.

Meads’ winning mark in the javelin was a lifetime best.




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