The Pioneers are 24-0 in the TRL over the last four seasons

by: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon City senior Justin Cornejo set school senior class records in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in last weeks meet at Canby.Oregon City High School thinclads were riding high following last week’s Three Rivers League track and field meet at Canby.

With decisive wins over Lake Oswego (85-60) and the host Canby Cougars (87-58), Oregon City boys finished the TRL dual season with a perfect 6-0 record against league opponents. It’s the fourth straight season that they’ve gone undefeated in league dual meets.

“[Going undefeated in dual meets all four years] was pretty big for us,” said Oregon City senior co-captain Daniel Slack. “It shows we have an awesome class. Not losing a meet in all four years, that’s pretty incredible. We had great senior classes before us that started the tradition and we’ve got strong underclassmen behind us who have the talent to keep it going.”

“For me, it shows everyone else in our league how strong our team is,” said Oregon City senior co-captain Chris Durant. “There are a lot of good teams in our league, but we’ve got talent across the board. Sprinters, throwers and distance runners like myself, we all contribute....

“I think we can win district again, because we can score in just about every event.”

“The kids have bought into carrying on the tradition that the seniors set last year,” said Oregon City coach Adam Thygeson. “They’ve worked their tails off and accomplished their first of three team goals. District is next....”

Thygeson noted that Oregon City boys have won the last three TRL district team titles. The Pioneers host district this Thursday and Friday.

Depth in talent in the field events proved pivotal in last week’s meet. The Pioneers outscored Lake Oswego 54-9 in the field events. The 85-60 Oregon City dual win was the Laker boys’ only loss in TRL dual meets this season.

Seniors Daniel Slack and Beau Brosseau led the way. Slack headed the field in the long jump (21-2) and triple jump (43-8-1/2). Brosseau had the top marks of the afternoon in both the shot put (50-10) and discus (146-10).

Slack’s winning mark in the triple jump was a season PR and the mark ranked him sixth in the state in Class 6A.

Oregon City junior Josh Miller was in top form in the discus, where he placed second to Brosseau, with a career-best throw of 142-6. The mark ranks Miller 10th in the state in Class 6A competition this spring.

The Pioneers swept the Lakers in the boys triple jump, javelin and pole vault.

Oregon City junior Kyle Anderson (39-11) and Pioneer sophomore Austin DeWitz (39-10) placed second and third in the triple jump, just beating out Lake Oswego junior Charlie Callen (39-6).

Oregon City juniors Eaton Christensen (154-5), Jacob Cardwell (151-11) and Alex Canchola (138-1) swept the Lakers in the javelin; and Anderson (12-6), K.C. Lopez (12-6) and Brady Heinsoo (11-6) were the top three placers in the pole vault, Anderson and Lopez both with lifetime best marks.

Oregon City senior Mitch Thompson and Pioneer junior Al Lacey were tough on the track, with Thompson (52.26) getting the best of Lake Oswego’s Rocky Martin (52.79) in the 400-meter dash, and Lacey setting the pace in the 3,000 (9:34.90).

Two of the state’s top sprinters went head to head in the short sprint races, with Canby sophomore Devon Fortier beating Oregon City senior Justin Cornejo in a photo finish in the 100, 11.02 to 11.03; and 22.14 to 22.28 in the 200. Lake Oswego’s top sprinter, David Soo, finished third overall in both the 100 (11.27) and 200 (22.88).

Cornejo set new school senior class records with his times, beating the mark he shared with classmate Ryan Cox (11.07) in the 100, and a three-decade-old mark in the 200 (Tim Nickel, 1984, 22.34).

Durant recorded a lifetime best of 4:18.50 to finish a close second to Lake Oswego senior Phillip Kearns (4:18.00) in the 1,500.

Oregon City girls also took care of business in last week’s league meet, defeating Canby 87-58 and Lake Oswego 85-60; and running their league dual record to 5-1. Their only loss was in an April 17 meet at Lakeridge (6-0).

Oregon City girls were tough on the track in last week’s meet, where they had overall winners in the 100, 200, 800, 1,500 and 3,000.

Senior Rachel Crawford did herself proud, setting the pace in both the 800 (2:25.80) and 1,500 (5:02.40). Crawford edged Lake Oswego freshman standout Samarra Watson (2:26.50) in the 800 and Lake Oswego senior Shea Vallaire (5:03.30) in the 1,500. Crawford had season PR’s in both events.

Oregon City sophomore Miranda Nelson outclassed the field in the 3,000, winning by 35 seconds with a time of 11:13.10.

Oregon City juniors Becca Houk and Karrin Shriner continued tough in the sprints, with Houk (12.96) leading a one-two finish in the 100, and Shriner (26.33) heading up a one-two finish in the 200.

The Pioneers also had an overall winner in the girls shot put, where sophomore Jenny Holbrook launched the iron ball 32-9-1/2.

Oregon City freshman Taylor Shaw turned a few heads in the high jump, clearing 5-1 for the first time in competition to finish second to Lake Oswego senior Erika Treske (5-2). Shaw and Treske are the only girls in the TRL to have cleared 5-1 this season.

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