Oregon City seniors finish their high school careers unbeaten in the Three Rivers League
OREGON CITY Oregon City High School thinclads did themselves proud at last weeks Three Rivers League District Track and Field Championships.
Oregon City boys claimed their fourth straight district team title and they did it in championship fashion, outscoring the runner-up team from Clackamas 164-1/2 to 100.
Oregon City girls gave perennial TRL power Lakeridge a run for its money, coming within 13 points of the Pacers in finishing second, 148-1/2 to 135-1/2. It was the fifth straight district team title for Lakeridge girls.
These seniors have pulled it off, said Oregon City boys track and field coach Adam Thygeson. Theyve done something thats pretty amazing. Theyve gone undefeated [in the Three Rivers League] during their high school careers undefeated in dual meets four years, and now four straight district meet championships. Its the first time that Oregon City has won four district meets in a row. Im very proud of these seniors, and they should be very proud as well.
I think its awesome! said Oregon City senior Beau Brosseau. Im happy that Ive had a chance to contribute and be a part of it....
I think [the underclassmen] have a very, very good chance of keeping the streak going....
The girls had a fantastic day...., said Oregon City girls coach Kristin Mull. We were counting on them having quality performances and we got quality performances all through the meet. Thirteen points is the closest weve come to Lakeridge in a long, long time. Im very proud of the girls.
Brosseau, who has been battling a hand injury for the past month, was a top point-getter for Oregon City boys, earning district titles in the shot put (54-0), discus (144-2) and javelin (202-0).
His mark in the javelin was a personal record and it moves him up to No. 3 behind Mike Hieb (211-2 in 1988) and Josh Carlson (205-0 in 2000) on Oregon City High Schools all-time list.
Im very, very grateful being able to throw the javelin this year, Brosseau said. I couldnt last year, because of an injury. The discus is a new event for me this year and its a big plus. At the first of the year my goal [in the discus] was just being on the podium [at state]. Now I think I can win it.
Brosseau, the defending state champion in the shot put, heads to the state meet this year with the states best marks in the shot put (55-4) and discus (163-10), and the second-best mark in the state in the javelin.
Brosseau wasnt the only Oregon City athlete who made a lot of noise at district. Oregon City senior Justin Cornejo broke his own year-old school record in the 100-meter dash (10.80) in finishing second to Canby standout Devon Fortier (10.75); and Cornejo broke his own school senior-class record in finishing runner-up to Fortier in the 200-meter dash (22.01 to 22.07).
Fortier and Cornejos times rank them first and second in the state in the 100 and third and fourth in the state in the 200.
Cornejo also helped pace Oregon Citys 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay teams to third place. The 4x100 relay teams time (43.07) was good enough to earn a wild-card berth at state.
Cornejo says he believes he will have more in the tank for the upcoming state meet.
Honestly, Im surprised at how I did [at district], Cornejo said. Ive been sick this week and right now Im feeling a little sick. With not feeling so good and with the weather the way it is, Im pretty happy with how Ive done....
Im looking forward to next week, when the weather will be better and when Ill get to run against the top competition in the state. Its my senior year and Im going to leave it all on the track.
Oregon City senior Ryan Cox also had a great district meet, placing third in the 100 in a career-best time of 11.07, third in the 200 in a near PR of 22.37, and contributing to the high placings in both relays.
Coxs time in the 100 met the state-meet qualifying standard and his time in the 200 was good enough to earn a wild-card berth at state in that event.
Im happy that my best friend, Ryan Cox, is going to be down at state with me, Cornejo said.
Brosseau, Cornejo, Cox and the relay teams wont be the only Oregon City male athletes at state. Oregon City boys advanced athletes to state in 10 events.
Oregon City senior Mitch Thompson earned a berth with a runner-up finish in the 400-meter dash (50.75) and hell be competing in the relays, along with junior Alex Canchola and sophomore Coy Vandehey.
Oregon City senior Daniel Slack earned a trip to state by placing first at district in the triple jump, where he came through with a seasons best mark of 43-9.
Oregon City will also be represented in the high jump and in the pole vault. Junior Kyle Anderson and sophomore Austin DeWitz have earned wild-card berths through their marks at district. Anderson cleared 13-0 for third place in the pole vault and DeWitz cleared 6-1 for third place in the high jump.
Oregon City senior Chris Durant fell just short of making state in the 800-meter run, completing the race in a lifetime best time of 1:59.24, but finishing back of Grant senior Aidan Paulk (1:58.94) and Lakeridge senior Colton Ansberry (1:59.19).
A year ago Oregon City boys placed second at state, earning their first team trophy in track and field in school history. Coach Thygeson says he believes his Pioneers have a good chance of bringing home team hardware again this year.
I think we have a chance of winning it, Thygeson said. Jesuit has a lot of depth and theyre the favorite. Sheldon will be tough as well.... But I think we can be in the mix.
The state championships run Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.
Oregon City girls
second at district
Depth in talent was pivotal for Oregon City girls at last weeks district meet.
Oregon City coeds had only two athletes win district titles, but they had athletes earn place points in every event.
Junior sprinters Karrin Shriner and Becca Houk were individual standouts for the Pioneers.
Shriner (25.52) and Houk (25.67) went one-two in the 200-meter dash. Houk won the 100 in a personal best of 12.52, and Shriner was a close second, in 12.62.
Shriners time in the 200 broke one of the oldest school records in the books. The old mark was 25.74, set by Karen Alcorn in 1986.
Its been a dream for me [to make state], Shriner said. I feel so happy. My goals have been achieved....
Shriner added, Now Ive got new goals. I want to make the finals, get a PR, and have a state medal around my neck.
Its been my lifetime goal [to make state], Houk said. Im stoked.... And its real cool to have Karrin going with me. Well be like a two-girl sprint team down there.
Houk said her goals at state are to PR, make the final-round, and have fun.
Oregon City girls also had state qualifiers in the javelin, shot put and high jump.
Oregon City senior Nicole Simons launched the javelin 113-8 to finish second in that event; Oregon City sophomore Jenny Holbrook launched the shot put 32-2-1/4 for second place; and Oregon City freshman Taylor Shaw cleared 5-0 for runner-up honors in the high jump.
Im very happy for [making state], it being my first year out for track, said Holbrook.
Holbrook said of her goals, I want to get past 35 feet and try to place.... Im going to keep training for next year, so I can keep getting better. I want to get a scholarship from academics and from track.
Holbrook noted that she sports a 4.0 GPA.
Oregon City girls were especially tough at district in the javelin, shot put and pole vault, with three athletes placing in all three events.
Sophomores Chelsea Bone (113-4) and Meaghan Preston (104-6) placed third and sixth respectively in the javelin; senior Breanne Johnston (30-2-3/4) and Preston (28-11) placed fifth and sixth respectively in the shot put; and junior Alisa McEniry (9-4, third place), sophomore Mollie Thurber (8-0) and junior Veronica Laughlin (8-0) placed in the pole vault.
Freshman Jenna Holland came close to making state in the triple jump, where she soared a personal best of 34-9, finishing third by just 1-1/2 inches.
And Oregon City sophomore Miranda Nelson was tough in the distances, placing third in the 3,000 (10:46.20) and fifth in the 1,500 (4:59.18). Both marks were personal records.