The long relay, DeLaRosa and Norman prove the difference

It came down to the 4x400-meter relay and the triple jump, but Milwaukie girls stepped it up at crunch time and defeated St. Helens 79-65 in a Northwest Oregon Conference girls track and field meet held at Milwaukie on April 30.

Milwaukie girls beat their Lion counterparts in 10 of the 17 events contested, but the Lions kept in the meet with their depth.

“The triple jump was still going when we ran the relay, and I told the girls the meet was on the line [just before the start of the relay],” said Milwaukie girls coach Barrie Malcolm. “I told them they needed to win, and they came through. They led the whole race.”

Getting the job done in the relay were Becky Ponnay, Megan Miettinen, Marisa Witting and Tieara Norman. They won going away, 4:30.68 to 4:35.76.

Milwaukie senior Darienne DeLaRosa also got it done in the triple jump, leaping 27-9 to beat out St. Helens’ Angela Wilson by 2-1/2 inches for second place.

Norman had a great day all around, outclassing the field to win handily in the high hurdles (15.72), low hurdles (48.78) and long jump (16-11).

Jumping into a strong head wind, Norman beat St. Helens senior standout Kylie Reinholdt by a foot to win in the long jump.

“It was the best match-up of the meet,” said Malcolm. “Reinholdt is Tieara’s biggest competition in league. She’s jumped over 17 feet.”

Through competition last weekend, Norman was the Class 5A state leader in the high hurdles (15.35), second in Class 5A in the long jump (17-6-1/2), and she had the fourth-best mark in 5A in the low hurdles (47.41).

Junior Annette Sansburn was a double winner for Milwaukie girls in last week’s meet with the Lions, turning in the best marks of the day in the girls shot put (35-3-1/2) and discus (86-10). Her mark in the shot put was a personal record by a foot and it ranks her fourth in the NWOC.

Other winners for Milwaukie girls in the competition with St. Helens included Miettinen in the 100 (13.00) and 200 (27.89), senior Becky Ponnay in the 400 (1:04.30), junior Adalys Diaz in the pole vault (6-6), sophomore Samantha Persad in the javelin (98-1), and the Mustang girls 4x400-meter relay team (4:30.68).

Miettinen’s winning time in the 100 was a lifetime PR and the mark ranks her fourth in the NWOC in that event.

With the win, Milwaukie girls improved to 3-2 in league duals heading into today’s home meet with NWOC leader Wilsonville (5-0) and with winless teams from Putnam (0-5) and Parkrose (0-5).

Norman and Milwaukie freshman Shelby Jarvis had a good day last Friday, when they traveled to Gresham to compete in the 13-team Dean Nice Invitational.

Norman went toe-to-toe with Clackamas standout Alli Dickey in the high hurdles and edged the Cavalier junior 15.35 to 15.56.

“They were neck-and-neck until the Clackamas girl nicked the eighth hurdle,” said Malcolm.

Norman also leaped 16-9 and placed fourth in the long jump.

Jarvis made some noise in the pole vault, clearing 8-6 and tying for seventh place in the event. The mark ranks the Mustang rookie in the top 10 on Milwaukie’s list of all-time best female pole vaulters.

A rough start for

Milwaukie boys

Milwaukie boys had winners in only six of the 17 events, and they lost to St. Helens 81-64.

The Mustangs got off to a rough start, losing the 4x100-meter relay by just one hundredth of a second, 46.16 to 46.17.

“It was real disappointing,” said Milwaukie boys coach Chuck Nott. “We had a six or seven meter lead, but had a bad handoff on the final exchange.... Still, we’re excited about our chances in the relay at district, because we’ve finally got our four fastest guys together. Right now we’re the worst in the NWOC [in the relay] in terms of time, but I think we’re going to surprise some people.”

Dante Meade had a good day for Milwaukie, with winning marks in the 100 (11.40), long jump (20-4-3/4) and triple jump (42-5-3/4). His effort in the 100 was a personal record and it ranks him third in the NWOC.

Dante’s younger brother Devin Meade also had a good day, finishing runner-up in both the long and triple jumps.

“Their marks weren’t great, because they were jumping into a headwind,” said Nott. “But they had good competitive efforts.”

Nott said he was also pleased with the performances of Dante Meade, freshman Shawn King and sophomore River Meyer in the sprints.

King (11.75) finished not far back of Dante in the 100 and Meyer (56.46) won the 400-meter dash for the first time this season.

“It’s good to have Dante and Shawn King back from injuries,” Nott said.

Milwaukie boys also had winners in the high jump, where senior Jordan Stromvig cleared 6-2; and in the 800-meter dash, where senior Chris Spanovich turned in a 2:07.64 clocking, to win by just over a second.

With the loss, Milwaukie boys slipped to 1-4 in league duals.

Dante and Devin Meade had a good day on Friday, turning in some top marks at the Dean Nice Invitational.

Meade brothers

excel at Gresham

Dante placed second in the long jump with a leap of 22-1-1/4, a lifetime best by six inches. The mark puts him No. 4 in the state and it moves him up to No. 5 on Milwaukie’s list of all-time best long jumpers.

Devin (43-2) won the triple jump with a personal best effort of 43-2 and Dante finished runner-up in the event, with an effort of 42-6. Dante (44-9-3/4) and Devin (43-2) ranked first and second respectively in the NWOC in the triple jump this spring.

Portland Waldorf School had a few athletes take part in last week’s meet with Milwaukie and St. Helens, and the Wolfpack had overall winners in three events.

Portland Waldorf freshman Alijana Fisher (27.59) set the pace in the girls 200-meter dash, juniors Elizabeth Taylor (5:37.43) and Alma Baker (5:37.45) went one-two in the girls 1,500, and freshman Izaak King (4:34.80) tied St. Helens senior Bryan Strang for first place in the boys 1,500.

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