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Also, Oregon City girls tie Lakeridge and Clackamas for first place in Three Rivers League duals

Oregon City thinclads closed out their Three Rivers League dual seasons strong, defeating Canby and Lake Oswego in a May 7 tri-dual meet in Oregon City.

Oregon City boys wrapped up their fifth straight undefeated league dual season, going 6-0, with decisive wins over the Cougars (91-54) and the Lakers (107-38).

Oregon City girls finished 5-1 in league duals, defeating Canby 98-47 and Lake Oswego 88-57, and tying Lakeridge (5-1) and Clackamas (5-1) for first place in the TRL girls dual standings.

It was the 31st and 32nd consecutive TRL dual wins for Oregon City boys, whose last league dual loss was to Clackamas (75-70) on April 22, 2009.

“Our seniors were very, very happy to finish off undefeated [league dual] careers,” said Oregon City boys coach Adam Thygeson. “They were extremely happy and excited to achieve that first goal.... Their next [goal] is five straight district championships. It’ll probably come down to our overall depth verses Canby’s elite athletes. It’ll be closer than it’s been the last couple of years, but I think we can pull it out. It’s going to be a fun meet.”

Canby hosts this year’s TRL district dual meet, today and Friday.

Oregon City boys were clearly the better team in last week’s meet with the Cougars and Lakers. They turned in the top marks of the day in 10 of the 17 events and they posted the two best marks in no fewer than five events.

The Pioneers were especially tough in the distance races, where sophomore James Swyter (10:00.67) led a sweep of the first three places in the 3,000, and senior Al Lacey led a one-two finish in the 800 (2:03.28) and 1,500 (4:14.19). Swyter’s time was a PR, and Lacey was near his PR’s in both of his races.

Oregon City sophomore Ethan Dodson had a big race in the 3,000, placing second to Lacey in a 20-second lifetime best of 10:01.20.

The Pioneers were also tough in the jumps. Junior Austin DeWitz cleared 6-2 to head up a sweep of the top three places in the boys high jump; senior Alex Canchola (20-6-1/2) led a one-two finish in the long jump; and DeWitz (40-7-1/4) led a one-three finish in the triple jump.

Oregon City boys won every field event except the shot put. Senior Josh Miller launched the discus 144-8 for victory in that event, and Oregon City senior Easton Christensen won the javelin with an impressive throw of 182-1.

Oregon City boys also got the job done in the 4x400-meter relay, where they were clocked at 3:29.65.

The meet featured two of the state’s top sprinters in Canby juniors Devon Fortier and Noah Walker. Fortier won the 100 (10.90), 200 (22.14) and 400 (49.95), and Walker finished runner-up in the 100 (11.22) and 200 (22.14).

But Oregon City freshman Jake Harthun also made some waves in the sprints, placing second in the 400 with a 50.65 clocking, and fourth in the 200, at 22.89.

Harthun’s time in the 200 shattered a freshman class record set by Josh Gill, at 23.24, in 2001.

Harthun also broke his own freshman class record with his second-place time of 50.65 in the 400 meters.

“There’s no shame in finishing second to one of the top sprinters in the state as a freshman,” said Thygeson. “Jake is only a hundredth of a second off making our all-time top 10 [for all classes in the 400]. It wouldn’t surprise me if he made the top 10 come district.”

Oregon City girls ruled in the sprints. Seniors Karrin Shriner (12.48 and 25.75) and Becca Houk (12.68 and 25.77) went one-two respectively in the 100-meter dash; freshmen N’Dea Dye (1:00.19) and Maddy Griffith (1:01.42) went one-two on the 400.

Shriner and Houk also helped pace Oregon City’s 4x100-meter relay team to a season’s best time of 49.45, second only to Grant in the TRL this spring.

Oregon City girls were also impressive in the throwing events, with sophomore Taylor Shaw (32-2) winning the shot put, junior Jenny Holbrook (95-4) the overall winner in the discus, and junior Chelsea Bone (108-0) and Shaw (107-1) going two-three in the javelin.

Shaw also cleared 5-0 for an easy win in the high jump.

Junior Miranda Nelson had a big day in the distances, winning the 3,000 in 11:13.29, and the 1,500 in 4:55.91.

And Oregon City girls closed out the meet with a winning effort of 4:04.87 in the 4x400-meter relay, a time that ranks them among the best in the state in that event this season.

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