The Oregon City senior wins state in two events with school-record performances

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Oregon City senior Becca Houk (left) gets an embrace from classmate Karrin Shriner as they celebrate Houks state championship in the 200-meter dash.Oregon City senior Becca Houk closed out her high school track and field career in championship style, wining the girls 100-meter dash (12.04) and 200-meter dash (24.74), and helping pace Oregon City's 4x100-meter relay team to a 48.83 clocking and seventh place.

Houk broke her own week-old school records with her winning times in both the 100 and 200, bettering her mark in the 100 by eight hundredths of a second, and improving her record for the 200 by 0.17.

She defeated Hillsboro junior Anna Dean (12.08) by a nose for top honors in the 100 and she topped Sunset senior Taylor Coon (24.80) in a super close race in the 200.

by: JOHN LARIVIERE - Oregon City senior Becca Houk (center) lunges for the finish line to beat Hillsboro junior Anna Dean and Sunset senior Taylor Coon by a nose for a state championship in the 100-meter dash.Senior Karrin Shriner and freshmen N'Dea Flye and Maddy Griffith teamed up with Houk to get the job done in the relay.

Shriner and Flye were also tough in the individual races.

Shriner earned fifth place in both the 100 (12.24) and 200 (25.44); Flye placed eighth in the 400 (1:00.02).

The Oregon City Pioneers also did themselves proud in the Class 6A Boys State Meet, with six athletes placing and scoring points.

Oregon City juniors Kyle Anderson cleared 14-0 and finished second only to Clackamas senior Connor McLean (15-0) in the pole vault, and Oregon City senior Easton Christensen (189-2) earned second place in the javelin (189-2).

Oregon City senior Alex Canchola scored in two events, earning fifth place in the javelin (176-5) and fifth place in the long jump (20-9-3/4).

Oregon City junior Austin DeWitz cleared 6-4 and placed fifth in the high jump; Oregon City senior Josh Miller launched the discus 142-2, good for seventh place; and Oregon City freshman Jake Harthun made the finals and placed eighth in the 400-meter dash (51.12).

Oregon City boys scored 31 points and nearly won a trophy, placing sixth.

The top five boys teams were: Jesuit (97), Sheldon (55-1/2), Grants Pass (35), Canby (33) and Grant (33).

Oregon City girls also scored 31 points and placed ninth in the girls field.

The top girls teams were: Central Catholic (54), Grant (53), Jesuit (44), Barlow (41), Lakeridge (36) and Sunset (36).

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