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Settle and Johnson win races in girls meet


Genna Settle breaks the 26-second barrier in the 200-meter dash

by: ESTACADA NEWS: PARKER LEE - Genna Settle hits the finish line first by a wide margin in the 200-meter race Thursday. The Estacada track and field team held its own as it hosted La Salle and Gladstone on Wednesday. The Rangers did not win the meet, but it did earn some high finishes in several events.

Estacada seniors Jonathan Jury and Brian Roberts carried the Rangers in the boys’ sprints and prevented La Salle from sweeping the individual races. Jury won the 100 meter with a time of 12.37 to edge Roberts (12.61). In the 200 meter, Jury and Roberts finished second and third, respectively. Jury took second in the triple jump (35 feet, seven inches) behind teammate Gary Zheol (35-10).

In the 300-meter hurdles, Estacada’s Micah Jury beat out La Salle’s Scott Miller by one second (42.17).

Junior Justin Rich joined Zheol as a winner in the field events. Rich owned the shot put pit with his toss of 48 feet, four inches. That was the fourth-best shot put distance in 4A this season and no other thrower came within 10 feet of Rich’s mark on Thursday.

Rich’s throw of 156 feet, two inches in the discus was the third-farthest 4A throw to date and smoked everybody in Thursday’s field by almost 50 feet.

The Estacada girls experienced some struggles in the face of top-tier talent, but two girls stole wins on the track. Genna Settle won with ease in the 200 and became just the third girl in 4A to crack the 26-second mark (25.81) this year. In the 300 meter, Mariah Johnson steadily pulled away from the pack and crossed the finish line 15 seconds ahead of her fellow runners (11:18.88).

The most exciting battle on the track was between Estacada’s Tori Johnson and La Salle’s Talya Holenstein. Both started well and separated themselves from the others. As they came around the final curve, Johnson and Holenstein were dead-even and they sprinted side-by-side for most of the last straightaway. In the final 20 meters, Holenstein gained a step on Johnson to win in a photo-finish.

Johnson also finished second in the 100 and fourth in the long jump.