The Ranger girls finish in a tie for fifth in the team standings

by: ESTACADA NEWS: DAVID BALL - Estacadas Mariah Johnson keeps her focus around the corner during her third-place finish in the 3,000-meter race at Saturdays Dick Baker Invitational. GLADSTONE — The Estacada girls track team finished fifth out of 13 teams at the Dick Baker Invitational on Saturday with junior Tori Johnson picking up the Rangers only win of the day in the 200-meter dash.

She came out of the blocks in a hurry and held off a late charge by Astoria rookie Natalie Cummings to break through the finish line in 26.35 seconds — .11 hundredths ahead of Cummings.

“I’m usually slow coming out of the blocks, but it’s something I’ve been working on a lot this year,” Johnson said. “It’s getting better, and I find when I get out faster it’s easier to keep my speed up throughout the race.”

Fellow sprinter Micah Shibley finished fourth in the 100.

Junior Mariah Johnson came away with a pair of third-place efforts in the 1,500 and 3,000 races, holding off league rival Brianna Loughridge of Molalla in the shorter race, while running alone through most of the longer event.

Maddi Thompson had the team’s best effort in the field by taking third in the javelin, while Sarah Davies managed a fifth-place effort in the high jump and Jessica Wheeler was fourth in the triple jump.

Cleveland won the girls meet with 106 points. Estacada finished with 53.

The Estacada boys managed only eight points, highlighted by junior Micah Jury with a fourth-place effort in the 300-meter hurdles.

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