Locals compete in Boston Marathon

Eleven participants with ties to western Washington County finished the 117th Boston Marathon, staged Monday on the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Boston.

Hillsboro resident Chad Muszynski led area residents with a time of 2 hours, 54 minutes, 44 seconds. Muszynski, 39, finished 1,221st overall of more than 17,500 finishers.

Other participants were Neil Powell, 42, of Hillsboro (3:17:36, 5,275th overall), Michael Allen, 40, of Hillsboro (3:17:52, 5,333rd), Grayson Penfield, 21, of Forest Grove (3:23:33, 6,692nd), Marion Minary, 28, of Hillsboro (3:38:00, 10,647th), Sylvain Chancel, 30, of Hillsboro (3:44:44, 12,543rd), Stacey Gardner, 41, of Hillsboro (3:45:29, 12,727th), Debi Cox, 56, of Hillsboro (3:55:06), 14,910th), Deorup James, 64, of Cornelius (3:56:24, 15,310th) and Elena Parker, 55, of Forest Grove (4:01:03, 16,103rd). And former Forest Grove resident Kate Phillips, 24, now living in Indianapolis, finished in 3:06:03, good for 3,009th place.

More than 23,000 participants started the race, but thousands were unable to finish after two bombs exploded near the finish line. At least three people were killed and more than 170 others were injured by the blasts.

For more about the experiences of western Washington County runners who were competing in the race, see page A1.

VanDomelen wins prestigious award

Banks senior Kaylin VanDomelen was announced last week as the winner of the 2012-13 Jerry Westerholm Scholar-Athlete Award, given annually to the top male and female student-athletes in the Cowapa League.

Named after the longtime Seaside athletic director, the Westerholm Award has been given since the early 1980s, recognizing outstanding performance on the athletic field and in the classroom. Only two Banks athletes have ever won the award — Melissa Masters last year, and Kelly Lindstrom in 2004.

VanDomelen, who has a 3.93 cumulative GPA, has been a three-sport varsity athlete for almost her entire high school career, starring on the Lady Braves’ volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She was the 2012 Cowapa League Volleyball Player of the Year and a First Team All-State selection, and she is a three-time First Team All-State softball honoree in addition to being the 2010 Class 4A State Player of the Year. In basketball, she was the Cowapa League Defensive Player of the Year for 2012-13.

“She’s pretty impressive,” said Banks athletic director Jacob Pence. “She’s a three-sport athlete ... and she’s done really well in all three, which is the ideal for the OSAA. They’re pushing participation in multiple sports and she’s kind of the poster child for that.”

VanDomelen has accepted a scholarship to play softball for the University of North Dakota, where she will enroll in the fall and major in elementary education.

March Madness winner announced

Mitchell Faris of Forest Grove has been announced as the winner of the News-Times’ 2013 March Madness basketball competition.

Faris finished with a score of 770 to best the rest of the field by 70 points. No one in the contest correctly predicted Louisville to win the national championship, but Faris had the Cardinals in the title game and also correctly picked 11 of the Sweet 16 participants.

For his victory, Faris received a $50 gift certificate to Frye’s Action Athletics.

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