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Bruins hold off Central for title

Barlow boys get points across the board to repeat as MHC champs
by: David Ball, Barlow junior Jackson Haselnus works to hold his lead over Central Catholic’s Kyle Thompson in the final phases of the 1,500-meter final Wednesday night. Thompson squeezed out the victory in the final few strides.

PORTLAND - Barlow senior Dillon Hoecker was halfway through his race when he heard the announcer proclaim 'Beau Duronslet is pulling away.' Sure enough, the Central Catholic hurdler used a quick start to build a sizeable lead and seemed to be running away with the win. But Hoecker wasn't ready to concede anything yet.

'I heard the announcer and knew it was now or never,' Hoecker said. 'I got low to the hurdles and drove for the finish line.'

Hoecker shifted gears late in the race and quickly came up on Duronslet, overtaking him while going over the last hurdle to pull off the surprising win in 15.08 seconds - .08 hundredths ahead of his Central rival.

'I felt myself move ahead barely on that last hurdle and I just thought to myself that I needed to finish it off,' Hoecker said.

That was just one of several key head-to-head victories that helped the Bruins hold off the Rams to win the district meet by 22.5 points Wednesday night.

Barlow's Auston Burns pulled away from the pack with a strong final lap to win the 800-meter final (2:00.75), beating a Rams runner by about three strides.

The Bruins also saw Ryon Clement squeak past Central's D.J. Napoli to win the long jump (22-feet-10 1/2-inches) by a hand print.

'We won a lot of head-to-head showdowns and got some help from other teams in the sprints,' Barlow coach David Kilian said. 'There weren't going to be any pushovers going against Gresham and Central. I'm crazy proud of these kids. It was cool to see them come together for a real team effort.'

Look for full meet coverage, including a list of all district placers, in the May 19 edition of The Outlook.