Bruins dominate the field events to stave off Gresham and Saint Mary's
by: David Ball, Barlow’s Meera Niles-Paul comes around the final turn with the baton during the Bruins win in the 400-meter relay to open Wednesday night’s racing finals.

PORTLAND - Spectators were seeing bright yellow jersey everywhere they looked Wednesday night, as the Barlow girls track team overloaded the competition to run away with the Mount Hood Conference title.

The Bruins piled up 177.5 points over the two-day meet, holding off rivals Gresham and Saint Mary's by a comfortable margin (see box).

'We told the girls that if you see someone in blue ahead of you, that's a target, go after it,' Barlow coach David Kilian said.

The Bruins put multiple athletes onto the awards podium 11 times. It's highest scoring event was the triple jump where Danelle Woodcock, Bethany Leliefeld and Mandie Maddux put together a 2-3-4 finish with Woodcock coming up just a finger length short of winning the event.

'We are blessed with a lot of depth and were able to cover every event,' Kilian said. 'You fill out those fifth-and sixth-place points and it all starts to add up.'

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

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