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Gresham's Brian Salgado leads a big East County effort in the boys shot put

by: THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlow High junior Danelle Woodcock breaks through the finish line during the Bruins win in the 400-meter relay Saturday night. Central Catholic stole the show at the 50th running of the Centennial Invitational on Saturday night, winning both the boys and girls team titles at the historic meet.

The Central Catholic boys dominated the show, piling up 63 points to beat runner-up Newberg by 19. The Rams’ distance crew demanded the spotlight late in the meet with a 1-2 finish from Kyle Thompson and Sam Truax in the 3,000-meter final. Thompson won going away in 8:37.16 with Truax about five seconds back. Reynolds High senior Ahmed Ibrahim was third.

Central Catholic also picked up a win in the javelin where John Nizich, came up a few feet short of his nation’s-best mark in the event, but still won by almost 30 feet with a throw of 209-feet-1-inch.

David Douglas junior Shakur Gross won the 300 hurdles (39.86), blazing into a sizeable lead coming around the turn and using a clean finish to keep the rest of the field in his rear-view mirror.

Gresham senior Brian Salgado won the shot put (56-2 1/2) — and event that saw four East County athletes finish among the top 10.

Barlow came in tied for third in the girls team standings with 37 points. The Bruins got off to a fast start with a win in the 400-meter relay (48.48 seconds) to start the meet. Macie Allen pushed the team in front out of the starting blocks, and Danelle Woodcock held off a charging Olivia Gabriel from Central Catholic down the stretch to win by .12 hundredths.

Woodcock also won the 100-meter final (12.38) by .01 hundredths over North Valley’s Kerissa D’Arpino. She came up five inches short of picking up a third victory, settling for second place in the triple jump earlier in the day.

Look for expanded meet coverage in our Tuesday, April 29, print edition.

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