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Mt. Hood's Woodcock earns top-point honors

SANDY POST: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hood CC teammates Danelle Woodcock and Kinnah Rhodes come to the finish line for a 1-2 finish in the 100-meter dash. Danelle Woodcock’s opponents at the Northwest Athletic Conference track championships learned that the only way to beat her was to not allow her to run.

The Barlow High product, a rookie a Mt. Hood CC, was left standing in place while racers from other schools whizzed past in the first event of the day — the 400-meter relay. A botched exchange at the first hand off meant Woodcock never got a chance to run.

Short of locking her in a stadium bathroom, her opponents couldn’t avoid Woodcock reaching the starting blocks in her remaining races.

She blazed to victory in the 100-meter dash in 12.23 seconds, crossing through the line a full stride ahead of teammate Kinnah Rhodes, who made it a 1-2 sweep for the Saints.

The bigger challenge awaited in the 200 final — a race that she also led start-to-finish — clocking in at 24.88 seconds.

“I came off the corner and gave it all I had over that last 100,” Woodcock said. “I knew I had some fast girls behind me, and I just tried to stay at the front of the pack.”

Woodcock won the long jump (5.63 meters) the previous day, putting up the top three marks in the competition. She finished the championships with 30 team points to earn Outstanding Athlete honors on the women’s side.

In the field, Mt. Hood’s Taylor Rispler won the javelin with a throw of 40.22 meters on her first trip down the runway.

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Mt. Hood CCs Joshua Turner leans toward the finish line well ahead of the pack during his record-setting victory in the high hurdles.

Joshua Turner stole the show on the men’s side with a record-setting effort of 14-flat to win the high hurdles, leaving his closest pursuers about five strides behind.

Turner moved to the triple jump runway shortly after his race and won that event, as well. Turner saved his best for last, stretching out ot 14.37 on his sixth try to claim the win.

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Look for expanded coverage in our May 27, print edition.