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Gresham girls win premier Invite

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Gresham rookie Fechi Nmereole holds off Barlows Sara Turner midway through the 100-meter dash. Nmereole won the race coming through the line .03 hundredths in front.



CENTENNIAL INVITATIONAL
Girls team scores (top three)

Team Score
Gresham
50
Sunset
48
Barlow
40


Gresham High got a sweep of the sprints by rookie Fechi Nmereole and a comeback win from senior Leah Russell in the hurdles to power the Gophers to the girls team title at Saturday's premier Centennial Invitational track meet.

Nmereole was first out of the blocks in the 100-meter dash and leaned through the line in 12.35 seconds — .03 hundredths ahead of a hard-charging Sara Turner out of Barlow. She returned to the starting line a couple hours later to win the 200 (25.75) by more than a full stride.

Russell moved from third to first over the final two obstacles to win the high hurdles in 15.10 — .03 hundredths ahead of Milwaukie's Tieara Norman. Russell came in second in the 300 hurdles under the lights.

Both speedsters were part of the Gophers' second-place 400 relay that led most of the way around the track.

The Gophers finished with 50 points to beat runner-up Sunset by 2.5.

Barlow was third with 40 points, highlighted by a win in the 400 relay (48.54) where anchor Renick Meyer zipped past Mount Hood rivals Gresham and Central Catholic in the final 30 meters.

The Bruins also saw Olivia Johnson break a 32-year-old school record in the 3,000 (10:11.02) on her way to a fourth-place finish.

Newberg won the boys title with two wins and seven other top-three finishes to pile up 77 team points.

View photos from the meet at daveball.exposuremanager.com.

Look for expanded meet coverage in the Tuesday, April 26, print edition.