Liberty, Century athletes shine at invitational meet
Both teams perform well at the Willamette Falls Invitational on Saturday
Libertys boys showed depth and balance while pacing the efforts of Hillsboro-area track and field teams competing at the Willamette Falls Invitational in Oregon City on Saturday.
The Falcons finished the meet with 63½ points, good for a fourth-place finish in the large-school division. They trailed Oregon City (176½ points), Hermiston (123½) and McNary (66). Century finished 12th with nine points.
Liberty crowned one event winner on the boys side. Matthew Langbehn, Josh Cole, Michael Francy and James Marshall combined to win the 4x400-meter relay in 3 minutes, 31.95 seconds.
Cole and Marshall also provided a 2-3 scoring punch in the 400 meters, finishing in 51.92 and 52.26, respectively. Coles time was a season best, while Marshalls was a personal best. Both boys trailed Michael Hobson of Woodburn, who was timed in 50.82.
Jon Horn also had a solid day, posting a runner-up finish in the hammer, an event rarely contested at the high school level. Horn threw the implement 72 feet, 10 inches. He also was fourth in the shot put (45-2) and seventh in the javelin (153-5). Teammate Byron Greenlee was third in the hammer with a throw of 56-9 and sixth in the shot put (42-2¼).
Nick Bonat contributed a third-place result in the 110 hurdles (16.89) and a fourth-place effort in the 300 hurdles (43.47), while Austin Finster and Michael Francy added depth in the middle distance races. Finster was fourth in the 800 in 2:02.78, and Francy was fifth in the 1,500 (4:18.43).
Phillip Opager cleared 5-10 in the high jump to take fourth place, and Nick Rattazzi was seventh in the 300 hurdles (44.01).
On the girls side, Elizabeth Pecsok won two events to lead the Liberty girls who did much of their damage in the field events to a seventh-place finish with 53 points.
Union High, of Camas, Wash., won the event with 112½ points, followed by Corvallis (92), Oregon City (75) and McNary (73). Centurys girls finished just a point and one place behind Liberty in eighth.
In her victories, Pecsok tied her season-best mark of 5-3 in the high jump and was just off her season-best in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.97. She also took fourth place in the shot put with a personal-best toss of 33-5½.
Tiana Dolson, Tessa Moody and Hannah Langbehn also recorded top-three finishes for the Liberty girls. Dolson was second in the long jump (15-8¾) and seventh in the triple jump (31-9). Moody took second place in the hammer throw (57-3). And teammates Sadie Wagnell (44-1), Kailey Pool (36-9) and Erendira Villagomez (34-7) went 6-7-8 in the hammer behind Moody.
Langbehn, a senior, was third in the triple jump with a mark of 32-9¼ breaking a personal record that dated back to her sophomore year and seventh in the long jump (15-2½).
On the track, Ashley Martin was fourth in the 200 in 27.58 and Sarah Martinez was not far behind in seventh place (27.95). Langbehn, Pecsok, Dolson and Shay Serres were sixth in the 4x100 relay (53.18)
For Century, Hao Pham turned in the top performance by a Jaguar boy with a fourth-place finish in the pole vault (11-6). Ishmael Omulindi, Daniel Hernandez, Ton Catandella and Christian Gutierrez-Treat teamed up to place sixth in the 4x400 relay (3:47.06). Austin Flues was eighth in the high jump (5-8).
Jamie Webb finished second in the discus (101-3) for the best individual result by a Century girl, while Braanna Weber, Jikuesiah Jones and Chelsea Ronek all contributed third-place results for the Jaguars.
Webers came in the 300 hurdles, where she ran a personal-best time of 47.37. That mark was the fastest in the Pacific Conference heading into Wednesdays dual meets. She was also sixth in the 1,500 (4:57.44) and the 3,000 (11:20.41). Both marks were season bests.
Jones was third in the 100 hurdles (17.21), and Ronek matched that placement in the shot put (33-5½). Jones also took eighth in the long jump (15-1¾).
Kylie Bundy ran a season-best time of 1:02.00 to take fourth place in the 400. Ashley Brown was sixth in the 100 (13.56), and she teamed with Bundy, Jones and Zhane Freeman to take fourth in the 4x100 relay (52.56).
Cassidy VanDomelen set a personal-best of 32-7, good for fifth in the triple jump, while Bailey Griffo and Kassandra Morrison added seventh-place efforts in the javelin (99-8) and pole vault (7-0), respectively.
The Falcons are scheduled to compete tomorrow in the 25th annual Wilson Invitational in Portland and this coming Wednesday in a dual meet at Milwaukie. The Jaguars are slated to compete in Saturdays Wilsonville Invitational and then the varsity is off until the Elden Kellar Invitational at Hare Field next Friday.